Adam Wesely and David Nguyen Receive Monbukagakusho Awards

On Friday, March 28, Consul General of Japan in Honolulu Toyoei Shigeeda presented Monbukagakusho research scholarships to two UHM graduate students.  From April 2014 Adam Wesely, in East Asian Languages and Literatures, will study late 19th century literature about Hokkaido at Hokkaido University.  David Nguyen, in Urban and Regional Planning, will research disaster mitigation and recovery in Northeastern Japan at Tohoku University.  Also in photos: Tomoka Wesley (wife of Adam); Hung Nguyen (aunt of David); Mary McDonald, UHM Center for Japanese Studies; Mary Hammond, East-West Center.

Rivalry among Major Newspapers in Japan on the “Comfort Women” Issue, by Shunichi Takekawa


Please join us Friday, April 4th at 3:30pm in the Tokioka Room (Moore Hall 319) for a talk by Shunichi Takekawa entitled “Rivalry among Major Newspapers in Japan on the “Comfort Women” Issue.”  Professor Takekawa will discuss the public discourse surrounding the treatment of “comfort women” in Japan’s major newspapers from the 1990s onward.  See FLYER for more details.

Shunichi Takekawa is an Associate Professor at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (Beppu, Oita, Japan). His research focuses on the press, politics, and nationalism in postwar Japan.


Dr. Nakano on Single Women in Asia

On Friday, February 21, Lynne Nakano, Professor and Department Chair of Japanese Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, related popular conceptions of and alarm over the growing number of marriagable but marriageless women in Asia.  She also reported on her experience interviewing single women in three Asian cities: Beijing, Shanghai, and Tokyo.  Dr. Nakano contends that Asian women are turning away from marriage because of discrimination faced on two fronts, a conservative marriage market and neoliberal capitalist economy, and embracing alternative values such as self-fulfillment and personal autonomy.  The Tokioka Room was at capacity thanks to our co-sponsors:  the Center for Chinese Studies, Department of Anthropology, and Department of Women’s Studies.


(l to r): Dr. Mary McDonald, Dr. Lynne Nakano, Dr. Cathy Clayton, MA Student Toshiaki Liu, Dr. Gay Satsuma

The China Question

On Friday, February 7, 2014, Dr. David Arase, Professor of International Politics at the Johns Hopkins-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies at Nanjing University, lectured on Sino-Japanese Relations Viewed in a Global Context.  What are the global implications of China as a major world power?  Dr. Arase laid out the interrelationships among the regional players, as well as their individual motivations, agendas, and possible future moves.  The Tokioka Room crowd was rapt with attention and kept the speaker at the podium answering questions well after his hour was up.  Co-sponsored by the Center for Chinese Studies.


Dr. David Arase