Photo taken by John Tichotsky in 2009. Courtesy of the UHM Library’s Russian Collections. Many thanks to Patricia Polansky, Russian Bibliographer.
It is with sadness that we report the passing of Dr. Robert B. Valliant on November 2, 2013 at his home in Barnwell, S.C. Dr. Valliant was a scholar at UHM, specializing in Northeast Asia, Russian Far East, and Japan (politics, economics, social affairs). He was born in Pecos, Texas. After graduating from high school, he joined the U.S. Army and served as an enlisted man in intelligence in Japan. Following his military service, he pursued a bachelor’s degree at the University of Texas (1966), a master’s degree at UHM (1968), and then a doctoral degree in History at UHM (1974). With a Fulbright-Hays Grant, he spent a year in Japan conducting research and writing. Dr. Valliant served key roles in the former School of Hawaiian, Asian and Pacific Studies (SHAPS) and the current School of Pacific and Asian Studies (SPAS) at UHM. He started at UHM as a researcher in SHAPS’ Soviet Union in the Pacific Region (SUPAR) Center in 1987, became the Director of the Center for Russia in Asia (CeRA) in 1993, and then from 2003 to 2009 served as the SPAS Director of Student Academic Services. He conducted research and wrote articles on the Russian Far East; he guided master’s students in SPAS through the graduation process; and, he provided all of us in SPAS with various types of support from answering questions on graduation requirements to computer meltdowns and website snarls. After retiring from UHM, he moved to South Carolina and settled in Barnwell. Dr. Valliant is survived by his wife, Mary, stepson Christopher (Lisa) Wisner, and grandson Christopher. Dr. Bob, as many of us affectionately called him, was our colleague and dear friend. He charmed us with his sense of humor, warm smile, and hearty laughter. We will miss him.
The Center for Japanese Studies is pleased to announce Wiki Slideshows on Japan Powered by PechaKucha coming November 15 at 5:30pm in the Tokioka Room (Moore Hall 319). Our Wiki Slideshows will follow the PechaKucha format, which is a presentation style where a short lecture is given alongside 20 PowerPoint slides that are shown for 20 seconds each. The talks are intended to strike a balance between work and play. This is a popular event where CJS graduate students and faculty are able to relate their Japan-related research or passion in a relaxed and unintimidating atmosphere. The community is welcome too.
We have six individuals giving talks this semester: Dr. Robert Huey, Professor of Japanese Literature; Dr. Mark Levin, Professor of Law; Mr. Tomoki Kimura, MA Student in Japanese Literature; Mr. David Nguyen, PhD Student in Urban and Regional Planning; and Mr. James Utley, MA Student in History.
Click here to view the flyer.
Officials from Ehime Prefecture visited CJS on October 15, 2013 to report the success of two UHM students they invited as interns over the past summer. Maia Singhal (MA Asian Studies) and Joseph Peters (MA Second Language Studies) spent the summer working and teaching in the Ehime Prefecture International Center and the prefecture’s schools in Shikoku, Japan. Ed Hawkins, President of the Japan America Society of Hawaii, joined the meeting as a cooperating sponsor of the program. CJS thanked Mr. Morimoto, Ms. Omori, and Mr. Hawkins for creating unique opportunities for UHM students to teach in and learn about Japan. Students can learn more about the EPIC summer internship HERE
(l to r) Mary McDonald, Gay Satsuma, EPIC Director Jun Morimoto, EPIC Program Officer Noriko Omori, JASH President Ed Hawkins