Announcement: Asian Studies Program and Western Regional Graduate Program


The Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE)’s Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP)


As of fall 2016, the Asian Studies Program at UH Mānoa is a member of the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP). This program allows master’s, graduate certificate, and doctoral students who are legal residents of the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE) member states to pay Hawai’i resident tuition when attending the UH-Mānoa Asian Studies Program. The WICHE states are Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawai‘i, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.


WICHE WRGP applicants applying to UH-Mānoa must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher or possess certain exceptional abilities as affirmed by the UHM graduate program to which they apply.


To be considered for the Hawai’i resident tuition rate through the WRGP program, you must identify yourself as WICHE WRGP applicant at the time you apply.* You must fulfill all the usual requirements for admission as set by the Asian Studies Program and the the Office of Graduate Education at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, and meet all admission deadlines. You must also provide documentation as proof of your legal residency in a WICHE state when requested by UH-Mānoa. (This documentation may include tax returns, voter certificates, active bank accounts, proofs of employment, proof of property ownership, lease agreements, among others).


For more information, please see:


UH-Mānoa Office of Graduate Education information on WICHE WRGP:


WICHE WRGP website:


*Please note: due to the requirements of residency determination, nominations and approvals for WRGP status can only be done at the time of application. It is not possible to “switch” into the WRGP once you have started your graduate program at UHM.

Video Conference Lecture on Historical Reconciliation in Asia


Dr. Tessa Morris-Suzuki of Australia National University (ANU) has arranged to provide access via videoconferencing from Canberra to a guest lecture on historical reconciliation in Asia that is part of a new ANU course, Reconciliation and the Memory of Conflicts in Asia and the Pacific.

Anyone who wants to attend this video conference discussing on Japan and the Cold War needs to send a quick note to

April 1 (Fri) 11:45 am – 1:30 pm. ITS Building, Room 105A. Professor Kimie Hara, University of Waterloo, Canada, “The San Francisco System and its Legacies in the Asia-Pacific: Continuation, Transformation and Historical Reconciliation in the Asia-Pacific.”

Kimie Hara is a Professor and the Renison Research Professor at the University of Waterloo, where she is also the Director of East Asian Studies at Renison University College.  She specializes in modern and contemporary international relations of the Asia-Pacific region, border studies, Cold War history, and Japanese politics and diplomacy. Her (authored/edited) books include San Francisco System and Its Legacies: Continuation, Transformation and Historical Reconciliation in the Asia-Pacific, (2015), China-Japan Border Disputes: Islands of Contention in Multidisciplinary Perspective (2015, with Tim Liao, Krista Wiegand) and East Asia-Arctic Relations: Boundary, Security, and International Politics (2014, with Ken Coates).

The 27th Annual SPAS Graduate Student Conference

Opening Ceremony and Keynote Address
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Center for Korean Studies Auditorium

Keynote Address by Dr. Theodore C. Bestor
Reischauer Institute Professor of Social Anthropology;
Director, Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies Harvard University

“What in the World is Washoku?”

Theodore C. Bestor is the Director of the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies and Reischauer Professor of Social Anthropology at Harvard University. He is a specialist on contemporary Japanese society and culture; much of his re­search focuses on Tokyo, and he has written widely on urban culture and history, local neighborhood society and identity, markets and economic organization, food culture, and popular culture as a defining aspect of urban Japanese life.

BestorPhotoCurrently his research focuses on Japanese food culture and, in particular, on the globalization of Japanese cuisine and its intense popularity through­out the world, as well as in UNESCO’s recognition of Japan’s traditional cuisine (washoku) as an item of Global Intangible Cultural Heritage. He conducted research on this topic as a recipient of a Fulbright Senior Fellowship in Japan in the Spring of 2015.

His publications include: Tsukiji: The Fish Market at the Center of the World, published in 2003 (with a second edition in preparation) based on Bestor’s research over the past 20 years on Tokyo’s vast sea­food market and its role in Japan’s sushi trade. He is the co-editor, with Victoria Lyon Bestor, of the recent Routledge Handbook of Japanese Culture and Soci­ety, a collection of essays ranging widely over history, arts, humanities, and social sciences.

Bestor received his PhD and MA from Stanford University, and his BA from Fairhaven College of Western Washington University. He began his pro­fessional career as Program Director for Japanese and Korean Studies at the Social Science Research Coun­cil. After teaching at Columbia and Cornell universi­ties, he joined the Harvard faculty in 2001.

He is the Past President of the Association for Asian Studies (2012-13), and the founding president of the Society for East Asian Anthropology. In June 2013 Bestor received the Commissioner’s Award for the Promotion of Japanese Culture, from the Agency for Cultural Affairs of the Japanese government.

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5th Anniversary of the Tohoku Triple Disaster

RememberTohoku1The Center for Japanese Studies wishes to remember the many thousands who perished in Japan’s Triple Disaster five years ago today.  We also wish to acknowledge the many tens of thousands more who lost friends, family, jobs, homes–in short, the lives they knew–and who continue to be affected by that fateful unfolding.




Flyer_HarajukuSunday, March 13, 2016
2:00-4:00 pm
Room 101, Art Building
This event is free and open to the public. Free campus parking on Sunday.

Since the 1990s, Tokyo’s Harajuku district has garnered international attention as the mecca of street fashion and eccentric style. Over twenty years later, fashion-forward youths interested in the latest trends and subculture groups still converge there.

The panelists of “In & Out of Harajuku: Fashioning Culture and Identity” will discuss a range of issues associated with Harajuku’s subculture fashion and raise by the exhibition Harajuku: Tokyo Street Fashion (Honolulu Museum of Art, 11/19/15 – 4/3/16).

Kristin Remington | 808.956.8570 |

Museum Studies Graduate Certificate Program at UHM – Department of American Studies; Center for Japanese Studies at UHM