Fall 2014 J-Current

Fall2014J-CurrentCover CJS has published the Fall 2014 issue of J-Current, the biannual newsletter of the Center for Japanese Studies! You can access it by clicking on the cover photo to the left. All available issues can be found in our J-Current repository on the left menu (under Resources). Enjoy and have a wonderful break!

Apply Today: CJS Scholarships / FLAS Fellowships

Please use the STAR online application system to apply for CJS Endowed Scholarships and the Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS), funded by the U.S. Department of Education.  If you are eligible and wish to apply for CJS scholarships AND the FLAS fellowship, please submit two applications through STAR. FLAS applicants must also complete the 2015-16 FAFSA to demonstrate financial need. Click HERE for more details.

Application Deadline: February 2, 2015

2015 Japan-America Student Conference Scholarship Opportunity

The 67th Japan-America Student Conference (JASC) is an excellent opportunity for skill-building and personal growth open to both undergraduate and graduate students.  Attendees will participate in academic roundtable discussions, cultural and social events, lectures, and panel presentations with other students of diverse backgrounds and perspectives.  JASC 67 (July 30 – August 23, 2015) will be hosted in Japan at four sites: Hiroshima, Shimane, Kyoto, and Tokyo.  JASC application deadline:  Dec. 31, 2014.  For more information: http://iscdc.org/jasc/

The Center for Japanese Studies will fund one UHM student to participate in the 67th Japan-America Student Conference (Note: round-trip transportation to the mainland U.S. orientation site shall be covered by the student).  Scholarship deadline: Jan. 7, 2015.  Click HERE for details about applying.

Japan’s Visible Minorities

On Friday, November 7, 2014, a full audience gathered in the Tokioka room to listen to Dr. Debito Arudou present his research on Japan’s so-called ‘visible minorities,’ or those who don’t look Japanese. He illustrated a phenomenon of exclusionary treatment based on looks and explained how it is sustained, in part, via a media-driven dominant discourse on “foreignness.” Next, he pointed to the importance of liberalizing enculturated views about race in light of the existence of Japanese citizens who do not look Japanese, and because of an increasing number of foreign residents and a growing need to accept them. Acknowledging the difficulty of enacting large-scale change, Dr. Arudou concluded by calling for the inclusion of physical appearance as a category for analyzing discrimination in Japan within the field of Japanese Studies.


(l to r) Visiting Professor Tomohiko Maeda from Meijo University Faculty of Law, Dr. Ivan P. Hall, Dr. Debito Arudou, Dr. Mary McDonald, Dr. Hanae Kramer, and Joyce Henna