PROFILE: THE CENTER FOR JAPANESE STUDIES

CJS:  COORDINATING UNIT for the study of Japan at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.  It is housed among other area studies units within the School of Pacific & Asian Studies (SPAS), which focuses on the international and interdisciplinary education of UHM students.

OUR MISSION:  TO PROMOTE A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF JAPAN  How?
1)  the promotion of research, teaching, and curriculum;
2)  the support of publications, student exchanges, research grants, scholarships and international conferences;
3)  providing support for special library collections and sponsoring visiting scholars;
4)  fostering a deeper awareness of Japanese culture overall through the Dr. Sen Soshitsu International Way of Tea Center;
5)  reaching out to the local community, in collaboration with other Japan-focused groups; and
6)  supporting the study of Okinawa in partnership with the Center for Okinawan Studies at SPAS/UHM.

SIZE OF JAPANESE STUDIES AT UHM: ONE OF THE LARGEST PROGRAMS IN THE COUNTRY, WITH THE LARGEST NUMBER (58) OF DOCTORAL CANDIDATES WORKING ON JAPAN

Full-time faculty specialists in departments across the campus:  37

Full-time Japanese language instructors:  14

In the 2011-2012 year and summer 2012, UHM offered 72 courses (multiple sections in the lower levels) in Japanese with an enrollment of 2201 and offered 124 area studies courses on or related to Japan with an enrollment of 2753.  During this same period, courses on Japan or Japan-related courses were offered in twenty-six different subject areas, campus-wide, demonstrating the breadth and depth of the University’s Japanese studies expertise.

ACCOMPLISHING OUR MISSION:

CJS administers seven UH Foundation Endowments; the market value of these accounts are worth $4.3 million (as of 9/30/2012); through annual payouts from these accounts, CJS awards student scholarships, grants for faculty research and professional development, library projects, and outreach activities ranging from international conferences to art exhibits. Annual awards are given to all 37 full-time faculty and 14 Japanese language instructors in the amounts of $1000 and $300 respectively for their professional activities.

CJS also administers on behalf of the UHM East Asia Council the DOE Title VI National Resource Center-East Asia (worth $143,320 annually) and Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowships for UHM undergraduates and graduate students (worth $328,500 annually) pursuing EA studies.

RECENT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • “Life in Colors in Hawai`i” by textile artist and designer Akihiko Izukura of Kyoto, Spring 2012 (included indoor, outdoor exhibits on campus, public lecture, UHM class visits, workshops at the Honolulu Museum of Art and the Lyon Arboretum).
  • “Culture, Technology, and Transnationality in the Cold War Asia and Pacific” international symposium in cooperation with the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
  • Ehime Summer Internship with Japan-America Society of Hawai`i for UHM students