SPAS Grad Conf Seidensticker Award Recipients Named

The 26th annual SPAS Graduate Student Conference, held March 18-20, 2015 in the Center for Korean Studies, attracted promising young scholars from across Asia and the United States.  Among those researching Japan, two of UH’s own stood out for recognition.

2015 Seidensticker Prize for Best Papers on Japan

Kimura First Place Tomoki Kimura
EALL, UHM
“Historicizing the Hinmin: Social Discourse and Fiction in Turn-of-the-Century Japan”
Yoo Second Place Jennifer Yoo
Theatre & Dance, UHM
“Thy Name is Woman: Performing the Feminine Ghost in Japanese Theatre and Cinema”

The Seidensticker Prize is awarded annually for the best paper on Japan. It began in Spring 2000 to honor Professor Edward Seidensticker, scholar and translator of Japanese literature, who spent his retirement from Columbia in the UH Mānoa Japanese Studies community. Congratulations to this year’s winners!

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.

Sept. 6, 2013. Robert Huey “Who Would Compose a Japanese Poem in Beijing?!”

Why would an 18th C. Ryukyuan envoy compose a waka in Japanese for his Chinese hosts? Professor Robert Huey explains roles of elite Japanese culture such as poetry and tea ceremony at the Ryukyu royal court. Friday, September 6, 2013, 3-4:30 pm, Moore Hall 319, Tokioka Room.  Center for Okinawan Studies Lecture Series, Co-sponsored by East Asian Languages & Literatures and Center for Japanese Studies.  Everyone Welcome. 

Full details here:
Huey – Center for Okinawan Studies Lecture Series

Aug. 30 “Japan’s Democracy at Risk” Lawrence Repeta

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“Japan’s Democracy at Risk –
The LDP’s Ten Most Dangerous Proposals for Constitutional Change”
Professor Lawrence Repeta
Meiji University School of Law, Tokyo

Comments: Dr. Lonny Carlile
UHM Ctr for Japanese Studies

Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, 3-5 pm
Richardson School of Law, Moot Court Rm

Co-Sponsored by: UHM Center for Japanese Studies, William S. Richardson School of Law Pacific-Asian Legal Studies Program, William S. Richardson School of Law Pacific-Asian Legal Studies Student Organization
Printable flyer & links to speaker’s background and full paper: RepetaConstitutionAug30