“LOVE! SPAM”: Tastes and Tales of War, Foreign Occupation, and Luncheon Meat in Post-WWII Okinawa, by Mire Koikari



Please join us Friday, April 11th in the Tokioka Room (Moore Hall 319) at 3:00pm for a talk by UHM Women’s Studies Associate Professor Mire Koikari. Professor Koikari will relate the significance of luncheon meat (aka SPAM) in Okinawa and its role as a narrative nexus for Okinawan expression on a variety of topics relating to war, identity, and, of course, food. See FLYER for details.

This talk is co-sponsored by the 2014 Waikiki SPAM® Jam as well as the UHM Department of Women’s Studies and Center for Okinawan Studies. Light refreshments will be provided.



UHM Chancellor visits Dr. Sen in Kyoto

Dr. Genshitsu Sen, retired grand tea master, hosted UHM Chancellor Tom Apple at Urasenke on Sunday, March 23, 2014, in Kyoto.  Dr. Sen also welcomed UH Foundation Vice President Lori Admiral, Vice Chancellor for International Programs and SPAS Dean R. Anderson Sutton, and CJS Director Mary McDonald.  Behind the historic Kabutomon gate, the 300-year-old Konnichian tea school complex was undergoing historic preservation, with only one tea room usable.  Later, Dr. Sen invited UHM visitors to dine with international students graduating from Urasenke’s Midorikai Program.  Thank you for a wonderful day at Urasenke, Dr. Sen.

(l to r): Dr. Genshitsu Sen, UH Foundation Vice President Lori Admiral, UHM Chancellor Tom Apple, Assistant Vice Chancellor for International and Exchange Programs and SPAS Dean R. Anderson Sutton, and CJS Director Mary McDonald.

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.

Rivalry among Major Newspapers in Japan on the “Comfort Women” Issue, by Shunichi Takekawa


Please join us Friday, April 4th at 3:30pm in the Tokioka Room (Moore Hall 319) for a talk by Shunichi Takekawa entitled “Rivalry among Major Newspapers in Japan on the “Comfort Women” Issue.”  Professor Takekawa will discuss the public discourse surrounding the treatment of “comfort women” in Japan’s major newspapers from the 1990s onward.  See FLYER for more details.

Shunichi Takekawa is an Associate Professor at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (Beppu, Oita, Japan). His research focuses on the press, politics, and nationalism in postwar Japan.


Dr. Nakano on Single Women in Asia

On Friday, February 21, Lynne Nakano, Professor and Department Chair of Japanese Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, related popular conceptions of and alarm over the growing number of marriagable but marriageless women in Asia.  She also reported on her experience interviewing single women in three Asian cities: Beijing, Shanghai, and Tokyo.  Dr. Nakano contends that Asian women are turning away from marriage because of discrimination faced on two fronts, a conservative marriage market and neoliberal capitalist economy, and embracing alternative values such as self-fulfillment and personal autonomy.  The Tokioka Room was at capacity thanks to our co-sponsors:  the Center for Chinese Studies, Department of Anthropology, and Department of Women’s Studies.

(l to r): Dr. Mary McDonald, Dr. Lynne Nakano, Dr. Cathy Clayton, MA Student Toshiaki Liu, Dr. Gay Satsuma