The Charlene Sato Center for Pidgin, Creole and Dialect Studies was established in January 2002. The Center’s aim is to conduct research on pidgin and creole languages as well as stigmatized dialects, with a focus on research that can benefit speakers of such varieties.  The Sato Center welcomes local students, faculty, community members, and visiting researchers to use the resources that we have available at the Center. We are located in TP 101 (the temporary portables) behind the Center for Korean Studies.

The Sato Center was established in memory of Charlene Junko Sato, a Hawai’i-born scholar whose research on Pidgin provided much of the knowledge base about this language.

Lee Tonouchi has been selected by the American Association of Applied Linguistics as the 2023 Distinguished Public Service Award for his Pidgin advocacy and his prolific writing in Pidgin. Congratulations Lee!
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