2018 SPAS Graduate Student Conference on Asian Studies, March 14-16 at the UHM Center for Korean Studies

The 2018 UH Mānoa School of Pacific and Asian Studies (SPAS)’s Graduate Student Conference on Asian Studies begins today, March 14 and concludes on Friday, March 16, 2018. The theme of this year’s conference is “The Asian Century: Emerging Stories,” and will be held in the Center for Korean Studies (CKS). Registration starts at 3:30pm on Wednesday, March 14, with the Opening Ceremony and Keynote Address from 4:30-6:30pm. 

Japan and Japan-related topics, by date and panel session:

Thursday, March 15, 2018

  • Panel Session 1: 9:00am – 10:30am
    • Panel 1.1 – Political issues in East Asia / Location: CKS Auditorium / Moderator: Lonny Carlile (CJS Director)
      • Matthew Crooke: “Betraying Revolution: The Foundations of the Japanese Communist Party”
    • Panel 1.2 – Nationalism & Identity I / Location: CKS Conference Room / Moderator: Pattie Dunn
      • Miae Lee: “The Exhibition of Negative History: The History Museum of J-Koreans in Tokyo Museum Studies”
  • Panel Session 2: 10:30am – 12:00 Noon
    • Panel 2.1 – Cultural Phenomenon / Location: CKS Auditorium / Moderator: Andre Haag
      • Yen-Zhi Peng: “Localization of Japanese Popular Culture in Taiwan: Personification in Taiwanese Anime, Comic, Game (ACG) Field”
      • Tokikake Ii: “How to Save a Life: 3.11 Disaster and Memorials in Japan”
      • Sayo Sakamoto: “The Paradox of Fuji Keiko: Enka at the Boundary between Shinjuku and Furusato”
    • Panel 2.2 – Household & Human Mobility / Location: CKS Conference Room / Moderator: Cathryn Clayton
      • Christopher Chapman: “The Taste of Home: Alcohol, Identity, and Health in Hawai’i’s Japanese Diaspora”
  • Panel Session 3: 1:00pm – 2:30pm 
    • Panel 3.1 – Defense Security / Location: CKS Auditorium / Moderator: Sang-Hyop Lee 
      • William Beeson: “Japanese Security Strategic Change in US, Japan and China Relations, in 2012-2016: The Impact of Economic Development on Japanese Foreign Affairs”
    • Panel 3.2 – Gender Studies / Location: CKS Conference Room / Moderator: Sang-Hyop Lee
      • Hyejin Kim: “A Girl’s Han Represented in ‘The Statue of Peace'”
      • Kyung-ok Kim: “Japanese Women’s Labor and Childcare in the Hanaoka Mine, 1937-45”
  • Panel Session 4: 3:00pm – 4:30pm 
    • Panel 4.1 – Literature & Cinema / Location: CKS Auditorium / Moderator: Young-a Park
      • Eun Young Seong: “Outside Storyteller: Shinya Eiko’s Sinset’aryŏng and Zainichi Korean History”
    • Panel 4.2 – Language & Literature / Location: CKS Conference Room / Moderator: 
      • Faith Francisco: “Culture in Foreign Language Pedagogy: Examining the Gendered Japanese Language through Japan Foundation’s Marugoto Textbook”
      • Yi Ren: “The Shift of Taiwanese Linguistic Identities During and After the Japanese Colonial Rule

Friday, March 16, 2018

  • Panel Session 5: 9:00am – 10:30am
    • Panel 5.1 – Topics on North Korea / Location: CKS Auditorium / Moderator: Cheehyung Harrison Kim
      • Margaret Pence: “Trumping the ‘Rocketman’: President Donald Trump’s Rhetoric on North Korea”
    • Panel 6.1 – Nationalism & Identity II / Location: CKS Auditorium / Moderator: Reginald Kwok
      • Hyewon Um: “Becoming Legitimate Japanese: Negotiating Boundaries of Japanese through Social Movements”
    • Panel 7.2 – History & Philosophy / Location: CKS Conference Room / Moderator: Jonathan Pettit
      • Justin McDonnell: “Japanese Confucian Adaptations and Chinese Otherness in Early Edo”
      • Q.Z. Lau: “Exchange as Legitimation: Buddhist Objects as Instruments of Power in Ritual Trade Networks in Post-Han Eastern Asia”

Please click here for the full schedule of the conference and paper abstracts.



Extended deadline: 2018 Summer Opportunity for Japan-America Student Conference

The Japan-America Student Conference (JASC) is a professional, student-led initiative that brings 72 competitively-selected delegates from Japan and the U.S. together each year to discuss contemporary issues, make connections, expand academic horizons, and foster diplomacy. All the while, students will hone professional skills and learn from officials on the forefront of global relations. The 2018 Conference will convene in August and travel to four different sites, including Madison, WI; Lexington, VA; Washington D.C.; and Portland, OR. Select critical topics to be discussed in multi-cultural small groups include Mental Health, Environmental Sustainability, Education, Identity, Technology, Work and Family, and Religion and Philosophy.Candidates are not required to have Japanese proficiency or U.S. citizenship to apply, but do need to be enrolled at a U.S. based college or university when submitting an application. The Application Deadline is extended to March 18, 2018. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. For more information, please visit iscdc.org/jasc or e-mail American Executive Committee at jasc@iscdc.org.
CJS offers a scholarship for a UHM student to join the conference. Please see the flyer below, or click this link, for more details.

Faculty news: Mark Levin’s editorial in the British Medical Journal’s Tobacco Control

Mark Levin, Director, Pacific-Asian Legal Studies Program and Professor of Law, was the lead author of an editorial in the British Medical Journal’s Tobacco Control, published “Online First” earlier this month.  The commissioned editorial accompanies a new research paper (by Drs. Kaori Iida and Robert Proctor) that dives into industry documents to uncover historic back-level connections between global tobacco industry players and Japan’s Smoking Research Foundation, an entity still in active operation.  Levin et al. address apparent similarities in design and operation between the JSRF and the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, just established with nearly USD $1 billion in committed funding from Philip Morris International.

The editorial is available online with open access here: http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/early/2018/02/16/tobaccocontrol-2017-054148

Japanese language translations of both the research paper and the editorial accompany the pieces online.