Culture, Technology, and Transnationality in the Cold War Asia and Pacific


























In the 1950s and 1960s, the Asia-Pacific Region witnessed a flourishing of international interchanges and exchanges, involving more than one location and institution and promoting cross-national and cross-regional communications and negotiations.  This symposium will focus on the trans-Pacific exchange of culture, science, and technology as a crucial site of Cold War geopolitical dynamics.

Where: The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Center for Korean Studies Auditorium
When: Thursday, November 15, 2012

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SPAS Graduate Student Conference

Photo of the participants at this year's SPAS Graduate Student Conference with Dean Edward Shultz (Dean of SPAS) and Dr. Robert Huey (Director of CJS)

From April 11-13, UH Manoa’s School of Pacific and Asian Studies hosted “Asia/Pacific Junctures: Challenging Notions of Interdisciplinarity and Regionalism.” Representing universities from North America, Australia, Asia, and the Pacific, graduate students from all over the world gathered to address issues relating to area studies.

The key note speaker this year was Dr. Caroline Hau, Associate Professor at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at Kyoto University.   For information regarding this year’s conference, please see this link.

Center for Okinawan Studies Symposium, March 1-2, 2012

The Center for Okinawan Studies will be holding a symposium on March 1-2, 2012, at the Center for Korean Studies Auditorium. The title of the symposium is, “LABOR MIGRATION: Historical & Contemporary Issues From an ‘Islands’ Perspective.” Please see flyer for details.

Registration is required to help us prepare enough printouts and is limited to the first 90 people due to space constraints. Please send completed registration forms back to COS via email, fax or postal service by FEBRUARY 22, 2012. The fax number, email and mailing addresses are listed on the registration form.

There will be a mix of speakers from Okinawa as well as from Hawaii. The topics covered are: language issues, gender, and the performing arts as related to labor migration.

Funding for this symposium is provided by: the Dean’s Office of the School of Pacific and Asian Studies; UH Student Excellence, Equity and Diversity Fund; University of Hawai’i – West Oahu Distinguished Visiting Faculty Fund; and the Center for Japanese Studies’ Japan Studies Endowment.


2012 SPAS Graduate Student Conference

UH Manoa School of Pacific and Asian Studies will be having their annual graduate student conference from April 11-13 2012. The title of the conference is “Asia/Pacific Junctures: Challenging Notions of Interdisciplinarity and Regionalism. Questions regarding the conference should be directed to



Modern Perspectives on Ancient East Asian Texts

Professor Moriyo Shimabukuro from the University of the Ryukyus, Japan, giving a lecture on "Omorosōshi" and Old Okinawa

On September 14-15, an international workshop entitled, Modern Perspectives on Ancient East Asian Languages, was held at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa campus. It brought together four internationally renowned linguists from Canada (Professor Ross King), Germany (Dr. Stefan Georg), Okinawa (Professor Moriyo Shimabukuro), and Turkey (Professor Mehmet Ölmez), in addition to two local participants, Professor Haeree Park and Professor Alexander Vovin.

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