UHM Business Student to attend Japan-America Student Conference

Every year, CJS awards a scholarship to a UHM student to participate in the Japan-America Student Conference which is held over the summer.  This year’s awardee is Ms. Ngan Vo, Global MBA student in Business Administration at the UHM Shidler College of Business and a degree fellow at East West Center.  Ms. Vo will travel with other university students from the U.S. and Japan to four cities in Japan over the summer; students take part in round-table discussions, and meet with community, political, and business leaders to build meaningful connections between the two countries.

Free Documentary Film Screening on February 16

So Long Asleep: Waking the Ghosts of War


This documentary film chronicles the decades-long project of exhuming, memorializing, and finally repatriating the remains of forced laborers from the Korean Peninsula who died in Hokkaido building a dam and working in mines and factories in Japan during the Asia-Pacific War. The project brought students from Japan and South Korea together in an effort to excavate not only remains, but histories and in so doing create a community of awareness and mutual respect.

DAVID PLATH, emeritus professor of anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has taught at the university for 35 years, published six books and more than 60 articles in anthropology and Japanese Studies. He has been involved in the production of three dozen documentaries about Japan and Thailand. In 2013, Prof. Plath received an award for distinguished contributions to Asian Studies from the Association for Asian Studies.

February 16 (Thursday)
12:00 PM (Noon)
Center for Korean Studies Auditorium
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Co-Sponsored by Center for Korean Studies and Center for Japanese Studies

Talk on “The Realm of Japanese Woodblock Prints – Jan. 27

On a Path of Pursuit to Understand:  Bando Mitsugoro III (1775-1831) in the Realm of Japanese Woodblock Prints


The first talk from the 2017 CJS Seminar Series is a lecture from Dr. Helen Nagata, Associate Professor of Art History at Northern Illinois University

Who was Bandō Mitsugorō III? A simple question such as this can drive an investigation that is gloriously complicated.  As a case study for the theme of cognition, this project offers insight on sleuthing practices, mysteries of interpretation, and quagmires of deduction inherent to the research of subjects depicted in actor prints.  Insofar as the matter of cognition is as much physical observation as psychological perception and interpretation, this lecture will strive to invite a consciousness of how both are at work in woodblock print compositions. It will also prompt audience feedback on how actor prints as a phenomenon communicate ideas about the stars or feed the star’s fandom.

Event Details
Friday January 27
3:00 – 4:30 PM
Moore Hall 319
(Tokioka Room)

Informational Flyer Available for download here.