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Spring 2017 Courses

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ASAN 202 Introduction to Asian Studies: South/Southeast Asia, Professor Barbara Andaya

An overview of the diverse societies of South and Southeast Asia, and how issues in contemporary times have been shaped by religion, history, cultural  attitudes and international influences

ASAN 320C Asian Nation Studies: China (WI, OC), Prof. Cathy Clayton

Through memoir, fiction, film, and journalistic accounts, this course examines continuity and change, unity and diversity, and ideas of what constitutes “justice” and “the good life” in contemporary China. Fulfills Writing and Oral Communication Foci.

ASAN 320I Asian Nation Studies: South Asia (WI), Prof. Anna Stirr

Explore current issues and everyday life in modern India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, with units on modern postcolonial nation-building, gender and family, social differences/ movements for equality, and global flows.

ASAN 485 Contemporary Chinese Development, Prof. Eric Harwit

Traces the contemporary development of China’s political, social, and economic systems. Focuses on political and social modernization, including social media, in present-day China and Taiwan.

ASAN 491G  Emotion and Affect in Asian Performance, Prof. Anna Stirr

How does a performance move us? Examine sociocultural aspects of performance, embodiment, and emotions/affect, comparing Asian and Western perspectives, and exploring their relation to religion, environment, politics, migration, nationalism, and health and healing.

ASAN 491K North Korean History and Culture, Professor Young-a Park

This course explores the history and culture of North Korea. It examines the major events and themes of North Korean history and their representations in cultural products, such as art, architecture, film, music, and theater.

ASAN 496 (WI, E), Prof. Barbara Andaya

A comparative, interdisciplinary examination of indigenous beliefs, Islam, Christianity, and Hinduism in island Southeast Asia, and how these have been shaped by contemporary social and economic changes.

ASAN 600I South Asia: Scope and Methods, Prof. Anna Stirr

How have different disciplines in the humanities and social sciences contributed to scholarship on South Asia? Find out through attention to foundational texts, field-shaping trends, and UH Manoa scholars’  contributions, and develop experience in research, academic writing, and analytical thinking.

600S Southeast Asia: Scope and Methods, Prof. Barbara Andaya

Provides a comparative understanding of each country in Southeast Asia, with particular attention given to the debates  that have engaged academics and the public. The course also gives experience  in writing proposals, oral presentations, and mechanics of academic referencing

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Two new fellowships for Southeast Asia-focus Graduate Students

Two new fellowships are available to graduate students studying Southeast Asia:
Hawaiʻi/Wisconsin Luce Graduate Field Study Fellowships for Research or Advanced Language Study in Southeast Asia
Application Deadline: December 1, 2016 | Start: Summer or Fall 2017
Hawaiʻi/Wisconsin Luce Undergraduate Southeast Asia Language Fellowships
Application Deadline: Late Spring 2017 | Start: Fall 2017
For more information on these fellowships, go here:
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CFP: Hawaii/Wisconsin Luce Faculty-Student Collaborative Research Fellowships for Research in Southeast Asia

CALL FOR PROPOSALS from faculty: 

[Available here as PDF]: Luce Faculty-Student Research Announcment 2016


Funding provided by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation 

Applications are sought for funding to support research to be conducted in Southeast Asia by one UH Mānoa faculty member and one or more graduate students in summer or fall 2017.

The Henry Luce Foundation has provided funding to the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin-Madison for research in Southeast Asia.  In each of the next three years, one faculty member will be chosen at one of the two institutions (UH Mānoa for the first year) to conduct research in a Southeast Asian country, with the provision that she or he is accompanied by and oversees and mentors one, two (or three*) graduate students working in the same region and on the same or related research topics and who have advanced abilities in the relevant Southeast Asian language (completed at least 2 years of language study or equivalent).  N.B.  At least one graduate student must be from the other institution; thus, for this first year, at least one graduate student participant must be from UW-Madison.

Developing proposals will be a two-stage process each year, which will involve both faculty and students.

First—BY OCTOBER 15, UH Mānoa faculty members interested in applying should contact the UH Mānoa Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), providing a brief description of the nature of the research they wish to undertake and the estimated time frame.  Based on this information, the CSEAS at both institutions will be prepared to facilitate communication with faculty members at the other institution and to assist  in identifying qualified graduate student participants.

Second—BY DECEMBER 1, formal applications will be made by cohorts.  An application will consist of the following

From each faculty member applicant:

  • A narrative description (3-4 pages, double spaced) outlining the nature of the research he or she intends to carry out, the location(s), and timetable.
  • A budget summary for the faculty member’s portion of the project.
  • The faculty member’s CV.

From each graduate student applicant:

  • A narrative description (2-3 pages, double spaced) outlining the nature of the research intended, locations(s), and timetable.
  • A budget summary for the student’s portion of the project.
  • The student’s CV
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts of graduate study

Criteria for selection include quality, originality, and potential importance of the research proposals, prior accomplishments/student records, and the degree to which the proposed research activities of the student applicants fit with the general theme identified by the faculty member.  The choice of awardees will be made by a small committee of Southeast Asia specialists who themselves are not participating in the competition.

N.B.  The research projects proposed by the graduate students need not be identical to that of the faculty member, but some level of coordination will be preferred, and student applicants are encouraged to consult with the faculty member as they develop their proposals.

Funding available:  $8,825 for faculty researcher, $7,000 for each graduate student.

Application Deadline:  December 1, 2016.

* Over the three-year period of the grant, there is funding for a total of 6 graduate students (1-3 each year, but not more than 6 in the three-year period) and 3 faculty members (one each year).

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Job Opportunity: Assistant Professor of Asian Studies

Assistant Professor, Asian Studies: The Asian Studies Program, School of Pacific and Asian Studies, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, seeks an Asianist to fill a 9-month, tenure-track, full-time assistant professorship (position number 0088773), to begin August 1, 2017, pending availability of funds. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The candidate must have a demonstrated expertise in South Asia or Japan/Okinawa, and the ability to teach interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate courses that cross area boundaries in Asia.

Duties and responsibilities include developing and teaching four Asian Studies courses per year, advising undergraduate and graduate students, maintaining an active agenda of scholarly research and publication; participating, as appropriate, in program-building and other service work for the University and academic community; and working collaboratively and collegially with diverse groups of students and faculty.

Minimum Qualifications: earned PhD (in hand at time of appointment) from a university of recognized standing in a humanities, social science or related interdisciplinary field with emphasis on South Asia or Japan/Okinawa. Research competence in a South Asian language or Japanese and evidence of active research agenda in Asia. Ability to develop and teach innovative inter-Asia courses at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Desirable Qualifications: we are particularly interested in candidates whose work addresses issues of concern in contemporary Asia, such as environmental issues, social and cultural movements, non-traditional security issues, or the arts.

Qualified applicants should send a cover letter indicating how they satisfy the minimum and desirable qualifications, current curriculum vitae, transcripts for highest degree (copies acceptable; official/original transcripts from institution to institution required upon hire), sample publication or dissertation chapter, syllabi (graduate or undergraduate) for a South Asia or Japan/Okinawa course and an inter-Asia seminar, and three letters of reference (under separate cover directly from referees) to

Applications must be received no later than November 15, 2016. Electronic submission is preferred. Candidates for interviews will be notified by January 31, 2017.

Mailing Address:

University of Hawaii, School of Pacific and Asian Studies

Asian Studies Program

1890 East West Road, Moore 416

Attn: Barbara Watson Andaya, Asian Studies Chair

Honolulu, HI 96822

Inquiries only:   Dr. Barbara Watson Andaya; 808-956-4735;

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Employment is contingent on satisfying employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986; reference checks of previous employers; and for certain positions, criminal history record checks.

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Asian Studies Program now in WICHE-WRGP


The Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE)’s Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP)

 As of fall 2016, the Asian Studies Program at UH Mānoa is a member of the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP). This program allows master’s, graduate certificate, and doctoral students who are legal residents of the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE) member states to pay Hawai’i resident tuition when attending the UH-Mānoa Asian Studies Program. The WICHE states are Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawai‘i, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

WICHE WRGP applicants applying to UH-Mānoa must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher or possess certain exceptional abilities as affirmed by the UHM graduate program to which they apply.

To be considered for the Hawai’i resident tuition rate through the WRGP program, you must identify yourself as WICHE WRGP applicant at the time you apply.* You must fulfill all the usual requirements for admission as set by the Asian Studies Program and the the Office of Graduate Education at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, and meet all admission deadlines. You must also provide documentation as proof of your legal residency in a WICHE state when requested by UH-Mānoa. (This documentation may include tax returns, voter certificates, active bank accounts, proofs of employment, proof of property ownership, lease agreements, among others).

For more information, please see:

UH-Mānoa Office of Graduate Education information on WICHE WRGP:

WICHE WRGP website:

*Please note: due to the requirements of residency determination, nominations and approvals for WRGP status can only be done at the time of application. It is not possible to “switch” into the WRGP once you have started your graduate program at UHM.


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New Course on Teaching Asia and the Pacific

ITE 440 Teaching Asia and the Pacific

ITE 440: Current Implications of Multicultural Education, Special Section – Teaching Asia and the Pacific (3 credits)

Tuesday and Thursday 8:00-9:15 am

Music Department, Room 201

By using the arts, music, and performance, we aim to provide a meaningful, engaging, and thought-provoking experiential course for students to examine the concepts of identity, community, culture-based education, and society as it relates particularly to oneself, the host culture, Asia & Pacific cultures, and its intersection with other diverse cultures of Hawaii.

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Young-a Park Colloquium 3:00 pm, 4/7

The Anthropology Department Colloquium Series Presents

The Role of Korean Civil Society in the  Making of “Korean National Cinema”

 Young-a Park, Asian Studies Program, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa


 Since 1999, South Korean films have drawn roughly 40 to 60 percent of the Korean domestic box office, surpassing Hollywood films in popularity. Why is this, and how did it come about? While there are many factors that contributed to the Korean film explosion, this paper focuses on the broad public support for a protectionist film policy called “Screen Quota” as one of the crucial factors that contributed not only to the incubation of Korean films at a critical moment in the late 1990s but to the creation of the very idea of a “Korean national cinema.” The Screen Quota advocacy movement successfully kept the protectionist film policy intact against increasing trade-liberalization pressure from the U.S. in the late 1990s and 2000s. This paper charts the trajectory of the movement in which the civil society transformed itself into a symbol of Korean cultural nationalism. The main goal of this paper is to illustrate how Korea’s strong civil society in the film sector played a critical role in the film industry’s exceptional success.

          Young-a Park obtained her B.A. and M.A. from Seoul National University and Ph.D. from Harvard University. She is currently an assistant professor in the Asian Studies Program at University of Hawaii at Manoa. She is the author of Unexpected Alliances: Independent Filmmakers, the State, and the Film Industry in Postauthoritarian South Korea (2015, Stanford University Press).

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Keynote Address – Theodore C. Bestor, Wednesday March 16, 4:30-6:00 pm

Keynote Address FlyerPlease join us at the Center for Korean Studies Auditorium at 4:30 pm on Wednesday March 16, for the Keynote Address of the 2016 SPAS Graduate Student Conference.

The address, “What in the World is Washoku” will be given by Professor Theodore C. Bestor, Reischauer Institute Professor of Social Anthropology and Director, Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University.


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