Job Talk: Permeable Policymaking: Foreign Firms in the Japanese Political Economy

The Asian Studies Program invites all to a talk by Dr. Kristi Govella, candidate for the position of Assistant Professor of Asian Studies. The talk is entitled “Permeable Policymaking: Foreign Firms in the Japanese Economy,” and will be held on Thursday March 2, 3:00-4:00 pm, in the Center for Korean Studies Auditorium.

Abstract: How does internationalization affect the politics of trade? Can foreign firms meaningfully influence policy? Japan is an interesting place to examine these questions because it was remarkably closed to foreign investment until a sudden influx in the 1990s. While foreign firms were initially dependent on their home governments to influence Japanese policy, opportunities for these firms to act independently increased with the opening of the Japanese economy. Interestingly, the manner in which a sector opened had lasting and sometimes unexpected consequences, creating cleavages among Japanese and foreign firms in ways that shaped their interests and the trajectory of policy change. This research sheds light on the ways that internationalization can enable foreign firms to impact policy debates directly from within a host country, potentially altering the dynamics of both domestic politics and international relations.

About the Speaker: Kristi Govella is an Associate Professor at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, specializing in Japanese politics and Asian regionalism. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Job Talk: Interpreting Okinawa: Place-Making and the Nature of the Past

The Asian Studies Program invites you to a talk by Dr. Andrea Murray, “Interpreting Okinawa: Place-Making and the Nature of the Past,” on Monday, February 27, from 2:30-3:30 pm, in Bilger Hall 335.

Abstract: “Nature” in Okinawa is a thing of the past. This talk considers how a sense of unique ecological heritage is cultivated and expressed through facilitated interactions between human and non-human animal species, both for the education of tourists and for the benefit of residents. In a move to direct the island’s economy away from U.S. military base dependency, local entrepreneurs are reclaiming their past through engagement with the natural environment. “Nature” is also a matter of interpretation.

 

About the Speaker: Andrea E. Murray is an Associate in Research at the Reischauer Institute for Japanese Studies, Harvard University. Her book, Footprints in Paradise: Ecotourism, Local Knowledge, and Nature Therapies in Okinawa (Berghahn Books 2017), is an ethnography of island political ecology and sustainable tourism development.

Job Talk: (Re)Figuring South Asian Coolie Identities

The Asian Studies Program invites the UH Manoa community to a talk by Dr. Arunima Datta, candidate  for the Assistant Professor position in Asian Studies, from 1:30-2:30 pm on Friday February 24, at the Center for Korean Studies Auditorium.

(Re)Figuring South Asian Coolie Identities: Gender, Labor Migration and the Empire

ABSTRACT: Recently literature has been flourishing on the “colonial” manipulations of intimate relations, morality and domestic arrangements in the making of the Empire. This body of scholarship remains limited by its preoccupation with relations between European men and native women, rendering some bodies and relations more relevant than others. Colonial construction of migrant Indian coolie households often depicts coolie women either as immoral beings or as passive victims of skewed native patriarchy, while coolie men have been figured as irresponsible and violent partners. Such sweeping depictions homogenized all coolie women into a single category of ‘victims’ and likewise all coolie men as perpetrators of violence against their wives or mistresses, thereby disregarding the plethora of relations and identities coolie men and women experienced. This talk explores such neglected intimacies of Indian coolie households in British Malaya. In doing so, it introduces the concept of “situational agency” and in the process contributes to ongoing discussions in fields of gender, migration and labour studies by problematizing the dichotomous understanding of “agent” and “victim” as mutually exclusive categories.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Dr Arunima Datta is a postdoctoral fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore(NUS) and simultaneously lectures for the South Asian Program, NUS. Datta received her PhD in Southeast Asian Studies from NUS and was awarded the Presidential Scholarship for her research. She maintains an active interest in the related fields of South Asian and Southeast Asian history/studies, women’s and gender history, race, gender and sexuality studies, colonial and postcolonial studies. She has authored articles on colonial law, Indian coolie women in Malaya during British Rule and during Japanese Occupation. She is currently working on two book projects, viz., Indian Coolie Women in Malaya, Travelling Indian Ayahs in Britain. Datta recently organised the Gender Perspectives on Colonial Inter-Asian Labour Migration; the first conference in the field of Inter-Asian studies to focus on gender and labour migration history. She also serves as Assistant Editor of the Journal of Malaysian Branch of Royal Asiatic Society and is also a member of the editorial board of Asian Journal of Social Science Studies.

New Publication from Prof. Barbara Andaya

Asian Studies Program Chair Prof. Barbara Andaya, along with Leonard Andaya, has published A History of Early Modern Southeast Asia, 1400-1830, with Cambridge University Press.

cover-for-early-modern-southeast-asiaReviews & endorsements

‘… the authors convey in remarkably clear terms the complexity of the entire region’s dynamics during the early modern age. Their coherent narrative will no doubt help bring Southeast Asian developments into the flourishing field of world history.’ Pierre-Yves Manguin, Emeritus Professor, Ecole française d’Extrême-Orient/Centre Asie du Sud-Est (EHESS-CNRS)

‘This is a stunningly ambitious, comprehensive and insightful overview of pre-modern Southeast Asia. It will serve both to energize regional specialists and to introduce the region to a wider public. A landmark history greatly to be welcomed.’ Victor Lieberman, Raoul Wallenberg Distinguished University Professor of History and Professor of Southeast Asian History, University of Michigan

‘For once, the term magnum opus is truly appropriate for the Andayas’ stunning achievement. An ambitious and sweeping history reflecting their vast learning, a sure grasp of both region-wide developments and local adaptations, and an eye for the telling detail. No history of early-modern Southeast Asia is likely to surpass this high intellectual standard for the foreseeable future. We are all in their debt.’ James C. Scott, Sterling Professor of Political Science and Anthropology, Yale University, Connecticut

‘The Andayas have done a magnificent service for programs seeking to expand their global history offerings and craft courses that will build on the world history survey to provide depth for upper-level undergraduates and graduate students. The book’s vivid narrative interweaves political, cultural and economic history, with the men and women who made that history at the core of the story, but the physical environment of seas and forests ever-present as a force as well. Each chronological chapter is clearly laid out in a structure that moves from the global context to Southeast Asia as a whole to various sub-regions, allowing students and other readers to examine this key part of the early modern world at a range of geographic scales. Instructors who are not themselves historians of Southeast Asia could easily use this overview to anchor a course as they explore new areas for teaching, and departments could use it as a model for how to redesign their course array into a more comparative, coherent and connected whole.’ Merry Weisner-Hanks, Distinguished Professor, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Special Graduate Course Spring 2017: Making Indigenous Space along the Pacific Rim

This special course will be offered this term only, by our visiting Andrews Fellow, Michael Hathaway (bio below).

ASAN 620 Making an Indigenous Space Along the Pacific Rim: 

National and International Struggles from the 1960s-present

This graduate class explores the formation of an indigenous space as part of national and transnational actions between places located along the Pacific Rim. We will read materials and watch film clips from such places such as Japan, China, Canada, the US, Hawai’i, Australia, New Zealand and others to gain a better understanding of not only the comparative differences, but also the connections in forging new relationships within and beyond the nation-state. As Dorothy Hodgson argues, the template of indigenous rights was born in the Americas, and yet as groups from around the world, such as Africa, engaged in these platforms, this transformed the texture of indigeneity itself. This class extends that exploration, looking at the diverse ways that people in the Pacific Rim both engage their own neighboring social worlds and those across the waters in order to expand indigenous futures.

BIO: MICHAEL HATHAWAY (Visiting Andrews Fellow, Spring 2017)

Michael Hathaway is an associate professor of cultural anthropology at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia. His first book, Environmental Winds: Making the Global in Southwest China (University of California Press, 2013), explores how environmentalism was refashioned in China, not only by conservationists, but also by rural villagers and even animals. It also examines the ways that the politics of indigeneity and nature conservation emerged in China, and reflects on how these dynamics can illuminate struggles elsewhere.

His second major project examines the global commodity chain of the matsutake, one of the world’s most expensive mushrooms, following it from the highlands of the Tibetan Plateau to the markets of urban Japan. He works with other members of the Matsutake Worlds Research Group, looking at the social worlds this mushroom engenders in Canada, the United States, China, and Japan.

His work appears in The Journal of Asian StudiesCultural AnthropologyAmerican EthnologistConservation and Society, and Humanities as well as several books. His research has been supported by the Toyota Foundation (Japan); Social Science and Humanities Research Council (Canada); and the Social Science Research Council, American Council of Learned Societies, National Science Foundation, Wenner-Gren Foundation, and Environmental Protection Agency.

Michael Hathaway: Andrews Fellow, Spring 2017

The Asian Studies Program’s Andrews Fellow in Spring 2017 will be Michael Hathaway.

1475000399842Michael Hathaway is an associate professor of cultural anthropology at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia. His first book, Environmental Winds: Making the Global in Southwest China (University of California Press, 2013), explores how environmentalism was refashioned in China, not only by conservationists, but also by rural villagers and even animals. It also examines the ways that the politics of indigeneity and nature conservation emerged in China, and reflects on how these dynamics can illuminate struggles elsewhere.

His second major project examines the global commodity chain of the matsutake, one of the world’s most expensive mushrooms, following it from the highlands of the Tibetan Plateau to the markets of urban Japan. He works with other members of the Matsutake Worlds Research Group, looking at the social worlds this mushroom engenders in Canada, the United States, China, and Japan.

His work appears in The Journal of Asian StudiesCultural AnthropologyAmerican EthnologistConservation and Society, and Humanities as well as several books. His research has been supported by the Toyota Foundation (Japan); Social Science and Humanities Research Council (Canada); and the Social Science Research Council, American Council of Learned Societies, National Science Foundation, Wenner-Gren Foundation, and Environmental Protection Agency.

Featured Course – Sustainable Development in Asia

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ASAN 470 – Sustainable Development in Asia

CRN 88280

Taught by Prof. Sang Hyop Lee

Spring 2017

Tuesdays 10:30 – 1:15

This course provides an overview of problems and challenges of sustainable economic development in Asia, focusing on East Asia. Topics include, but not limited to:

  • Foundations for sustainable development and growth
  • Issues related to globalizations
  • Poverty reduction and income inequality
  • Population
  • Education and health
  • Development by sector
  • International trade and development, financial sectors

For inquiries, please email leesang@hawaii.edu

Spring 2017 Courses

More Coming Soon!

Click this link for Manoa Class Availability Listings in Asian Studies for Spring 2017 

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 470 Sustainable Development in Asia, Prof. S. H. Lee

This course provides an overview of problems and challenges of sustainable economic development in Asia, focusing on East Asia.

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