DEADLINE EXTENDED: SPAS Graduate Student Conference March 16-18, 2016

“From Uncharted Waters to Familiar Shores:

Navigating the Myriad and Divergent Conceptions of Asia”

Call for Papers: 2016 SPAS Graduate Student Conference – ABSTRACT DEADLINE EXTENSION 


The School of Pacific and Asian Studies (SPAS) at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM) welcomes papers, performances, and panel proposals for its 27th annual graduate student conference. The conference will be held at the Center for Korean Studies on the UHM campus in Honolulu, HI on March 16-18, 2016. The theme this year is “FROM UNCHARTED WATERS TO FAMILIAR SHORES: NAVIGATING THE MYRIAD AND DIVERGENT CONCEPTIONS OF ASIA.”

As this year’s theme indicates, we are interested in accepting papers, performances, and panel proposals that continue, change, and/or contest disciplinary and regional approaches to the study of the Asia/Pacific. With this goal in mind, we also encourage those with a background in the arts to apply with performance or paper proposals.

We are especially looking for papers that:

  • Involve any original research in all areas of Asia and Asian Studies
  • Incorporate interdisciplinary methods and frameworks
  • Engage comparative studies or transnationalism
  • Explore new and emerging trends in Asian Studies
  • Critically re-examine existing methodologies and frameworks
  • Present Asian performance practices

Please complete the application form according to the listed guidelines and instructions, and submit it by FEBRUARY 1, 2016. The form may be accessed HERE.

Additionally, all accepted papers/panels will have discussants, so presenters should be prepared to submit their papers by FEBRUARY 15, 2016.

Abstract submission deadline: FEBRUARY 1, 2016

The keynote speaker for this year’s conference is Theodore C. Bestor, Ph.D, from Harvard University.

There will be awards for “best paper” in the following areas:

  • Best Japan Paper
  • Best Korea Paper
  • Best Southeast Asia Paper

A limited number of partial travel grants to the conference site may be available.

If you have any questions, please contact the conference planning committee at

For more information, please refer to our Facebook page, “2016 SPAS Graduate Conference,” or our website at

Undergraduate Scholarship for Southeast Asian Studies, Pacific Island Studies, Humanities

The Pan-Pacific and Southeast Asian Women’s Association (PPSEAWA) has two new  scholarship funds to support lower-division undergraduate students (freshmen and sophomores) who are Hawaii residents and who are interested in Southeast Asian Studies, Pacific Islands Studies, or the humanities. Two awards, of about $2000 each, will be made to students of Southeast Asia, and two to students of the Pacific Islands.

For details on eligibility and how to apply, please log into the STAR Scholarships website ( and search for PPSEAWA or “Southeast Asian Studies.” The application deadline for fall 2016 scholarships is in February 2016.

FLAS Fellowship Applications Available

 Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships

University of Hawaii at Manoa

U.S. citizen or permanent resident UHM graduate and undergraduate students combining modern foreign language training with area/international studies in full-time degree programs are encouraged to apply for:

2016 Summer Fellowship (East Asia and Southeast Asia only):

$2,500 stipend plus tuition up to $5,000

(Intensive language study plan required)

2016-17 Academic Year Fellowship:

$15,000 stipend plus tuition assistance for graduate recipients

$5,000 stipend plus tuition assistance for undergraduates

East Asia (Chinese, Japanese, and Korean) – Apply at: by February 1, 2016 (Search for “FLAS East Asia”)

 Pacific Islands (Chamorro, Maori, Samoan, Tahitian, and Tongan) – Apply at: by February 15, 2016 (Search for “FLAS Pacific Islands”)

Southeast Asia (Indonesian, Khmer, Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese) Apply at: by January 15, 2016

Applicants must complete FAFSA to demonstrate financial need

Further information available here: FLAS info 2016-17

For questions contact 956-2210 or

** Fellowships are subject to U.S. Department of Education grants **

ASP and CPIS Delegates attend Asian Studies conference at Zhejiang University, China

Presenters at the International Asian Studies Conference at Zhejiang University, Oct 22-24, 2015
Presenters at the International Asian Studies Conference at Zhejiang University, Oct 22-24, 2015

The Asia Research Center at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China sponsored an International Asian Studies Conference on October 22-24, 2015, in conjunction with UH Manoa’s School of Pacific and Asian Studies and the Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies. SPAS Dean R. Anderson Sutton and many members of the Asian Studies Program and Center for Pacific Islands Studies faculty, along with Asia experts from other departments, were able to attend. We are all grateful to our colleagues at Zhejiang University for an enjoyable and intellectually stimulating conference, and a very warm welcome.

SPAS Graduate Student Conference March 18-20

The SPAS Graduate Student Conference will be held from March 18-20, at the Center for Korean Studies.

The keynote address, “Rethinking Asian Women’s Migration: New Paradigms, Different Frameworks”,  will be given by Dr. Rhacel Parrenas, Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies, Chair of the Department of Sociology, University of Southern California.

Here is the preliminary program: 2015-spas-conference-schedule1.

More information is available at the conference website.



Asian Studies Scholarship For Study in Asia, Summer 2015/Fall 2015

Asian Studies Scholarship For Study in Asia, Summer 2015/Fall 2015

Scholarship Opportunity: Summer 2015/Fall 2015. Includes Independent Field Research and Study Abroad programs in Hainan (China), Kobe (Japan), Shanghai (China), New Delhi (India), and Manila (The Philippines)

The Asian Studies program, with the support of the Freeman Foundation, will offer two scholarships to undergraduate majors or minors in Asian Studies of approximately $3800 each for Summer and Fall 2015 only. These funds must be used for independent research in any Asian country only in summer 2015 (registered in 3 credits of ASAN 393, Field Study Asia) or Summer or Fall 2015 if enrolled in a Summer Study Abroad program in Hainan (China) or Kobe (Japan) or a Fall Study Abroad program in China, Japan, Philippines, or India). For further information on Study Abroad, see and

Who can apply:

  1. Applicants must be undergraduates majoring or minoring in Asian Studies at UH Mānoa.
  2. You must have at least one more semester remaining for degree completion after you return.
  3. You must be enrolled in 3 credits of ASAN 393 Field Study Asia with a faculty member at UH OR have registered in one of the Study Abroad programs in Summer or Fall 2015 (Japan, China, the Philippines, or India).
  4. If enrolling in either ASAN 393 OR any of the Study Abroad programs, you must make an appointment with an appropriate Asian Studies faculty member who will approve your project and grade your research paper.
  5. You must have a valid passport. Processing takes 4-6 weeks for a renewal or a new passport.

Requirements: The scholarship is intended as a unique opportunity to carry out independent research on a topic of your choice that is approved by the Asian Studies Program. A research paper should be submitted to the supervising faculty member by August 14 (summer) or December 10 (Study Abroad).

How to Apply: Submit

  1. Your academic resume
  2. A letter of application explaining your research project and what you plan to accomplish (3 pages or less)
  3. A budget
  4. A memo from your academic supervisor indicating that he or she has approved the research project and is willing to grade the final product.

Your application will be strengthened if you can show that you have already made contact with an academic institution or a faculty member in the Asian country of choice who will assist in your research. If you need help in framing your proposal, please contact the chair of Asian Studies (Professor Barbara Andaya, or an Asian Studies faculty member. Applications should be submitted in hard copy to the undergraduate advisor, Ms. Pattie Dunn, by March 14.

Questions? Please email Ms. Pattie Dunn (