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 (

Lonny Carlile Lecture, Sept. 30 2014

LCarlile- Center for Okinawan Studies Lecture Series Final

Lecture Series

“RESIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY IN PRACTICE:  Japanese Law and Government  in the US-Administered Okinawa, 1952-1972”

The term “residual sovereignty” has been used to describe Japan’s claim on what is now Okinawa Prefecture from the time that the San Francisco Peace Settlement went into effect in April 1952 to Okinawa’s “reversion” to Japan in May 1972. Conventional wisdom assumes that residual sovereignty was accompanied by a complete suspension of the Japanese legal and administrative authority in the US-administered Ryukyu Islands. Through an overview and analysis of the institutions that mediated Japan’s relations with Okinawa during the period of US administration, the presentation will make the case that the conventional wisdom is incorrect and that in practice Japanese law and government administration was effectively exercised there in a number of non-trivial ways during the period. It is also contended that it is important for students of Okinawa to adopt a more nuanced and sophisticated understanding of residual sovereignty as the conventional wisdom significantly distorts our understanding of social and political processes in Okinawa during this critical historical period.

Speaker: Dr. Lonny E. Carlile, Asian Studies & Center for Japanese Studies

Date: September 30, 2014 (Tuesday)

Time: 3:00-4:30 pm

Location: Moore Hall 319 (Tokioka Room)

Co-sponsored with Center for Japanese Studies

Event is free and open to the public.

For more information or disability access, please contact:

Center for Okinawan Studies, tel. 956-0902 / 956-5754

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution

Anna Stirr and Colleagues Receive CCKF Collaborative Grant

DSCN1728Anna Stirr, Assistant Professor of Asian Studies, along with colleagues Hsin-Chun Tasaw Lu (Academia Sinica), Tsan-Huang Tsai (Australian National University), and Nomi Dave (University of Virginia), has been awarded a Collaborative Research Grant from the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation. The three-year grant will support
the research project “Music, Dance, and Cultural Revolution Beyond China’s Borders,” which will examine the influence of Cultural Revolution-era Chinese performing arts troupes on revolutionary and reactionary performance in Asia and Africa.

2014 SPAS Graduate Student Conference

We are pleased to announce the 25th Annual SPAS Graduate Student Conference.

Pushing Boundaries, Shifting Perspectives: Remapping Asia and the Pacific Through a Transnational Interdisciplinary Lens

When: April 2-4, 2014
Where: Center for Korean Studies, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Honolulu, Hawai‘i
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Nancy Lee Peluso (UC-Berkeley)

The University of Hawai’i at Mānoa’s School of Pacific and Asian Studies (SPAS) will host the 25th annual graduate student conference in Spring of 2014. The event hopes to feature and promote the graduate-level research of students hailing from a wide range of backgrounds including Hawai’i, the US Mainland, Asia, and the Pacific Islands. The conference will provide the UH Mānoa student community, faculty, and staff with exposure to a diversity of contemporary themes and research topics in Asian and Pacific Island Studies. In addition to research presentations, the conference will feature performances by various Asian and Pacific dance and music groups and will host a keynote speaker whose research addresses the conference’s interdisciplinary theme. The event will also provide the opportunity for students to network with peers from all over Asia and the Pacific.

As this year’s theme indicates, we invite scholars to submit abstracts for papers that:

  • Push the boundaries of existing knowledge of Asia and the Pacific
  • Challenge conventional perspectives on Asia and the Pacific
  • Incorporate interdisciplinary approaches
  • Contest approaches based on a national or regional focus
  • Engage new and emerging trends in Asian and/or Pacific Studies
  • Involve original research on Asia and/or the Pacific
  • Present Asian and/or Pacific performance practices

THE DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY 1, 2014. Please see below for the link to the Call for Papers for the 2014 SPAS Graduate Student Conference.

If you have any questions, please contact the conference planning committee at Please like our Facebook page to receive updates and stay connected about the conference.