People: Faculty

Second Death Anniversary of Dr. Vincent K. Pollard


Led by senior members of the SPAS family and the Asian Studies Program - Dean Ned Shultz, Dr. Michael Aung-Thwin, Dr. Ric Trimillos - staff and faculty observed a simple rite and offered prayer in commemoration of the second death anniversary of Dr. Pollard (inset) on June 1, 2012 at 10:00am.

Vincent, as he is called by friends, served as lecturer in Asian Studies for many years.

Part of his ashes was buried with a marker placed under the Rainbow Shower Tree beside Moore Hall (see photo below).


Staff and faculty of the Asian Studies Program, School of Pacific and Asian Studies, pose for a picture taking.
Leis laid around the marker (thanks to Marissa Robinson and Tess Constantino).


Vincent's marker, prepared by SPAS and the Asian Studies Program.

Korean specialist to join Asian Studies Program

The Asian Studies Program in the School of Pacific and Asian Studies at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa will welcome a new faculty member, Dr. Young-a Park, beginning August 1, 2011. She will teach a course titled, "Globalization in East Asia."

"The Asian Studies Program is fortunate to have a Korean specialist of Professor Park's caliber," said Dr. Yung-Hee Kim, a professor and director of the Center for Korean Studies. "We are excited about the new dimensions she will bring to Korean studies at UH Mānoa."

Park obtained her BA and MA from Seoul National University and PhD in anthropology from Harvard University. She is currently an assistant professor of anthropology at Knox College in Illinois.

Her research and teaching interests cover issues of post-authoritarian politics, film industry, social movements, globalization, and migration in South Korea. Park's book, "Unexpected Alliances: Post-Authoritarian State, Independent Film Networks, and Film Industry in South Korea," is currently under review by Stanford University Press. In it, Park investigates the cultural and institutional roots of the Korean film industry's phenomenal success in the context of Korea's political transition in the late 1990s.

Park is also conducting a new line of research on North Korean refugees in South Korea. While the rhetoric of "One Korea, One Nation" is prevalent in two Koreas, the social and cultural differences between North Korean defectors and South Koreans are articulated in both public discourses and everyday lives. Through this research, she examines how the social inequality between the North Korean defectors and South Koreans is being newly structured despite the strong ideology of equality based on ethnic nationalism.


Philippines studies specialist to join Asian Studies Program

The Asian Studies Program in the School of Pacific and Asian Studies at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa welcomes a new faculty member, Dr. Patricio Abinales. He will teach courses in Philippines Studies beginning in the Fall 2011 semester.

Abinales grew up in a frontier town in the Philippine island of Mindanao. He majored in history at the University of the Philippines, and later received his PhD in Government and Southeast Asian Studies from Cornell University. After working for five years as an assistant professor at Ohio University, he moved to Kyoto University's Center for Southeast Asian Studies, and was affiliated with the Center for 10 years.

"Dr. Patricio Abinales is a valuable addition to the Asian Studies Program faculty at UH Manoa with his broad expertise in Philippine Studies and outstanding interdisciplinary scholarship on Philippine history, culture, politics and society," said Dr. Lindy Aquino, former Director of the Center for Philippines Studies. "In addition to his solid research record, he is also a dynamic teacher who engages colleagues and students with his provocative intellectual style."

His written works include Making Mindanao: Cotabato and Davao in the Formation of the Philippine State (Ateneo: 2000); State and Society in the Philippines, co-authored with Donna J.Amoroso (Rowman and Littlefield, 2005); and Orthodoxy and History in the Muslim Mindanao Narrative (Ateneo, 2010).

"Professor Abinales strengthens and enhances the University's commitment to Philippine Studies through his expertise in the southern and central Philippines. Mindanao is increasingly important for understanding the Philippines as a modern global player and as part of contemporary Southeast Asia's cultural and religious dynamic," noted Ricardo Trimillos, professor of Asian Studies and former Director of the Center for Philippines Studies. "His experience in Japanese higher education brings yet another perspective to the diversity of the Asian Studies faculty at UH Manoa."