Hilson Reidpath, a PhD student in Japanese literature (Advisor: Prof. Robert Huey), has received the prestigious Fulbright research grant (International Institute of Education Fulbright Research grant). Previously Hilson won first place in the inaugural Okinawan essay contest sponsored by the Okinawan Prefectural Government, George Washington University and the UH Center for Okinawan Studies.
The grant will fund his one-year stay in Japan for his dissertation research. Hilson’s research project explores notions of a developing Okinawan identity in imperial Japan, focusing specifically on the depiction and negation of Okinawa as seen in literature produced in the 1920s and 30s. Hilson originally planned to move to Japan for the academic year of 2020-21, but due to the pandemic, his research stay in Japan will now start in Spring 2021. That means Hilson will be around for the Fall semester. Let us hope that we will be able to congratulate him in person in the Fall semester. For now, please join us in congratulating Hilson online for his yet another impressive achievement. Congratulations, Hilson!!