2019-2020 FLAS recipients

Congratulations to the following FLAS fellowship recipients for the study of Mandarin Chinese, Japanese or Korean and East Asian area studies!

Thomas Fukuda (MA major in Japanese) received the FLAS fellowship in 2019-2020.

Academic year of 2019-20

  • Focus: Chinese
    • Michael Schainfeld (PhD student in Philosophy) (photo)
    • Stephen Garrett (MA student in History)
    • Jeremiah Bonilla (MA student in Asian Studies) (photo)
    • Michelle Nguyen (MA student in Anthropology)
  • Focus: Japanese
    • Leah Wasil (PhD student in Anthropology) (photo)
    • Asia Dobb (MA student in Asian Studies)
    • Thomas Fukata (MA student in Japanese) (photo)
    • Gwendolyn Thornton (BA major in Japanese)
  • Focus: Korean
    • Laura Becker (MA student in Sociology)
    • Melissa Kim (MA student in Asian Studies)
    • Glenn Hill (BA major in Korean)
    • Shyanne Saunders (BA major in Korean) (photo)

Summer 2020

  • Focus: Chinese
    • Michael Schainfeld, (PhD student in Chinese)
    • Katherine Crowell (BA/BS major in Chinese/Natural Resource & Environmental Management)
    • Travis Green (BA major in Chinese)
    • Noelani Lommasson (BA major in Chinese)
    • Chelia Rector (BA major in Chinese)
    • Elizabeth Young (BA major in Chinese and Information Computer Sciences)
  • Focus: Japanese
    • Ami Mulligan (PhD student in History)
  • Focus: Korean
    • Mariah Abdelfatta (BA major in Korean)
    • Kyle Constantino (BA major in Korean)

Notes from a FLAS recepient


Hilson Reidpath,  MA student in East Asian Languages and Literature, received a FLAS fellowship to study Okinawan language during the 2015-2016 academic year.

The FLAS program was a great benefit to me this year and I am extremely glad I received the award. No where else in the country would I have been able to study Okinawan language and culture in the manner in which I did this year. The fact that the university has a number of scholars interested in different elements of Okinawan language and culture made the experience all the more fulfilling and exciting. I really appreciate also that I was able to study Okinawan as I feel it is important for endangered languages like Okinawan to not only receive serious study, but also exposure to students who may not be immediately familiar with them. Knowledge of these languages can help contextualize other areas of the world that they may be familiar with and promote new and innovative ways of interdisciplinary thinking and education.

Teacher Training Programs

Korean Teacher Training

2016 UHM Korean Language Flagship Center (KLFC) and National Resource Center-East Asia(NRCEA) Teacher Training Workshop (February 13-March 19, 2016).  Under the direction of Dr. Sang Yee Cheon, Director of KLFC and Associate Professor of Korean, nineteen participants (community and K-16 pre- and in-service Korean language teachers) took part in the workshop which included topics on textbook selection, National Standards, instructional technology, media-based curriculum, and assessment.  This workshop was the third in a series of KLFC-NRCEA teacher training workshops.  UHM has been a leader in Korean language instruction for many decades.

For more information on the degree programs and the Flagship Center, see:  http://www.hawaii.edu/eall/korean/

Project-Based Language Learning

2016 UHM National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC) Project-Based Language Learning & Interculturality Intensive Summer Institute (June 27-July 1, 2016) with funding from NRCEA.  Twenty participants (K-16 language educators) took part in the institute which focused on how to design their own PBLL projects to incorporate intercultural telecollaborations in their language classrooms.

For information on this NFLRC institute and future events, see:  http://nflrc.hawaii.edu/events/