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.

2016-2017 FLAS Recipients

Congratulations to the summer 2016 and academic year 2016-2017 Foreign Language Area Studies-East Asia recipients!

Summer 2016

Chinese (Mandarin)

  •             Robert York (PhD, History)
  •             Mia Porter (BBA, Finance)
  •             Sylvia Young (BA, EALL)


  •             Winslow Taylor (MA, Philosophy)
  •             Monique D’Almedia (MA, Art)


  •             Clara Hur (MA, Asian Studies)
  •             Kyle Akuya (BA, EALL)
  •             Aaron Allen (BA, EALL)
  •             Maile Pan (BA, EALL)
  •             Victoria Meza (BA, EALL)
  •             Lacey Bonner (BA, EALL)

Academic Year 2016-2017

Chinese (Mandarin)

  •             James Utley (PhD, History)
  •             Gregory Brown (PhD, EALL)
  •             Keahonui Kam (BBA, Business)


  •             Maura Stephens (PhD, Anthropology)
  •             Keely Zabonik (MA, Linguistics)
  •             Edward Massie Eisner (MA, Asian Studies)


  •             Brian H. Kim (MA, EALL)
  •             Brian J. Kim (MA, EALL)
  •             Kelly Watts (MA, EALL)
  •             Yea-Jin Kim (BA, EALL)

Chinese Language FLAS, Summer 2014

Congratulations to four UHM students who received FLAS support for intensive language study in China: Koa Webster, Ruby MacDougall, Duncan Aylor, and Melanie Nash.  Koa spent the summer at Hainan University studying Mandarin.  He writes: “Over the summer I noticed my listening skill became much better and my speaking became more fluid, I could figure out what people were saying if I didn’t know a word they were able to use Chinese to explain the meaning.  I believe I still have a lot more to learn, but the best part of the experience was feeling myself progress over the course of the program.”  Ruby studied Mandarin at Yunnan University in Kunming.  She says, “Before this summer, I was very intimidated by academic writing in Mandarin and this hindered my research progress. Now, I have much greater ability to understand academic sources written in Mandarin and I believe this will open up exciting new possibilities for my research and for future academic discoveries!”  Duncan studied Mandarin in Beijing.  According to Duncan, “The FLAS was extremely helpful.  The best part about it was that it allowed one to design their own program of study while in country, so one could tailor the studying to one’s specific needs.  I was able to focus on the skills I needed most, which was not only practical but also helped me to stay motivated. ”