Archaeology Lecture: Kin, Crafts, and Co-residence in Neolithic North China (7000-2800 BC)

There is an archaeology lecture on Thursday May 6th, 7:30 PM Architecture Auditorium, Architecture
Building, University of Hawaii at Manoa titled:
Kin, Crafts, and Co-residence in Neolithic North China (7000-2800 BC)

The lecture will be given by Dr. Christian Peterson. Dr. Peterson is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology in East Asian Archaeology, University of Hawaii

Abstract: A settled agricultural way of life was firmly established in the middle reaches of the Yellow River Valley of northern China by the beginning of the seventh
millennium BC. Situated on the banks and floodplains of the slow-flowing tributaries of the Yellow, Wei, and Fen rivers in what are today Shaanxi, Henan, Hebei, Shanxi, and Gansu provinces, these Early Neolithic agriculturists lived in compact villages of related and relatively undifferentiated households. After another 2000 years, or by the beginning of the Middle Neolithic, village life in the Middle Yellow River Valley had undergone substantial changes. People were living in even more compact settlements, the regional distribution and internal organization of which suggest an increase in the intensity of inter-household interaction, and a fundamental reorganization of previous social and economic structures. By no later than the mid-third millennium BC this reorganization had facilitated the emergence of regional-scale hierarchical societies. These earliest chiefdoms were followed by the widespread proliferation of even larger-scale, more complex, and more hierarchical societies in the Late Neolithic and protohistoric periods. This lecture focuses on the formative (Early and Middle Neolithic) stages of complex societal development in the Middle Yellow River Valley. Several key social and economic transitions are identified and discussed within the context of longer-term patterns of societal change. Further attention to these changes may ultimately improve our understanding of the developmental prehistory of later Neolithic and Bronze Age societies in this area, and of societal evolution elsewhere.

For further information contact Prof. Robert Littman,

The Impact of the Economic Crisis on Asia and the Pacific

The Impact of the Economic Crisis on Asia and the Pacific
Center for Korean Studies
April 2nd, 2009
4:30 pm

The University of Hawai`i at Mānoa School of Pacific and Asian Studies (SPAS) is launching a program, “Asia Pacific in the News.”

The inaugural presentation will feature a panel of six UH Mānoa scholars who will discuss the impact of the economic crisis on Asia and the Pacific.

The panel members are:

PACIFIC: Failautusi (Tusi) Avegallio, Director, Pacific Business Center
SOUTHEAST ASIA: Jack Suyderhoud, Professor, Financial Economics and Institutions
SOUTH ASIA: Aspy Palia, Professor, Department of Marketing
CHINA: Xiaojun Wang, Professor, Department of Economics
JAPAN: Theresa Greaney, Professor, Department of Economics
KOREA: Sang-Hyop Lee, Professor, Department of Economics

SPAS will sponsor informational presentations periodically throughout the academic year. The presentations aim to provide timely insights into newsworthy events in Asia and the Pacific.

Students, faculty and community members are welcome. On-campus parking is available for $3.

For more information, please contact: Marissa Robinson, 956-8818,

In Search of Takeda Omi’s Legacy: The Karakuri Ningyô

Location: Moore 319, Tokioka Room
Date: Thurs., March 5, 2009
Time: 3:00-4:30 pm

Dr. Holly Blumner
Associate Professor
Theater, Film, and Media Studies,
St. Mary’s College of Maryland

Paper Abstract:
Among the many theatrical entertainments in Japan during the Edo period were mechanical puppets with clockwork mechanisms. The puppets, attributed to Osaka theatre owner Takeda Omi, were popular in theatre performances across the Kyoto-Osaka region until 1768. Gradually, puppets and onstage puppeteers replaced the mechanical puppets.

Today, festival puppets are carved and assembled using instruction manuals dating back to 1760. The puppets perform at festivals throughout Japan. This presentation examines the karakuri puppet phenomenon at Osaka’s Takeda Theatre from 1662-1768 and the continuing legacy.