UH Production of Thread Hell

The UH production of Thread Hell by Kishida Rio, directed by Colleen Lanki, UHM alumna and guest director, was performed six times between April 12-21, 2013.

Attendees and participants learned about Japanese theatre and a specific underground theatre play known as Thread Hell.

The production of the play included the training of 24 students actors as well as members of the production/design crew, and the teaching of the course, THEA 433 Movement Workshop, specifically for the play.

The play was jointly funded by a number of organizations, including the UHM Department of Theatre and Dance, the Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu, and NRCEA.

Thread Hell

Governence in Hong Kong: Where Does It Stand?

East-West Center Brown-Bag Presentation by Professor Anthony B.L. Cheung, PhD (LSE), GBS, JP

President of the Hong Kong Institute of Education, and Non-Official Member of the Executive Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

Monday April 4, 2011 12:00 noon – 1:15 pm, John A. Burns Hall, Room 2118

The present political configuration of governance in Hong Kong has largely thrived on the pre-1997 colonial logic of administrative state and government by bureaucracy, as modified by the new ministerial system of political appointments introduced in mid-2002. Institutional incompatibilities, the lack of a democratic political regime with bottom-up mandate, a concurrent crisis of identity and trust, and rising political cynicism despite internationally acclaimed government performance, have together made governance all the more difficult. Hong Kong is at a crossroads where a new development model plus paradigm shift in governance are warranted.

Professor Cheung received his PhD degree in Government from the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. He has written extensively on privatization, civil service and public sector reforms, governance and politics in Hong Kong and China, and Asian administrative forms. He was the founding Chairman of the policy think-tank SynergyNet and sits on the board of directors of the Hong Kong Policy Research Institute.

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, littman@hawaii.edu