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The National Resource Center East Asia (NRCEA) at the University of Hawai’i is one of only 21 Comprehensive National Resource Centers in the country. Administered by the East Asia Council, the NRCEA directs the East Asia component of the university’s degree programs, coordinates the acquisition and use of East Asia resources, and develops transnational East Asia projects.

Under the aegis of the University of Hawai’i School of Pacific and Asian Studies (SPAS), the Centers for Chinese (CCS), Japanese (CJS), Korean (CKS), and Okinawan (COS) Studies, together, form the East Asia Council (EAC). The mission of the EAC is to 1) direct the East Asian component of university-wide degree programs, 2) coordinate the acquisition and use of East Asian resources, and 3) develop transnational East Asian projects and proposals. The Council also administers the National Resource Center East Asia.

The EAC coordinates all East Asian activities of the University of Hawai’i and is led by a coordinating committee of the directors of the Center for Chinese Studies (Dr. Fred Lau), the Center for Japanese Studies (Dr. Mary McDonald), the Center for Korean Studies (Dr. Sang-Hyop Lee), and the Center for Okinawan Studies (Dr. Joyce Chinen). These directors are advised by and responsible to executive committees composed of East Asian faculty representing the larger membership and programs of the Centers.

Below is the organizational chart of the East Asia Council. Differences in staffing arrangements of the individual Centers reflect their unique histories and needs.

East Asia Council Organizational Chart

Director of CCS
Fred Lau

Chair, Director of CJS
Lonny Carlile

Director of CKS
Sang-Hyop Lee

Associate Director
Cyndy Ning

Associate Director
Gay Satsuma

Administrative Asst.
Merclyn Labuguen

Executive Committee
Executive Committee
Executive Committee

East Asia Council Staff

Fellowship Coordinator
Chizuko Allen

Fiscal Officer
Myra Yamamoto

The resources that the East Asia Council oversees include 141 faculty and 353 EA courses across 22 academic units and 7 professional programs/schools. Of these, 147 are language courses, and enroll about 4,200 students each year. The EAC is also a partner in developing library resources. The Asia Collection is one of the nation’s strongest for EA material, particularly in SE China, Taiwan, the Ryukyus, Hokkaido, and 20th c. Korea. UH’s location in a state with a population of 33% EA ancestry makes outreach a priority. The EAC magnifies its effectiveness by working in cooperation with other organizations, to sponsor summer institutes for K-16 teachers, produce textbooks, and present in-school programs for K-12.

East Asian Studies at UH is enhanced by diverse partnerships, such as the projects under the Japan Foundation. The UH Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) and National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC) programs advance business and language skills; and the Council of Title VI Centers coordinates the activities of the NRCEA, NRC-Southeast Asian Studies (NRCSEAS), NRC-Pacific Island Studies (NRCPIS), NFLRC, and CIBER. The EAC also collaborates with the EWC and the Department of Defense’s Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS), both in Honolulu; and it works with the National Security Education Program (NSEP) through our Korean Language Flagship Program. The EAC makes collaboration with these units a priority within this proposal to heighten the projects’ impact nationally and internationally.