East Asia Faculty


UHM’s resources in East Asian Studies include 141 faculty who teach over 360 EA courses across 23 academic units and 7 professional programs.  All professorial and most specialist faculty hold doctorate degrees in EA specialties from institutions with distinguished EA programs, including Harvard (11), UC Berkeley (10), U. of Michigan (6), Stanford (6), UCLA (5), Columbia (4), and U. of Chicago (3). Since UHM is one of the nation’s largest EA Studies programs with concentrations offered nowhere else, a number of our faculty hold UHM doctorates.

In the past 5 years, EA faculty have published 59 books and edited books, 140 chapters in books and conference proceedings, and 181 journal articles for a total of 380 publications.  They have also created artistic/media/performance products, such as a concerto composition with shakuhachi, a theatre production of a Beijing opera, and an exhibition of architectural designs in Berlin.  During their tenure at UHM, 7 have won awards for their scholarship/research, 23 have won awards for teaching excellence, and 3 have received “Best Book” awards.  Half of the faculty travel regularly to Asia (some several times a year), and almost all are proficient in at least 1 EA language.


UHM provides travel funds and seed money for research and instructional projects through the Office of Research Services, and sabbatical leave for faculty of 1 year at half pay or half year at full pay every 7 years.  EA faculty have additional resources through their individual Centers.  CJS $4.9 million and CKS $5.9 million endowments provide every full-time J and K faculty member an annual $1,000 research stipend. Moreover, CJS awards $300 per year to each language instructor for development.  CJS and CKS hold semi-annual competitions for additional funding, in 2013 giving roughly $150,000 in faculty support.  All CCS faculty who apply (about 10 per year) receive allocations for research at Peking U.  A $200,000 CCS endowment awards approximately 15 faculty and graduate students modest amounts annually for travel and research.  The UHM Confucius Institute helps fund two faculty-run conferences per year, and supports China-focused faculty and graduate students seeking to travel to China and to conduct research and exchange at home; for Fall 2014, a major comparative Confucianism conference took place at the UHM campus.  Research and travel support to faculty is also provided by the UHM Research Council at a rate of $100,000 annually. UHM’s School of Pacific and Asian Studies (SPAS) and EWC work collaboratively on research projects, and they provide approximately $50,000 annually for Asia-Pacific related activities. UHM Study Abroad Office created Faculty Resident Adviser positions in many of its overseas programs (Kobe and Machida in Japan, Shanghai in China) providing opportunities for faculty to teach and conduct research in EA. UHM faculty utilize EAC’s contacts in EA to further develop their research and intellectual reach.


The Directors of the CJK Centers, who comprise the EA Council, are supported by a staff of administrators with several decades of combined experience in their positions.  The NRC will be directed by Lonny Carlile (CJS), Chair of the EA Council, with the support of Fred Lau (CCS), Sang-Hyop Lee (CKS), and Joyce Chinen (COS). All staff in the CJK centers assist in EA projects, but those with direct responsibility for the UH NRCEA include McDonald (PI), Cynthia Ning (CHN language initiative K-12), and Gay Satsuma (administration and outreach).


UHM students and faculty, as well as the personnel associated with this project, reflect the multi-racial, multi-ethnic diversity of Hawai`i. Women comprise 56.4% of the student body and 43.7% of the faculty. All open positions in East Asian Studies are advertised, and minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and the elderly are encouraged to apply.  UHM complies with or exceeds all US laws on disability access, equal opportunity, and anti-age discrimination.

List of Organizations that Awarded Research Support to UH Faculty

AAS North East Asia Council, Abe Fellowship, Academy of Korean Studies, American Cancer Society, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Blakemore Foundation Fellowship, Center for International Business Education and Research, Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, East-West Center, European Science Foundation, Ford Foundation, Fulbright, Guggenheim, Hawaii Community Foundation, Hawaii Council for the Humanities, Japan Foundation, Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Korea Foundation, Henry Luce Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, National Academy of Sciences, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Geographic Society, National Science Foundation, National Security Education Program, North American Coordinating Council for Japanese Library Resources, Smithsonian, Social Science Research Council, Toyota Foundation, US Department of Education, US Department of Defense, US-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange, US-Japan Friendship Commission, Weatherhead Foundation, Wenner-Gren Foundation, and Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.