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Manoa students selected for intensive language study in Japan

Raymond DeLang, Consul General of Japan Yasushi Misawa and Jake Yasumori.

Raymond DeLang and Jake Yasumori, Japanese language majors in the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, were selected as recipients of the 2017–18 Monbukagakusho Scholarship from the Japanese government’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). The Monbukagakusho Scholarship covers tuition, living expenses and a stipend. The Consul General of Japan in Honolulu presented the scholarship awards to DeLang …

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English professor receives Fulbright Award to India

S. Shankar, professor of English at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, received the prestigious Senior Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Award (Teaching and Research) for 2017–18. He will soon head to India where he will teach at the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras, in Chennai, India, conduct research, and interact with students and faculty in India for the academic year. The Fulbright-Nehru enables the most outstanding students, academics, and …

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UH Mānoa English graduate named Portz Scholar

Brandy Dobson was chosen to be a 2017 Portz Scholar by the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC), and receive the organization’s top prize for undergraduate honors students. Dobson was one of only four scholars selected throughout the country. This is the second consecutive year that an English student from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa earned the prestigious award. Jonathan Omuro was a 2016 Portz Scholar. Both were mentored by …

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National literary award for Mānoa English professor

The prestigious American Book Award has been bestowed on University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Associate Professor Shawna Yang Ryan by the Before Columbus Foundation for her 2016 novel Green Island. Ryan also serves as the director of creative writing in the UH Mānoa Department of English. The American Book Awards provide recognition for outstanding literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America’s diverse literary community. “Writing a novel, you …

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Curve of the Hook awarded for excellence in non-fiction

The Hawaiʻi Book Publishers Association (HBPA) has presented its 2017 Ka Palapala Poʻokela Awardfor excellence in nonfiction to Curve of the Hook: An Archaeologist in Polynesia, the summer 2016 volume of Mānoa: A Pacific Journal of International Writing, published by the University of HawaiʻiPress. HBPA’s jurors considered eighty-five nominations in twelve publishing categories. In a book-length interview, illustrated with maps, charts, and previously unpublished photographs, Curve of the Hook covers the …

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Jamaica Osorio awarded Ford Foundation Fellowship

Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio was honored with the 2017 Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, which will support the final year of her dissertation writing and defense. Osorio, a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa PhD candidate in English, is 1 of only 38 individuals to receive the fellowship among the national competitors. Osorio’s dissertation is titled Aikāne, A Kanaka Maoli Moʻolelo Beyond Queer …

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Art graduate’s sculptures showcased at Waikīkī Parc

The sculptures of Momoe Nakajima, a 2017 bachelor of fine arts degree recipient from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Department of Art and Art History, will be on display at the Waikīkī Parc Hotel’s promenade gallery from June 8 to September 14. Nakajima’s recent works include several pairs of a ceramic figure and a jar. The jar accompanies and …

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Drumming through language barriers

What do you get when you combine an American singer, a Korean-Japanese guitarist, an American-Japanese bassist and a Japanese drummer? For University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Junichi Yagi, the answer is inspiration. Playing drums in a band with work colleagues may not be a natural pathway to become a Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship recipient, but it was for Yagi. He went from practicing …

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Recent Theatre graduate honored with U.S. Student Fulbright award

Katie Patrick (Spring 2017), MFA in Costume Design and most recently seen as the Mountain Priest in Two Mountain Priests in the UH Manoa Department of Theatre and Dance spring Asian theatre kyogen production, Power and Folly: Japanese Satire for the 21st Century, was awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Award. Patrick will begin her research project, entitled “Immersive Study of the …

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Linguistics professor Bob Blust honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

On May 12th, 2017, Bob Blust, professor in the UHM Department of Linguistics,  was awarded the Linguistics Lifetime Achievement in Research Award for his contributions to our understanding of human language, and the Austronesian language family in particular. The Vice Chancellor for Research of UH Manoa, Dr. Michael Bruno, presented Professor Blust with the award, noting the incredible quality and quantity of …

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