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“Pushing Boundaries, Shifting Perspectives” — Pacific Asian Studies research conference

Asami Nago

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s School of Pacific and Asian Studies’ (SPAS) 2014 Graduate Student Conference is titled “Pushing Boundaries, Shifting Perspectives: Remapping Asia and the Pacific Through a Transnational Interdisciplinary Lens.” The conference was held at UH Mānoa’s Center for Korean Studies from April 2-4. Here are a few highlights from UH Mānoa student research that was presented: ...

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Danielle Conway on intellectual property and ‘The miracle at Marrakesh’

Danielle Conway

Doing Justice for the Blind and Visually Impaired While Changing the Culture of Norm Setting at the World Intellectual Property Organization Imagine a world where new digital technologies create even more access to content in printed publications for sighted people while simultaneously and disproportionately reducing access even further to the same content in printed publications for blind people. To those ...

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Japanese Buddhism scholar receives Order of the Rising Sun

George Tanabe and Toyoei Shigeeda

George Joji Tanabe, Jr., emeritus professor of the Department of Religion at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon at the Japanese Consulate in Honolulu on January 24, 2014. Tanabe was honored for strengthening the academic and cultural exchanges between the United States and Japan. His contributions have deepened the understanding of Japanese ...

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English-language world premiere of “Lady Mu and the Yang Family Generals”

Lady Mu

“Lady Mu and the Yang Family Generals” is a fitting production to mark Kennedy Theatre’s 50th Anniversary, as this year also marks the 50th anniversary of Jingju (Beijing “Opera”) performance at the University of Hawai‘i. UHM alumna and professor of Asian Theatre Elizabeth Wichmann-Walczak, who has served as director of the department’s Asian Theatre program since 1985, began presenting Jingju ...

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The Kanak Awakening: New book about nationalism in New Caledonia

The Kanak Awakening

The Center for Pacific Islands Studies (CPIS)  is pleased to announce the publication of a new volume in its Pacific Islands Monograph Series (PIMS) — The Kanak Awakening: The Rise of Nationalism in New Caledonia by David Chappell, UH Manoa History Department and CPIS affiliate faculty. This study examines the rise in New Caledonia of rival identity formations that became increasingly polarized in the 1970s and examines in particular the ...

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Romance of garments from a bygone era: Historic Costume Collection

Two researchers examine kimono

The UH Mānoa Historic Costume Collection, begun in 1960, consists of approximately 18,000 historic and ethnographic garments, textiles, accessories, home-furnishing fabrics, and related materials and equipment dating back to the early 19th century. It is the largest collection of its kind at an American university. There are 4 sub-collections: Western, Asian, Hawaiian and Ethnic. The Asian collection includes a series of ...

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Music in Kubrick films examined in new book

We'll Meet Again - Book Cover

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Associate Professor of Musicology Kate McQuiston has published, “We’ll Meet Again”: Musical Design in the Films of Stanley Kubrick. Her study reveals the importance of music in both the creation and reception of Kubrick’s major films. The book was a recipient for an award from the AMS 75 PAYS endowment, awarded to small selection of books annually by the American Musicological Society. McQuiston’s ...

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New perspectives about the history of Kalaupapa

Kalaupapa lighthouse

The University of Hawai’i at Mānoa Library invites the campus community and the public to a special lecture by award-winning UH Press author Anwei Skinsnes Law on “New Perspectives on the History of Kalaupapa” in Hamilton Library Room 301 on Thursday, November 7, 2013, from 3:30-5:00 p.m. Between 1866 and 1969, an estimated 8,000 people were taken from their families and places ...

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Roger Ames wins Confucius Culture Award

Roger Ames

Roger T. Ames, professor of philosophy, received the Confucius Culture Award at the 2013 World Congress of Confucianism in Beijing. A beautiful new video documentary prepared by UH Mānoa’s Center for Chinese Studies celebrates Ames’ lifetime of scholarly achievement. The “Confucius Culture Award” was established by the Ministry of Culture and the Shandong provincial government and is awarded at the World Congress ...

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Bollywood and Beyond: Costume in Indian Film

Bollywood costumes

“Bollywood” is often used synonymously for the Hindi-language film industry, based in Mumbai (Bombay). Other major Indian film centers are located in each of the significant language regions. The Indian film industry is the largest and most prolific in the world, producing between 800 and 2,000 films annually. UH Mānoa assistant professor of theater Cheri Vasek answered these questions about the ...

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