The two day Asia and the Pacific in German Culture conference was covered by the Honolulu Star Advertiser:

Feb. 13, 2014 — Asia and Pacific in German Culture

Asia and the Pacific have long figured in the German cultural imagination. This is thanks to a tradition of literary, linguistic and philosophical interest in Asia and ancient wisdom, as well as Germany’s colonization of the Pacific in the 19th century.

A free two-day conference at the University of Hawaii at Manoa on Friday and Saturday will explore Germany’s engagement with Asia and the Pacific in matters of trave and trade, colonies and missions, race and politics, as well as philosophy, literature, cinema and art.

James Bade, professor of German at Auckland University, will provide Friday’s keynote address on “The German Connection with the Pacific, 1843-1918: Samoa, New Zealand and Tonga.” Saturday’s keynote address will feature history scholar Douglas McGetchin of Florida Atlantic University on “The Specter Haunting German Orientalism: Edward Said’s Influence on the Study of Germans, India and the British Empire.” Both talks start at 9:30 a.m.

The conference, which is open to the public, will be held at the Center for Korean Studies. For a complete program, visit or


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