Category Archives: Community

What’s so scary about Huawei?

Smartphones, sanctions and death sentences: what’s going on with Huawei?

Faculty member Eric Harwit of University of Hawaii at Manoa‘s Asian Studies department weighs in on Huawei Technologies with BBC News!

The tech giant has had a meteoric rise over the last ten years. It has overtaken Apple in the global smartphone market, and its equipment is in telecommunications systems in 170 countries worldwide. But Huawei now finds itself at the centre of a global scandal.

Its chief financial officer – the daughter of the company’s founder – is under house arrest in Canada, accused of selling telecom equipment to Iran in contravention of US sanctions.

A week later, a US court charged the whole company with bank fraud, obstruction of justice and theft of technology from rival T-Mobile.

The company has been banned in New Zealand and Australia, and there are moves in the US to stop government employees from buying their products.

Critics say if it wins the contracts for the new 5G network being created globally, it could give the Chinese government control over everything from smart phones, to cars, to pacemakers in other countries.

So why has the success story soured? This week, we ask: what’s so scary about Huawei?

His segment is in the last 6 minutes of the 23-minute program. Check it out!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3cswqvl

Exhibit: Taiwans Journey to Democracy

A flyer for the Taiwan Exhibition at East-West Center, detailing the time, place and dates. The same information is included below.

Opening Ceremony

The Taiwanese Student Association at the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa and the East-West Center cordially invite you to an Aloha Ceremony and Reception to celebrate the opening of the exhibition “Beautiful Island: Taiwan’s Journey to Democracy”.

We recommend you to visit the exhibition before you come to the reception in Sinclair Library (2425 Campus Rd, Honolulu, HI 96822).

We are glad to have the Dr. Richard R. Vuylsteke, President of East-West Center, Chang Tieh-Chih, the curator of the exhibition and a Taiwanese political & cultural commentator, and Shawna Yang Ryan, the author of the novel Green Island, make some remarks about Taiwan’s democracy.

Thursday, October 18, 2018
East-West Center
Lunchroom— 1st floor
6:00 p.m. ~ 7:00 p.m.
1601 East-West Rd,
Honolulu, HI 96848

The opening of the exhibition will take place tonight, Thursday, October 18 at East-West Center in the Lunchroom on the first floor, from 6pm to 7pm. The exhibit will remain open through November 19, 2018.

About the Exhibit:

Taiwan has had an eventful history: as a Dutch entrepot, a Chinese frontier, a Japanese colony, and as a Cold War redoubt for the Chinese Nationalist Party. Today, Taiwan in a prosperous democracy with a thriving civil society. How did it come about?

This exhibit tells this epic story to the world, hoping that people will not only have a better understanding about this wonderful island, but will also perceive Taiwan as in the frontline int he pursuit of democracy in the current world.

The exhibition initiated by the Taiwan Studies Program at University of Washington. University of Hawaiʻi is the second stop of its U.S. tour. Taiwan’s population consists of Hoklo Han Taiwanese, Hakka Han Taiwanese, Mainland Taiwanese and Indigenous Peoples. As two sites int he Pacific that share similar yet distinct experiences of U.S. Cold War politics, viewers of this exhibition may further reflect on what it means to think about movements in Taiwan here in Hawaiʻi.

Asian Studies course featured in Ka Leo

ASAN 464, a summer session course on K-Pop and J-Pop, was recently featured in Ka Leo, the student newspaper. This unique course combines business, cultural studies and pop culture studies and was a whole lot of fun for fans or wannabe-fans.

Read the full article here:  “America’s First K-POP and J-POP Class” by Kailanianna Ablog, Ka Leo, July 24, 2018.

 

Dr. Kristi Govella at PAAC Global Vision Summit

Kristi Govella and PAAC participants

On Saturday, March 3, the Pacific and Asian Affairs Council brought
together 189 students from 27 high schools on 5 islands for their
Global Vision Summit on Climate Change hosted at UH West Oahu. Dr. Kristi Govella, Assistant Professor in the Asian Studies Program at UH Manoa, participated as the Community Expert for the US negotiating team.

Students played the roles of delegates representing specific
nations (US, EU, China, India), negotiating blocs (other developed
nations, other developing nations), and interest groups (fossil fuel
lobbyists, climate change activists, and US cities/states). The goal
was to reach a global agreement that keeps global temperature rise
below 2 degrees Celcius. Other experts advising the nine student teams were drawn from the United Nations Development Programme, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the East-West Center, the Hawaii Institute for Human Rights, the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, Tsuchiyama & Associates, and the Australian Consulate-General in Honolulu.

Visit the ASP table on October 27!

The Asian Studies Program (ASP) will be part of  the “What’s Next at Manoa?” graduate fair, hosted by the Associated Students of the University of Hawaii (ASUH).  The goal of the event is to introduce undergraduate students to graduate program opportunities at the university.

ASP will be tabling on Friday, October 27 from 11:00AM – 2:00PM in the Campus Center Courtyard.

Dr. Young-a Park, Graduate Chair of ASP, and other members of the department will be present to meet students and to share information about courses, scholarships, and more!

28th Annual Graduate Student Conference: March 22-24, 2017

Bridging the Gaps: Conceptualizing Asia Through An
Interdisciplinary Lens

Attend the School of Pacific and Asian Studies 28th annual graduate student conference, March 22-24, at the Center for Korean Studies. The conference will include performances, posters, presentations, and panels that “critically address and/or contest disciplinary and regional approaches to the studies of Asia”.

Presentations will highlight: 1) Original research in any area of Asia and Asian Studies; 2) Interdisciplinary methods and frameworks; 3) Comparative studies or transnational issues; 4) New and emerging trends in Asian Studies; 5) Critical re-examinations of existing methodologies and frameworks; and 6) Current Asian performance practices.

The full program can be found here.

This event is free and open to the public.

Support and Solidarity for Muslim and Jewish Communities

In response to and strong condemnation of recent expressions of hate directed at Muslim and Jewish communities in Hawaii, we endorse the following statement:

Over the past weeks the Manoa Mosque has been the target of multiple hate messages via social media, email, and voicemail. Individual Muslims have been harassed in public, including children. Also, Temple Emanu-El was targeted with a bomb threat against its Jewish pre-school.

We stand together with our Muslim and Jewish communities and any individuals who are subjected to harassment based on religion, immigration status, national origin, race, gender, LGBTQ+ status or disability. No one should go through this experience alone.

We urge you to add your signature using this form, which also sends this statement to Senator Brian Schatz. Your email address will remain private.

Support and Solidarity for Muslim and Jewish Communities

  

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In addition, our UH Manoa President, David Lassner, has sent the following message to our community:

Aloha colleagues and friends,

I have written several messages to the University of Hawai’i community stressing our commitment to non-discrimination and working together to overcome intolerance and prohibit harassment based on religion, immigration status, national origin, race, gender, LGBTQ+ status or disability. This commitment has been and remains clear and firm, and I am proud that our UH Board of Regents has publicly reaffirmed its support of these core values.

Over the past weeks we have been alerted to multiple incidents of hate messages and threats in Honolulu. The Muslim Association of Hawai’i, one of the neighbors of UH Manoa, has been the target of hate messages via social media, email and voicemail. Individual Muslims have been harassed in public. Temple Emanu-el was targeted with a bomb threat against its Jewish pre-school.

These incidents did not occur on any of our campuses and have become a matter for law enforcement. But they directly and deeply impact many within the UH community. UH campuses have been ranked as the most diverse higher education institutions in the nation, and we all benefit when each of us is safe and secure.

So as we head into the weekend it is a great time for each of us to reach out to others to celebrate and support our UH commitment to diversity, tolerance and safety for all.

Sincerely,

David Lassner