Category Archives: Courses

New Master’s in Asian International Affairs Now Accepting Applications!

The Asian Studies Program is thrilled to announce the opening of a new Master’s in Asian International Affairs (MAIA) degree program!

This program is designed for working professionals who have no background in Asian studies but whose careers would be enhanced by a deeper understanding of contemporary Asia. Classes will be held in the evenings, on weekends or online, and there is no Asian language proficiency requirement.

We are now accepting applications until July 19 for Fall 2019 (classes start August 26).

Applications for Spring 2020 (classes start January 13) will be accepted on a rolling basis, with a priority deadline of September 1, 2019.

For more details about the program and how to apply, please see the Academics–>Graduate section of this website, or contact Asian Studies Graduate Chair Dr. Young-a Park at

Dr Patrick Patterson on Asian Beauty

Click the link below to hear Honolulu Community College professor Dr Patrick Patterson talk to KTUH host Crystal Kwok about concepts of Beauty in Asia!
(Dr Patterson’s interview begins at 6 minutes 30 seconds)

Like this topic? Enroll now for Dr. Patterson’s summer online course at UHM, ASAN 320Z (602), Advertising, Beauty and Desire in East Asia!!
Enrollment period ends at noon on Friday May 10.

New Classes for Spring 2019!

‘Tis the season to register for Spring 2019 classes!

Please see the flyers below for special offerings in the Asian Studies Program for the upcoming semester.

Click on the flyers for each class to see more detailed information.

Asian Studies 201: Intro to Asian Studies: East Asia
MWF, 12:30 – 1:20
ASAN 201 Spring 2019 Flyer
This course covers a broad range of disciplines in examining the parts of Asia currently known as Japan, China, Korea (North and South) and Taiwan.

Asian Studies 312: Contemporary Asian Civilizations
TR 12:00 – 1:15
ASAN 312 Spring 2019 Flyer
Put current events into the context of major economic, political and security trends in Asia. Also covers transnational topics like trade, territorial disputes, migration, crime, environment and more.

Asian Studies 320C: Asian Nation Studies: China
MW 1:30 – 2:45
ASAN 320C Spring 2019 Flyer
Trace the evolution of political and economic institutions in contemporary China, with special emphasis on developments from the 1980s to today.

Asian Studies 320O: Asian Nation Studies: Okinawa
MWF 9:30 – 10:20
ASAN 320O Spring 2019 Flyer
An in-depth interdisciplinary introduction to various aspects of Okinawa including geography, history, society, traditional culture, contemporary arts, the base issue and emigration.

Asian Studies 320Z: Pop Divas in Asia
TR 10:30 – 11:45
ASAN 320Z Spring 2019 Flyer
Larger-than-life characters with talent, styling and attitude!

Asian Studies 600Z: Approaches to Asia: Inter-Asia Connections
R 2:30 – 5:00
ASAN 600Z Spring 2019 Flyer
New in Spring 2019!

Asian Studies 651: East Asia Now
F 2:30 – 5:30
ASAN 651 Spring 2019 Flyer
An interdisciplinary approach to the study of social, economic and political development, as well as foreign relations among the major countries in East Asia.

Asian Studies 750 C/J/K: Writing & Research Seminar: China, Japan and Korea
M 4:00 – 6:30
ASAN 750 Spring 2019 Flyer
An interdisciplinary seminar to support students in completing a research paper on a topic of their choice, while providing a structured overview of the writing and research process.

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.


Special Graduate Course Spring 2017: Making Indigenous Space along the Pacific Rim

This special course will be offered this term only, by our visiting Andrews Fellow, Michael Hathaway (bio below).

ASAN 620 Making an Indigenous Space Along the Pacific Rim: 

National and International Struggles from the 1960s-present

This graduate class explores the formation of an indigenous space as part of national and transnational actions between places located along the Pacific Rim. We will read materials and watch film clips from such places such as Japan, China, Canada, the US, Hawai’i, Australia, New Zealand and others to gain a better understanding of not only the comparative differences, but also the connections in forging new relationships within and beyond the nation-state. As Dorothy Hodgson argues, the template of indigenous rights was born in the Americas, and yet as groups from around the world, such as Africa, engaged in these platforms, this transformed the texture of indigeneity itself. This class extends that exploration, looking at the diverse ways that people in the Pacific Rim both engage their own neighboring social worlds and those across the waters in order to expand indigenous futures.

BIO: MICHAEL HATHAWAY (Visiting Andrews Fellow, Spring 2017)

Michael Hathaway is an associate professor of cultural anthropology at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia. His first book, Environmental Winds: Making the Global in Southwest China (University of California Press, 2013), explores how environmentalism was refashioned in China, not only by conservationists, but also by rural villagers and even animals. It also examines the ways that the politics of indigeneity and nature conservation emerged in China, and reflects on how these dynamics can illuminate struggles elsewhere.

His second major project examines the global commodity chain of the matsutake, one of the world’s most expensive mushrooms, following it from the highlands of the Tibetan Plateau to the markets of urban Japan. He works with other members of the Matsutake Worlds Research Group, looking at the social worlds this mushroom engenders in Canada, the United States, China, and Japan.

His work appears in The Journal of Asian StudiesCultural AnthropologyAmerican EthnologistConservation and Society, and Humanities as well as several books. His research has been supported by the Toyota Foundation (Japan); Social Science and Humanities Research Council (Canada); and the Social Science Research Council, American Council of Learned Societies, National Science Foundation, Wenner-Gren Foundation, and Environmental Protection Agency.

Featured Course – Sustainable Development in Asia


ASAN 470 – Sustainable Development in Asia

CRN 88280

Taught by Prof. Sang Hyop Lee

Spring 2017

Tuesdays 10:30 – 1:15

This course provides an overview of problems and challenges of sustainable economic development in Asia, focusing on East Asia. Topics include, but not limited to:

  • Foundations for sustainable development and growth
  • Issues related to globalizations
  • Poverty reduction and income inequality
  • Population
  • Education and health
  • Development by sector
  • International trade and development, financial sectors

For inquiries, please email