Category Archives: Media Appearances

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!

http://stream.ktuh.org/archives/2.tuesday/12-3pm.mp3
(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.

Dr. Jojo Abinales Comments on Chinese Investments in the Philippines

Stars & Stripes quotes Asian Studies faculty member Dr. Jojo Abinales about Chinese plans to invest in a shipping company and an industrial park on the grounds of the former US military bases at Subic Bay and Clark Air Base.
For the full text of the article, please see https://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/chinese-firms-could-gain-footholds-at-both-subic-and-clark-in-the-philippines-1.579955

Tune Your Radio to… Asian Studies!

On Tuesday, May 7, 2019, Dr. Patrick Patterson will be interviewed on KTUH (90.1 FM) about his exciting new summer online course “Beauty, Advertising and Desire in East Asia.”  Tune in between 12:30 and 1 pm to learn more about this course and the business of beauty and marketing in Japan, Korea and China!

Dr. Patterson has PhD in Modern Japanese History from UH-Mānoa. He is Professor of History at Honolulu Community College, where he was a 2013 recipient of the Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching. His first book, Music and Words: Producing Popular Songs in Modern Japan, 1887-1952, was published in Nov. 2018 by Lexington Books.

Headshot of Dr. Patrick Patterson and a poster for his online course

The Arrest of Journalist Maria Ressa

Asian Studies professor Patricio N Abinales has published an analysis of last week’s arrest of journalist Maria Ressa of the Philippines.

Ms. Ressa is CEO and Executive Editor of The Rappler, the Philippines’ most successful online news outlet and one that has not shied away from publishing stories that are critical of President Rodrigo Duterte and his associates. Dr. Abinales points out similarities between Duterte’s attacks on the free press and similar attacks made by dictator Ferdinand Marcos in the 1970s.

The article appears in the Australian Outlook, published by the Australian Institute of International Affairs. Full text of the article is available at http://www.internationalaffairs.org.au/australianoutlook/maria-ressa-arrest-philippines/.

Dr. Kristi Govella gives commentary on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s political challenges at home & abroad

Dr. Kristi Govella, Assistant Professor in the Asian Studies Program, recently commented in The New York Times and USA Today about Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s political challenges at home and abroad.

Domestically, Abe is facing the fallout of a scandal involving the highly discounted sale of land by the government to a school associated with his wife. “There has been a lot of new evidence that has come to light that there has been some kind of cover-up,” Kristi Govella, assistant professor of Asian studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, said of the inquiry surrounding Mr. Abe. “As time goes on, the disjuncture between what he’s saying and the facts that are coming to light with the scandals just really increases public distrust and feelings that his leadership is no longer what the country needs.”

Abe is also facing challenges abroad, as Japan seeks assurance that the US will consider its interests in the upcoming meeting between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Japan also wishes to be exempted from US tariffs on steel and aluminum, as a number of other countries have already been. Dr. Govella said that Abe arrives at Mar-a-Lago “hoping to combat perceptions that Japan has been sidelined in recent weeks and reestablish his country as an important partner of the United States.”

Read the full articles here:

USA Today, “Trump backs North-South Korea Peace Talks in Summit with Japan’s Leader at Mar-a-Lago,” April 17, 2018, by David Jackson.

The New York Times, “As Scandal-Tarred Abe Meets Trump, ‘the Situation is Getting Dangerous’,” April 16, 2018, by Motoko Rich.

Dr. Kristi Govella comments in New York Times & Australian Financial Review

Assistant Professor of Asian Studies Kristi Govella commented in two news articles this weekend on the impact of the Trump administration’s recent announcements about tariffs and North Korea:

The New York Times, “Trump’s Unpredictability on Trade and North Korea Opens a Door for China,” March 10, 2018.

Australian Financial Review, “Donald Trump’s Snap Decision to Meet With Kim Jong-un,” March 11, 2018.