Category Archives: Talks

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.

Asian Studies Student Jeremiah Bonilla wins for research presentation

At the Spring Undergraduate Showcase hosted by the UH-Manoa Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, Asian Studies student Jeremiah Bonilla took first place for his research presentation titled “Guns, Art, and Empathy: How Filipinos Opposed the Japanese Occupation (1942-1945)”.

For details, see

Congratulations, Jeremiah!!

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

SPAS Graduate Student Conference 2019: Thogchai Winichakul

The Annual SPAS Asian Studies Graduate Student Conference begins Thursday, April 11. Please join us for a talk by keynote speaker Thogchai Winichakul at 3pm in the Center for Korean Studies to commenceannual program!

Thongchai Winichakul is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison , and currently Senior Researcher at the Institute of Developing Economies (ジェトロ アジア経済研究所(IDE-JETRO)) in Japan. His book, Siam Mapped (1994), was awarded the Harry J Benda Prize from the Association for Asian Studies, Inc. (AAS). He was a recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Award in 1994 and was President of the Association for Asian Studies by its members in 2013/14. His research interests are in the cultural and intellectual history of Siam focusing on the intellectual foundation of modern Siam (1880-1930). His forthcoming book is, however, on the history of memories of the 1976 massacre in Bangkok, the tragedy in which he was a participant. He is also a well-known critic of Thai political and social issues and has published six books and several articles in Thai.

Poster for Keynote Address by Dr. Thongchai Winichakul, titled: The Stranger and the Virtue of Intellectual Alienation. Abstract: The position/location of knowing is an important condition of the production of knowledge in area/ Asian studies. It entails the possible politics and approaches of knowledge. But the center-margin location is relative and relational. It is also scalar, i.e. the center of one sphere or at one scale may be provincial to another. The dominant knowledge about Thailand produced in the country is the royal-nationalism of Bangkok. It is, however, provincial in the global scale. It survives partly by intellectual protectionism from t he "stranger" -- the alleged outsider or alien, or the alienated insider from an intellectually odd location at home. These strangers are interlocutors across different spheres and scales of knowledge who appear in various forms, even a clown or a ghost. April 11, 2019, 3 to 5pm at the Center for Korean Studies Auditorium.

A Talk: The Resilience of China’s Political System

Lessons from China’s Engagement with the West

a talk by Dr. Sungmin Cho
of the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies

Monday, April 8, 12pm
Moore Hall 319
(Tokioka Room)

In March 2018, Xi Jinping removed the term limits on his presidency of China. Many in the West took this as a sign of the failure of Western engagement. But evidence shows that China has been more open to Western programs that promote democracy than other authoritarian countries like Russia and Iran. Why?

In this talk, Dr. Sungmin Cho will examine how Chinese authorities have collaborated with Western organizations since the early 1990s to develop China’s rule of law, village electoral system, and practices of good governance and civil society. He will explain the Chinese Communist Party’s strategic motivation and its intended effects, and discuss the implications for the future of Chinese politics and US policy toward China. His counterintuitive findings contribute to scholarly discussions of democratization and authoritarian resilience in comparative politics.

Dr. Sungmin Cho is Associate Professor at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, specializing in the politics of China and North Korea. Originally from South Korea, he holds an M.A. in International Relations from Peking University and a Ph.D. in Government from Georgetown.

The full description of this event is provided on page.

Upcoming Film Screening: 3.11 and Contemporary Art

Artists Respond to 3.11: The Great East Japan Earthquake & Contemporary ArtArtists Respond to 3.11

by Eimi Tagore-Erwin (Department of Arts and Cultural Science, Lund University, Sweden)

Co-sponsored by the UHM’s Asian Studies Program and Center for Japanese Studies

May 15, 2018, 12:00 – 1:30 pm  Moore Hall 423

Eimi Tagore-Erwin, a graduate student in Visual Culture at Lund University, Sweden, will present a portion of her thesis that she completed as a Visiting Researcher in the Asian Studies Program at UHM in spring 2018.

The topic of her thesis is ‘Reborn-Art Festival’, a socially-engaged art festival that took place in Ishinomaki, one of the communities that was hardest-hit by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Through consideration of artists’ responses to the Great East Japan Earthquake as a way of engaging in the socio-cultural work of ‘making sense’ of the catastrophe, her study of Reborn-Art Festival’s inaugural cycle investigates art’s potential to contribute to community recovery and empathic understanding of trauma.

She will introduce and screen two short art films exhibited by two artists’ units as part of Reborn-Art Festival, before opening up the floor for discussion, questions, and responses to the films.

The featured films are:

Utsusemi Crush! by Kyun-Chome, a nomadic socially-engaged Japanese artist unit formed in 2011 following the triple disaster, made up of Eri Honma (b. 1987 Kanagawa Prefecture) and Nabuchi (b. 1984 Ibaraki Prefecture).

Seachange by Zakkubalan, a New York-based American artist unit made up of filmmakers Neo Sora (b. 1991, New York) and Albert Thoren (b. 1992, Washington D.C.).

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Institution
This event is free and open to the public.