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Including how to apply, please visit the following pages:

Undergraduate Programs Information

Major or minor in Asian Studies.

Graduate Programs Information

Including: Master of Arts in Asian Studies, Master’s in Asian International Affairs, and Graduate Certificates in Asian Studies.

Student Testimonials

Christina Geisse

The Asian Studies Program was incredible because most professors were undertaking their own research, passionate about their subject of study, and enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge with students. It felt fresh and profound at the same time. Inspiring! 

Christina Geisse
Kim Sluchansky

I was able to delve deep and focus on the areas of Asian Studies that truly interested me, and therefore gained a much more thorough and developed understanding of my fields of interest, which are applicable to my current career path. Also, the professors are extremely helpful and want their students to succeed. They were very supportive both while I was at UH and after I graduated.

Alumna Lynette Teruya writes on Pioneering Issei Woman

Asian Studies alumna Lynette Teruya (MA 2014) writes about Okinawan-American pioneer Chiyeko Takushi in the Hawaii Herald, Hawaii’s Japanese-American Journal:

When 7-year-old Ushi Tamagusuku left Okinawa in 1910, who could have known that she would someday become the highly successful “First Lady of Insurance” in Hawai‘i. This young girl would eventually become the first female insurance agent at Occidental Underwriters of Hawaii, Chiyeko Takushi.

Lynette teruya in the Hawaii herald

With careful research into Chiyeko Takushi’s life story, Teruya’s article highlights the struggles issei women faced in early twentieth-century Hawaii, and the lasting legacy of one formidable woman. Read the full article at the Hawaii Herald.

Photo of Chiyeko Takushi

Chiyeko Takushi, Hawai‘i’s first issei female insurance agent. (Photo from “Living Legacy: Outstanding Japanese Women of the 20th Century in Hawai‘i”)

For more information on the Asian Studies MA programs, visit our Graduate Programs page.

For more information on the Okinawan and Japanese communities in Hawaii, visit the websites of the Center for Okinawan Studies and the Center for Japanese Studies.

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