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Undergraduate Programs Information

Major or minor in Asian Studies.

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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.

In Memoriam: Dru Gladney

With heavy hearts, we remember our colleague Dr. Dru Gladney (1956-2022). Professor Gladney taught in the UHM Department of Asian Studies for more than ten years before moving to Pomona College in 2006. His contributions to Asian Studies and the…

Flyer for Asia Past & Present: Okinawa, Spring 2022 course at UH Manoa. Tuesday-Thursday 3:00-4:15 pm.

Study Okinawa with Dr. Gregory Smits

ASAN 320O: Asia Past and Present: Okinawa Dr. Gregory Smits is the visiting Andrews Chair at UH Manoa this semester, Spring 2022. He will be teaching the course Asia Past and Present: Okinawa (ASAN 320O; see course listings or access…

Spring 2022 Asian Studies Courses

Undergraduate Courses Graduate Courses Undergraduate Courses Undergraduate Course Flyer ASAN 101 - Intro to Asian Studies Introductory course focuses on change and continuity in the history, culture, values, and political institutions of South, East, and Southeast Asia, and the region’s…

Remembering Michael Aung-Thwin

Memorial Page for Michael Aung-Thwin Our colleague Michael Aung-Thwin, Professor Emeritus of Asian Studies, passed away on August 14, 2021 after a long illness. In his memory, we have set up a We Remember online memorial page where colleagues and…

Remembering Michael Aung-Thwin, 1946-2021

Michael Arthur Aung-Thwin, Emeritus Professor of Asian History, died peacefully after a long illness on 14th August 2021, surrounded by his family in his Hawaii home.  Born in Yangon, Myanmar, in 1946, Michael attended high school at Kodaikanal International School…

Yuan-Yu Kuan

Dr. Yuan-Yu Kuan Joins Academia Sinica

Former Asian Studies Lecturer Dr. Yuan-Yu Kuan has been appointed Postdoctoral Research Scholar at Academia Sinica, the premier research institution of Taiwan. This prestigious and highly competitive award supports research and publication for emerging young scholars. The appointment (July 2021-June…

Kristi Govella teaching

Kristi Govella wins Teaching Award

Congratulations Dr. Govella! Dr. Kristi Govella, Assistant Professor of Asian Studies, is a 2021 recipient of a Presidential Citation for Meritorious Teaching at UH Mānoa from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. This award "recognizes faculty members who have made significant…

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