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Fulbright US Student and US Scholar Programs 2020-2021: Now Open for Applications

The Fulbright US Student and US Scholar Programs are now open for applications.

The Asian Studies Program encourages our students to study abroad, and a Fulbright US Student fellowship is a fantastic way to engage in research plus cultural exchange. Fulbright US Scholar programs have supported multiple Asian Studies faculty members and affiliates doing research in Asian countries. Find out more in the videos below:

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.

Enroll now for Summer Session II Courses

This may be your last chance to enroll for three cool Asian Studies courses on offer during Summer Session II.

After Friday, June 22, courses with low enrollments risk being cancelled. So if you’re interested, enroll now!!

woman with cigarette and drink from 1920s Japanese advertisementASAN 491G Advertising, Media and Desire in East Asia 

This online course examines concepts of Beauty and Desire in East Asian cultures within a historical and contemporary media context and extrapolates from them at least some methods which the advertising industries in Japan, China, and South Korea use to create
effective advertising for print, Internet, and television. The course uses business case studies, anthropological and historical studies of beauty, desire, and social norms, and critical theory to examine the way in which images, language, and branding work in contemporary Asian societies.

ASAN 471  Beyond Hollywood: Introduction to Contemporary Asian Cinema

This course will examine recent films from China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Taiwan and Vietnam, asking how they reflect and comment on the profound social, historical and political changes of recent decades. How has globalization affected Asian film industries, and how has Asia’s relationship with Hollywood changed?

July 2-Aug 10  MWF 1 pm -3:30 pm

pagoda in a lake with city in backgroundASAN 312 Contemporary Asian Civilizations

What are key problems and issues affecting the people and institutions of contemporary Asia? We will examine ethnic and religious conflict, democratization, gender and sexuality, trafficking in drugs and humans, arms and arms control, nuclear proliferation, political stability, and other pressing issues necessary to make sense of the world we live in.

July 2-Aug 10, MTWRF 9 am – 10:15 am


Spring 2017 Courses

More Coming Soon!

Click this link for Manoa Class Availability Listings in Asian Studies for Spring 2017 

ASAN 202 Introduction to Asian Studies: South/Southeast Asia, Professor Barbara Andaya

An overview of the diverse societies of South and Southeast Asia, and how issues in contemporary times have been shaped by religion, history, cultural  attitudes and international influences

ASAN 320C Asian Nation Studies: China (WI, OC), Prof. Cathy Clayton

Through memoir, fiction, film, and journalistic accounts, this course examines continuity and change, unity and diversity, and ideas of what constitutes “justice” and “the good life” in contemporary China. Fulfills Writing and Oral Communication Foci.

ASAN 320I Asian Nation Studies: South Asia (WI), Prof. Anna Stirr

Explore current issues and everyday life in modern India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, with units on modern postcolonial nation-building, gender and family, social differences/ movements for equality, and global flows.

ASAN 470 Sustainable Development in Asia, Prof. S. H. Lee

This course provides an overview of problems and challenges of sustainable economic development in Asia, focusing on East Asia.

ASAN 485 Contemporary Chinese Development, Prof. Eric Harwit

Traces the contemporary development of China’s political, social, and economic systems. Focuses on political and social modernization, including social media, in present-day China and Taiwan.

ASAN 491G  Emotion and Affect in Asian Performance, Prof. Anna Stirr

How does a performance move us? Examine sociocultural aspects of performance, embodiment, and emotions/affect, comparing Asian and Western perspectives, and exploring their relation to religion, environment, politics, migration, nationalism, and health and healing.

ASAN 491K North Korean History and Culture, Professor Young-a Park

This course explores the history and culture of North Korea. It examines the major events and themes of North Korean history and their representations in cultural products, such as art, architecture, film, music, and theater.

ASAN 496 (WI, E), Prof. Barbara Andaya

A comparative, interdisciplinary examination of indigenous beliefs, Islam, Christianity, and Hinduism in island Southeast Asia, and how these have been shaped by contemporary social and economic changes.

ASAN 600I South Asia: Scope and Methods, Prof. Anna Stirr

How have different disciplines in the humanities and social sciences contributed to scholarship on South Asia? Find out through attention to foundational texts, field-shaping trends, and UH Manoa scholars’  contributions, and develop experience in research, academic writing, and analytical thinking.

600S Southeast Asia: Scope and Methods, Prof. Barbara Andaya

Provides a comparative understanding of each country in Southeast Asia, with particular attention given to the debates  that have engaged academics and the public. The course also gives experience  in writing proposals, oral presentations, and mechanics of academic referencing

Job Opportunity: Assistant Professor of Asian Studies

Assistant Professor, Asian Studies: The Asian Studies Program, School of Pacific and Asian Studies, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, seeks an Asianist to fill a 9-month, tenure-track, full-time assistant professorship (position number 0088773), to begin August 1, 2017, pending availability of funds. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The candidate must have a demonstrated expertise in South Asia or Japan/Okinawa, and the ability to teach interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate courses that cross area boundaries in Asia.

Duties and responsibilities include developing and teaching four Asian Studies courses per year, advising undergraduate and graduate students, maintaining an active agenda of scholarly research and publication; participating, as appropriate, in program-building and other service work for the University and academic community; and working collaboratively and collegially with diverse groups of students and faculty.

Minimum Qualifications: earned PhD (in hand at time of appointment) from a university of recognized standing in a humanities, social science or related interdisciplinary field with emphasis on South Asia or Japan/Okinawa. Research competence in a South Asian language or Japanese and evidence of active research agenda in Asia. Ability to develop and teach innovative inter-Asia courses at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Desirable Qualifications: we are particularly interested in candidates whose work addresses issues of concern in contemporary Asia, such as environmental issues, social and cultural movements, non-traditional security issues, or the arts.

Qualified applicants should send a cover letter indicating how they satisfy the minimum and desirable qualifications, current curriculum vitae, transcripts for highest degree (copies acceptable; official/original transcripts from institution to institution required upon hire), sample publication or dissertation chapter, syllabi (graduate or undergraduate) for a South Asia or Japan/Okinawa course and an inter-Asia seminar, and three letters of reference (under separate cover directly from referees) to

Applications must be received no later than November 15, 2016. Electronic submission is preferred. Candidates for interviews will be notified by January 31, 2017.

Mailing Address:

University of Hawaii, School of Pacific and Asian Studies

Asian Studies Program

1890 East West Road, Moore 416

Attn: Barbara Watson Andaya, Asian Studies Chair

Honolulu, HI 96822

Inquiries only:   Dr. Barbara Watson Andaya; 808-956-4735;

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Employment is contingent on satisfying employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986; reference checks of previous employers; and for certain positions, criminal history record checks.

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ASAN/PLAN 649: Asian Cities

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ASAN/PLAN 608, POLS 645C: China: Development and Politics

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Young-a Park Colloquium 3:00 pm, 4/7

The Anthropology Department Colloquium Series Presents

The Role of Korean Civil Society in the  Making of “Korean National Cinema”

 Young-a Park, Asian Studies Program, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa


 Since 1999, South Korean films have drawn roughly 40 to 60 percent of the Korean domestic box office, surpassing Hollywood films in popularity. Why is this, and how did it come about? While there are many factors that contributed to the Korean film explosion, this paper focuses on the broad public support for a protectionist film policy called “Screen Quota” as one of the crucial factors that contributed not only to the incubation of Korean films at a critical moment in the late 1990s but to the creation of the very idea of a “Korean national cinema.” The Screen Quota advocacy movement successfully kept the protectionist film policy intact against increasing trade-liberalization pressure from the U.S. in the late 1990s and 2000s. This paper charts the trajectory of the movement in which the civil society transformed itself into a symbol of Korean cultural nationalism. The main goal of this paper is to illustrate how Korea’s strong civil society in the film sector played a critical role in the film industry’s exceptional success.

          Young-a Park obtained her B.A. and M.A. from Seoul National University and Ph.D. from Harvard University. She is currently an assistant professor in the Asian Studies Program at University of Hawaii at Manoa. She is the author of Unexpected Alliances: Independent Filmmakers, the State, and the Film Industry in Postauthoritarian South Korea (2015, Stanford University Press).

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