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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.

Eric HARWIT, Ph.D.

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Contact Information

Tel. (808) 956-2681, Email:

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 1992
  • M.A. University of California Berkeley,  1985
  • B.A Cornell University, 1984

Professor Harwit teaches at the University of Hawaii at Manoa Asian Studies Program.

Book cover of "China's Telecommunications Revolution"


Professor Harwit’s recent work has focused on the politics of industrial development in China. His most recent single-authored book, China’s Telecommunications Revolution (Oxford, 2008) examines telecommunications and Internet development in the PRC. The book assesses the political and social impact of China’s data network, as well as the spread of mobile and fixed-line telecommunications to both urban and rural parts of the country. His teaching includes courses on comparative Asian development, China’s economic advance, and the spread of communications technologies in the East Asian region.


  • ASAN 201 Introduction to East Asia.
  • ASAN 320C: Asia Past & Present: China.
  • ASAN 485: Contemporary Chinese Development.
  • ASAN 600C: Approaches to Asia: China.
  • ASAN 608: Politics & Development: China.
  • ASAN 626: Capitalism in Contemporary Asia.
  • ASAN 651: East Asia Now.
  • ASAN 689: International Relations in Asia.
  • ASAN 750C: Research Seminar: China.
  • MGT 670B Chinese Management Systems.

Selected Publications

Media Engagements

  • “Joint U.S.-South Korean Military Exercises Take Place Amid Backdrop of Rhetoric Between U.S., North Korea” August 22, 2017 radio interview with station KJZZ.
  • “The Car Industry” October 29, 2017 radio interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
  • “How the Warriors Became China’s Favorite Team” Quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle, September 30, 2017.
  • “Some Startups Find the American Dream in China” Quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle, September 23, 2017.
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