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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.

Federico MAGDALENA, Ph.D.

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Contact Information

Tel. (808) 956-6086, Email:

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., University of Hawaii at Manoa, 1977
  • M.A., University of the Philippines, 1971
  • B.A., Mindanao State University, Marawi City, 1969
Book cover of "Conflict Resolution in Asia"


Currently, Dr. Magdalena is Faculty Specialist at the Center for Philippine Studies and a faculty affiliate at the UH Manoa Asian Studies Program. His research specializations are on Mindanao, Islam, Philippine society and culture, and globalization of cultures.


  • ASAN 491P: Islam in the Philippines
  • ASAN 493: Globalization in Southeast Asia/Philippines
  • SOC 316: Survey of Social Change
  • SOC 100: Introductory Sociology
  • PACE 485: Conflict & Peacemaking in Southeast Asia

Selected Publications

  • “Dabao-kuo and the Winning of Mindanao,” Mindanao Forum, Vol. 22 (June 2009), Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology.
  • “Moro Province,” and “Mindanao” in The Encyclopedia of the Spanish-American and Philippine American Wars: A Political and Military History, ed. by Spencer C. Tucker. California: ABC-CLIO Publications, 2009 (co-author with Paul G. Pierpaoli, Jr.).
  • The Battle of Bayang and Other Essays on Moroland. (Mindanao State University, 2002).
  • Survey of Indigenous People’s Access to and Utilization of Early Childhood Services in Region XII-B, Mindanao. (Manila: World Bank and Dept. of Social Welfare and Development, 2001).
  • “The Chinese in Moroland,” Mindanao Journal, 24 (MSU, 2001).
  • “Linking the Moro Struggle and the Philippine Revolution,” Dansalan Quarterly, (Dansalan College, 2001): 48-53.
  • Islamic Education in the Philippines: Trends, Patterns and Prospects.(MSU, 2000).
  • “Philippine Politics and the Moro Question,” CSSH Graduate Research Journal, (MSU, 1999; from a paper presented to the international conference on State of Philippine Studies, James Cook University, Townsville, Australia, July 8-11, 1998).
  • “The Peace Process in Mindanao: Problems and Prospects,” Southeast Asian Affairs 1997. (Singapore: ISEAS, 1997).
  • “Population Growth and Changing Ecosystems in Mindanao,” Sojourn, Vol. 11 (Singapore: ISEAS, 1996).
  • “Moros and Americans in the Philippines,” Philippine Studies,43 (Ateneo, 1996).
  • Ethnicity, Identity and Conflict: The Case of the Philippine Moros.(Singapore: ISEAS, 1995).
  • Introduction to Computer Applications. (MSU, 1994).
  • “Lake Lanao Operations,” “Moro Province,” “Moro Cotta,” “Robert Bullard,” and “Battle of Bayang” in The War of 1898, and U.S. Interventions, edited by Benjamin R. Beede. (New York: Garland Publishing, 1994).
  • “Colonization and the Moro-Indio Conflict in Mindanao, Philippines,” Studies in Third World Societies, Vol. 48 (College of William & Mary, Virginia, USA, 1992).
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