• About Us

    The Center for Chinese Studies (CCS) is housed within the University’s School of Asian and Pacific Studies, along with the Centers for Japanese, Korean, Okinawan, Pacific Islands, Philippine, South Asian, and Southeast Asian Studies. SPAS is also home to two degree-granting units‚ the Asian Studies Program and the Center for Pacific Islands Studies.

    The UHM CCS is constituted of 50 professorial rank faculty specializing in Chinese studies in 20+ disciplines and professional schools, offering 150+ courses at BA, MA, and PhD levels to nearly 150 student majors. It is one of the largest such training and research centers in the world outside of Asia.


    The Center for Chinese Studies aims broadly at an increased understanding of China in light of its civilization and its hopes for the future. The Center pursues this goal through instruction, research, publications, conferences, national and international linkages, and community outreach.

    CCS Bylaws 2008

    Staff of CCS


  • 2022 Hawai‘i International Conference on Chinese Studies (HICCS)

    Due to global travel restrictions, the second annual Hawai‘i International Conference on Chinese Studies (HICCS), organized by the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, is moving online for 2022. HICCS will be held from January 3 (Monday) through January 5 (Wednesday), 2022 The conference will bring together educators and professionals from a wide range of fields in Chinese Studies to present papers on various aspects of Chinese culture and society in mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and among overseas Chinese. Papers can address issues within China and in Chinese communities throughout the world. 

    For details, see http://manoa.hawaii.edu/hiccs/

    The CCS logo emulates a Han dynasty tile design, and was created by Art faculty member Tsao Hsing-yuan in 2002.

  • Featured News

    The Confucius Institute at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa (CIUHM) was a part of the university’s Center for Chinese Studies for 13 years. It was established through a partnership between the Confucius Institute Headquarters, affiliated with the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China, and the University of Hawaiʻi, and in partnership with the Beijing Foreign Studies University. The CIUHM was tasked with responding to local and national needs in promoting education about Chinese language and culture. It closed on May 31, 2019. Please see the attached narrative for details about the activities of the CIUHM.

    Thirteen Magical Years: History of the CIUHM