• Featured News

    Happy Retirement to CCS Associate Director Dr. Cyndy Ning 任友梅!

    After having served 40 years at UHM, Cyndy Ning, Associate Director of CCS, has retired as of August 1, 2023.

    Dr. Ning earned her PhD degree from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, specializing in the comic aspects of the Yuan period drama. Arriving in Hawai‘i and at UHM in 1983, she was hired in 1991 by the then CCS Director Roger Ames to serve as the Associate Director. In that capacity, Dr. Ning became more involved with Chinese language teaching and has written an acclaimed text-book “Communicating in Chinese” that was published by Yale University Press in 1994. Dr. Ning was also instrumental in helping to establish the Confucius Institute (2006-2019) at UHM, and she served as the local Hawai‘i Director during its 13-year duration. Her enthusiasm and passion for Chinese language teaching also led Dr. Ning to spearhead several DOD grants for the CCS-led STARTALK Summer Camps (2007-18, 2021) at UHM and, most recently, the year-long STARTALK Program (2021-2023). The Ning family has also created the Chung-Fong and Grace Ning Funds that annually supports several CCS faculty and students in their research. These are just some highlights of Dr. Ning’s many accomplishments over the past 4 decades.

    We thank Dr. Ning for her memorable years of service and wish her a joyful retirement, which is well-deserved, and we know how anxious she is to spend more time with her adorable grandchildren!

  • 2024 Hawai‘i International Conference on Chinese Studies (HICCS) – CANCELLED

    The fourth annual Hawai‘i International Conference on Chinese Studies (HICCS) has been cancelled. However, we plan to resume the fifth HICCS, held in-person, January 8-10, 2025. This conference  brings 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, Macau, and among overseas Chinese societies. The goal of the conference is to create an interdisciplinary atmosphere for our understanding of the past, present, and future of Chinese society. Papers will 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 former UHM Art faculty member Tsao Hsing-yuan in 2002.


    Upcoming CCS co-sponsored Webinars (for more details to to  “Events” => CCS Webinars): 

    Sep 20, 5:30 – 6:45 pm, (online) and only open to UH Faculty and Students:

    A Navel Attaché’s Perspective on Hong Kong Protests” by Paul Sierleja, Military Professor, US Naval War College.


    Nov 13, 11:00 – Noon, hybrid event (in-person at  M 258/virtual at HTTS.//TINYURL.COM/2P8PXN68)

    “Entrepreneurship in the New Chinese Digital Economy” by Dr. Lin ZHANG, University of New Hampshire.



  • About Us

    The Center for Chinese Studies (CCS) is housed within the CALL (College of Arts, Languages & Letters) and governed by the SPAS Council, along with the Centers for Japanese, Korean, Okinawan, Pacific Islands, Philippine, South Asian, and Southeast Asian Studies, and two degree-granting units‚ the Asian Studies Department and the Department for Pacific Islands Studies.

    The UHM CCS is constituted of 51 professorial rank faculty specializing in Chinese studies in 30+ 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 to foster interdisciplinary understanding of China (Hong Kong, Macao), Taiwan and other Chinese-speaking societies worldwide as well as of Chinese civilization and its long connections to Hawai‘i. The Center pursues this goal by supporting faculty research, publications, conferences, national and international linkages, and community outreach.

    The latest Bylaws of CCS (2022) have been approved.

    CCS Bylaws 2022

    Staff of CCS