East Asian Studies (EAS) at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM) has exceptional depth and breadth–featuring over 120 East Asia (EA) faculty specialists who offer more than 300 courses with total enrollments of 6,000 annually. The Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures is unparalleled, offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. The awarding of two federally-funded language flagship programs in Chinese and Korean is a testament to the University’s excellence in EA language training. Nationally recognized Centers for Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Okinawan Studies (CCS, CJS, CKS, and COS respectively) coordinate EAS resources and provide leadership on campus. Beyond this, collaboration among EAS and degree programs in Asian and Pacific Islands Studies (PIS) at UHM offer rich opportunities to understand East Asia in the Asia-Pacific context while an internationally-recognized National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC) provides opportunities to develop cutting-edge language teaching techniques for educators locally and nationally. UHM’s strengths in EAS have been recognized with the awarding of U.S. Department of Education grants for National Resource Center East Asia (NRCEA) and Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS) in East Asia.
Dr. Gay Satsuma
Associate Director, Center for Japanese Studies, SPAS, College of Arts, Languages and Letters, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.