Student News

[May 19, 2021]

Spring 2021 Japanese National Honor Society recipients

Congratulations to the following UHM students who were inducted into the Japanese National Honor Society-College Chapter (JNHS-CC) in Spring 2021! The JNHS recognizes and encourages achievement and excellence in Japanese language study.

  • Elizabeth Barron
  • Felicia Chan
  • Hiroyo Dow
  • Jazlyn Franco
  • Andrew Gibson
  • Jiajie He
  • Ellie He
  • Jiajun Kang
  • Yunmi Kim
  • Arianna Kirschenbaum
  • Hyun Mook Lim
  • Lillian Mcintyre
  • Brandon Nakamura
  • Suchart Pankhum
  • Riley Porter
  • Eric Quang
  • Krystal Sakuda
  • Keola Wong
  • Sarah Yasuda

Poster Credit: EALL Department


[April 26, 2021]

2021 Edward Seidensticker Best Japan Paper Award Winner

Congratulations to Ms. Karen Yoshida Weldon, a dual masters degree student in environment and sustainability, and international and regional studies (Japan-focused) at the University of Michigan for winning the Edward Seidensticker Best Japan Paper award at the 2021 UH Asian Studies Graduate Student Conference. The title of her paper was, “Redesigning the Future of the Earth: Female Environmental Organizing in Contemporary Japan.” The conference theme this year was: “Innovation, Adaptation, and Resilience: Overcoming Challenges Across Asia.”


Runner up – Hilson Reidpath, PhD student in Japanese literature at UHM
Title of paper:  “A Marked Difference: Hajichi hand-tattooing as seen in Okinawan Literature and Documentary .”

[April 15, 2021]

UHM graduate students selected for the JSPS Summer Program 2021

We are pleased to share that two UHM Japan-studies graduate students were selected for the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Summer Program 2021. Congratulations to Ashley Atkins, a PhD candidate in Anthropology and Sara King, a PhD student in East Asian Languages and Literatures. Below are a brief description they provided on their projects.

From Ashley Atkins:

For my dissertation research, I am studying human skeletal collections from Japan, particularly those from the hunter-gatherer-fisher Jomon group, the agriculturalist Yayoi group, and historical modern periods to investigate how the different activities associated with fishing and farming can be identified in postcranial skeletons through musculoskeletal stress markers (MSMs). The transition from fishing, hunting, and gathering to full time agriculture impacted populations throughout the world and Japan has an incredibly unique perspective, as the Jomon had a dynamic way of interacting with their environment that we do not see with other hunter-gatherers. By assessing the MSMs from 14 different Jomon sites housed at Kyoto University,  I believe I can reveal habitual activities of rice farming done by Late and Final Jomon in the southwestern Honshu areas where the Jomon and Yayoi would have interacted during a 300 year overlap in periods. During the JSPS Summer Program, a total of 118 Jomon skeletons will be assessed for MSMs using a modified scoring method and a new 3-D quantitative method I have created using photogrammetry.

From Sara King:

This summer’s research will be dedicated to the development of a project that investigates nonstandard forms of politeness used by Japanese men. While in Japan, I hope to learn about native Japanese speakers’ perception of these forms and consider how we might rethink the ways in which we teach ‘politeness’ in Japanese classrooms.


[January 20, 2021]

Christopher Molina awarded the 2021-2022 Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship

Christopher Molina, a PhD candidate in the Music Department at UHM, is the 2021-22 recipient of the Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship. With the Akihito scholarship, Molina will complete his dissertation on the late concertos of Tōru Takemitsu in Tokyo, in conjunction with Senzoku Gakuen College of Music and Meiji University. Christopher’s biography is available on the Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship webpage here.

Congratulations, Christopher!

The Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship was specifically established in 1959 to support American graduate students at UHM with their studies in Japan.  The scholarship covers one or two years of study in Japan with an annual $30,000 award plus $15,000 allowance, covering tuition and a one-time round-trip airline ticket between Honolulu and Japan.  For more information on the scholarship and how to apply, please see the Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship Foundation’s website:  http://www.cpasfoundation.org/apply/. Today the scholarship is administered by the Japan-America Society of Hawaiʻi to promote better understanding between Japan and Hawaiʻi.

[January 15, 2021]

“Hatsudate 初点” Tea Ceremony Gathering 2021 by UH Tea Club.

Please enjoy this video of the “Hatsudate 初点” Tea Ceremony Gathering 2021, by UH Tea Club.

Faculty News

[April 1, 2021]

Congratulations to Kristi Govella for winning an Excellence in Teaching Award!

Kristi Govella, Assistant Professor of Asian Studies, has been honored with a 2021 UH Mānoa Excellence in Teaching Award.
From the award letter:
This award recognizes faculty members who have made significant contributions in teaching and student learning. The award honors an extraordinary level of subject mastery and scholarship, teaching effectiveness and creativity, and personal character. Your students and colleagues have recognized your outstanding contributions to the University. A campus-wide committee of former award recipients selected you to join an honored group of faculty who remain dedicated and committed to the highest level of teaching.
Please join us in congratulations Dr. Govella!


[April 29, 2021]

2022 Monbukagakusho (MEXT) Research Student Scholarship

(PDF version of the info. session flyer here)

(PDF version of the application schedule here)