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Library Treasures Summer 2022 Scholarships – Winners

The Summer 2022 Scholarship winners will present their completed works at an in-person reception at Hamilton Library on Friday, September 16, 2022.


Perry Arrasmith

Perry Arrasmith (MA in Urban and Regional Planning), “Compounded Frustrations and Generational Shifts: Land, Power, the Constitutional Convention of 1978, and Planning for the Next Hawai‘i”

This project will examine the state of Hawai‘i’s politics in the period surrounding the 1978 Constitutional Convention of the State of Hawai‘i. In accordance with this goal, the project will search among folders in the University of Hawai’i Archives & Manuscripts Collection (most directly within the Hawai‘i Congressional Papers Collection) and survey identified works in both the Hawaiian and Pacific Collection and general collection of Hamilton library. Through the summer of 2022, this research will support a prospective thesis documenting the influence of the 1978 Constitutional Convention on such topics as water, agriculture, urban land use regulation, and the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL). In charting the influence of the 1978 Constitutional Convention on the history of planning in the State of Hawai‘i, this project can reframe our comprehension of Hawai‘i’s unique political position within the United States.


Clarice Handoko

Clarice Handoko (MA in Sociology), Pemuda Activism’s Adaptive Mechanisms in an Authoritarian Regime: Evidence from Pro-Democracy Newspapers in Indonesia

Since 1928, when the ‘youth pledge’ was instituted at Indonesia’s Second Youth Congress, nationalist youth activists – colloquially known as Pemuda – have continued to take to the streets during the country’s most pivotal moments. Noticeable both by their school uniforms and youthful vigor, they have been celebrated as an external regulatory force against abuses of power inside Indonesia’s government. Pemuda’s triumph in ending the authoritarian New Order era has been regarded as their biggest achievement to date, especially considering the extreme repression initially faced by the movement under President Suharto. This research project contributes to existing studies on how the youth movement overcame their transitional depoliticization by the Suharto regime: through content analyses of Indonesian newspapers (from Hamilton’s Asia collection) in circulation from 1966-1998, this project attempts to show how the democratic-leaning press sought to augment local disapproval of the Suharto administration. In turn, I highlight pro-democracy journalism’s power to rally the nation behind the youths’ contentious take down of President Suharto. The study hopes to offer a comparative example to Indonesia’s increasingly oligarchic media landscape today, and to the weakening of public debates in the country’s present politics.


Carissa Chew

Carissa Chew (PhD in History), “From ‘Hybrid’ to Hapa: A Mixed-Race History of Hawaiʻi”

Using materials from the Romanzo Adams Social Research Laboratory (RASRL) collection, this project explores the self-identities and lived experiences of interracial couples and their mixed-race children in early- to mid-twentieth century Hawaiʻi. The studies conducted by haole social scientists in the 1920s and 1930s on the topic of interracial sex in Hawai’i and its wider consequences for the U.S. continent have been well-documented from a history of science perspective. There has, however, been remarkably little historical inquiry into the degree of agency that mixed-race Native Hawaiians exhibited when negotiating and formulating their own identities – whether by adopting or rejecting the “Part Hawaiian” typology or reappropriating it through the notion of hapa. Moreover, whereas haole sociologists and anthropologists portrayed the high degree of interracial marriage in Hawaiʻi as an indicator of racial harmony, unpublished essays and interviews from the RASRL collection reveal that interracial unions in this period were often complicated, contested, and painful.


Maggie Ivanova (MFA in Theatre, Asian Performance – Directing), “Visual Dramaturgy Research on Adapting Haruki Murakami’s Dance, Dance, Dance for the Stage”

My M.F.A. thesis comprises a stage adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s 1988 novel Dance, Dance, Dance (English trans. by Alfred Birnbaum, 1994), which I will also direct. Part of Kennedy Theater’s Primetime Series, the production is scheduled for January 25-29, 2023. Murakami’s novel is an example of magical realism; it is set in three geographical locations – Sapporo in Hokkaido, Shibuya in Tokyo, and Honolulu in Hawai‘i. The hybrid, mixed-method practice-led research methodology which grounds the thesis, includes archival research into Murakami’s formative influences (historical and socio-cultural) and the history of Honolulu’s Downtown area; dramaturgical analysis of works by representative Japanese playwrights and directors, which resonate with Murakami’s approaches to characterization and critique of social realities; field work in Hawai‘i that explores lived experiences of members of the Ainu diaspora in Hawai‘i; and collaborations with the composer, cast, and design team. Integral to the whole project is the dramaturgical archival research which I’ll conduct at Hamilton Library using the Asian Collection (The Takazawa Collection and its Hirai Yoshio Subcollection), the Russian Collection (materials pertaining to Russia’s relationship with Hokkaido and the Ainu), the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections (The Mānoa Valley Papers; audiovisual materials related to Honolulu’s history), and the Wong Audiovisual Collection.

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