Instructional and Research Facilities and Programs
School of Pacific and Asian Studies
Instructional and Research Facilities and Programs
The Center for Chinese Studies (CCS) aims broadly at an increased understanding of contemporary China in light of its history and its hopes for the future. The center pursues this goal through instruction from 57 faculty members in 30 departments who teach more than 200 China-related courses; research by faculty, who publish an average of six books and a score of articles on China each year; service publications, such as its quarterly journal China Review International, which provides an overview of current world wide scholarship on China, a website (chinesestudies.hawaii.edu) that provides access to databases for national resources on China; and community outreach, conferences, and national and international linkages with institutions such as Peking University, Beijing Foreign Studies University, the National Taiwan University, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
By interdepartmental cooperation and by creating a stimulating environment for the faculty and the approximately 150 students specializing in Chinese studies, the center actively supplements the offering of the basic scholarly disciplines at both undergraduate and graduate levels, and focuses attention on the university's significant resources for the study of China. These include the Asia Collection in Hamilton Library, the Wong Audiovisual Center in Sinclair Library, and the multimedia collection of the Language Telecommunication Resource and Learning Center.
The center is also home to one of about 80 Confucius Institutes (CI) in the nation, with funding from the PRC Ministry of Education. The CI focuses on pre- and in-service training of Chinese language educators, developing innovative language learning opportunities for students, and projects that promote teaching and learning about Chinese culture. The work of the CI has been enhanced by major grants from the Freeman Foundation, the College Board, and the National Security Language Initiative.
The Center for Japanese Studies (CJS) seeks to promote a deeper understanding of Japan within a global context. Faculty include 40 professors, 18 language instructors, 2 library specialists, and a chanoyu instructor who offer approximately 150 courses in 23 department units. An integral part of the center is the Dr. Sen Soshitsu International Way of Tea Center, which serves to perpetuate tea culture by offering tea practicum courses and coordinating tea-related outreach projects. Other important activities include support for student-exchange programs with Kyoto University, Doshisha University (Kyoto), Nanzan University (Nagoya), Sophia University (Tokyo), and Hiroshima University; coordination of the "J-Floor" (a Japanese culture and language learning environment in Frear Hall dorm); coordination of the Japan Studies Endowment which makes grants to support faculty and graduate student research; publication of the newsletter J-Current, and the Guide to Japanese Studies at the University of Hawai'i. In addition, the center coordinates the Title VI National Resource Center East Asia grant, acts as a coordinating body for Japanese studies on campus and as a clearinghouse for inquiries related to the field; sponsors visiting colleagues; and arranges lectures and performances for visiting scholars and artists.
The Center for Korean Studies coordinates and develops UH Manoa's resources for the study of Korea. The 32 faculty members affiliated represent the disciplines of history, language and literature, economics, political science, sociology, business, communication, urban planning, speech, anthropology, English, art, architecture, and ethnomusicology. The center promotes interdisciplinary and intercultural approaches to Korean studies; conducts scholarly conferences; sponsors research projects; presents specialists and visiting scholars in colloquia; publishes scholarly works and an interdisciplinary journal, Korean Studies; and coordinates UH Manoa resources on Korea and researches the activities of Hawai'i's Korean community. The center maintains a special collection of personal libraries and private papers of distinguished scholars on Korea. It also has a small collection of books, journals, audiovisual materials, and other documents as an adjunct to the UH Manoa library's Korean collection.
The Center for Okinawan Studies (COS) was established in 2008, and has the distinction of being the first center of its kind outside of Japan. COS is a coordinating unit with a mission to promote Okinawan Studies. It strives to enhance the study and understanding of the history, culture, environment, and societies of the Okinawan/Ryukyuan peoples, including diaspora. COS is committed to supporting the research and teaching of Okinawa/Ryukyu-related subjects by its faculty/staff and students, as well as providing outreach to the general community in the form of workshops, lectures, seminars, and conferences. It also supports the student-exchange program with the University of the Ryukyus. Collaborative works with the University of the Ryukyus are also being planned for future projects.
The Center for Pacific Islands Studies coordinates aspects of the Pacific-related activities within UH Manoa and promotes further study of the region. The center sponsors an annual conference and a seminar series that features a variety of visitors en route to and from other Pacific Islands. The program publishes a bimonthly newsletter, a series of occasional papers, and, in collaboration with the UH Press, the Pacific Islands Monograph Series, and The Contemporary Pacific: A Journal of Island Affairs.
The Center for Philippine Studies at UH Manoa is the only university center offering a comprehensive academic program for Philippine studies in North America. With an interdisciplinary faculty based in various departments, it promotes a broad understanding of Philippine society and culture, including Filipinos overseas, through course offerings, library resources, lectures and seminars, scholarly conferences, research and publications, visiting faculty, international academic exchanges, cultural presentations, outreach with the Filipino community in Hawai'i, and other professional activities. UH Manoa has the largest concentration of internationally known Philippine specialists and experts in various disciplines. The center serves as the Secretariat for the International Committee on Philippine Studies.
The Center for South Asian Studies supports courses and visiting scholars, provides opportunities for intensive study of societies and cultures of South Asia, and promotes faculty research and interaction across departmental lines to foster comparative and interdisciplinary research in the region. This area includes contemporary Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldive Islands, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and, for some purposes, Afghanistan and Tibet. The center initiates and supports outreach activities to UH Manoa, and to the wider Honolulu community through colloquia, lectures, and its annual Spring Symposium.
The Center for Southeast Asian Studies supports one of the largest Southeast Asian programs in the country. Approximately 60 resident and visiting faculty teach a wide range of courses on Southeast Asia, which include an exceptionally strong program in languages. In addition, the library collection on Southeast Asia is among the largest in the world. The center administers FLAS fellowships and other scholarships available for graduate students, and administers faculty and student exchanges with other universities. It maintains an active seminar and conference schedule, and works to maintain cross-campus and inter-disciplinary communication. Center publications include the Southeast Asia Paper Series and Explorations, a student journal. The outreach program oversees conferences, public lectures, a Southeast Asian film series, and develops education materials. Further information is available at www.cseashawaii.com.
Campus Events and Community Programs
SPAS and its centers sponsor lectures, colloquia, teacher workshops, conferences, film festivals, concerts, and special events, such as the Grand Kabuki performance, Chinese martial arts performances, and the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute. The centers' outreach programs take UH Manoa expertise into the community and secondary schools.
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