School of Pacific and Asian Studies
Moore Hall 310
Dean: R. Anderson Sutton
Strategically located with a multicultural heritage, the state of Hawai‘i has always been uniquely international in outlook. Reflecting this perspective, the School of Pacific and Asian Studies (SPAS) represents the ongoing commitment of UH Manoa to enhance international awareness and intercultural understanding throughout the educational experience. In fulfilling this commitment, SPAS has become one of the largest resource facilities for Asian and Pacific studies in the world.
Established in 1987, SPAS offers academic programs in Asian studies and Pacific Islands studies. SPAS also houses the Centers for Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies, Korean Studies, Okinawan Studies, Pacific Islands Studies, Philippine Studies, South Asian Studies, and Southeast Asian Studies. Through these centers and programs, SPAS helps to coordinate the efforts across UH Manoa of some 300 faculty specialists who offer more than 600 courses related to Asia and the Pacific.
Research supported by SPAS appears in a wide range of journals, monographs, and occasional papers published by its centers and programs. Complementing these publications are monographs, translations, and journals published by SPAS or one of its centers in association with UH Press.
Research and publications, specialized training and instructional programs, conferences, symposia, resources development, and a full schedule of co-curricular activities and cultural programs are all a part of the School of Pacific and Asian Studies. Students electing to focus their studies on Asia or the Pacific at UH Manoa will discover a unique learning environment especially appropriate to the understanding and appreciation of the peoples and cultures of the region.
Degrees and Certificates
Bachelor’s Degree: BA in Asian studies, BA in Pacific Islands studies
Master’s Degrees: MA in Asian studies, MA in Pacific Islands studies
Certificate Programs: Graduate Certificates in Pacific Islands, Asia, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Philippine, South Asian, and Southeast Asian studies
Students interested in Asian studies and Pacific Islands studies are urged to consult with the appropriate school advisor listed above and thoroughly check out each website.
Prospective students interested in the BA in Asian studies or the BA in Pacific Islands studies should contact the respective department or refer to the program listing in the Catalog.
Prospective students interested in the MA in Asian studies or the MA in Pacific Islands studies should contact the respective program or refer to the program listing in the Catalog.
Instructional and Research Facilities and Programs
Center for Chinese Studies
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. It pursues this goal through instruction from 52 faculty members in 30 departments who teach approximately 150 China-related courses; research by faculty, who collectively 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 (manoa.hawaii.edu/chinesestudies); and community outreach, conferences, and national and international linkages with institutions such as Peking University, Beijing Foreign Studies University, Zhejiang University, Tongji University, National Taiwan University, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. CCS has housed a Confucius Institute (CI-UHM), funded by the PRC Ministry of Education to promote Chinese language and culture studies in Hawai‘i, since 2006. In 2012 and 2013, the CI-UH Manoa was named one of the Best CIs of the Year, and in 2014, it was awarded the title of Model Confucius Institute; see manoa.hawaii.edu/confuciusinstitute. Since 2007, the CI-UHM has also contributed toward CCS’s annual STARTALK Chinese Teacher Training Institute and Student Language Camp, funded through annual grants from the Department of Defense, and, in 2017, it cooperates with the College of Social Sciences to offer the annual Manoa Academy: Beijing.
By creating a stimulating environment for the faculty and the approximately 100 mainly graduate students specializing in Chinese studies, CCS supplements basic scholarly offerings, 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, the Undergraduate Chinese Flagship Program in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, and the National Foreign Language Resource Center in the College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature. Furthermore, the Centers for Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies, and Korean Studies together form a National Resource Center for East Asian Studies, which is supported by major funding from the U.S. Department of Education.
Center for Japanese Studies
The Center for Japanese Studies (CJS) promotes the study of Japan within a global context across academic disciplines at UH Manoa. Japanese studies faculty include 33 professors, 10 Japanese language instructors, 4 library specialists, and a chanoyu (tea ceremony) instructor who offer over 100 courses in 20 instructional or department units to approximately 4,000 students annually. An integral part of CJS 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. CJS coordinates the Title VI National Resource Center East Asia grant, which includes curriculum development, outreach, and library development projects in East Asia. The center’s role is to act as a coordinating body for Japanese studies at UH Manoa and as a clearinghouse for inquiries related to the field; in this role, CJS offers student scholarships and faculty professional development funding, provides student advising, sponsors seminars and conferences on Japan, sponsors visiting scholars, coordinates a summer student internship program in Ehime (along with the Japan-America Society of Hawai‘i), and administers partnerships with overseas research institutes.
Center for Korean Studies
The Center for Korean Studies coordinates and develops UH Manoa’s resources for the study of Korea. The 45 faculty members affiliated represent the disciplines of anthropology, architecture, art, music, business, communication, communicology, economics, English, ethnomusicology, history, language, linguistics and literature, law, political science, social work, sociology, and urban planning. The center promotes interdisciplinary and intercultural approaches to Korea-related 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.
Center for Okinawan Studies
The Center for Okinawan Studies (COS) was established in 2008, and has the distinction of being the only center of its kind outside of Japan. COS is a coordinating unit with a mission to promote the study of the Ryukyuan archipelago, Okinawa, and the Okinawan diaspora by encouraging the development and offering of both credit and non-credit courses in the performing arts, history and social sciences, language and culture. 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. We have established an institutionalized educational collaborations with universities, and work collaboratively with local community organizations.
Center for Pacific Islands Studies
The Center for Pacific Islands Studies brings together people and resources to promote an understanding of the Pacific Islands and issues of concern to Pacific Islanders. Its innovative instructional program is regional, comparative, and interdisciplinary in nature. After 60 years of offering the nation’s first and only MA program for the study of the Pacific Islands, the center launched a BA program in 2011. 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 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.
Center for Philippine Studies
The Center for Philippine Studies at UH Manoa is the only university center offering a comprehensive academic program on 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 in Hawai‘i and in the diaspora, through academic course offerings, library resources, lectures and seminars, scholarly conferences, research and publications, visiting faculty, international exchange programs, cultural presentations, outreach with the Filipino community in Hawai‘i and in the homeland, institutional linkages, and other professional activities. UH Manoa has a large concentration of internationally known Philippine specialists and experts in various disciplines. The center has served as the Secretariat for the International Conference on Philippine Studies (ICOPHIL), and works closely with the Philippine Studies Conference in Japan (PSCJ) held every four and three years, respectively, and with the Philippine Studies Group of the Association for Asian Studies in the U.S. every year. For more details, visit www.hawaii.edu/cps.
Center for South Asian Studies
The Center for South Asian Studies at UH Manoa serves as an intellectual hub in the Pacific for research on and learning about a highly diverse region that encompasses Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, Sri Lanka, Lakshadweep, and the Maldive Islands. The objective of the center, since its creation in 1985, is to promote interdisciplinary research on South Asia and the diaspora, and assist undergraduates and graduate students in the humanities, arts, social sciences, and applied sciences to focus on societies and cultures of South Asia and the South Asian diaspora. The center’s activities include colloquia, invited lectures and workshops, an annual spring symposium, cultural education, and community building. The center also facilitates study and research in South Asia for undergraduate and graduate students. The library’s South Asia collection is ranked among the top ten in the U.S. The center draws on the expertise of more than 40 distinguished faculty members whose research interests spread over India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Nepal. For more information, visit www.hawaii.edu/csas/, and for continuing news and events, "Like" CSAS on its Facebook page: www.facebook.com/UHCSAS/.
Center for Southeast Asian Studies
The center is one of only eight National Resource Centers (NRC) for the study of Southeast Asia in the U.S. as designated by the U.S. Department of Education through a four-year Title VI grant. It acts as a coordinating body for Southeast Asian studies throughout the university. With more than 55 affiliated faculty members distributed through 21 departments, the center interacts with the largest concentration of Southeast Asia specialists in the U.S.
CSEAS is responsible for administering and awarding the Foreign Language and Area Study (FLAS) Fellowships and the Luce Fellowships for research and language training in Southeast Asia. In support of academic research and curriculum development, the center is currently spearheading projects in collaboration with the UH Manoa Department of Theatre & Dance, and our Minority Serving Institutions partners at Kapiolani Community College, and the UH Manoa College of Education. Support to grow the Southeast Asia Collection at Hamilton Library also plays a major part in our long-term project support.
The center works to connect Southeast Asian studies at UH Manoa with international partnerships. Current projects include web materials development with the Center for Religious and Cross Cultural Studies (CRCS) at Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia and film resource development with the Vietnam Film Institute (VFI) in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Locally, CSEAS acts as a clearinghouse initiating and publicizing events on the campus with a Southeast Asia focus including a twice-monthly speaker series and its popular website and well-developed social media profile. The center has a strong commitment to outreach programs with its support of Indonesian theatre/dance performance, and continues to broaden public interest in Southeast Asia through an occasional film series now in its 12th season. More information on UH Manoa Center for Southeast Asian Studies can be found at www.cseashawaii.org.
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 Wayang Listrik theatrical training and performance. The centers’ outreach programs take UH Manoa expertise into the community and K-12 schools.
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