The University of Hawaii at Manoa Japanese Studies has 44 regular faculty members, making it one of the largest concentrations of Japan specialists in the United States. The UHM Japanese studies is recognized in all major fields, including language and literature, history, performing arts, social sciences, law, and business. The UHM offers approximately 200 Japan-related courses.
Students may choose from a number of strong programs that have a focus on Japan. Asian Studies offers undergraduate, graduate, and graduate programs. Altogether, 15 departments offer degrees with a specialization in Japanese studies.
Degrees offered are BA/MA Asian Studies (Japanese Studies), BA/MA/PhD Anthropology (focus on Japan), MA Pacific and Asian Art, MBA Business Administration (focus on Japan-JEMBA), BA/MA/PhD Japanese Language and Literature, BA/MA/PhD Geography (focus on Japan), MA/PhD Japanese History (BA in Asian History), JD Law (Pacific Asian Legal Studies Certificate), MA/PhD Linguistics (focus on Japanese), MA/PhD Ethnomusicology of Japan, MA/PhD Comparative East-West Philosophy/Asian Philosophy, MA/PhD Political Science (focus on Japan), BA/MA Religion (of Japan), MA/PhD Sociology (of Japan), and MA/PhD Asian Theatre.
In support of the outstanding teaching and scholarly research on Japan, the library acquires and makes available Japanese and western language sources about Japan. The Japan Collection supports all levels of research and instruction. Students, instructional faculty, and visiting scholars are the primary users, but the library also serves scholars around the world as well as the local community.
English and Western language publications about Japan are acquired by the subject selector and/or the current imprints buying plan. Acquiring publications in social sciences are closely coordinated with the Business, Humanities, and Social Sciences selectors.
The Hawaiian Collection selectors collect publications on Japanese immigrants in Hawaii written in Japanese, however, duplicates and/or publications relevant to the Kajiyama Collection (one of the Japan Special Collections) are coordinated with the Hawaiian Collection selectors.
Publications on Japanese Diaspora are coordinated with the Business, Humanities, and Social Sciences selectors.
Both the library's Government Documents Collection and the Asia Collection acquire English language government publications on Japan. Duplication may occur for publications issued by the World Bank, United Nations and United States Superintendent of Documents.
Recommendations and selections of videotapes on Japan are coordinated with the Wong AV Center selector. The library does not collect language tapes for classroom use or learning Japanese, which are now available in video. The Language Learning labs acquire such media.
The Sakamaki/Hawley Collection consists of over 5,000 items, mostly Ryukyu/Okinawa resources. Among them are over 2,000 items collected by the late English journalist, Frank Hawley. The Hawley Collection is regarded one of the most valuable and rarest materials on Ryukyu and Okinawa in the world. The Hawley Collection was augmented by the collections of two UH professors of History, Shunzo Sakamaki's and Robert Sakai's.
The Kajiyama Collection contains over 7,000 titles of the personal library of the late novelist Toshiyuki Kajiyama. These are general works on Korea, Japanese emigration documents, and Mr. Kajiyama's own publications with his source materials. The Japanese emigration documents and works on Korea complement the library's Hawaiian Collection and general Asia Collection.
The Nan'yo Collection is composed of approximately 700 titles on Japanese research and on former Japanese governmental activities in the South Seas between post-World War I and World War II. It complements the library's Pacific Collection and the general Asia Collection. The majority of the collection is ephemeral materials.
The identification of rare and valuable materials used to educate Japanese-American children in Hawaii has been made (Japanese Textbooks in Hawaii). Most of these materials were destroyed during and after World War II and these may be the only surviving documents of their kind. The Japanese textbooks were donated to the library in the 1970s but were awaiting processing. A small portion of the materials are stored in a secure area of the Asia Collection with the balance stored at the East-West Center's Jefferson Hall through a storage agreement with the library.
The Koji Takazawa Collection is the largest known collection of materials on social movements in post-war Japan. It contains approximately 50,000 items spanning the entire post-war period. These are primarily ephemeral materials. Since it was donated five years ago, the Takazawa Collection has been organized and managed by a Sociology professor with a grant from the National Endowment of Humanities. It is officially under control of the professor, however, it will be transferred to the Japan Collection in 2001.
Date compiled: 12/00 Compiler: Tokiko Y. Bazzell