Title: Pineapple Growers, Women Pioneers, and Imperial Adventurers: New Perspectives on Overseas Japanese in the History of Hawaii and the Pacific
Summary: Inspired by increasingly robust transnational and interdisciplinary studies in academia, this two-day seminar examines the history of Japanese diaspora in the Pacific where cross-border movements of peoples, ideas, and objects linked Japan, Okinawa, Taiwan, Hawaii, and the United States. The seminar draws upon insights available in the disciplines of History, Gender Studies, Ethnic Studies, and Asian Studies and showcases rare historical documents that are deposited in archives in Hawaii, Taiwan, the mainland US, and other locations.
1st Segment: A public lecture. The lecture features two speakers, who present their latest research projects that offer new perspectives on the studies of overseas Japanese in the history of Hawaii and the Pacific. Eiichiro Azuma, Professor of History and Asian American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, will speak on "Hawaii's Japanese Immigrants and an Origin of Colonial Taiwan's Pineapple Industry." Mire Koikari, Professor of Women's Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM), will speak on "Racial Science, Domestic Reform, and Japanese Immigration in Territorial-era Hawaii." Date/Time: Sept. 4, 2018 (Tues.), 3 to 5 pm, UHM Hamilton Library Room 301. In English. Free and open to the public.
2nd Segment: A workshop. The workshop provides a forum in which Yuma Totani, Professor of modern Japanese history at UHM, will facilitate discussions with Azuma and Koikari showcasing sample archival documents and their usage. Participants will think about the challenges of applying transnational and interdisciplinary perspectives, consider the significance of gender, race, indigeneity, immigration, and empire as analytical categories, and develop innovative analytical approaches to the use of archival resources for historical research. Date/Time: Sept. 6, 2018 (Wed.), 3 to 5:30 pm, UHM Sakamaki Hall Room A201. In English. Free and open to the public.
Professor Yuma Totani