Research Team

The work of my research team has been generously supported by funding from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa School of Pacific and Asian Studies, the National Asia Research Program Fellowship, a Faculty Mentoring Grant for Summer Undergraduate Research and Creative Works, and the Federal Work-Study Program. If you are interested in joining us, please contact me. Volunteer opportunities and opportunities for course credit are currently available. I am also willing to mentor students who are interested in applying for related project funding from the UH Mānoa Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program.

Current Members:

Henry Bransdorfer is fourth-year student at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa pursuing a B.A. in Japanese. He is planning to pursue graduate studies in Heian period Japanese literature. He has been awarded numerous prizes for his music compositions and performances, including the 2018 National Flute Association Flute Choir Composition Competition award.

Diana Saipele Le‘au is a first-year student at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa pursuing a B.S. in Animal Sciences with a Pre-Veterinary Focus with a possible minor in Japanese or Samoan. She is interested in learning more Asian and Pacific languages, and she spends her free time translating manga from Japanese to English.

Tatsuki Kohatsu is a second-year M.A. student in Geography at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. His academic interests include security, militarism, tourism, Okinawa, and the Asia-Pacific region. He completed a B.A. in Cultures and Languages at the University of the Ryukyus and has been involved in research related to experiences in Okinawa during and after World War II.

Lillian McIntyre is a fourth-year student at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa pursuing a B.A. in Japanese and a B.F.A. in Painting. She is interested in wafuku and kitsuke, as well as oil painting. Lillian was an intern at the Ehime Prefectural International Center in Matsuyama, Japan in 2019 and studied abroad in Florence, Italy during Fall 2018.

Former Members:

Melody Chung was part of the research team during Summer 2020. At the time, Melody was a fourth-year student at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa majoring in Japanese. She is interested in Japanese language and culture, international relations, and foreign policy. Melody has studied abroad in Japan twice: she spent a year studying in Kobe at Konan University and a semester studying in Kyoto at Ritsumeikan University.

Asia Dobbs was part of the research team from 2019 to 2020. She graduated with an M.A. in Asian Studies (Japan focus) from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa in May 2020 and is interested in social issues in Japan. She was the recipient of a 2019–2020 Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship for Japanese and previously worked as a research assistant for the UH Mānoa library’s Takazawa Collection, where she managed materials related to leftist social movements in Japan. Prior to attending UH Mānoa, Asia completed a B.A. in Asian Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. After graduation, Asia accepted a position as an international education consultant in Japan.

Iroha Mochida was part of the research team during Summer 2020. At the time, she was a fourth-year student at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa majoring in Asian Studies with a major area focus on Japan and a minor area focus on Southeast Asia. She is interested in traditional arts in the Asia-Pacific region, particularly ethnic music and dance. Iroha previously interned at the University of Hawai‘i International Student Services Office.