Research Team

The work of my research team has been generously supported by funding from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Department of Asian Studies, the UHM 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

These are the current members of the research team:

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 previously 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.

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.

Brendan Sakihara is a third-year student at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa pursuing a B.A. in Economics and Japanese. His interests include statistics, game theory, Japanese economics, and Japanese culture. He previously worked at the Hawaii Global Education Foundation as an ABC Leader.

Former Members

These individuals successfully completed at least one semester on the research team: