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Aloha from President Wright
with Chatt G. Wright

Recently, HPU’s College of International Studies became even more international in scope when it incorporated the modern languages programs. Joining the College’s faculty are Gary Kanada as program chair of Modern Languages, Beata Gierasinski-Iragui, Young Shin Kubota, Theresa Lane, and Sadaji Oi. Among its 19 full-time faculty the following languages are now represented: Chinese, Finnish, French, German, Hawaiian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Maori, Polish, Samoan, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Chinese, French, German, Hawaiian, Japanese, and Spanish are offered to students at HPU each semester. Korean will be offered beginning fall 2003.

nternational Studies faculty are active scholars: Dr. Grace Cheng was awarded two National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) fellowships, one to study Islam and Politics at the University of Chicago this past summer and one to participate in a consortium on Asian Studies at Eckerd College in October.

Dr. William Warren presented an analysis of the Korean communities in three Japanese cities and documented changes in the environment that signaled shifts in attitudes about indigenous Korean communities. Dr. James Primm presented his research on Cuba, “Third World, Third Way,” to the College of International Studies Advisory Council at the spring 2002 luncheon. Dr. Carlos Juárez, Program Chair for International Studies, participated in a workshop at the University of Nebraska this past summer as a faculty consultant to the College Board/Educational Testing Services (ETS), which administers the Advanced Placement (AP) program.

The College is presenting a panel and discussion in November on “The Impact of 9-11 on our Asian Neighbors: Implications for U.S. Foreign Policy.” The event will be co-sponsored with Pacific Forum, a foreign policy think tank based in Honolulu, and open to HPU students and faculty. E-mail for more information.

Look for the next issue of The Voice, HPU’s student-edited journal, to be published soon. It includes essays by students from Finland, France, Thailand, Sweden and the United States. The topics cover international issues that range from human rights to terrorism to the origins of tensions between Pakistan and India. For more information about The Voice, e-mail Debbie Bohol at or call 544-9392.


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