Pacific and Asian Studies at UH

The University of Hawai‘i is deeply committed to its international programs, and the PALS program is supported by the University's excellent area centers for Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Pacific Islands, Southeast Asian, Philippine, and Hawaiian Studies.

Shidler College of Business

Shidler College of Business

The Shidler College of Business is a pioneer among U.S. business schools in international business, the College distinguishes itself through its focus on the Asia-Pacific region. The College emphasizse the development of global business skills and are dedicated to providing you a quality business education with an international focus.

Their faculty offers particular in-depth knowledge of Asia-Pacific issues and practices. The College also houses unique resource centers and institutes dedicated to serving Asia and the Pacific with comprehensive research, programs and services.

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The East-West Center

The East-West Center (EWC) is an internationally recognized research and educational institution founded by the U.S. Congress in 1960 to strengthen relations and understanding among the countries of Asia, the Pacific and the U.S. The Center, which sponsors international exchanges, conferences and research programs, is located near the Law School on the Mānoa campus and maintains close interaction with the University.

The EWC's areas of research focus and study include Environmental Change and Governance, and Politics, Governance and Security. The Center presents frequent seminars and colloquia on topics related to Asia and the Pacific, as well as an active arts and performance calendar. Through its Pacific Islands Development Program, the Center also sponsors a wide range of activities to enhance the quality of life in the Pacific Islands.

Law students are eligible to live in EWC graduate housing and those with a specialty in Asian and Pacific studies may also be eligible to participate in its student affiliate program or qualify for an East-West Center graduate fellowship.

School of Pacific and Asian Studies

School of Pacific and Asian Studies

The University's School of Pacific and Asian Studies (SPAS) coordinates the teaching and research efforts of some 300 faculty specialists who offer more than 600 courses relating to those areas; SPAS has become the largest resource faculty for Asian and Pacific studies in the world.

The centers sponsor research seminar series, graduate student conferences and many other activities related to Asia and the Pacific. The University also offers instruction in a large number of languages and is especially strong in Asian-Pacific languages, so students may choose from courses in the Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indonesian, Thai, Vietnamese, Filipino and Hawaiian languages, among others.

Additional Resources at UH Mānoa



Tae-Ung Baik

Associate Professor of Law
(808) 956-7838