WHO/WHAT: Hamilton Library’s Asia Collection is home to the world-renowned Sakamaki/Hawley Collection containing over 5,000 items, most of which is Ryukyu and Okinawa source materials from the 1400s to the 1960s. The collection is an integral part of the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa’s library treasures, thanks to Frank Hawley and Dr. Shunzo Sakamaki. Hawley (1906-1961) was an English journalist and an avid book collector with personal ties with Japan. Sakamaki (1906-1973) was a professor of history at UH-Manoa and is regarded as the “Father of Ryukyuan Studies” at UHM.
This colloquium will focus on this collection. Okinawan Studies librarian Sachiko Iwabuchi will showcase unique items from the collection. Professor Manabu Yokoyama, author of “Shomotsu ni miserareta Eikoku-jin: Furanku Hore to Nihon bunka [An Englishman’s enchantment with books: Frank Hawley and Japanese culture],” (2003) will share his professional insights on the collection. Yokoyama is a research fellow at the Ryusaku Tsunoda Center for Japanese Culture at Waseda University in Tokyo.
WHEN/WHERE: Wednesday, April 25, at 3 p.m. in Hamilton Library, Room 401.
COST: Free admission.