Staff and Partners

The workshop has been organized through a partnership between the Asian Studies Development Program of the East-West Center, the National Park Service, and the Pacific Historic Parks. The East-West Center, together with the University of Hawai‘i, offer extensive resources in Asian and Pacific studies, while the National Park Service and its partner Museum Association manage and interpret the historical resources of the WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument.

The workshop will be led by Geoffrey White, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Hawai‘i and Adjunct Senior Fellow at the East-West Center, and Daniel Martinez, Chief Historian of the National Park Service at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, assisted by Paul Heintz, Education Director for the Pacific Historic Parks, and Peter Hershock, Coordinator of the Asian Studies Development Program (ASDP), East-West Center. Sandy Osaki and Grant Otoshi, both ASDP program staff, will assist with local arrangements and participant support.

Program faculty have been recruited to represent the history of the Pacific War in the broader context of U.S. History, U.S.-Japan relations, and the diverse communities of memory within the United States. All faculty are asked to address the theme of ‘history and commemoration’ by relating their presentations to specific historic sites, media, and/or institutions of memory (museums, archives, schools, and so forth).