- About IPLL
Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures (IPLL) provides an opportunity without parallel elsewhere in the country for students to acquire an in-depth knowledge of the languages and cultures of that part of the world that encompasses more than 25 percent of the Earth’s population and an unusual diversity of peoples.
Pacific, Southeast Asian languages, Arabic, Sanskrit, Hindu and Urdu are taught in the Department. The coverage of these languages is unique in the United States: this is the only department in the country to offer a BA degree in Philippine Language and Literature (Filipino or Ilokano) and the only one to offer every national language of Southeast Asia.
Languages taught by the Department’s instructors on a regular basis include: Arabic, Cambodian (Khmer), Chamorro, Filipino, Hindi, Ilokano, Indonesian, Maori, Samoan, Sanskrit, Tahitian, Thai, Tongan, and Vietnamese. Additional languages and topics may be offered on an as-needed basis.
Literature, both oral and written literature of the Indo-Pacific region is another strength of the department. Beyond language, the department offers courses in the literatures and cultures of the area, including literature in translation of South and Southeast Asia, and the Philippines.
Asia and the Pacific have long figured in German culture, specifically as a result of German literary, linguistic, and philosophical interest in Asia as the birthplace of ancient wisdom, as well as Germany’s colonization of the Pacific in the 19th-century. German Orientalism is currently an incredibly fast growing field, highlighting, on the Asian side, South and East Asia. University of Hawaii is in a unique position to enhance this scholarship and contribute the South East Asia and Pacific angle to the complexity of East-West connections. Offering new perspectives, our two-day conference will bring together international and interdisciplinary scholars, who will explore Germany’s engagement with Asia and the Pacific in matters of travel and trade, colonies and missions, race and politics, as well as philosophy, literature, and art.