Cheryl Tokita

Program Assistant, Leadership Program, Professional Development Program
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Ms. Cheryl Tokita serves as Program Assistant in the Professional Development Program's Leadership Program, mainly working on the Asia Pacific Leadership Program (APLP) with the administration and logistical side of program-related activities. In addition, she aids the Leadership Program with virtual workshop coordination, website maintenance, data visualization, and designing and updating social media, marketing and program materials.  Prior to joining the Leadership Program, Ms. Tokita served as Project Assistant with the East-West Center’s Asia Pacific Higher Education Research Partnership (APHERP) and Asian Studies Development Program (ASDP) and was an Education Program student assistant. She earned a dual-focus history and East Asian Language & Literature (EALL) B.A. in Asian Studies with a minor in Korean (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and a M.A. in Asian Studies from the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa.  Ms. Tokita’s Masters research was split between two elements of Korean popular culture: the penetration of Korean pop culture into the domestic-oriented Japanese music market, and the effectiveness of Korean national branding through the creation and longevity of soft power resources.