APAL Program 2021-22 Cohort

The Hawaii Asia-Pacific Affairs Leadership Program 2021-2022 Cohort:

Perry Arrasmith is a Master’s student in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, where he is also a 2021-2022 Graduate Degree Fellow at the East-West Center. His main research interests are the State of Hawai‘i’s role in promoting climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies in the U.S.-Affiliated Pacific Region, housing policy, and land and resource use and regulation throughout Hawai‘i. Arrasmith is presently serving a three-year term on the Hawai‘i State Commission for National and Community Service. Raised on O‘ahu, he is a product of the local public school system and graduated from Aiea High School in 2016. He later graduated from Harvard College in 2020 with an B.A. in American History and a minor in Government, before returning home during the COVID-19 pandemic. He and his family are based in ‘Ewa, where he is an elected member of the ‘Ewa Neighborhood Board.


Cross Makani Crabbe is the Case Manager for Wahiawa Center for Community Health. He received a B.A. in Life Sciences and a B.A. in Social Justice and Culture Studies from Seattle Pacific University. Cross is passionate about serving people in need with a hands-on approach. He has demonstrated his work ethic during his time with the U.S. Congress, the Hawai‘i State Legislature, and various non-profits across the state. His research interests include international health policies as well as how public health impacts the economic climate of the world.


Tyler Fujita is the Study Tours & Global Engagement Director at the Pacific & Asian Affairs Council (PAAC), a global education nonprofit. In this role, Tyler oversees the study tour program, which creates opportunities for high school students to travel abroad to countries in the Asia- Pacific region. Before PAAC, Tyler spent four years at SEEQS, an innovative public charter school in Honolulu. He also brings previous experience as a management consultant and nonprofit program officer. Tyler earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California and is currently pursuing a M.Ed. in Curriculum Studies from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.


Jamie Lee is a first-year graduate student in Political Science with an emphasis in International Relations at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Her research interests are in U.S.-Japan relations and national security issues in the Asia-Pacific region. This past summer, she was a legislative intern for the Hawai‘i State Senate Ways and Means Committee, where she researched federal and state fiscal policies. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, she studied abroad at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan where she focused on International Relations in East Asia. In her senior year at the University of Hawaiʻi, she wrote a senior thesis on the impact of globalization on Japan’s labor market.


Nicole Mau is the Manager of HR Systems and Reporting at the Sullivan Family of Companies. During her last year at UH Mānoa, she worked as a Program Assistant for the East West Center’s Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) and Study of the U.S. Institutes, which focused on environmental issues. Nicole received her B.B.A. in Human Resource Management and Management Information Systems from UH Mānoa’s Shidler College of Business, and her M.S. in Computer Information Systems, focusing on Data Analytics from Boston University’s Metropolitan College.


Thabiso Mutumhe is a student at Hawai‘i Pacific University, double majoring in International Studies as well as Diplomacy and Military Studies. She has a specialization in International Security and has a passion for modern military strategy. She lived in Harare, Zimbabwe as a child and currently speaks 5 languages.


Serina Nakagawa is currently pursuing an Asian Studies Master of Arts degree at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa where she is a graduate assistant. She has a Bachelor’s magna cum laude in Global Studies with minors in Broadcasting and Asian Studies from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. During her undergraduate, Serina studied at Korea University in Seoul, South Korea. Proficient in Korean and Japanese, her research centers around human rights and identity contestation of Koreans on the peninsula and abroad and how other political actors in the Asia- Pacific region work to influence the area. She aspires to research in South Korea through the Fulbright Fellowship.


Natalie Roberts is a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Intern at the East-West Center. She received her M.A. from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Previously, Natalie taught English at Bunkyo Gakuin University in Tokyo, Japan. Her research interests include human rights, international and higher education, and community building in the Asia-Pacific region.


Madeline Schultz is an officer in the Air Force, serving as a China analyst for INDOPACOM. She graduated from the United States Air Force Academy, where she earned her B.S. in Political Science and minored in German language. Previously, she interned for the U.S Senate, advocating for constituents in Colorado, and studied political theory as a summer fellow at Hudson Institute in Washington D.C. Through the APAL Program, Madeline seeks to learn from new perspectives and then apply her experiences as a more informed military leader.


Sarah Sweeney is completing her Master’s degree in Asian Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She previously received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her research focuses on environmental and human security challenges in Southeast Asia. She is specifically interested in Thailand and is currently working toward Thai language fluency with the support of a FLAS fellowship. She is excited to continue developing her knowledge of the Asian region and especially excited to draw connections to Hawai‘i and the Pacific Islands.