- Professor, Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University
- Visiting Scholar, Harvard University (Fall, 2015)
- Visiting Scholar, University of California, Santa Barbara (Winter, 2016)
- Affiliate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Washington
- Assistant to the Executive Vice President, Office of Public Relations and Strategic Planning of Kyoto University (2010-2013)
Project leader, ‘A Japan-based Global Study of Racial Representations’ (Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (S) by the Ministry of Education and Science), 2010-2016.
Areas of Expertise: Cultural Anthropology, Sociology, American Studies
Fields of Research Interest: race, ethnicity, immigration studies
Regional Expertise: U.S.A., Japan
Academic Background: Ph. D. Anthropology (University of Washington, Fulbright Scholar).
- Trans-Pacific Japanese American Studies: Dialogues on Race and Racializations (Yasuko Takezawa and Gary Okihiro eds.) University of Hawai’i Press, 2016.
- Racial Representations in Asia. Takezawa ed., Kyoto: Kyoto University Press, 2011.
- Breaking the Silence: Ethnicity and Redress among Japanese Americans. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1995.
- “Translating and Transforming ‘Race’: Early Meiji Period Textbooks” Japanese Studies, 35:1, Special Issue: Rethinking Race/Racism from Asian Experiences, 2015.
- “Race in Asia” and “Japan’s Minority Peoples” in Encyclopedia Britannica’s Guide to Black History, 2010.
- “Tabunka Kyosei’ and Community-Rebuilding After the Kobe Earthquake,” in Multiculturalism in New Japan: Crossing the Boundaries within Japan, Ertl et al., eds., Berghahn Books, pp.32-42, 2008.
- “Transcending the Western Paradigm of the Idea of Race,” The Japanese Journal of American Studies 16, pp. 5-30, 2005.
- “Nikkeijin and ‘Multicultural Coexistence’ in Japan: Kobe after the Great Earthquake,” in New Worlds, New Lives: Globalization and People of Japanese Descent in the Americas and from Latin America in Japan, Lane Ryo Hirabayashi, et.al., Stanford University Press,.pp.310-330, 2002.
- “Racial Boundaries and Stereotypes: An Analysis of American Advertising,” The Japanese Journal of American Studies 10, pp.77-106, 1999.
- “Children of Inmates: The Effects of the Redress Movement among the Third Generation Japanese Americans,” Qualitative Sociology 14(1): 39-56, 1991.
Major Publications (in English)
- Email address: yasuko[at mark]zinbun.kyoto-u.ac.jp
- Telephone: (0)75-753-6915
- Fax: +81(0)75-753-6903
- Address: Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University
Yoshida-honmachi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8501 Japan