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Educational Background

  • University of Chicago (Projected Completion Date - 2015)
    • Ph.D. Candidate in History with a focus on East Asian (Japanese) History (March, 2009)
    • Field Examinations Passed with Distinction (November, 2008) in Fields of Modern Japanese and Ryukyuan/Okinawan History:1600-Present (Professor James Ketelaar); U.S.-East Asian Relations and Modern Korea (Professor Bruce Cumings); and Theories of Nationalism and Modern China (Professor Prasenjit Duara).
  • Hosei University International Foreign Scholars Fellowship (2011-2012)
    • Completed nine month researcher position under the guidance of YAKA Munehiko of Hosei University.
  • Japan Foundation Japanese Studies Fellowship (2009-2010)
    • Completed year-long researcher position under the guidance of KATSUKATA-INAFUKU Keiko of Waseda University.
  • Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies (2006-2007)
    • Completed year-long intensive Japanese language program in Yokohama, Japan.
  • University of California, Los Angeles (2005)
    • Master of Arts in Asian American Studies
    • Thesis: “Ganbateando: A History of the Okinawan Peruvians in Los Angeles”
  • University of California, Los Angeles (1995)
    • Bachelor of Arts in History and English-American Studies
    • Specialization in Asian American Studies

Work Experience

  • DePaul University - History Department (Fall, 2015)
    • Position: Adjunct Instructor
    • Designed and taught course on "World History, 1900-Present"
  • Japanese American Service Committee (2015-Present)
    • Position: Legacy Center Manager
    • Coordinated Legacy Center Archives and Library focused on history of Japanese Americans in Chicago, including processing of archival materials, and assisting researchers in using collections.
  • University of Chicago - Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture (Fall, 2013)
    • Position: Instructor
    • Designed and taught "Colonizations II" course.
  • DePaul University - History Department (Fall, 2013)
    • Position: Adjunct Instructor
    • Designed and taught course on "The Rise of Modern China"
  • University of Chicago - Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture (Spring, 2011)
    • Position: Teaching Intern
    • Taught undergraduate section of "Colonizations II" course under the direction of Professor Julie Chu.
  • University of Illinois at Chicago - Asian American Studies Program (Winter, 2011)
    • Position: Adjunct Lecturer
    • Designed and taught "Introduction to Asian American Studies" course.
  • University of Chicago - History Department (Winter, 2011)
    • Position: Teaching Assistant
    • Taught undergraduate section of "East Asian Civilizations: Japan" course under the direction of Professor James Ketelaar.
  • University of Chicago - History Department (Spring, 2010)
    • Position: Teaching Assistant
    • Taught undergraduate section of "East Asian Civilizations: Korea" course under the direction of Professor Kyeong-Hee Choi.
  • University of Chicago - Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture (Winter, 2009)
    • Position: Instructor
    • Designed and taught "Asians in Latin America" course.
  • University of Chicago - History Department (Winter, 2009)
    • Position: Teaching Assistant
    • Taught undergraduate section of "East Asian Civilizations: Vietnam" course under the direction of Professor Mark Bradley.
  • University of Chicago - History Department (Winter, 2008)
    • Position: Teaching Assistant
    • Taught undergraduate section of "East Asian Civilizations: Japan" course under the direction of Professor James Ketelaar.
  • EOL, Inc. (2006-2007)
    • Position: English Language Conversation Teacher
    • Conducted language conversation classes in business professional environment.
  • The Go For Broke Educational Foundation (2003-2005)
    • Position: Webmaster
    • Duties included development and maintenance of organizational website.
  • UCLA Asian American Studies Department (Winter, 2005)
    • Position: Teaching Assistant
    • Taught undergraduate writing section of "History of Asian Americans" course under the direction of Professor Valerie Matsumoto.
  • The Asian Pacific American Legal Center (1999-2003)
    • Position: Media Director
    • Duties included media/public relations work, graphic design and layout, development and maintenance of organizational web, multimedia development work, donor database management, and community outreach.
  • The Imoyase Group, Inc. (1997-1999)
    • Position: Research Assistant
    • Duties included assisting non-profits with program evaluation, developing evaluation tools, developing organization’s website, and conducting field and desk research.
  • Visual Communications (1996-1997)
    • Position: L.A. Link Internship
    • Duties included coordinating youth participants, assisting in video-conferencing program, developing projects, and understanding film/editing processes.
  • East/West Community Partnership (1995-1996)
    • Position: Administrative Assistant
    • Duties included graphics support, office management, inventory control, maintaining research library, and assistance in media relations.
  • UCLA Academic Advancement Program (1994-1995)
    • Position: Political Science and History tutor
    • Duties included tutoring multi-ethnic students in American political systems and Japanese history, and coordinating tutoring with appropriate faculty.
  • UCLA Academic Advancement Program (1993-1994)
    • Position: Peer Counselor
    • Duties included counseling multi-ethnic students, coordinating with tutors and faculty, and providing referral services.

Related Skills:

  • Advanced reading, writing, and speaking ability in Japanese and Spanish.
  • PC and Macintosh experience: ACT!, Adobe Illustrator 10.0, Adobe Photoshop 7.0, Adobe Pagemaker 6.5, Donor Perfect, Final Cut Pro HD, Macromedia Dreamweaver MX, Macromedia Fireworks MX, Microsoft Office XP (Excel, Frontpage, Powerpoint, and Word), Quark Xpress 5.0, SPSS 8.0, Winfax Pro 9.0, WS-FTP.
  • Knowledge of basic PC maintenance and repair.
  • Experience with both on-line and off-line video editing systems.

Publications:

Cited in:

Videography:

  • Producer/Director, “Arnold Moreno = Pi” - A film about the L.A. County Health Care System.
    Screened at the 21st Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, the 2005 Vancouver Asian Film Festival, the 2005 Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, and the 2006 Chicago Asian American Showcase.
  • Producer/Writer, UCLA: Next, Episode #53 - “L.A. Dreams”

Fellowships and Honors:

  • University of Chicago History Department Bessie Pierce Prize Preceptorship – 2015-2016
  • University of Chicago Toyota Dissertation Fellowship - 2013-2014
  • Hosei International Foundation Foreign Scholars Fellowship - 2011-2012
  • Japan Foundation Japanese Studies Fellowship Program - 2008-2009
  • University of Chicago Toyota Centennial Research Assistantship - 2008-2009
  • University of Chicago Pre-Dissertation Travel Grant - Summer, 2008
  • University of Chicago Albert Kunstadter Travel Grant Fellowship - Summer, 2008
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS Title VI) - Summer, 2007
  • U.S. Department of Education Group Projects Abroad Fellowship - 2006-2007
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS Title VI) - Summer, 2006
  • UCLA Institute of American Cultures Graduate Fellowship - 2004-2005
  • George and Sakaye Aratani Graduate Fellowship - 2004-2005
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS Title VI) - Summer, 2004
  • Graduate Opportunity Fellowship Program - 2003-2004
  • Charles F. Scott Graduate Fellowship - 2003 - 2004
  • California Japanese American Alumni Association Scholarship - 1994-1995
  • McDonnell Douglas Scholarship Foundation Scholarship - 1990-1994
  • UCLA Deans’ Honor’s List (3 Quarters)

Professional Memberships:

  • Member, Phi Alpha Theta - History Honor Society
  • Member, Sigma Tau Delta - English Honor Society
  • Member, Association for Asian American Studies
  • Member, Association for Asian Studies
  • Member, American Historical Association
  • Member, Japanese Association for Migration Studies

Abstracts and Presentations:

  • Presenter, "Indigenous Asias" Roundtable. Association for Asian American Studies Annual Conference. Evanston, IL. April, 2015.
  • Presenter, "Okinawa: Autonomy and Sovereignty." Japan Studies at the University of Chicago and the University of Tokyo: A Joint Workshop. Chicago, IL. March 2015.
  • Presenter, "Reversion Era Movements for Okinawan Local Autonomy." Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference. Chicago, IL. March 2015.
  • Presenter, "Okinawan Jichi, or Regional Autonomy, From Reversion to the Present." Presented at the The Inaugural University of Wisconsin and University of Chicago Graduate Student Forum on Japanese History, Chicago, IL, October 2013.
  • Presenter, 「先住民族としてウチナーンチュのアイデンティティの再定式化:「未開人」と呼ばれた人々から先住民族権保有者と呼ばれうる人々へ」 (From "Primitive Savages" to Holders of Indigenous Rights: The Reformulation of Okinawan (Uchinanchu) Identity as Indigenous.) Presented at the Hosei University Institute for Okinawan Studies, Tokyo, Japan, June 2012.
  • Presenter, "From "Primitive Savages" to Holders of Indigenous Rights: The Reformulation of Okinawan (Uchinanchu) Identity as Indigenous." Presented at the University of Chicago East Asia: Transregional Histories Workshop, Chicago, IL, June 2011.
  • Presenter, "From "Primitive Savages" to Holders of Indigenous Rights: The Reformulation of Okinawan (Uchinanchu) Identity as Indigenous." Presented at the Association for Asian Studies, Honolulu, HI, April 2011.
  • Presenter, 「頑張ってアンド:ロサンゼルス在住の沖縄系ペルー人の歴史」 (Ganbateando: A History of the Okinawan Peruvian Community of Los Angeles.) Presented at the Ryukyu Daigaku Imin Kenkyukai, Naha, Japan, November 2009.
  • Presenter, “A History of the Japanese and Okinawan Cubans.” Presented at “A Changing Cuba in a Changing World” Conference Organized by the Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies - Cuba Project, New York, NY, March 2008.
  • Presenter, 「頑張ってアンド:ロサンゼルス在住の沖縄系ペルー人」 (Ganbateando: A History of the Okinawan Peruvian Community of Los Angeles.) Presented at the Waseda Daigaku Okinawa Kenkyukai, Tokyo, Japan, August 2007.
  • Presenter, “Ganbateando: A History of the Okinawan Peruvian Community of Los Angeles.” Presented at the Imin Kenkyukai, Tokyo, Japan, June 2007.
  • Presenter, “Ganbateando: A History of the Okinawan Peruvian Community of Los Angeles.” Presented at the UCLA Center for Japanese Studies Annual Graduate Student Conference, Los Angeles, CA, April 2006.
  • Presenter, “Okinawan Peruvian Community of Los Angeles.” Presented at the Asian Migrations Conference, Binghamton, NY, March 2006.
  • Presenter, “Ganbateando: A History of the Okinawan Peruvians in Los Angeles.” Presented at the Latin American Studies Association Annual Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico, March 2006.
  • Presenter, “Ganbateando: A History of the Okinawan Peruvians in Los Angeles.” Presented at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Asian Pacific American Graduate Students Organization Conference, Urbana-Champaign, IL, March 2006.
  • Presenter, “Diasporic Conflagrations: Anti-Military Organizing in Okinawa and the U.S.” Presented at the Association for Asian American Studies Conference, Boston, MA, March 2004.
  • Presenter, “Rethinking Gangs: The Criminalization of Youth of Color” Panel. Presented at Critical Resistance, Berkeley, CA, September 1998.

Invited Lectures and Panels:

  • Guest Speaker, "Postwar Okinawa and U.S.-Japan Relations." Center for International Studies Summer Teacher Institute. University of Chicago, Chicago, IL. June 2015.
  • Guest Lecturer, "The Postwar History of Okinawa/The Ryukyu Islands." Presented in Modern Japanese History class with Instructor Noriko Yamaguchi. University of Mississippi. Oxford, MI. April 2015.
  • Guest Lecturer, "Connecting Camps, Bombs, and Okinawa: A Familial Journey." Presented in Cross-Currents of American and Japanese Cultures class with Professor Karen Su. University of Illinois, Chicago. Chicago, IL. June 2014.
  • Guest Lecturer, "Nikkei Experiences in the United States - From Personal and Historical Perspectives." Presented with Professor Sachiko Takita-Ishii. Yokohama City University, Yokohama, Japan, June 2012.
  • Guest Lecturer, "The Korean Diaspora." Presented in East Asian Civilizations: Korea class (HIST 15300), with Professor Kyeong-Hee Choi. University of Chicago. Chicago, IL. May, 2011.
  • Guest Lecturer, "Rangaku." Presented in East Asian Civilizations: Japan class (HIST 15200), with Professor James Ketelaar. University of Chicago. Chicago, IL. February, 2011.
  • Guest Lecturer, "The Korean Diaspora." Presented in East Asian Civilizations: Korea class (HIST 15300), with Professor Kyeong-Hee Choi. University of Chicago. Chicago, IL. May, 2010.
  • Guest Lecturer, "Meiji Pan-Asianisms." Presented in East Asian Civilizations: Japan class (HIST 15200), with Professor James Ketelaar. University of Chicago. Chicago, IL. February, 2008.
  • Guest Panelist, “Conversations: A New Asian America.” Sponsored by PanAsia and the Asian Pacific American Graduate Student Collective. University of Chicago. Chicago, IL. November 2005.
  • Guest Lecturer, “The Asian American Movement.” Presented in “History of Asian Americans” class (AAS 10W), with Professor Valerie Matsumoto. UCLA, CA. March, 2005.
  • Featured Speaker, “Asian American Social Movements.” Sponsored by the Claremont Colleges Asian American Advisory Board. Claremont Colleges, CA. January, 2005.
  • Guest Lecturer, “Contemporary Japanese American Communities.” Presented in “The Japanese American Experience” class (AAS 130D), with Susan Nakaoka. UCLA, CA. April, 2002.
  • Guest Panelist, “Community Building = Consciousness-Raising Today Panel.” Presented as part of “Asian Americans: The Movement and the Moment.” UCLA, CA. September, 2001.
  • Guest Artist, Unleashing Tongues, VI. Sponsored by the UCLA Asian Pacific Coalition. UCLA, CA. May, 1997.
  • Featured Speaker, “Asian American Movement: Rap with Japanese American Activists of the 1970s and the 1990s.” Sponsored by the Japanese American Historical Society of Southern California and ACTION. Gardena, CA. October, 1996.
  • Guest Artist, Vote and Revolt: A Political Social Cultural Excursion to Defeat Prop. 209. Sponsored by the San Diego Student Coalition. University of California, San Diego, CA. September, 1996.
  • Guest Artist, Unleashing Tongues IV. Sponsored by the UCLA Asian Pacific Coalition. UCLA, CA. May, 1995.
  • Guest Artist, Unleashing Tongues. Sponsored by the UCLA Asian Pacific Coalition. UCLA, CA. March, 1994.
  • Guest Panelist, Ethnic Polarization at UCLA. Sponsored by Omega Sigma Tau. UCLA, CA. December, 1993.

Related Work and Experience:

  • Nikkei Chicago (2013-present) - Journalistic feature contributor for website highlighting the history of Japanese Americans in Chicago.
  • Rafu Shimpo Columnist/Contributor (1994-present) - Currently contribute monthly op-ed pieces on various issues at Los Angeles Japanese American newspaper.
  • UCLA Asian American Graduate Students’ Association (2003-2005) - Worked on various campus and community issues in organization.
  • People’s Community Organization for Reform and Empowerment (1996-2005) - Currently working on developing and training API activists in Los Angeles area.
  • Okinawa Peace Network of Los Angeles (1997-2005) - Currently working in organization dedicated towards reducing and removing the U.S. military presence in Okinawa.
  • Okinawa Association of America (1997-2005) - Worked on Young Okinawans committee and currently serve on History committee for organization.
  • KPFK API Collective (2002-2004) - Worked in radio collective and co-produced RadioBomb, a show highlighting API electronica and turntablist artists in the context of urban dance music.
  • Asian Left Forum (1997-2000) - Worked in national organization which sought to organize API leftists and promote discussion and dialogue on domestic and foreign issues.
  • Asian Pacific Islander Collective To Initiate Opportunities Now! (ACTION) (1995-99) - Helped found multi-ethnic activist API progressive collective with a focus on youth and the arts.
  • People of Color Against War (1999) - Worked in multi-racial coalition against the War in Yugoslavia.
  • The World Is Yours! (1996-98) - Published a journal of progressive API arts, focusing on youth and community issues.
  • Internship at Visual Communications (1997) - Worked on L.A. Link project which used technology to connect Marshall and Belmont High students with students at Crenshaw High.
  • Asian Pacific Islanders For Immigrant Rights and Empowerment (API-FIRE) (1994-96) - Worked in multi-ethnic organization on issues pertaining to welfare and immigrants’ rights.
  • UCLA Concerned Asian Pacific Students for Action (1993-95) - Played role in supporting Jessica McClintock Boycott campaign and worked against Proposition 187.
  • UCLA Human Rights/Affirmative Action Coalition (1994-95) - Aided in formation of multi-racial coalition against Proposition 187 and in favor of Affirmative Action.
  • Internship at the Rafu Shimpo Newspaper(1995) - Submitted articles and opinion pieces for Japanese American newspaper.
  • UCLA Asian Pacific Coalition (1993-94) - As Co-External Director, worked with API member organizations on API issues, organized forums, and developed ongoing poetry series.
  • UCLA Nikkei Student Union (1993-94) - As member of the Japanese American Awareness Committee, helped educate members on issues effecting Nikkei and API communities.
  • Yellow Brotherhood Tutorial Project (1993-94) - Volunteered on tutorial project for multi-racial youth in Culver City.
  • Pacific Ties (1993-94) - Submitted articles and kept a regular column on this UCLA API newspaper.
  • Alliance Working for Asian Rights and Empowerment (1993-94) - Played role in Orange County organization focusing on Asian mugshot issue.
  • Internship with New Otani Hotel Workers Support Committee (1994) - Supported drive of multi-ethnic coalition for unionization of hotel workers.
  • Conscious Students of Color (1992-93) - While in multi-racial coalition, worked for the implementation of a Chicana/o Studies Department at UCLA.
  • Barrio Youth Alternatives Project (1992-93) - Participated in tutorial project for Latino students at Jefferson High School.
  • Office of the External Vice President, USAC (1992-93) - Provided political education to Marshall and Fairfax High students on national issues, such as National Service.
  • UCLA Unicamp (1990-91) - Participated in youth diversion program for south Los Angeles youth.

 


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