Visiting Scholar, 2012-2013
Jane H. Yamashiro’s research examines the construction of Japaneseness and Japanese identity in multiple social and historical contexts, particularly in terms of race and ethnicity. Her work has focused on Japanese American transnational migrants from Hawai‘i and the US continent in Tokyo, looking at the ways in which their ambiguous social positioning in Japan reveals complex processes of social categorization, racialization, and stratification in Japanese society. Other research interests include comparative immigration policies targeting co-ethnics, Japan’s diaspora strategies, and global and transnational structures of race. Her articles have been published in Ethnic and Racial Studies; AAPI Nexus Journal: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Policy, Practice and Community; Sociology Compass, Migrations and Identities, and CR: The New Centennial Review. She is currently working on a book titled Negotiating Global Constructions of Race and Ethnicity: Japanese American Transnational Identity Formation in Tokyo. Her next project, From Hapa to Haafu: Multiracial Japanese Americans in Japan, explores the construction of multiracial Japanese identities from a global perspective.