Yasuko Takezawa is Professor at the Intercultural Research Institute, Kansai Gaidai University, and Professor Emeritus at the Institute for Research in the Humanities, Kyoto University. Her fields of interest are Anthropology, Sociology, and American Studies. She is currently working on “visibilities and invisibilities of race and racism.”
She has been leading a series of large international collaborative research projects over the past two decades. As visiting professor, she has taught at various universities outside of Japan as well, including MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, U of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and Heidelberg University. She is a member of Science Council of Japan (SCJ), the representative organization of Japanese scientist community.
Her publications in English include:
・Breaking the Silence: Redress and Japanese American Ethnicity. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1995 (nominated for Victor Turner Award of American Ethnological Society).
・Race and Migration in the Transpacific (co-edited with Akio Tanabe). London: Routledge, 2023.
・Transpacific Japanese American Studies: Dialogues on Race and Racializations (co-edited with Gary Okihiro). Honolulu: U of Hawai’i Press, 2016.
・Racial Representations in Asia (ed. ). Kyoto/ Melbourne: Kyoto University Press/ Trans Pacific Press, 2011.