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Yujin YAGUCHI

Director of the Globalization Office, College of Arts and Sciences
Professor

 
I was born and raised in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan. After attending Hokkaido University for a little more than a year, I transferred to Goshen College in Goshen, Indiana (USA), where I majored in English literature. After graduating from college, I worked for a Japanese company in Indiana before enrolling in the American Studies Program at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, where I finished my M.A. (1990) and Ph.D. (1999). I returned to Hokkaido to teach at Hokkaido University in 1995. In 1998 I moved to Tokyo to teach at the University of Tokyo. I now teach English language courses as well as American studies and cultural studies to both undergraduate and graduate students. I also serve as the director of the Globalization Office and as deputy director of International Admissions.
 
My research is focused on U.S.-Japan cultural relations, with a particular interest in cultural representation and memory. Over the years, I have focused mostly on Hawai‘i. I have authored four books and edited four books in Japanese and English.

Message to students

Globalization is a complex phenomenon that produces both positive and negative results. I would like all students to critically evaluate this phenomenon while also creatively taking advantage of it. The experience of going and living abroad will enable you to not only gain new knowledge and perspectives but also sharpen your critical thinking skills. It’s truly a wonderful thing to do!

Languages spoken

Japanese and English
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