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Takeyuki (Gaku) Tsuda
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Associate Professor

SHESC Themes: Urban Societies; Culture, Heritage and Identity; Global Dynamics and Regional Interactions

Field specializations: diasporas, ethnicity, ethnic return migrants, globalization, identity and differentiation, migration, nationalism, transnationalism

Regional focus: Asia, North America, South America


About Research
After receiving my Ph.D. in anthropology in 1997 from the University of California at Berkeley, I was a Collegiate Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago for three years before I moved to the University of California at San Diego to become Associate Director of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, where I helped establish and develop the Center into a leading interdisciplinary, multinational research and training institute.

I have conducted comparative, multi-site field research on ethnic and immigrant minorities in various urban areas from a transnational, diasporic perspective with an emphasis on their socioeconomic marginalization, ethnonational identities, cultural practices, and notions of home and homeland. I am particularly interested in examining how the experiences of ethnic minorities vary as they migrate across national borders and are situated in various local ethnoracial, political, and social class contexts even as they increasingly become members of transnational and diasporic communities in a globalized world. I have also written on comparative immigration policy and immigrant urban citizenship.

For my dissertation research, I studied the ethnic return migration of Japanese Brazilians from Brazil to Japan as unskilled foreign workers and conducted close to two years of fieldwork in both countries. I am currently working on a project that compares the ethnopolitical reception and experiences of ethnic return migrants in their ancestral homelands in various European and East Asian countries. I have also begun fieldwork on a new project on the Japanese “diaspora” in the Americas that will compare the Japanese Americans and Japanese Brazilians in the varying ethnoracial contexts of the United States and Brazil and their experiences when they migrate to their ethnic homeland of Japan.

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About Teaching
During my three years at the University of Chicago, I taught undergraduate interdisciplinary social theory courses as well as an upper division course on contemporary Japanese society. At the University of California at San Diego, I have offered an upper division course on the social and ethnic consequences of international migration on a yearly basis as well as a discussion seminar for visiting researchers at the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies. At ASU, I am teaching undergraduate courses on Migration and Society, Globalization and Local Societies, and graduate courses on Global/Transnational Ethnography and Theory in Sociocultural Anthropology.

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Select Publications
Takeyuki Tsuda, editor (2006)
Local Citizenship in Recent Countries of Immigration: Japan in Comparative Perspective. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Lola Romanucci-Ross, George De Vos, and Takeyuki Tsuda (2006)
Ethnic Identity: Problems and Prospects for the 21st Century. Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press.

Wayne Cornelius and Takeyuki Tsuda, editors (2004)
Controlling Immigration: A Global Perspective (second edition). Stanford: Stanford University Press.

Takeyuki Tsuda (2003)
Strangers in the Ethnic Homeland: Japanese Brazilian Return Migration in Transnational Perspective. New York: Columbia University Press.

Takeyuki Tsuda (2003)
“Domesticating the Immigrant Other: Japanese Media Images of Nikkeijin Return Migrants.” Ethnology: An International Journal of Cultural and Social Anthropology.

Takeyuki Tsuda (2005)
"When Home Is Not the Homeland: The Case of Japanese Brazilian Ethnic Return Migration". In Homecomings: Unsettling Paths of Return, Fran Markowitz and Anders Stefansson, eds. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Wayne Cornelius and Takeyuki Tsuda (2004)
“Controlling Immigration: The Limits of Government Intervention.” In Controlling Immigration: A Global Perspective (second edition), Wayne A. Cornelius, Takeyuki Tsuda, Philip L. Martin, and James F. Hollifield, eds. Stanford: Stanford University Press, pp.3-48.

Takeyuki Tsuda (with the assistance of Wayne Cornelius) (2004)
"Japan: Government Policy, Immigrant Reality." In Controlling Immigration: A Global Perspective (second edition), Wayne A. Cornelius, Takeyuki Tsuda, Philip L. Martin, and James F. Hollifield, eds. Stanford: Stanford University Press, pp.439-476.

Takeyuki Tsuda, Zulema Valdez, and Wayne Cornelius (2003)
"Human Capital Versus Social Capital: Immigrant Wages and Labor Market Incorporation in Japan and the United States." Migraciones Internacionales 2(1):5–35.

Takeyuki Tsuda (2002)
"From Ethnic Affinity to Alienation in the Global Ecumene: The Ethnic Encounter between the Japanese and Japanese Brazilian Return Migrants." Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies 10(1):53-91.

Takeyuki Tsuda (2001)
"When Identities Become Modern: Japanese Immigrants in Brazil and the Global Contextualization of Identity." Ethnic and Racial Studies 24(3):412-432.

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Curriculum Vitae: Download pdf

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Contact: Takeyuki (Gaku) Tsuda

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