Professor Yokota's PhD dissertation, “Okinawan Postwar Nationalism(s): Independence, Autonomy, and Indigenousness, 1945-2008,” focuses on a social and intellectual history of postwar Okinawan movements for independence, movements for regional autonomy, and the recent move to reclassify Okinawans as indigenous peoples.
University of Chicago, PhD Candidate
UCLA, MA, BA
- “The Okinawan (Uchinānchu) Indigenous Movement and its Implications for Intentional/International Action.” Amerasia Journal 41:1 (Spring 2015): 55-73.
- “Ganbateando: The Peruvian Nisei Association and Okinawan Peruvians in Los Angeles.” In Transnational Crossroads: Remapping the Americas and the Pacific, edited by Camilla Fojas and Rudy P. Guevarra Jr., 427-460. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2012. 2
- “‘Transculturation’ and Adaptation: A Brief History of Japanese and Okinawan Cubans.” Afro-Hispanic Review 27:1 (Spring 2008): 91-104.
- “Interview with Pat Sumi.” In Asian Americans: The Movement and the Moment, edited by Steve Louie and Glenn Omatsu, 16-31. Los Angeles: UCLA Asian American Studies Center Press, 2001.
RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS:
• Modern East Asia (China, Japan, Korea)
• Asian American Studies
• Asian Latin Americans/Asians in Latin America
• Global Ethnic Studies
• The Rise of Modern China
• World History, 1900-Present