Department of Social Science
Professor of Social Science
Professor Alex Yamato has an extensive record of working on issues of Asian American history, racial and ethnic identity, and Japanese history. He has taught at SJSU since 1991, and served as coordinator of Asian American Studies for almost ten years.
His research projects include documenting the childrearing practices of Asian American families and collecting oral histories of Japanese Americans who had settled in the Santa Clara Valley after World War II. Professor Yamato was a significant contributor to the Regenerations Oral History Project at the Japanese American National Museum.
Ph.D. Sociology, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California, 1986
M.A. Sociology, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California, 1976
M.A. Psychology, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California, 1970^Back to top
AAS 33A/B Asian Americans in the United States: Historical & Political Process
Most Recent Publications:
"Restoring Family and Community in the Santa Clara Valley: Japanese American Resettlement." Regeneration Oral History Project: Rebuilding Japanese American Families, Communities, and Civil Rights in the Resettlement Era, Japanese American National Museum, 2000.
"Kyutaro Abiko," "Anti–Japanese Movement," "Assembly Centers," "Dual Citizenship," "Kenjinkai," "Norman Mineta," "San Jose Taiko," "Sansei," "Tanomoshi," "War Relocation Authority," "Yonsei" and "Yuai Kai." Asian American Encyclopedia. Tarrytown, NY: Marshall Cavendish, 1995
"Racial Antagonism and the Formation of Segmented Labor Markets : Japanese Americans in the Laundry Industry," Humboldt Journal of Social Relations 20:1 (1994).
"Immigration, Aliens, and Refugees: A Global Perspective," Humboldt Journal of Social Relations 15:1 (1989)
Book Review, The Contemporary Asian American Experience: Beyond the Model Minority by Timothy P. Fong, Journal of Asian American Studies 2:2 (1999).^Back to top
Professional & Community Service
Consultant, KTEH documentary, Return to the Valley: The Japanese-American Experience After WWII, 2003.
Co-Chair, SJSU Asian & Pacific Americans Heritage Month Committee
Outside Reviewer, Chancellor's Office, California State University, Asian American Studies program, CSU Northridge, September 1998
Recent Talks & Presentations
"Restoring Family and Community in the Santa Clara Valley: Japanese American Resettlement from the Internment Camps," Western Conference of the Association for Asian Studies, Phoenix, Arizona, October 11, 2003
"Hate Crimes and Workplace Violence,"Equity for Quality Education Conference, California Faculty Association, Los Angeles, California, March 8, 2003.
Planning Committee, Equity for Quality Education Conference, California Faculty Association, Los Angeles, California, March 7-8, 2003.
"Japanese Americans and Japan-United States Relations during the Cold War," Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast, Regional Conference of the Association for Asian Studies, Western Washingtion Unversity, June 16, 2001
"Vietnamese Women’s Struggles: Multicultural Perspectives," with Mai Le Ho, Fifteenth Annual Conference of the Association for the Asian American Studies, Toronto, Canada, March 29, 2001
Lottery Grant, Improvement of Writing Study, SJSU Asian American Studies Program, 2002
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