Noriko Aso

TitleAssociate Professor,
History Undergraduate Program Director
DivisionHumanities Division
DepartmentHistory Department
AffiliationsEast Asian Studies,
History of Art/Visual Culture,
Feminist Studies Department
Phone831-459-5371 (office),
831-459-1924 (message)
Email
OfficeHumanities 534
Office HoursFall 2014: TBA
Campus Mail StopHumanities Academic Services
Mail1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA
95064
picture of Noriko Aso

Research Interests

Japanese history, cultural studies, gender and history, race and ethnicity, colonialism, nationalism, Korean history, and popular culture. I am particularly interested at present in public institutions, such as museums and schools, in how they bring the above fields together.

Biography, Education and Training

Ph.D., Dissertation: "New Illusions: The Emergence of a Discourse on Traditional Japanese Arts and Crafts, 1868-1945," University of Chicago, 1997
M.A., Thesis: "Object Lessons: the Museological Practices of Edward S. Morse and Yanagi Sôetsu," University of Chicago, 1991
Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies, 1988-1989
B.A., Yale University (Summa cum laude), Yale University, 1983-1987

Honors, Awards and Grants

UC President's Research Fellowship in the Humanities, 2008-2009
Social Science Research Council/Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, 2004-2005
Itoh Scholarship Foundation Fellowship, 1995
Ohio State University Humanities Fellowship, 1995-1996
Japanese Ministry of Education Scholarship, 1991-1992
Committee on Institutional Cooperation Fellowship, 1987-1991
Sumitomo Bank, 1986

Selected Publications

Articles in Professional Journals

2007 "Shiteki na kôkyô: maboroshi no Shibusawa Seien-o Kinen Jitsugyô Hakubutsukan," Rekishi to minzoku 23 (2007.2), pp. 35-51, Tokyo, Heibonsha

2007 "A Private Public: Shibusawa Keizô's Museum of Economic History," Asian Cultural Studies 33 (March), pp. 13-27

2002 "Sumptuous Re-past: the 1964 Tokyo Olympics Arts Festival," positions: east asia cultures critique 10(1), pp. 7-38, Duke University Press

1995 "Class and Currency in Three Works by Yanagi Sôetsu," Select Papers of the East Asia Center: Productions of Culture in Japan 10, pp. 7-27, The University of Chicago East Asia Center

Chapters in Books

2010 "Greece of the East: Philhellenism in Imperial Japan," Karen Bassi and Peter Euben, When Worlds Elide: Classics, Politics, Culture, Lanham, Lexington Books, pp. 19-42

2010 "Revolutionary Girls: From Oscar to Utena," Mitsuhiro Yoshimoto, Jungbong Choi, and Eva Tsai, Television, Japan, Globalization, Ann Arbor, Center for Japanese Studies, The University of Michigan, pp. 151-171

2009 "Mediating the Masses: Yanagi Sôetsu and Fascism," Alan Tansman, The Culture of Japanese Fascism, Durham, Duke University Press, pp. 138-154

Other Research

2002 [Essay] "Postwar Japan, 1945-1989," Japan 1945-1989: Re-creating a Modern Nation: A Humanities Approach to Japanese History, Part IV, Social Sciences Education Consortium, pp. 17-24 ed. Lynn Parisi

2001 [Encyclopedia Article] "Department Stores," Encyclopedia of Contemporary Japanese Culture, London and New York, Routledge, pp. 105-107 ed. Sandra Buckley

2000 [Translation] "Chinese Nationalism and Modern Japan: Imitation and Resistance in the Formation of National Subjects" by Murata Yûjirô. Osaka: Japanese National Museum of Ethnology, Japanese Civilization in the Modern World XVI. Nation, State, Empire. Senri Ethnological Studies 51, pp. 25-42 eds. T. Umesao, T. Fujitani, and E. Kurimoto

1998 [Translation] "Women in the Motherland: Oku Mumeo Through Wartime and Postwar" by Narita Ryûichi, Total War and "Modernization, Ithaca, Cornell East Asia Series, pp. 137-158 ed. Yamanouchi Yasushi, J. Victor Koschmann, and Narita Ryûichi.

1995 [Translation] "Historical Practice Before the Dawn: 'Modern Japan' in Postwar History" by Narita Ryûichi, iichiko intercultural 7, pp. 115-126

Selected Presentations

2008 "Inside Out: Ancient Greece for Imperial Japan." Panel organizer, chair, and presenter for "Inside/Outs: Inventing Foreign Origins for Japanese Traditions." 2008 Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, Atlanta, Georgia., 2008, April 6

2008 "Let's Play with Japanese: Engaging Nation and Children on NHK" presented as part of the panel "The Moving Image of History: Television, Anime and the Japanese National Past." 12th European Association for Japanese Studies International Conference 2008, Lecce, Italy, 2008, September 21

2006 "Shiteki na kôkyô: maboroshi no Shibusawa Seien-ô Kinen Jitsugyô Hakubutsukan." The Nihon Jômin Bunka Kenkyûjo, Yokohama, 2006, July 19

2006 "Publicizing the Folk in Shibusawa Keizô's Museum of Economic History." Society for East Asian Anthropology 2006, Hong Kong, 2006, July 14

2006 "The Folk Meet the Father of Capitalism: Shibusawa Keizô's Museum of Economic History." Tenth Annual Asian Studies Conference Japan, Tokyo, 2006, June 24

2006 "Kongô-keizai no hakubutsukan: tami ga shihonshugi no chichi ni deau basho." Jitsugyôshi kenkyûkai, Tokyo, 2006, Feb. 27

2005 "Out There? Revolutionary Girls Oscar and Utena." Panel organizer and presenter for "Re-Articulating Gender in Asian Contexts: Visual, Textual and Digital." 13th Berkshire Conference on the History of Women. Claremont, CA, 2005, June 3

2001 "Class, Fascism and the Folk Craft Movement." Culture and Fascism in Inter-War Japan. Berkeley, 2001, Mar. 16

2000 "Greece, Great Britain or Yankee of the East: Figuring a New Place for Imperial Japan." Presenter and panel organizer. 52nd Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, San Diego, 2000, Mar. 9

Teaching Interests

Japanese history, gender and history, race and ethnicity, colonialism, nationalism, Korean history, popular culture, and the Cold War.

Courses Taught

HIS 40B The Making of Modern East Asia
HIS 45 Japanese Pop Culture
HIS 150A Ancient Japan
HIS 150C Modern Japan
HIS 194E Women in Japanese History
HIS 194U The Cold War and East Asia
HIS 196Q Korean History
HIS 242 Readings in Modern Japanese History
HIS 244 Gender and Japanese History
His 280A Teaching Pedagogy
His 280B Research Presentations and Grant Writing

Advisees, Post Docs, Graduate Students, Researchers

NameE-Mail AddressPhone Number
Fang Yu Hu831-459-5267 (Grad Lab)
Jeremy Tai