Originally from California, I am the son of Japanese and Chinese-Mauritian immigrants and have lived in the states of New York, Indiana, and Georgia, as well as in Saudi Arabia, before coming to Japan in 2011—all of which have permanently warped my sense of time, place, and culture.
I have taught at several universities in the U.S. and Japan, and my research and teaching interests include issues of race in 20th/21st-century U.S. American literary, film, and popular culture, and transnational perspectives on U.S. American culture. Representative publications include “Inhabiting the Space of the Other: Josef von Sternberg’s Anatahan” (2017, Wayne State University Press), The Racial Horizon of Utopia: Unthinking the Future of Race in Late-Twentieth-Century American Utopian Novels (2016, Peter Lang), “Narrating Social Space: Ceremony, Utopian Desire, and Cultural Difference” (2012, Civilization 21), and “(Vulgar) Identity Politics in Outer Space: Delany’s Triton and the Heterotopian Narrative” (2001, J. of Narrative Theory). My seminar addresses literature, critical theory, and issues of race in relation to students’ particular interests.
My research interests include language rights, language policy, bilingualism and bilingual education and critical multicultural approaches to education. I have published several books and over 25 articles and chapters in these areas. My seminar examines English language issues at societal and global levels. It discusses the historical context of the global development of English, status of English as a first and second language, and issues involving English that are currently developing in and across diverse societies. My seminar will help students to understand the educational systems, successes, and problems of different countries. It also shows how education creates inequalities in society. One global issue is the policy prescription that guides the delivery of education in school systems in developing nations.
アメリカの近現代詩を研究しています。いくつか詩人の名前を挙げれば、Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Ezra Pound, George Oppen, Robert Duncan, Lyn Hejinian, Michael Palmer など。カリフォルニア詩や日本の現代詩にも深い関心があります。これらの研究対象や分野のあいだでどんな交流が成立するかという点についても探りたいと考えています。
My research comes within the fields of second language acquisition and second/foreign language education. In particular, I am interested in the psychology of foreign language learning. This is a growing field of study, which investigates questions of why some individuals learn languages at a different pace and to a different level to others. Research in this area looks at a range of individual characteristics, such as personality, aptitude, beliefs and considers how these can shape approaches to learning a foreign language. It is a highly practical field, attracting considerable attention and interest from experienced teachers who are looking to develop a better understanding of their own classrooms and teaching. Other current research projects include an investigation of the role of the arts in language education, a study of lifelong language learners, and research into the applications of Content Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) and English as Medium of Instruction (EMI) within the Japanese educational context.