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Asian American Studies Faculty - Dr. tomo hattori

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Dr. Tomo Hattori


"The study of Asian American culture offers a fascinating vantage point from which to witness the structural upheavals of American society."


My previous teaching experience includes courses in American literature, critical theory, aPicture of Dr. Hattorind composition at CSUN and introductory courses in composition, critical thinking, and literature at El Camino Community College in Torrance.  Other experiences include the teaching of survey courses in Asian American literature, introduction to literature, and specialized upper-level undergraduate and graduate-level seminars in cultural studies and critical theory at the University of Utah and Vassar College.  At Utah, I helped develop the course program, interdisciplinary articulation and instructional mission of the University of Utah’s Ethnic Studies Program.  I also developed and taught a service learning course in Asian American Studies in conjunction with the Asian Association of Utah in Salt Lake City.  As the first full-time tenure track appointment in Asian American Literature at Vassar College, I designed the survey in Asian American Literature and developed program goals for the American Cultures Program.  I pioneered upper-level undergraduate seminars at Vassar in U.S. Ethnic Literature, Postcolonial Studies, and Critical Race Theory.  Most significantly, in 1998, as Chair of the Asian American Literature Discussion Group of the Modern Language Association, I led the successful petition to grant full Division status to Asian American Literature within the Modern Language Association.

My recent work participates in the contemporary of discussions in Asian American Studies over Asian American masculinity, Black/Asian relations in American culture, and the legacies of the Asian American movement.  I am currently working on an article that is part of a larger effort to think about Asian American aesthetics.  I intend my next projects to be about the work of Winnifred Eaton and the encounter between orientalist aesthetics and the contemporary ethics of Asian American interpretation.  I am also collaborating on an article with Professor Sandra Stanley on Gene Luen Yang’s graphic novel American Born Chinese (2006).  I also have collaborative relationships with Professor Stuart Ching of Loyola Marymount University and Professor Jann Pataray-Ching of the College of Education at Cal Poly Pomona over the critical practice of reading and teaching Asian American children’s literature.

A commitment of diversity has been the hallmark of my career.  More precisely, I emerged as a scholar after the U.S. Ethnic Studies movement of the 1970s and during the Women’s Studies, queer theory, and cultural studies movements of the 1980s and 1990s.  Consequently, my commitment to diversity is not simply racial and cultural but also significantly integrates gender, sexuality, and hybridity within an interdisciplinary intellectual approach.  My awareness, nonetheless, of the profound educational legacy of the U.S. Ethnic Studies movement makes me deeply and enduringly committed to the practice and politics of general education.  My interest in Asian American children’s literature is deliberately related to my interest in teacher preparation.  I wish to deploy insights at CSUN that I have acquired teaching introductory courses in composition, literature, and critical thinking at El Camino Community College in Torrance, serving as an Advanced Placement Reader for the English Literature Examination of The College Board, passing the CBEST and TFE exams, and acquiring an English Subject Matter Competency Evaluation from CSUN’s College of Education.  I look forward to following the odyssey of CSUN’s extraordinarily innovative Stretch Composition initiative.


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Dr. Tomo Hattori



English Literature, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, 1994


English Literature, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, 1989


English Literature, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1988



Scholarship Highlights

“Reexamining the Between-Worlds Trope in Cross Cultural Composition Studies.”  (with Stuart Ching).  In LuMing Mao and Morris Young, eds.  Representations: Doing Asian American Rhetoric.  Logan: Utah State University Press, 2008.  41-61.

"Model Minority Discourse and Asian American Jouis-Sense."  differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies.  11:2/3 (1999): 228-247.

"China Man Autoeroticism and The Remains of Asian America."  In NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction.  31 (1998): 215-36.

"Psycholinguistic Orientalism in Criticism of The Woman Warrior and Obasan."  In Sandra Kumamoto Stanley, ed.  Other Sisterhoods: Literary Theory and U.S. Women of Color.  Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. 119-138.

Institute of American Cultures Postdoctoral Fellowship, UCLA, 1994-1995.