Wesley Ueunten 上運天巌, PhD
Associate Professor, Asian American Studies Department
Office: EP 211
2002 Year of first appointment in Asian American Studies
PhD Ethnic Studies, University of California at Berkeley, Ethnic Studies
MA University of Hawaiʽi, Manoa, Sociology
BA University of Hawaiʽi, Manoa, Ethnic Studies
210 History of Asians in the United States
211 Contemporary Asian Americans
330 Nikkei in the United States
333 Japanese American Identities
697 Proseminar in Asian American Studies
710 Critical Approaches to Asian American Studies
800 Theory and History in Asian American Studies
Honors, Awards, and Grants
Community University Empowerment Grant, SFSU Cesar Chavez Institute
New Uchina Goodwill Ambassador Activities Support Program Grant, Okinawa International Exchange and Human Resources Development Foundation
Current Community Involvement
Genyukai Berkeley, Founding Member and Instructor
Japanese American National Library, Advisory Board
Japanese Peruvian Oral History Project, Researcher
National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS), Scholar-in-Residence
Okinawa Kenjinkai of San Francisco, Vice President and Goodwill Ambassador
Current Campus Service
Asian Student Union, Faculty Advisor
Eisa Drum Group, Faculty Advisor
Hmong Student Association, Faculty Advisor
Center for Teaching and Faculty Development, Advisory Board
University Faculty Hearing Panel
Edison Uno Institute for Nikkei and Uchinanchu Studies (EUINUS), Co-director
The Yellow Journal, Faculty Advisor
“Diasupora ni okeru uchinaanchu no shi to uta [Okinawan Poems and Songs in the Diaspora].” Okinawa: hito no ido, bungaku, diasupora [Okinawa: Human Migration, Literature, and Diaspora]. Trans. Katsunori Yamazato. Ed. Katsunori Yamazato and Masahide Ishihara. Tokyo: Sairyusha.
“America ni okeru Okinawa geino no genjo to kadai [Reflections on the State of Okinawan Performing Arts in the United States].” Ryukyu okinawa no geino: Sono keisho to sekai e no hiraku kenkyu [Ryukyuan/Okinawan Performing Arts: Research for Passing It Down the Generations and Introducing It to the World]. Trans. Hitoshi Hamagawa. Tokyo: Sairyusha.
“Descendants of the Ryukyuan Kingdom: Okinawan Disaporic Identity Matters.” International Symposium on “International Migration and QiaoxiangStudies” Conference Proceedings. Vol. 1. Jiangmen, PRC: Guangdong Qiaoxiang Cultural Research Center, Wuyi University. 133-152.
“‘Okinawa monogatari’ ga kataranai monogatari: beigunjin no tsuma toshite amerika ni watatta joseitachi [Stories That the ‘Grand Narrative Do Not Tell: Okinawan Women Who Migrated to America as Wives of US Servicemen].” Trans. Hisako Motoyama. Asia-Japan Women’s Resource Center (AJWRC) Journal 71 (Sept. 2012): 46-49.
“Nothing Can Compare: A Selection of Okinawan Folk Songs.” Living Spirit: Literature and Resurgence in Okinawa. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press.
with Keith L. Camacho.“Determining Oceania: A Commentary on Indigenous Struggles.” International Journal of Okinawan Studies (Sept. 20).
“Ikari no umi kara no funki: amerika gunsenryōka no okinawa ni okeru koza sōdo [Rising from a Sea of Discontent: The 1970 Koza Uprising in US-Occupied Okinawa].” Gendai okinawa no rekishi keiken: kibō, aruiwa mikessei ni tsuite [The Historical Experiences of Contemporary Okinawa: About Hope or Indeterminancy]. Trans. Makoto Arakaki. Ed. Tomiyama Ichiro and Yoshio Mori. Tokyo: Seikyusha.
with Wei Ming Dariotis and Kathy Masaoka. “The Iraq War.” Encyclopedia of Asian American Issues Today. Ed. Edith Wen-Chu Chen and Grace J. Yoo. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood Press.
with Grace Shimizu. “Japanese Latin American Redress for World War II Internment.” Encyclopedia of Asian American Issues Today. Ed. Edith Wen-Chu Chen and Grace J. Yoo. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood Press.
with Wei Ming Dariotis. “Overview of War and Its Effects: Past and Present Issues Unresolved.” Encyclopedia of Asian American Issues Today. Ed. Edith Wen-Chu Chen and Grace J. Yoo. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood Press.
“Nijūisseiki no gurōbaru shakai ni okeru okinawa aidentiti: jikokettei, shinjitsu, ai [Okinawan Identity in Global Society: Self Determination, Sincerity, and Love].” Okinawa hawai kontakuto zōn toshite no tosho [Okinawa and Hawaii: Islands as Contact Zones]. Eds. Masahide Ishihara, Ikue Kina, and Shin Yamashiro. Tokyo: Sairyusha.
“Rising up from a Sea of Discontent: The 1970 Koza Uprising in US-Occupied Okinawa.” Militarized Currents toward a Decolonized Future in Asia and the Pacific. Ed. Setsu Shigematsu and Keith Lujan Camacho. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
“The ‘Legacy’ of Edison Uno.” At 40: Asian American Studies @ San Francisco State. Ed. Jeffery Paul Chan, et al. San Francisco: AAS Department, San Francisco State University. 209-213.
“Okinawan Music and Performing Arts: Weathering the Global Storm.” Proceedings for the International Symposium Human Migration and the 21st Century Global Society: Immigration, Language, and Literature (Nov. 29-30, 2008). Ed. Masanori Nakahodo, Katsunori Yamazato, and Masahide Ishihara. University of the Ryukyus Human Migration and the 21st Global Society Project, Pacific and North/South American Research Team.
Trans. of Okinawan poem “Tinsagu nu Hana [Tinsagu Blossom].” Voices of Okinawa. Ed. Frank Stewart and Katsunori Yamazato. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.
“Aman Nagamiyura: Uchinanchu Diaspora Blues.” Discover Nikkei (Mar. 27, 2008). www.discovernikkei.org/forum/en/node/2329.
“Okinawan Diasporic Identities: Between Being a Buffer and a Bridge.” Transcultural Japan: At the Borderlands of Race, Gender, and Identity.Ed. David Blake Willis and Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu. New York: Routledge Press.
“‘Tinsagu nu Hana’: The Flower of the Tinsagu Plant.” Social Process in Hawaii (Uchinanchu Diaspora: Memories, Continuities and Constructions 42 (2007): 293-307.
with Bob Barde. “P acific Steerage: Japanese Ships and Asian Mass Migration.” Pacific Historical Review 73.4 (Nov. 2004): 653-660.
"Japanese Latin American Internment during World War II from an Okinawan Perspective." The Okinawan Diaspora. Ed. Ronald Nakasone. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press.
"Japanese Latin American Internment from an Okinawan Perspective." Social Process in Hawaii (Uchinanchu Diaspora: Memories, Continuities and Constructions) 42 (2007): 97-120. [Rpt. from The Okinawan Diaspora (2002), ed. Ronald Nakasone.]
"Okinawans in Mainland Japan: Discrimination, Imeeji , and Identity." Reflections of the Okinawan Experience: Essays Commemorating 100 Years of Okinawan Immigration. Ed. Ronald Nakasone. Berkeley: Dharma Cloud Publishers.
"Okinawan Music and Images of Okinawa." Musashi University Journal 4 (Mar. 1994). Musashi Daigaku Sogo Kenkyujo (Tokyo).
"The Maintenance of the Okinawan Ethnic Community in Hawaii." Okinawa Cultural Center Journal 17. Hosei University (Tokyo).
Okinawan Musical Performances
Ka’ala Carmack, John-Carlos Perea, and Wesley Ueunten in Concert. San Francisco State University.
Opening Ceremony. Ethnic Studies 40 Years Later: Race, Resistance, and Relevance. San Francisco State University
Sound Come Unity Concert. Asian Improv Arts.