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African American & African Studies
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Yuichiro Onishi

Yuichiro Onishi

612/624-9847
African-American and African Studies 808 SocSci 267 19th Ave S

Narrative

I am an African Americanist trained as an historian of modern America. I write the history of the African American-led unfinished struggle for democracy in the twentieth century called the Black freedom movement that intersects with places rarely seen as centers of the African American experience, namely Japan and Okinawa. Of late, my scholarly agenda centers on local history research and writing, as well as collaborative community-based research and action. Specifically, I am working on the following projects: (1) the civil rights unionism of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters in St. Paul and Minneapolis between 1925 and 1945; (2) Japanese American resettlement in the Twin Cities between 1942 and 1946 and its impact on an emergent Minnesota-brand of racial liberalism that ultimately buoyed Hubert Humphrey's political leadership, both statewide and nationally; and (3) the development of ethnic studies curricula in local high schools. In addition, I continue to investigate the genesis of occupied Okinawa. This long-range research explores how U.S. colonialism toward Okinawa during the early Cold War years was fashioned through comparison and symbiotic ties to other U.S. overseas territories, namely the United Nations Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands (commonly known as Micronesia) and the Panama Canal Zone. At the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, I primarily teach undergraduate courses in both African American & African Studies and Asian American Studies. I began my academic career in the Center for Ethnic Studies at the Borough of Manhattan Community College of The City University of New York (CUNY). I have also taught African American studies courses at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan.


Specialties

  • Black radicalism and internationalism
  • African American history
  • Transnational American studies
  • Critical race studies
  • Asian American studies

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: History, University of Minnesota, 2004.
  • M.A.: History, University of Minnesota, 1999.
  • B.A.: History, Macalester College, 1995.

Publications

  • Onishi, Yuichiro, co-authored with Tia-Simone Gardner. "Abbey Lincoln and Kazuko Shiraishi’s Art-Making as Spiritual Labor." Two Haiku and a Microphone: Traveling Texts and the Work of Afro-Japanese Cultural Production (2015): 57-75. Link
  • Onishi, Yuichiro. Transpacific Antiracism: Afro-Asian Solidarity in 20th-Century Black America, Japan, and Okinawa. NYU Press, 2013. Link
  • Onishi, Yuichiro. "The New Negro of the Pacific: How African Americans Forged Cross-Racial Solidarity with Japan [reprint with a new introduction]." Escape from New York: The New Negro Renaissance beyond Harlem (2013): Link
  • Onishi, Yuichiro. "Occupied Okinawa on the Edge: On Being Okinawan in Hawai'i and U.S. Colonialism toward Okinawa." American Quarterly 64 (December 2012): 741-766. Link
  • Onishi, Yuichiro. "The Presence of (Black) Liberation in Okinawan Freedom: Transnational Moments, 1968-1972." Extending the Diaspora: New Histories of Black People (2009): 178-202. Link
  • Onishi, Yuichiro. "Afro-Asian Solidarities and the “˜Circle of Culture’." XCP: Cross-Cultural Poetics 20 (2008): 97-101.
  • Onishi, Yuichiro. "The New Negro of the Pacific: How African Americans Forged Cross-Racial Solidarity with Japan, 1917-1922." The Journal of African American History 92:2 (2007): 191-213. Download
  • Onishi, Yuichiro. "Diaspora." XCP: Cross Cultural Poetics 15/16 (2005): 201. Link

Research Activities

  • Robert F. Williams and the Japanese, 1970-1975
  • Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters in St. Paul and Minneapolis, 1925-1945

Professional Activities

  • Visiting Scholar: Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan

Awards

  • American Studies Association Community Partnership Grant, 2015 - 2016
  • Imagine Fund Annual Award, 2012 - 2013
  • Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry and Scholarship, 2011 - 2012
  • Imagine Fund Annual Award, 2010 - 2011
  • Insitute for Advanced Study Residential Fellowship, University of Minnesota, Spring 2010
  • Multicultural Teaching and Learning Fellowship, Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Minnesota, 2008 - 2009
  • President’s Faculty Multicultural Research Award, Office of Equity and Diversity, University of Minnesota, 2008 - 2009
  • Faculty Fellowship Publications Program, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York, Spring 2007
  • Mentor Recognition Award, Borough of Manhattan Community College, The City University of New York, May 2006
  • Professional Staff Congress & The City University of New York Research Award, 2005 - 2006
  • MacArthur International Predissertation Fieldwork Grant, Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change, University of Minnesota, Summer 2000

Courses Taught

  • Black Worlds in Global Perspectives: Challenges and Changes (AFRO 1012)
  • Imagining Asian America (AAS 1101)
  • Racial Formation and Transformation in the U.S. (AFRO/AMIN/AAS/CHIC 1201)
  • Contemporary Perspectives on Asian America (AAS 3001)
  • Comparative Race and Ethnicity in U.S. History (AAS/HIST 3875W)
  • Social and Intellectual Movements in the African Diaspora (Afro 3120/5120)
  • Ways of Knowing in Africa and the African Diaspora (AFRO 4105)
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