Akiko Yasuike, Ph.D.
Professor of Sociology
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Phone: (805) 493-3565
Working Poor and Fertility Crisis in Japan
An overview of the Japanese culture and the conditions and challenges faced by the working poor in Japan.
The Identity and Networks of Japanese Transnational Corporate Wives
Explore the unique cultures of Japan with a focus on the women who are transnational corporate wives.
Gender and Immigration
Explore the issues faced by women immigrants, especially women from Japan and other Asian countries
Dr. Akiko Yasuike is Professor in Sociology and affiliated with the global studies program. She teaches a Japan travel seminar as well as various courses on families, immigration, global issues and applied sociology. An immigrant, educated in both Japan and United States, she brings global and cross-cultural perspectives to all her courses. She was a recipient of Diversity Professor of the Year in 2010. Her primary research interest is the integration of expatriate and immigrant groups into a global city, Los Angeles, and American society. Her first research project examined the reconstruction of gender relations among Japanese couples who reside in Southern California. After examining the experiences of more privileged immigrants in a global economy, she turned her attention to a group of immigrants marginalized by the lack of immigration documentation but well versed with the language, values and beliefs in American society because they grew up here. Four first generation college students joined the research team for this second project.
By collaborating with colleagues at California Lutheran University and scholars in Mexico, she is currently working on a transnational, interdisciplinary, and multimethodological research project on the flow of Mexican undocumented immigrants to Ventura County and its connection with the economic conditions and government policies in both the Unites States and Mexico. She is a member of the qualitative research team that examines the immigration, work and life experiences of undocumented immigrants in Ventura County.