Lecturer Faculty Biography
After receiving her bachelor's degree in English in Japan, Professor Obayashi studied as an international student at the master's program in SF State's Asian American Studies, where she is working as a lecturer faculty. She is also a Ph.D. candidate in Literature at UC Santa Cruz, with a designated emphasis in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies. She has taught multiple classes on Asian American history and literature, critical race studies and Japanese language and literature at SF State, UC Santa Cruz and CSU Monterey Bay.
Professor Obayashi studies 20th/21st-century literature and film of Japanese and U.S. empires of the Pacific. She looks at the Pacific, especially the Marshall Islands, as a contested space of the imperial rivalries.
- Co-authored with Karen Tei Yamashita. Introduction, A Daughter of the Samurai by Etsu Inagi Sugimoto. New York: Penguin, 2021.
- “Gentlemen’s Agreement between the United States and Japan, 1907.” 25 Events That Shaped Asian American History: An Encyclopedia of the American Mosaic, edited by Lan Dong. Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio, 2019. pp. 96-109.
- Book Review, Pacific America: Histories of Transoceanic Crossings by Lon Kurashige. Journal of Asian American Studies, vol. 22, no. 1, 2019, pp. 120-122.
- “Japanese American Film.” Japanese Americans: The History and Culture of a People, edited by Jonathan X. Lee and Dean Adachi. Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio, 2017, pp. 353-357.
- “Japanese American Autobiography.” Asian American Culture: From Anime to Tiger Mom, edited by Lan Dong. Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio, 2016, pp. 375-378.
- “Japanese American Immigration.” Asian American Culture: From Anime to Tiger Mom, edited by Lan Dong. Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio, 2016, pp. 396-403.
- “The Gendered Remembrance of Japanese American Internment: Come See the Paradise and Snow Falling on Cedars.” A Companion to the War Film, edited by Douglas A. Cunningham and John C. Nelson. Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell, 2016, pp. 150-162.
- “Paternal Projections of 1.5 Generation Vietnamese American Writers. [1.5 Sedai Betonamu-kei Amerika Sakka Niokeru Chichioya No Toei].” The Annual Review of Migration Studies, vol. 18, 2012, pp. 67-83.