Graduate School Department /Course /Field Cultural Coexistence/Studies on Contemporary Civilizations/Studies on International Society
Undergraduate School Division of Multi-Disciplinary Studies of Civilizations
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Message to the prospective students

American Studies to Learn about Japan, Asia, and the World
"American Studies" does not simply mean the pursuit of knowledge on the United States. To understand the present East Asian international relations, or the emergence of Trump administration and its foreign policy, it is essential to know the formation of American society, and the history of its foreign relations. In my lab, students will learn not only the U.S. nuclear/atomic energy policies and foreign relations, but also a broad spectrum of interdisciplinary fields including U.S. culture and society. If you are interested in the U.S. in the world, or the U.S. impact on the world, please come to visit my lab.
Research areas U.S. Public and Cultural Diplomacy during the Cold War Era
Keywords United States, Cold War, culture, information, science and technology
Themes 1. My chief research interest lies in the U.S. cultural and public diplomacy during the Cold War era, especially the 1950s to 60s. From around 2009, I have been exploring how science and technology, such as atomic energy, was used as a tool of cultural/public diplomacy, and how it formed a source of "soft power" in the real international relations.
2. Aside from the main research interest mentioned above, I am also interested in the local context of the Cold War involving "small actors," a perspective that I have developed during my tenure in a local university. I have been interviewing fishermen in small villages on the Pacific coast of the Shikoku Island who went on tuna-fishing expeditions all over the world during the 1950s and 60s, and trying to locate their experiences within the international relations of the Cold War era.
Major publications Yuka Tsuchiya, "Japan's Decision to Introduce U.S. Nuclear Reactors in the late 1950s: U.S. Information Campaign to Influence the Japanese Industry," conference paper, Workshop on Cold War and Knowledge in East Asia (National Chengchi University, Taipei, January 29, 2018).
Yuka Tsuchiya, "Tuna-fishing as Sussistence and Migrant Work: Cases of Two Japanese Fishing Communities during the 1960s," conference paper, XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology (Tronto, Canada, July 18, 2018).
Yuka Tsuchiya, "Japanese Tuna Fishermen and Thermonuclear Tests: Gender and a Dilemma of the Protest," conference paper, International Federation for Research in Women’s History (IFRWH) 2018 (Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada, August 12, 2018)
Yuka Tsuchiya, "Chicken of the Sea and Thermonuclear Tests: Japanese Tuna Fishermen in the 1950s as Boundary-Crossers," conference paper, Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference (Toronto, Canada, March 2017).
Yuka Tsuchiya, "The Cold War and the U.S. State-Sponsored Films: A Focus on India and Japan," invited lecture, Japan-India Roundtable, Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi, India, January 28, 2015)
Yuka Tsuchiya, "The Atoms for Peace USIS Films: Spreading the Gospel of the 'Blessing' of Atomic Energy in the Early Cold War Era," International Journal of Korean History, vol. 19, no. 2 (August 2014).
Yuka Tsuchiya, "Provoking Desire to be Part of the Family of Nations: The CIE and USIS Films on the United Nations" in Japanese Cinema Book, forthcoming.
Professional societies/Research and synergic activities Japanese Association of American Studies
The Japanese Association for American History
The Japan Association of International Relations
Japanese Political Science Association
American Studies Association
Organization of American Historians
Society for the History of American Foreign Relations
Teaching Areas
  • Undergraduate courses Studies on Multicultural Society IA
  • Graduate courses (Master's program) Lecture on Multicultural Society 2
  • Graduate courses (Doctor's program) Seminar on Multicultural Society
  • Undergraduate courses open to all departments English Reading ER28 1S3
    English Reading ER24 1E5
    English Reading ER11 1P2
    Reading in Humanities and Social Sciences
Background 2016-present: Professor, Kyoto University
2009-2016: Professor, Ehime University
2004-2009: Associate Professor, Ehime University
2004: Ph.D. at University of Minnesota, Department of American Studies
1993-2000: Research Assistant and Lecturer, Hiroshima University, Faculty of Integrated Arts and Sciences
1992 M.A. at University of Maryland, Department of History