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Mariko Tamanoi 玉野井 麻利子


Professor


Contact Information

Email    mtamanoi@anthro.ucla.edu
Office  325 Haines
Phone  310-206-8399
I am a historical-anthropologist who is interested in the fates of ordinary people in wars.

My research interests lie broadly in the intersection between anthropology and history. Most of my publications focus on one particular question—how individuals and groups (defined by the members’ gender, class, occupation, nationality, generation or place of living) perceive their relations to the state(s) in both colonial and post-colonial periods. Although my fieldwork sites moved from Mexico, Catalonia (in Spain) to East Asia, I have always pursued this question. Furthermore, this single question has led me to interrogate several key concepts of anthropology and history, such as development, gender relations, nationalism, colonialism, post-colonialism, the “history of the present” (history as a complex interaction between the past and the present), and more recently children as national resources. My most recent project focuses on the orphans produced during wartime in East Asia, specifically in Japan, China, Taiwan and Korea, and the impact of the Eurocentric discourse of the rights of the child on them.

Degrees

Ph.D., Northwestern University (1982)

Grants

Nikkei Bruin Colloquium Fund, Center for Japanese Studies, UCLA (2007) 
North East Asia Council (NEAC), small conference fund (with Prof. Jordan Sand, 
Georgetown University) (2007) 
Pacific Rim Research Institute, research grant (2003) 
Research grant from Comparative and Interdisciplinary Research on Asia at UCLA (2002) 
Japan Foundation Research Fellowship (2001) 
Nikkei Bruin Fund (2001) 
Faculty Research Grant from the Center for Japanese Studies at UCLA (2000-20010)

Selected Publications

“Suffragist Women, Corrupt Officials, and Waste Control in Interwar-era Japan: Two Plays by Kaneko Shigeri,” Journal of Asian Studies 68:3:805-834 (2009).

“Is ‘Japan’ Still a Big Family? Nationality and Citizenship at the Edge of the Japanese Archipelago.” In Akiko Hashimoto and John W. Traphagan, eds. Imagined Families, Lived Families: Culture and Kinship in Contemporary Japan. Albany: State University of New York Press (2009).

Memory Maps: The State and Manchuria in Postwar Japan Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press (2009).

Crossed Histories: A New Approach to Manchuria in the Age of Empires Honolulu, University of Hawaii Press (2005, published also in Japanese in 2008).

"Between Colonial Racism and Global Capitalism: The Japanese Repatriates from Northeast China since 1946" American Ethnologist 30:4:527-538 (2003)

"A Road to a Redeemed Mankind: The Politics of Memory among the Former Peasant Settlers in Manchuria" South Atlantic Quarterly 99:1:143-71 (2001)

"War Responsibility and Japanese Civilian Victims of Japanese Biological Warfare in China" Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars 32:3:13-22 (2000)

"Knowledge, Power, and Racial Classifications: The 'Japanese' in Manchuria" Journal of Asian Studies 59:2:248-76 (2000)

"Japanese Nationalism and the Female Body: A Critical Reassessment of the Discourse of Social Reformers on Factory Wome

"The City and the Countryside: Competing Taisho 'Modernities' on Gender." In Competing Modernities in Twentieth Century Japan: Taisho Democracy, Sharon Minichiello, ed. Pp. 91-113. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press (1998)

Under the Shadow of Nationalsim: Politics and Poetics of Rural Japanese Women. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press (1998)

Research

Sociocultural anthropology, historical anthropology, political economy, gender studies; colonialism and nationalism; Japan and East Asia; Mexico and Spain (Catalonia)

Graduate Students

  • Brenda Jenike Robb (Assistant Professor of anthropology at Lawrence University) 
  • Marvin Sterling (Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Performance Studies at the University of Indiana, Bloomington) 
  • Haeng-Ja Chung (Assistant Professor at Hamilton College)

Current Courses by Term

2017 Fall Quarter

Variable Topics Research Seminars: Anthropology

Japan in Age of Empire

2018 Winter Quarter

Culture and Society

Teaching Apprentice Practicum

Previous Courses by Term

2018 Winter Quarter

Culture and Society

2017 Fall Quarter

Variable Topics Research Seminars: Anthropology

Japan in Age of Empire

2017 Spring Quarter
2016 Fall Quarter

Study of Culture

2016 Spring Quarter

Study of Culture

2016 Winter Quarter

Selected Topics in Social Anthropology

2015 Spring Quarter

Japan in Age of Empire

2015 Winter Quarter
2014 Fall Quarter

Study of Culture

2014 Spring Quarter

Selected Topics in Social Anthropology

2014 Winter Quarter

Culture and Society

2013 Spring Quarter

Selected Topics in Social Anthropology

2013 Winter Quarter

Culture and Society

2012 Spring Quarter

Japan in Age of Empire

2012 Winter Quarter

Culture and Society

2011 Fall Quarter

History of Anthropology

2011 Spring Quarter

Study of Culture

Selected Topics in Social Anthropology

2011 Winter Quarter
2010 Spring Quarter

History of Anthropology

2010 Winter Quarter

Variable Topics Research Seminars: Anthropology

2009 Fall Quarter

Study of Culture

2009 Winter Quarter
2008 Fall Quarter

Study of Culture

Variable Topics Research Seminars: Anthropology

2008 Spring Quarter

Women's Voices: Their Critique of Anthropology of Japan

Selected Topics in Social Anthropology

2008 Winter Quarter

Study of Culture

Variable Topics Research Seminars: Anthropology

2007 Spring Quarter

From Spain to UCLA: Culture of Flamenco Music

Individual Studies for USIE Facilitators

2007 Winter Quarter

Japan in Age of Empire

2006 Fall Quarter

Study of Culture

Variable Topics in Anthropology

2006 Winter Quarter

Selected Topics in Social Anthropology

2005 Fall Quarter

Study of Culture

Variable Topics in Anthropology

2005 Spring Quarter

Study of Culture

Variable Topics in Anthropology

2005 Winter Quarter

Women's Voices: Their Critique of Anthropology of Japan

Japan in Age of Empire

2004 Spring Quarter

Women's Voices: Their Critique of Anthropology of Japan

2004 Winter Quarter

Study of Culture

2003 Spring Quarter

Space, Place, and Identity

2003 Winter Quarter

Anthropology and Colonialism

2002 Fall Quarter

Selected Topics in Anthropology

2002 Spring Quarter

Anthropology and Colonialism

2002 Winter Quarter

Japan in Age of Empire

2000 Fall Quarter

Study of Culture

2000 Winter Quarter

Culture and Aging: Introduction to Cultural Gerontology

Study of Culture

1999 Fall Quarter

Women's Voices: Their Critique of Anthropology of Japan

Selected Topics in Social Anthropology

1999 Spring Quarter

Core Seminar: Sociocultural Anthropology -- Scientific and Interpretive Frameworks in Contemporary Anthropology

1999 Winter Quarter

Women's Voices: Their Critique of Anthropology of Japan

Selected Topics in Social Anthropology

1998 Fall Quarter

Study of Culture

1998 Winter Quarter
1997 Fall Quarter

Previous Courses by Course

ANTHRO 3
Culture and Society

2018 Winter Quarter

HIST M286
Japan in Age of Empire

2017 Fall Quarter

2015 Spring Quarter

2007 Winter Quarter

2002 Winter Quarter

ANTHRO 191
Variable Topics Research Seminars: Anthropology

2017 Fall Quarter

2010 Winter Quarter

2008 Fall Quarter

2008 Winter Quarter

ANTHRO M247P
Japan in Age of Empire

2017 Fall Quarter

ANTHRO 175S
Japan

2017 Spring Quarter

2015 Winter Quarter

2014 Spring Quarter

2011 Winter Quarter

2010 Winter Quarter

2009 Winter Quarter

2007 Winter Quarter

2006 Winter Quarter

2003 Winter Quarter

2002 Winter Quarter

ANTHRO 130
Study of Culture

2016 Fall Quarter

2016 Spring Quarter

2014 Fall Quarter

2011 Spring Quarter

2009 Fall Quarter

2008 Fall Quarter

2008 Winter Quarter

2006 Fall Quarter

2005 Fall Quarter

2005 Spring Quarter

2004 Winter Quarter

2000 Fall Quarter

2000 Winter Quarter

1998 Fall Quarter

ANTHRO 250
Selected Topics in Social Anthropology

2016 Winter Quarter

2014 Spring Quarter

2013 Spring Quarter

2011 Spring Quarter

2008 Spring Quarter

2006 Winter Quarter

1999 Fall Quarter

1999 Winter Quarter

ANTHRO M276
Japan in Age of Empire

2015 Spring Quarter

2012 Spring Quarter

2007 Winter Quarter

2005 Winter Quarter

2002 Winter Quarter

ANTHRO 9
Culture and Society

2014 Winter Quarter

2013 Winter Quarter

2012 Winter Quarter

ANTHRO 182
History of Anthropology

2011 Fall Quarter

2010 Spring Quarter

WOM STD M155
Women's Voices: Their Critique of Anthropology of Japan

2008 Spring Quarter

2005 Winter Quarter

2004 Spring Quarter

ANTHRO M155
Women's Voices: Their Critique of Anthropology of Japan

2008 Spring Quarter

2005 Winter Quarter

2004 Spring Quarter

1999 Fall Quarter

ANTHRO 88SB
From Spain to UCLA: Culture of Flamenco Music

2007 Spring Quarter

ANTHRO 188SB
Individual Studies for USIE Facilitators

2007 Spring Quarter

ANTHRO 191
Variable Topics in Anthropology

2006 Fall Quarter

2005 Fall Quarter

2005 Spring Quarter

ANTHRO 257
Space, Place, and Identity

2003 Spring Quarter

ANTHRO 287P
Anthropology and Colonialism

2003 Winter Quarter

2002 Spring Quarter

ANTHRO 297
Selected Topics in Anthropology

2002 Fall Quarter

ANTHRO 98T
Culture and Aging: Introduction to Cultural Gerontology

2000 Winter Quarter

WOMEN M155
Women's Voices: Their Critique of Anthropology of Japan

1999 Fall Quarter

ANTHRO 203C
Core Seminar: Sociocultural Anthropology -- Scientific and Interpretive Frameworks in Contemporary Anthropology

1999 Spring Quarter

ANTHRO 155
Women's Voices: Their Critique of Anthropology of Japan

1999 Winter Quarter

ANTHRO 130

1998 Winter Quarter

ANTHRO 175S

1997 Fall Quarter