Dr. Akemi Kikumura Yano and Dr. Satoshi Ikeno have been appointed as 2012-2013 visiting scholars of the UCLA Asian American Studies Center.
Kikumura Yano is an anthropologist, writer, and educator. Her current research focuses on second- and third-generation Japanese Americans in the post-World War II era. She holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from UCLA, and is an award-winning author, curator, museum specialist and playwright.
She has taught anthropology and ethnic studies at the University of Southern California and UCLA. Most recently, she was the president and chief executive officer at the Japanese American National Museum, where she held various positions starting in 1987.
Ikeno is an alumnus of UCLA (Ph.D. in social welfare) and currently working as a professor at the School of Human Welfare Studies at Kwansei Gakuin University in Kobe. He has four years of clinical experience as a family therapist at a psychiatric clinic in Osaka and two years as a clinical social worker at the Asian Pacific Development Center in Denver.
He is teaching several courses of clinical social work and personality development at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Ikeno’s current research focuses on the long-term psychosocial effects of traumatic events on such people as Japanese American atomic bomb (Hiroshima/Nagasaki) survivors, crime victims, and survivors of natural disasters. His research methodology mainly employs the “mix method,” integrating both quantitative and qualitative approaches. He is also continuously receiving clinical trainings for psycho-physiological (integral) trauma therapy methods to enhance “trauma-informed social work settings” in Japan.