Valerie Matsumoto
Photo credit: Mario Reyes

VALERIE J. MATSUMOTO (author of City Girls: The Nisei Social World in Los Angeles, 1920-1950; Oxford University Press, 2014) is a professor in the Department of History and the Department of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.  She received her MA and Ph.D. degrees in History at Stanford University and her BA at Arizona State University.  Her first book, Farming the Home Place: A Japanese American Community in California, 1919-1982 (Cornell University Press, 1993) examined three generations of men and women.  Her publications include an essay on early Asian American women artists in Asian American Art: A HIstory, 1850-1970, eds. Mark Johnson, Gordon Chang, and Paul Karlstrom (Stanford University Press, 2008).  She also contributed an essay on Japanese American foodways to the anthology Eating Asian America: A Food Studies Reader, eds. Robert Ku, Martin Manalansan, and Anita Mannur (New York University Press, 2013).  In 2006 she was the first recipient of the Toshio and Doris Hoshide Distinguished Teaching Award, given by the UCLA Asian American Studies Center, and in 2007 received the UCLA DIstinguished Teaching Award. (5/2014)

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