WLC Faculty and Staff
Karashima Tsukasa Associate Professor of Japanese Language and CultureOffice: LA 320
Dr. Michihiro Ama has taught courses on various aspects of Japanese literature and culture, and all levels of Japanese, including business Japanese and Classical Japanese.
JPNS 306: Japanese for Business and Tourism
JPNS 201: Intermediate Japanese I
JPNS 411: Modern Japanewe Writers/Thinkers
JPNS 202: Intermediate Japanese II
University of California, Irvine Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Literatures, 2007
The Transpacific Development of Japanese Buddhism, Buddhism in Japanese Literature and Film, Buddhism and Japanese Language, Buddhism and Law, Buddhism and Gender, and Buddhism and Ethnicity
- Immigrants to the Pure Land: The Modernization, Acculturation and Globalization of Shin Buddhism, 1898-1941. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2011. 313 pp. (Republished through http://universitypressscholarship.com/ by Oxford University Press, 2017.)
- The Awakening of Modern Japanese Fiction: Buddhism and Path Litrature in Modern Japan (State University of New York Press, fortcoming)
- “Translation with a Critical Note, ‘A Future of Shin Buddhism in America: Tana Daishō’s Vision for American Buddhism.’” In Pure Lands in Asian Texts and Contexts: An Anthology, ed. Richard Payne and Georgios T. Halkias, 379-395. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2019.
- “‘First White Buddhist Priestess’: A Case Study of Sunya Gladys Pratt at Tacoma Buddhist Temple.” In Buddhism Beyond Borders: New Perspectives on Buddhism in the United States, ed. Scott Mitchell and Natalie Quli, 59-74. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2015.
- “Flying Sparks: Dissensions among the Early Shin Buddhists in Canada.” In Flowers on the Rock: Global and Local Buddhisms in Canada, ed. John S. Harding, Victor Sogen Hori, and Alexander Soucy, 55-78. Montreal, Canada: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2014.
- “The Legal Dimensions of the Formation of Shin Buddhist Temples in Los Angeles.” In Issei Buddhism in Americas, ed. Duncan R. Williams and Moriya Tomoe, 65-86. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2010.
- “A Jewish Buddhist Priest: The Curious Case of Julius A. Goldwater and the Hompa Hongwanji Buddhist Temples in 1930–1940s Los Angeles.” Southern California Quarterly vol. 100, no. 3, (Fall, 2018): 297-323.
- “Shinran as ‘Other’: Revisiting Kurata Hyakuzo’s The Priest and His Disciples.” Japanese Journal of Religious Studies vol. 43, no 2: (2016): 253-274.
- “A Neglected Diary, A Forgotten Buddhist Couple: Tana Daisho’s Internment Camp Diary as a Historical and Literary Text.” Journal of Global Buddhism vol. 14 (2013): 45-62.
- “A Transnational Development of Japanese Buddhism During the Postwar Period—The Case of Tana Daisho.” Pacific World 3rd series no. 14 (2012): 1-26.
- “Shin Buddhist Women in America.” Religion Compass 5, no. 5 (May 2011): 180-191.
- “Transcending Death in Departures (Okuribito)—A Case Study of Film, Literature, and Buddhism in Modern Japan.” The Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema 2, no.1 (Dec. 2010): 35-50.
- “Rethinking Kaikyo (Overseas Propagation of Japanese Buddhism): Integrating Perspectives from Both Sides.” The Eastern Buddhist n.s., 40 (2009): 121-138.
- “Shifting Subjectivity in the Translation of Shinran’s Texts” The Eastern Buddhist n.s. 37 (2005): 205-221.
Encyclopedia Entries (Peer-Reviewed)
- “American Buddhism during World War II Internment.” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion
- “Imamuras and the Making of American Buddhism.” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion
Articles in Japanese
- “Buddhism and Literature,” an entry to Bukkyoshi Kenkyu« Handbook (A Handbook for the Historical Study of Japanese Buddhism), ed. Bukkyo shigakukai, 364-365. Kyoto: Hozokan, 2016.
- “Buddhism and Music,” an entry to Bukkyoshi Kenkyu« Handbook (A Handbook for the Historical Study of Japanese Buddhism), ed. Bukkyo shigakukai, 367. Kyoto: Hozokan, 2016.
- “Hokubei niokeru senzen no nihon bukkyo no tenkai—shin shiryo niyoru kosatsu” (A Development of Japanese Buddhism in North America during the Pre-war Period.” Migration kenkyukai kaiho, The Periodical Report of the Society for the Studies of Japanese Migration 8 (May 2013): 6-7
- “Nikkei imin shukyo kenkyu ni okeru ameica to nihon no kenkyu hohono soiten oyobi gakujutsu koryu no teiki: Nikkei bukkyo no kenkyu o chushin to shite (Integrating American and Japanese Scholarship on the Topic of Japanese Buddhism in North America).” Nihon imin gakkai nenpo, The Annual Review of Migration Studies, 16 (March 2010): 109-121.
August 2016 - present University of Montana
Karasguna Tsukasa Associate Professor of Japanese Language and Culture
July 2015 - June 2016 University of Alaska, Anchorage
Associate Professor of Japanese, Department of Languages
August 2010 - June 2015 University of Alaska, Anchorage
Assistant Professor of Japanese, Department of Languages