On this week’s edition of Real Politik James is joined by University of California at Davis Professor Darrell Hamamoto, whose recent scholarly research project has culminated in the new book, Servitors of Empire: Studies in the Dark Side of Asian America, and a set of new endeavors to advance what he terms “New World Order theory.”
The two also discuss major influences on modern social thought, such as C. Wright Mills and Herbert Marcuse, in addition to the commonly-encountered allegiances to ideological correctness among colleagues that tend to characterize professional life within the modern American university system, and how such orientations tend to interfere with the quest for new knowledge and truth.
Darrell Hamamoto holds degrees in political science, popular culture, and sociology, and is a graduate of University of California at Irvine’s Comparative Cultures doctoral program. A Fullbright Scholar (Japan) Hamamoto is presently the senior ranking professor in the Department of Asian American Studies at UC Davis. Throughout his 30 year academic career he has become a major figure in the study of media, race, and popular culture. Professor Hamamoto is also the author of Monitored Peril: Asian Americans and the Politics of TV Representation and Nervous Laughter: Television Situation Comedy and Liberal Democratic Ideology.