Interview 67: Darrell Hamamoto

hamamotoOn this episode University of California Davis Professor of Asian American Studies Darrell Hamamoto joins James to discuss a wide variety of issues spanning from organized religion to public health, the politics of higher education and what passes for critical thought and analysis in today’s academy.

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’s latest book is Servitors of Empire: Studies in the Dark Side of Asian America (TrineDay 2014). He 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.

Hamamoto’s recent video commentary is “Furby Unboxing By Professor Yamamoto,” which examines “affective artifacts” and the implications of Furbish AI for the future of humanity.

Darrell Hamamoto’s YouTube Channel is Professor Hamamoto.