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Tetsuden Kashima

Adjunct Professor, Sociology
Member, Canadian Studies Faculty

B.A., University of California, Berkeley, Psychology, 1963
M.A., San Francisco State University, Psychology, 1968
Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, Sociology, 1975


A-519 Padelford
206-543-4358; 206-543-5401

Professional Biography

Tetsuden (Tetsu) Kashima, born in Oakland, California and as an infant with his family, the government and military placed nearly 120.000 other Japanese Americans into American concentration camps during World War II. After the war, he grew up in San Diego, and attended the University of California, Berkeley, for his undergraduate degree, and his doctorate in Sociology at the University of California, San Diego. He came to the University of Washington in 1976 as the Director of Asian American Studies Program; later the UW formed the Department of American Ethnic Studies with African American, Asian American and Chicano Studies. He is a nationally recognized scholar of Asian American studies and Sociology -- especially in the areas of Japanese American internment and incarceration during World War II, Japanese American values and interpersonal relations, and Japanese American religiosity. He has published books and articles and invited to be a visiting professor at two Japanese universities (Ryukoku University, Kyoto, and Yamaguchi National University,Yamaguchi). He has presented lectures, given conference papers, and been the keynote speakers at other universities in Japan and the United States.

Professor Kashima inaugurated the (almost) yearly UW Day of Remembrance commemorating President F. D. Roosevelt's signing of Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942 authorizing the removal of almost all persons of Japanese ancestry from four West Coast states into American Concentration camps. More than fifteen programs thus far have been presented, the largest being a ceremony in 2008 titled "Long Journey Home" in which 449 Nisei UW students in 1942 were then forced to terminate their UW education, were bestowed honorary baccalaureate degrees by the UW Board of Regents and then UW President Emmert.

Professor Kashima was honored by the National Japanese American Citizens League with the 2008 Japanese American of the Biennium Award--Education and Humanities, in their ceremony in Salt Lake City and in 2009 by the University of Washington with the James D. Clowes Award for the Advancement of Learning Communities. The award is given to individuals who evince "Evidence of creating or sustaining learning communities among students that may include international programs of study; or encourage student-facilitated learning opportunities to open door for service and community-based projects that are integrated into their program of study."


Book: Judgment Without Trial: Japanese American Imprisonment during World War II (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2003 and paper 2004).This book was a finalist for the 2004 Washington State Book Award and nominated for the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize Notable book award. It explores the relationship between the "Issei" Justice Department's interment camps with the War Relocation Authority's incarceration centers with an analysis of the government's justification, creation, and administration of these camps.

Book: Buddhism in America: The Social Organization of an Ethnic Religious Institution, Westport CT: (Greenwood Press, 1977) Listed as one of the "100 important books for a basic library on Japanese Americans" by the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. It explores the entrance and continuation of a Japanese Buddhist sourced religion within an American Judeo-Christian religious and social environment. This social organizational study examines the effects of and survival by an American ethnic group while facing extreme prejudice and discrimination -- culminating in the forced expulsion of the entire West Coast Japanese American population from their homes during World War II. The institution continues today with adherents from the young to the elderly and with a growing body of non-ethnic members.

Teaching and Research Interests

  • Asian American Studies
  • World War II American and Canadian internment and incarceration sites
  • Asian American sociology and communities
  • Japanese American religious institutions
  • Japanese American attitudes and beliefs.



AAS 101 -- (Summer) Introduction to Asian American Cultures (occasionally)

AAS 370 -- Japanese Americans: Race, Culture, Discrimination, Gender, and Endurance

AAS 372 -- American Internment and Incarceration: Race, Discrimination, and Power

AAS 380 -- Asian American Community: Discrimination, Power, and Affirmation

AES 450 -- American Ethnic Health: Race, Gender, and Status Groups

AAS 498 -- Special Topics (occasionally)

AAS 499 -- Undergraduate Independent Study


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