Associate Professor and Associate Chair
Library & Information Science Program
Information & Computer Sciences Department
Hamilton Library 3D
2550 McCarthy Mall
Honolulu, HI 96822
Phone: (808) 956-5810
Fax: (808) 956-5835
asaton (at) hawaii (dot) edu
“With my interdisciplinary approach in teaching and research, and connections in Japan, I will help support the historical role of the UHM LIS Program as a bridge for Asian Pacific/ international librarians and LIS educators.”
Ph.D., Purdue University. 1998.
MLISc, Library and Information Science Program, University of Hawaii, 2011.
Master of Arts, East Asian Studies. University of Wisconsin-Madison. 1993.
Master of Education – Professional Development; University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. 1991.
Interim Chair, Library & Information Science Program,
Information & Computer Sciences Department, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Associate Chair, Library & Information Science Program,
Information & Computer Sciences Department., University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Visiting Researcher, Graduate School of Education, Kyoto University
Associate Professor, Library & Information Science Program, Information & Computer Sciences Dept.; University of Hawaii at Manoa
Assistant Professor, Library & Information Science Program, Information & Computer Sciences Dept.; University of Hawaii at Manoa
Visiting Researcher, Graduate School of Education, Kyoto University
Aug. 2004- Dec. 2006
Associate Professor, Dept. of Modern Languages & Literatures; Asian Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Aug. 2005-Dec. 2005
Visiting Researcher, Dept. of East Asian Languages & Literatures, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Modern Languages & Literatures; Asian Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Sept. 1993- May 1998
Teaching Assistant, Dept. of Foreign Languages & Literatures, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
Sept. 1996- May 1997
Research Assistant, Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literatures Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
June 1993- Aug. 1993
Senior Instructor, Center for Language Studies, Beloit College, Beloit, Wisconsin
Jan. 1992- Dec. 1992
Teaching Assistant, Dept. of East Asian Languages & Literatures, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Sept. 1989- May 1991
Lecturer, Dept. Foreign Languages University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
American Library Association
Association for Asian Studies
Council on East Asian Libraries
Hawaii Library Association
Japan Society of Library & Information Science
Nippon Association for Librarianship
Fields of Interest
Japanese / Japanese American Print Cultures
Asian Studies Librarianship
LIS 610: Foundations of Information Professions
LIS 690: Library Internship Program
LIS 693: Asian Informatics
LIS 705: Asian Studies Librarianship
Current Research Interests
Librarians’ Free Speech/ Intellectual Freedom
History of Books and Print Culture in Asia
History and Philosophy of Japanese Public Libraries
Noriko Asato, (Ed.), Handbook for Asian Studies Specialists: A Guide to Research Materials and Collection Building Tools (Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2013).
Yoshitaka Kawasaki, Noriko Asato, and Hiroki Takakuwa, Toshokanin to Chiteki Jiyu [Librarians and Intellectual Freedom] (Kyoto, Japan: Kyoto Daigaku Toshokan Johogaku Kenkyukai, 2011).
Noriko Asato, Teaching Mikadoism: The Attack on Japanese Language Schools in Hawaii, California, and Washington, 1919-1927 (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2006).
Articles and Book Chapters:
Noriko Asato, “Toshokanin no Senmonshoku toshite no Chiteki Jiyu: Ronso to America Toshokan kyokai no Taio [Responding to Librarians who Defend the Library Bill of Rights: The American Library Association and Intellectual Freedom in a Period of Transition].” Library World (September 2011).
Noriko Asato, Andrew Wertheimer, and Akira Nemoto, “Shosetsu Toshokan Senso to ‘Toshokan no Jiyu ni Kansuru Sengen’ no Seiritsu [Examining the ‘Statement on Intellectual Freedom in Libraries’ and Violence in the Novel Toshokan Senso (Library War)].” Journal of Japanese Society of Library and Information Science 57 (2011): 19-32.
Noriko Asato, “Americanization vs. Japanese Cultural Maintenance: Analyzing Seattle´s Nihongo Tokuhon, 1920.” In Gail Nomura, and Louis Fiset (Eds.), Nikkei in the Pacific Northwest: Japanese Americans and Japanese Canadians in the Twentieth Century (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2005): 95-119.
Noriko Asato, “The Genesis of the Japanese Language School Controversy in Hawaii: Buddhist and Christian Conflict.” In Duncan Ryûken Williams, and Tomoe Moriya (Eds.), Issei Buddhism in the Americas: The Pioneers of the Japanese-American Buddhist Diaspora (Book manuscript under review).
Atsushi Fukada & Noriko Asato, “Universal Politeness Theory: Application to the Use of Japanese Honorifics.” Journal of Pragmatics 36 (2004): 1991-2002.
Noriko Asato, “Ousting Japanese Language Schools: Americanization and Cultural Maintenance in Washington State, 1919-27.” Pacific Northwest Quarterly 94 (2003): 140-150.
Noriko Asato, “Mandating Americanization: Japanese Language Schools and the Federal Survey of Education in Hawaii, 1916-1920.” History of Education Quarterly 43 (2003): 10-38.
“Teaching Intellectual Freedom in Japan and North American: Analyzing Japanese Focus Group Interviews” Asia-Pacific Conference on Library & Information Education and Practice 2014 Proceedings (Khon Kaen, Thailand, 2014)
“LIS Education and the Changing Face of East Asian Librarianship” Asia-Pacific Conference on Library & Information Education and Practice 2009 Proceedings. (University of Tsukuba, 2009).
“Intersectionality and Interdisciplinarity: LIS Research/Education and Studies of the ‘Other,’” Association for Library and Information Science Education, Denver. 22 January 2009.
“Muted Dissent: Case Studies Regarding Librarian’s Free Speech Rights.” Kyoto International Library Forum, Japan, 8 August 2011.
“Planning a Bibliographical Guide for the Next Generation East Asian Studies Librarian.” Council on East Asian Libraries Conference, Honolulu, 30 March 2011.
“Washington’s Japanese Reader and the Shaping of Japanese American Identity, 1919-1927.” Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP) The Hague, Leiden (The Netherlands). 12 July, 2006.
“The Origins of Buddhist and Christian Conflict over Japanese Language Schools in Hawaii.” The Issei Buddhism Conference. University of California, Irvine. 3-5 September 2004.
“Mandating Americanization: Japanese Language Schools and the Federal Survey of Education in Hawaii, 1916-1920.” History of Education Society Annual Meeting, Yale University. New Haven. 20 October 2001.
“Teaching Mikadoism: The Attack on Japanese Language Schools in Washington State, 1919-1921.” 50th Annual Meeting, Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs, Lincoln, Nebraska. 29 September 2001.
“Analyzing the Mechanism of the Anti-Japanese Language School Movement: Washington’s Case.” Eighteenth Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian American Studies, Toronto, Canada. March 2001. (declined acceptance due to time conflict)
“Nihongo Gakko: Analyzing the Pre-war Washington Japanese Language School Textbooks.” The Nikkei Experience in the Pacific Northwest. University of Washington, Seattle. 5 May 2000.
Grants and Fellowships:
Social Science Research Council, Dec. 2013-Oct. 2014.
Korean Studies Fellowship. The Korean Society, Fall 2010.
Visiting Professor, Promotion of Education Research Foundation, Kyoto University, Summer 2010.
University of Hawaii Endowment for the Humanities Summer Research Grant, 2011