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Professor of History, coordinator Asian Studies Certificate

Dr. Jayson Chun was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. He is a specialist in Japanese media history, East Asian media history and popular culture.

Ph.D. University of Oregon, 2004

M.A. University of California, Santa Barbara, 1993

B.A. Georgetown University, 1989

Fall 2014-Present: Associate professor, Humanities Division
University of Hawai‘i – West O‘ahu, Kapolei, HI

Summer 2004-Present: Instructor, Asian Studies Program 
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI

Fall 2003: Graduate Lecturer, Department of History
University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

Fall 2002-Spring 2003: Lecturer, Department of History
Pacific University, Forest Grove, OR

  • HIST 151 World to 1500
  • HIST 152 World since 1500
  • HIST 241 Civilizations of Asia*
  • HIST 243 Asia Cool: Modern Asia & Pop Culture
  • HIST 306 History of Southeast Asia*
  • HIST 311 Chinese Culture*
  • HIST 312 Modern China*
  • HIST 318 Asian American History
  • HIST 321 Japanese Culture*
  • HIST 322 Modern Japan*
  • HIST 325 (crosslisted with BUSA) Asian Economies, Business and Consumers*
  • HIST 326 Japan Cool: Anime, Manga, and Film
  • HIST 328 Modern Korea*
  • HIST 369 The Pop Pacific: South Korean and Japanese popular music and society

*online hybrid courses

Chun, Jayson M, “The Pop Pacific: Japanese-American Sojourners and the Development of Japanese Popular Music“, Introducing Japanese Popular Culture. Ed. Alisa Freedman and Toby Slade. New York: Routledge, 2017.

Chun, Jayson M. “Bubble Pop: K-pop stars, fans and gender in America,” Proceedings of Media Text vs. Audience of K-pop, the Mini-Conference Project on Create Asia December 19. Nagoya University, 2016.

“Pro Wrestling and Crying Cowboys: American Influence on Early Japanese Television.” Modernization, Nation-Building, and Television History. Ed.Stewart Anderson and Melissa Chakars. New York: Routledge, 2015.

Chun, Jayson M, “Learning Bushido from Abroad: Japanese Reactions to the Last Samurai.” Japanese Cinema (Critical Concepts in Media and Cultural Studies). Ed. Nikki J. Y. Lee, and Julian Stringer. New York: Routledge, 2014.

Chun, Jayson M, A Nation of a Hundred Million Idiots?: A Social History of Japanese Television 1953-1973. New York: Routledge, December 2006.

Chun, Jayson M. "A New Kind of Royalty: The Imperial Marriage in Postwar Japan." Japan Pop! Inside the World of Japanese Popular Culture. Ed. Tim Craig. Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe, 2000. 222-244.

  • Postwar Japanese popular culture and social history
  • Korean and Japanese popular music (K-pop and J-pop)
  • Japanese anime history
  • Media studies
  • Modern East Asia
  • Asian American and Hawai‘i history
  • Using popular culture in the classroom

Studied at Hiroshima University and University at Tokyo. Attended language school in Seoul, Korea for a total of 9 weeks, and in Beijing, China for one month.