B.A., Keio University
M.A., Simon Fraser University
PhD., Simon Fraser University
Ayaka Yoshimizu is Assistant Professor of Teaching at the Department of Asian Studies. She also teaches and coordinates Arts courses for the UBC-Ritsumeikan Exchange Programs. Ayaka teaches courses on Japanese literature, films, media, audiovisual translation, and transpacific histories and cultures. She is a Green College Leading Scholar in 2021-23.
Courses taught and coordinated at UBC include:
ASIA 254: Sex, Gender, and Sexuality in Japanese Literature and Films
ASIA 354: Introduction to Japanese Cinema
ASIA 463: Japanese Documentary Media
JAPN 465: Japanese Media and Translation
ASTU 201 & 202: Canada, Japan and the Pacific
CDST 250: Introduction to Canada
Areas of Disciplinary Research:
Transpacific media and cultures; (forced) migration; cultural memory; sensory studies; performance ethnography
Areas of Pedagogical Research and Projects:
Decolonial and anti-racist approaches to teaching, curriculum development, and international education; embodied narrative as pedagogy; audio-visual translation as translingual & transcultural pedagogy
Doing Ethnography in the Wake of the Displacement of Transnational Sex Workers in Yokohama: Sensuous Remembering. Routledge, 2021.
“Student-centered, ‘Embodied Inter-referencing’ as Antiracist and Anticolonial Pedagogy.” Asia Pacific Education Review, 2022.
“Unsettling Memories of Japanese Sex Workers: Carceral Mobilities of the Transpacific Underground at the Turn of the 20th Century.” Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, 43, 2021: 24-43.
“Doing Performance Ethnography among the Dead, Remembering Lives of Japanese Migrants in Transpacific Sex Trade.” Performance Matters 4(3), 2018: 137-154.
Co-author, with Julia Aoki, “Walking Histories, Un/making Places: Walking Tours as Ethnography of Place.” Space & Culture 18(3), 2015: 273-284.
“Bodies That Remember: Gleaning Scenic Fragments of A Brothel District in Yokohama.” Cultural Studies, 29(3), 2014: 450-475.
“Nanay: Drawing a New Landscape of Diasporic Mothers.” Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, 27, 2012: 153-172.
“Chopsticks, Phone-Bells and Farms: Fuyuko Taira’s Diasporic Spatial Practice.” Gender, Place, and Culture, 19(3), 2012: 313-326.
“‘Hello, War Brides’: Heteroglossia, Counter-Memory, Auto/biographical Work of Japanese War Brides.” Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism, 10(1), 2010: 111-136.
Hoshi, Saori & Yoshimizu, Ayaka. “Promoting Translingual and Transcultural Literacies in a Collaborative Content-Based Japanese Classroom: Audiovisual Translation as Pedagogy.” A Transdisciplinary Approach to Chinese and Japanese Language Teaching. Routledge, 2023.
“Sex Workers, Waitresses, and Wives: The Disciplining of Women’s Bodies in the Tairiku Nippo (1908-1920).” In Digital Meijis: Revisualizing Modern Japanese History at 150. Vancouver, BC: BCcampus, 2018.
Aoki, Julia & Yoshimizu, Ayaka. “Walking, Sensing and Making Places: A Reflection on Ethnography of Walking in Yokohama and Vancouver.” Communication, culture, and making meaning in the city: Ethnographic engagements in urban environments (pp.111-125). Lanham: Lexington Books, 2017.
“Bodies That Remember: Gleaning Scenic Fragments of A Brothel District in Yokohama.” In Scene Thinking: Cultural Studies from the Scenes Perspective. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2017. [Reprinted from Cultural Studies]
“‘Affective Foreigners Save Our Elder Citizens’: Media Discourse of Indonesian Migrant Workers in Japan.” In The Political Economy of Affects and Emotions in East Asia (pp.137-153). London; New York: Routledge, 2014.
Public-Facing Activities and Contributions
Open Educational Resource
Sex and Migration in the Transpacific Underground
Innovative and Inclusive Teaching of UBC Instructors with Disabilities: Compiling and Sharing Existing Knowledge and Best Practices
- Annotated Bibliography on Teaching and Learning with Disabilities and Illnesses in Higher Education
- UBC’s Accessibility and Support for Disabled Instructors Survey 2021
- Challenges and Best Practices of Disabled Instructors at UBC
- CTLT Winter Institute Workshop, What Would an Accessible University Look Like? Perspectives of Disabled Instructors at UBC
- CTLT Spring Institute Workshop, The Return to Campus and Accessibility: Perspectives of Disabled Instructors