Nahum Dimitri Chandler recently joined the faculty of the program in African American Studies at the University of California-Irvine. His monograph study The Problem of Pure Being: Annotations on the Early Thought of W. E. B. Du Bois and the Discourses of the Negro, along with an edited collection of Du Bois's writings, The Essential Early Essays: Writings by W. E. B. Du Bois at the Turn of the Twentieth Century, are both forthcoming from Fordham University Press. Chandler has edited a previous special issue for CR, "W. E. B. Du Bois and the Question of Another World" (6:3, 2006).
W. E. Burghardt Du Bois (1868-1963), known around world, was a leading writer, scholar, and political activist from the United States during the twentieth century. He published over twenty book-length texts during his lifetime, the most well known of which are The Souls of Black Folk (McClurg, 1903), Black Reconstruction (Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1935), The World and Africa (Viking Press, 1947), and the posthumously published The Autobiography of W. E. B. Du Bois (International Publishers, 1968). Several of his previously unpublished texts on Japan and China are included in this issue. [End Page 317] An annotated collection of some of his early essays contemporaneous with The Souls of Black Folk, including several texts that were unpublished during his lifetime or only recently recovered, is forthcoming as The Essential Early Essays: Writings by W. E. B. Du Bois at the Turn of the Twentieth Century (Fordham University Press, 2012).
Kōya Nomura is Professor of Sociology at Hiroshima Shûdô University where he teaches courses on sociological theory, cultural studies, and social issues. In addition to his maiden work, Muishiki no shokuminchishugi (Unconscious Colonialism: The Japanese People's U.S. Military Bases and the Okinawans) (Ochanomizu Shobō, 2005), he has edited a volume on postcolonial studies in Japan entitled Shokuminsha e: Posutokoroniarizumu toiu chôhatsu )To the Colonizer: A Postcolonial Provocation) (2007), and coedited a volume on sociological methods entitled Shakaigaku ni seikai wa nai (There is No Correct Answer in Sociology) (2003).
John G. Russell is Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Gifu University. He is the author of Nihonjin no kokujin-kan (Japanese Perceptions of Blacks) (Shinhyōron, 1991), Henken to sabetsu ga dono yō ni tsukurareru ka (How are Prejudice and Discrimination Produced?) (Akashi Shoten, 1995), and "Consuming Passions: Spectacle, Self-Transformation, and the Commodification of Blackness in Japan," in positions: east asia cultures critique (6:1, 1998), as well as "Excluded Presence: Shoguns, Minstrels, Bodyguards, and Japan's Encounters with the Black Other," in Kyoto: Zinbun, Jinbun Kagaku Kenkyūsho (Annals of the Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University) (40, 2007). He is currently researching constructions of race in contemporary American and Japanese science fiction.
Sonia Ryang is Professor of Anthropology and International Studies, C. Maxwell and Elizabeth M. Stanley Family and Korea Foundation Chair of Korean Studies, and Director of the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Iowa. Among her books are North Koreans in Japan: Language, Ideology, and Identity (Westview Press, 1997), Love in Modern Japan (Routledge, 2006), and Writing Selves in Diaspora: Ethnography of Autobiographics [End Page 318] of Korean Women in Japan and the United States (Lexington Books/ Rowman & Littlefield, 2008). Her most recent book, Reading North Korea: An Ethnological Inquiry, has been published by Harvard University Press (2012).
Annmaria Shimabuku is Assistant Professor at the University of California- Riverside in the Department of Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages, where she teaches Japanese language, literature, and thought. She studied in the Ph.D. program for Sociology at the University of Tokyo until 2004, publishing articles in Japanese since 2001, and subsequently received her Ph.D. from the program in East Asian Literature at Cornell University in 2010. She is currently working on her book manuscript Securing Okinawa for Miscegenation.
Jane H. Yamashiro is currently Visiting Scholar at the University of Southern California's Center for Japanese Religions and Culture. She is the author of "Racialized national identity construction in the ancestral homeland: Japanese American migrants in Japan," in Ethnic and Racial Studies (34:9, 2011); "Ethnic Return Migration Policies and Asian American...