Satoko Kakihara

Contact Information

Voice: 657-278-5347

Dept:   657-278-3534

Office: 830-H

Satoko Kakihara, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Japanese


Satoko Kakihara teaches in the Japanese program of CSU Fullerton's Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. She was born in Japan but grew up in Riverside, California, and she has spent her adult life in various earthquake-prone regions within California and Japan. In her spare time she likes to read manga and call it "research".


2014, Ph.D. in Literature (East Asian Comparative Literature), University of California, San Diego

2005, M.A. in Linguistics, Stanford University

2005, B.A. in English Literature and Linguistics, Stanford University

Research Areas

Modern Japanese literature, imperialism, gender, migration

Courses Regularly Taught

Japanese literature, language, and popular culture


Bloom, Michelle, and Satoko Kakihara. "Beyond Taiwan-Japan Co-Production: Intertextuality and Elliptical Figures in Hou Hsiao-hsien's Café Lumière." Asia-Pacific Film Co-productions: Theory, Industry and Aesthetics, edited by Dal Yong Jin and Wendy Su, Routledge, 2019, pp. 237–254.

Kakihara, Satoko. “I Like You’: Desire for the Alien Other in FLCL.” electronic journal of contemporary japanese studies, vol. 17, no. 2, 2017,

 Kakihara, Satoko. “Happiness Unattained: Colonial Modernity Under Japanese Imperialism in Writings by Ōsako Rinko and Yang Qianhe.” Japanese Studies, vol. 37, no. 2, 2017, pp. 191–208.

Kakihara, Satoko. “Family Desires: Kinship and Intimacy among Japanese Immigrants in America.” Migrant Identities of “Creole Cosmopolitans”: Transcultural Narratives of Contemporary Postcoloniality, edited by Nirmala Menon and Marika Preziuso, Peter Lang Publishing, 2014, pp. 143–158.

Kakihara, Satoko. “Influence of Attitudes and Strategies on English Acquisition by Japanese Women.” CATESOL Journal, vol. 18, 2008, pp. 109–121.