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
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.