The author and editor of numerous books and articles in comparative ethnic studies and African and world history, Professor Okihiro is currently working on the third book of a trilogy on space/time. His books, most of which have won national book awards, have contributed to scholarship as follows below.

Trained in African history, Professor Okihiro was compelled to unlearn that training to write African history. [Read his article, "Self and History," Rethinking History 13:1 (March 2009): 5-15.] Likewise, while helping to define fields of study like Asian American and comparative ethnic studies, he is actively working to transgress the boundaries that both define and constrain those fields. Disciplines can liberate but they can also curb the imagination and deny political commitments.

Pineapple Culture (2009) traces the career of the pineapple from its tropical home to its sojourn in the temperate zone and its multiple and influential transits across those created divides. Pineapple is the second work of a trilogy on space/time.

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Island World (2008) inverts and then rejects the binaries of islands and continents, Hawai’i and the U.S., and considers those spatial designs in U.S. and world history. Island is the opening work of a trilogy on space/time.

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Impounded (2006) "Presenting 119 images originally censored by the U.S. Army—the majority of which have never been published—Impounded evokes the horror of a community uprooted in the early 1940s and the stark reality of the internment camps. With poignancy and sage insight, nationally known historians Linda Gordon and Gary Okihiro illuminate the saga of Japanese American internment: from life before Executive Order 9066 to the abrupt roundups and the marginal existence in the bleak, sandswept camps. "

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Columbia Guide (2001) is a reference and anti-reference work on Asian American history.

Outstanding Reference Work, Association for Asian American Studies

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Common Ground (2001) reconsiders the strategy of inversions in Margins and Mainstreams, and rejects the hegemony of binary constructions.

A Choice Outstanding Academic Book

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Social History of the Bakwena (2000) is an economic history of pre-colonial Botswana based mainly on oral history.

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Storied Lives (1999) recounts the extraordinary achievements of nisei students during World War II, and posits the notion of anti-racism.

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Teaching Asian American History (1997) By Gary Y. Okihiro

ISBN: 0872290778

More on Teaching Asian American History by Gary Okihiro

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Whispered Silences (1996) presents a history of Japanese Americans and World War II in dialogue with representations of that experience by photographer Joan Myers.

Gustavus Myers Center Award for the Study of Human Rights in North America

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Margins and Mainstreams (1994) deploys inversions to deconstruct dominant notions of origins, race, gender, class, and nation, contending that the margins are the mainstream.

Gustavus Myers Center Award for the Study of Human Rights in North America

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Cane Fires (1991) theorized the natures of oppression and resistance, and linked the Japanese American experience in Hawai`i with its U.S. West Coast counterpart.

Outstanding Book Award, Association for Asian American Studies

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Japanese Legacy (1985) pioneered Asian American agricultural history, and served as a basis for the development of community history and a museum in San Jose, California.

Outstanding Book Award, Association for Asian American Studies

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