Naoko Wake


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Naoko Wake is an Associate Professor of History at Michigan State University. Her field is the history of medicine, gender, sexuality in the United States and the Pacific Rim, and she is the author of Private Practices: Harry Stack Sullivan, the Science of Homosexuality, and American Liberalism (Rutgers, 2011) and the co-author (with Shinpei Takeda) of Hiroshima/Nagasaki Beyond the Ocean [Umi o koeta Hiroshima/Nagasaki] (Yururi Books, 2014). With Shinpei, Naoko has created the largest oral history collections of North and South American survivors of the 1945 atomic bombings in the world. The collection is housed in G. Robert Vincent Voice Library of the Michigan State University, freely accessible online. She is currently writing her next monograph Bombing Americans: Gender and Trans-Pacific Remembering after World War II, which explores the history of Japanese American and Korean American survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with a focus on their cross-national and gendered memory, identity, and activism. Contrary to the scholarship that considers the bomb a result of international conflicts, Bombing Americans seeks to understand the bomb in the history of immigration that tended to connect, rather than separate, peoples.

View the material that Naoko has curated for this website here.

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“Naoko Wake,” Legacies of the Enlightenment, accessed April 17, 2024,