Jun Okada is Associate Professor in Visual and Media Arts at Emerson College. Her research centers on Asian American film and video, as well as global art cinema and film culture. She published Making Asian American Film and Video: History, Institutions, Movements, with Rutgers University Press in March 2015. 


2005: Ph.D. in Cinema and Media Studies, UCLA, Department of Film, TV, and Digital Media

2000: M.A. in Cinema and Media Studies, UCLA Department of Film, TV, and Digital Media

1995: B.A. in English, With Distinction, University of California, Berkeley



2015: Making Asian American Film and Video: History, Institutions, and Movements, Rutgers University Press.


Refereed Journal Articles:

2019: “Fakin da Funk (1997) and Gook (2017): Exploring Black/Asian Relations in the Asian American “hood” Film,” Hollywood at the Intersection of Identity, edited by Delia Konzett forthcoming from Rutgers University Press.


2018: “Hara Kazuo and Extreme Private Eros: Love Song 1974 (1974),” Exploiting East Asian Cinemas. Eds. Ken Provencher and Mike Dillon. Bloomsbury Academic, January 2018.


2017: “Collectivity and Loneliness in Laurel Nakadate’s Post-Racial Identity Aesthetics,” Routledge Companion to Asian American Media. Eds. Vincent Pham & Lori Kido Lopez. Routledge, 2017.


2017: “Nam June Paik and Laurel Nakadate at the Margins of Asian American Film and Video.” IN FOCUS: Asian American Film and Media. Eds. Brian Hu and Vincent N. Pham. Cinema Journal 56, no. 3, (Spring 2017): 136-141.


2014: “The Weird Greek Wave: Postcolonial and Affective Mimicry in Athina Rachel Tsangari’s Attenberg (2010),” East, West, and Centre: Reframing Post-1989 European Cinema. Eds. Michael Gott and Todd Herzog. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2014.


2011: “Cultural Odor in the Global Order: Intertextuality and the Raced Japanese Body,” Transnational Asian Identities in Pan-Pacific Cinemas: The Reel Asian Exchange. Eds. Phillipa Gates and Lisa Funnell.  New York and London: Routledge, 2011.


2009: “‘Noble and Uplifting and Boring as Hell’: Asian American Film and Video, 1972-1982,” Cinema Journal 49, no. 1, (Winter 2009).

2008: “Forfaiture: Photogénie, Race, and Homoerotic Homage in the French Remake of The Cheat,” Quarterly Review of Film and Video 25:5 (2008): 368-381.


2005: “The PBS and NAATA Connection: Comparing the Public Spheres of Asian American Film and Video,” The Velvet Light Trap 55 (Spring 2005): 39-51.


Book Reviews

2016:The Age of New Waves: Art Cinema and the Staging of Globalization by James Tweedie. Screen, Volume 57, Issue 1, Spring 2016.


2013:The Chinese Diaspora on American Screens: Race, Sex, and Cinemaby Gina Marchetti, Asian Studies Journal, Volume 72, Issue 03, August 2013, 676-678.


2008:The Hypersexuality of Race: Performing Asian/American Women on Screen and Scene by Celine Parreñas Shimizu. Journal of Asian American Studies, Volume 11, No. 1, 2008.


2003: Screening Asian Americans, edited by Peter X. Feng. Film Quarterly, Volume 56, No. 4, Summer 2003.


Other publications

2010:“Anna May Wong”, Encyclopedia of American Studies Online, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010.




2005: “Minority Filmmakers, Media Institutions, and Press Discourse: A Comparative Analysis,” UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Report.#5, January 2005.


2003: “Minority Rules! Consortia Funds Work About Ethnic and Racial Identity,” International Documentary Magazine,December/January 2002-3.

Blog Posts


    2019: Fulbright Scholar Award for Teaching and Research in the Performing/Visual Arts at Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema—Instituto Politécnico de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal, February to May, 2019.


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