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About Michiko Yusa

I came to Western Washington University in 1983, right after graduating from the University of California Santa Barbara with a Ph.D. in Religious Studies.
Since my arrival at Western, I have dedicated myself to developing the Japanese Program, which as of September 2006 has become a major program. I am blessed not only with wonderful colleagues but also with marvelous students, many of whom remain friends even after their graduation from WWU.
Initially I came to the UC Santa Barbara as a Junior Year Abroad Exchange Student from International Christian University in Tokyo. This experience changed my life forever, as I discovered the joy of scholarship from my encounters with great professors at UCSB who became a very important part of my life. I do believe that cross-cultural way of life is a very worthwhile and wonder-filled adventure, and I encourage all students to take up their opportunities to explore the whole wide world.


Present Faculty Member, Western Washington University Center for East Asian Studies
Present Faculty Member, Western Washington University Western Expert
Present Professor of Japanese, Western Washington University Department of Modern and Classical Languages

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Phone: (360)650-4851
Office: Miller Hall 218E


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