MATO, Shigeko

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(School of International Liberal Studies)

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Grant-in-aids for Scientific Researcher Number



Faculty of International Research and Education(Graduate School of International Culture and Communication Studies)

Affiliated Institutes


研究所員 2015-2015


プロジェクト研究所所長 2019-2019

Educational background・Degree

Educational background

-2000 University of New Mexico Graduate School, Division of Letters Latin American literature


Ph.D Thesis University of New Mexico Literature in general

Academic Society Joined

LASA Latin American Studies Association

MLA Modern Language Association

Research Field


Japanese-Peruvian society and identity

Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research classification

Humanities / Literature / Literature in general

Research interests Career

Contemporary Mexican literature, Japanese-Peruvian communities and identity

Current Research Theme Keywords:Mexican literature, Japanese Peruvian community

Individual research allowance


A Japanese Peruvian Boy's Urban Wandering in Search of a Proper Place: Reading "Extranjero" by Augusto Higa Oshiro as "the Chorus of Idle Footsteps"

Mato, Shigeko

Cincinnati Romance Review Peer Review Yes 42p.19 - 342017-

Unsettling the Japanese Peruvian Legacy of Suffering: Madman in Augusto Higa Oshiro's "Polvo enamorado"

Mato, Shigeko

Journal of iberian and Latin American Research Peer Review Yes 23(13) p.207 - 2182017-

Contemplating Jose Watanabe's Eye through Roland Barthes's Photographic Eye

Mato, Shigeko

Transmodernity: Journal of Peripheral Cultural Production of the Luso-Hispanic World Peer Review Yes 6(1) p.71 - 872016/04-


Publish Classification:Research paper (scientific journal)

Between the Seduction and Aversion of Japanese Heritage

Shigeko Mato

Chasqui: Revista de Literatura Latinoamericana Peer Review Yes 44(2) p.226 - 2272015/11-


Publish Classification:Research paper (scientific journal)

Outline:In “La sombra del guerrero,” Fernando Iwasaki, a Peruvian writer of Japanese ancestry, presents a drastic transformation of the protagonist Kawashita, from a person who at the beginning pays no attention to his Japanese heritage, into someone who comes to acknowledge it and unites himself with his Japanese grandfather at the end, without any cultural shock or conflictive psychological reactions. This study attempts to explore this seamless transformation, by reading “La sombra del guerrero” as a parodic creation of a cultural encounter between a Peruvian person who perceives Japanese culture as something mysterious and exotic and a Japanese visitor who is perceived by the Peruvian as such. Approaching the story as a parodic creation of a cultural encounter between Peruvian and Japanese, through Linda Hutcheon’s discussion on parody as “a form of repetition with [a] critical distance,” exposes an ironic distance between Iwasaki’s critical attitude toward the concept of one exclusive national identity and his projection of the protagonist’s exoticization and fascination with his Japanese heritage.

Okinawan Peruvian Poet's Gender Performativity: On “Diario de la mujer es ponja” by Doris Moromisato

Shigeko Mato

The Latin Americanist (Southeast Council on Latin American Studies and Wiley Periodicals Inc.) 58(2) p.137 - 1552014/06-

Imagining the Unnegotiable Home at the Margins in "La iluminación de Katzuo Nakamatsu" by Augusto Higa Oshiro

Shigeko Mato

Hispanófila (University of North Carolina) 169p.175 - 1922013/09-

“Moctezuma in the City: Revisited Past in Carmen Boullosa’s Llanto: Novelas imposibles.”

Shigeko Mato

Hispanic Journal (Indiana University of Pennsylvania) Fall 2007p.117 - 1342007-

Beyon the memory of displacement:"Adios to Tears: The Memoirs of a Japanese-Peruvian Internee in U.S. Concentration Camps."

Shigeko Mato

Waseda Global Forum No.8, 2011p.129 - 1492005/03-

“The Illusion of the ‘Homely’ and Consciousness of the ‘Unhomely’: Rethinking ‘Home’ in Carmen Boullosa’s Mejor desaparece.”

Shigeko Mato

Confluencia (Northern Colorado University) Spring 2003p.125 - 137

“Carmen Boullosa’s La Milagrosa: A Light Detective Fiction or a Dense Aesthetic Work?” 2000 (No. 1-2). 125-136.

Shigeko Mato

Letras Femeninas (Arizona State University) 2000 (No. 1-2)p.125 - 136

“Locating Female Creation in a Hybrid Space: Carmen Boullosa’s Trans-liminal Narrative.”

Shigeko Mato

Dissertation (University of New Mexico), UMI 2000

Hogar de pertenencia y desplazamiento: una respuesta de Jose Watanabe a la categoria de "poeta nikkei"

Mato, Shigeko

SinoELE 17p.739 - 7492018-

A Japanese Peruvian boy's urban wandering in search of a proper place: Reading "Extranjero" by Augusto Higa Oshiro as "the chorus of idle footsteps"

Mato, Shigeko

Cincinnati Romance Review 42p.19 - 342017/03-2017/03



Outline:Augusto Higa's story, "Extranjero," portrays a Japanese Peruvian Nisei boy, growing up in Lima during the post-WWII era, who "walks in the city" to find a "proper" place. Drawing on de Certeau's notion of pedestrians' footsteps as a form of everyday practice that provokes illegible and unruly spatiality within the structure of power, this study explores how and why, as the boy walks, a sense of labyrinthine disorientation arises, temporarily disturbing the Peruvian government's project to integrate him into society as an assimilable, obedient and quiet foreigner.

Books And Publication

Cooptation, Complicity, and Representation: Desire and Limits for Intellectuals in Twentieth-Century Mexican Fiction

Shigeko Mato

Peter Lang2010/05-



Rethinking Hybrid Identity of a Peruvian Migrant Worker in Japan in "Gambate: 頑張って" (2011) by Luis Fernando Arriola Ayala (Book chapter) in "Trans-Pacific Encounters: Asia and Hispanic World" Ed. Koichi Hagimoto

Mato, Shigeko (as a contributor of one chapter)(Sharing writing)

Cambridge Scholars Publishing2016-


Scholarly BookResponsible Number of Pages:178-95

La memoria recuperada y perturbada en "Okinawa existe" de Augusto Higa (Book chapter) in "Extremo occidente y extremo oriente: herencias asiaticas en la America hispana." Ed. Axel Gasquet and Georges Lomne.

Mato, Shigeko as a contributor of one chapter(Other)

Fondo Editorial de PUCP2018-


Responsible Number of Pages:235-56

Villain or victim?: Undermining the memory of Japanese Peruvians in Augusto Higa Oshiro's "Gaijin (Extranjero)" in "The Routledge Companion to Gender, Sex and Latin American Culture." Ed. Frederick Luis Aldama.

Mato, Shigeko (as a contributor of one chapter)(Other)



Scholarly BookISBN:9781138894952

The “Coloniality of Power” in the Twenty-First-Century Peruvian Story “Rizoma” by Carlos Yushimito del Valle in "Critical Insights: Latin American Fiction." Ed. Ignacio Lopez-Calvo.

Mato, Shigeko (contributor of one chapter)

Salem Press2017-

Book Review El samurai by Rafael Reyes-Ruiz

Mato, Shigeko(Single Author)

Waseda Global Forum2019/03-2019/03


OtherTotal Number of Pages:111-115

Lecture And Oral

"On Migration."

"Remembering 40 Years Since Reservation: Okinawan Studies Until Now, Okinawan Studies From Now On." Symposium organized by the collaboration of Okinawa Bunka Kyokai and Okinawa Kenkyu Daigaku Rengo2012/03/30

"Una lectura de "Chambala era un camino" como un paisaje migrante" (in Spanish)

XI Congreso Internacional de Literatura Hispánica2012/03/09


Oral presentation(general)

(Un)Negotiating Nisei Identity in Peru: On "La iluminación de Kazuo Nakamatsu (2008) by Augusto Higa"

LASA 2012 XXX International Congress (Latin American Studies Association)2012/05/24


Oral presentation(general)

Impulsos viscerales frente a la poesia de Jose Watanabe: una "lectura poscritica"

Mato, Shigeko

Conferencia "El guardian de la palabra: una mirada interdisciplinaria sobre la poesia de Jose WatanabeInvitation Yes2018/08/21


International conferenceOral presentation(invited, special)Venue:Lima, PUCP

Performing Memories of Okinawa in Peru: On "Okinawa existe" (2013) by Augusto Higa Oshiro

Mato, Shigeko



International conferenceOral presentation(general)Venue:Barcelona

Saboreando "la colonialidad del poder" en "Rizoma" (2013) de Carlos Yushimito del Valle"

Mato, Shigeko

XXI Congreso Internacional de Literatura y Estudios Hispanicos(CILEH)2018/03/08


International conferenceOral presentation(general)Venue:Quito

Research Grants & Projects

Grant-in-aids for Scientific Research Adoption Situation

Research Classification:

Antology: Japanese Peruvian Writers


Allocation Class:¥4550000

Research Classification:

Border-crossings and Japanese Peruvians' Home and Identity

Allocation Class:¥2782000

Research Classification:

Migration, Memory, and Literature: Mapping Japanese Nationalism in Nikkei Communities in Peru, Bolivia, and Argentina


Allocation Class:¥4420000

Research Classification:

Multi-disciplinary Intersections:Rhetorical Techniques and Thematic Landscape of Jose Watanabe's Poetry


Allocation Class:¥4420000

On-campus Research System

Special Research Project

Shaking the Legacy of Suffering and Triumph: An Exploration of Nikkei Collective Memory through Peruvian Literature


Research Results Outline:This project was part of a more extended book project exploring Japanese miThis project was part of a more extended book project exploring Japanese migration to Latin America and Nikkei Latin America...This project was part of a more extended book project exploring Japanese migration to Latin America and Nikkei Latin Americans’ migration to Japan through literary and cultural works. The main objective of this particular project supported by this grant was to explore 1) how the collective memory of Japanese Peruvians has been constructed and conserved since the postwar of WWII and 2) how the short story “Okinawa existe” (“Okinawa exists”) and the novella Gaijin(extranjero)(“Gaijin [stranger]”) authored by a Peruvian writer Augusto Higa Oshiro destabilize and disturb the homogenized identity of the Japanese Peruvian community as a group of people who underwent institutionalized injustice, but overcame the hardships and transformed themselves into a politically and economically prominent minority group. Drawing on theories of memory studies and cultural studies by scholars, such as Diana Taylor, Maurice Halbwachs, and Jeffrey K. Olick, this project attempted to show how the author creates so-called “unfitting” Japanese characters who shake the legacy of suffering and triumph repeated in Japanese Peruvian commemorations as well as in their Oral History Project. The funding allowed me to present my study on this topic at the XXXVI LASA (Latin American Studies Association) International Conference at Barcelona on May 24, 2018. 

Connecting Asia and Latin America beyond Peruvian Nikkei Literature: the Philippines, Dominican Republic, Argentina, Brazil, and more.


Research Results Outline:The purpose of this project was to explore Asianpresence in Latin America tThe purpose of this project was to explore Asianpresence in Latin America through interdisciplinary approaches.  As the...The purpose of this project was to explore Asianpresence in Latin America through interdisciplinary approaches.  As the first step, I co-organized the 6thInternational Conference on Orientalism and the Asian Presence in the Hispanicand Lusophone World with Dr. Ignacio López-Calvo (University of California, Merced) and Dr. Koichi Hagimoto(Wellesley College).  The two-day conference was held in Waseda University (maincampus) on April 25-26, 2014.    More thanthirty scholars from seven countries (Argentina, US, Morocco, France, UK, thePhilippines, and Japan) gathered to present their studies on “East-WestIntercultural Dialogues” and exchanged ideas.  The selected papers will be published in a book Trans-pacific Encounters: Asia and theHispanic World, edited by Dr. Hagimoto (forthcoming 2016).  My paper “Rethinking Hybrid Identity ofa Peruvian Migrant Worker in Japan in Gambate(2011) by Luis Fernando Arriola Ayala has been selected for the publication.  Thanks to the opportunity to exchangeideas with the scholars who are interested in examining Trans-pacific culturalcrossings through interdisciplinary approaches, my research interest has beenextended from the concentration of Japanese Peruvian writers—one country, onegroup, and one discipline—to broader themes and disciplines, such as Asiandiasporas in Latin America through literature, visual arts, film, and other socio-culturalproducts.

Exploration of Asian Diaspora in the Americas through literature, visual arts, and performance art


Research Results Outline:I conducted research onAsian diaspora at libraries in Madison, WI, USA.&nbsI conducted research onAsian diaspora at libraries in Madison, WI, USA.  I became interested in exploring intersections...I conducted research onAsian diaspora at libraries in Madison, WI, USA.  I became interested in exploring intersections betweenliterature and visual cultural productions through the theme of Asian diaspora,when I co-organized an international symposium on Asian diaspora and visualarts / literature with New York University’s Asian/Pacific/AmericanInstitute on July 1st, 2015 at Waseda University (main campus).  The symposium stimulated conversationson Japanese diasporic and transnational creative techniques, and we looked intoconnections and intersections between literary productions and visual culturalproductions.  After the symposium,I traveled to the U.S. to examine interdisciplinary theories to explore thefollowing questions that arose during the symposium.  How and where can we observe new connections andintersections between literary creations and visual cultural productions?  Thinking about these connections andintersections, how can we find new definitions and connotations of Asiandiasporic cultural productions in the context of transcultural, transnational,and global mobilities?  How can weunderstand the concept and phenomenon of transcultural, transnational, andglobal mobilities through Asian diasporic cultural productions?  I obtained relevant books and articlesto look into these questions.  Thisresearch has mainly led me to discover some connections between a Japanese Peruvianpainter, Tilsa Tsuchiya, and a Japanese Peruvian poet, Jose Watanabe, which will be my next project.  

Exploration of the crossroads between Tilsa Tsuchida's visual artictic creations and José Watanabe's poetic imaginaries


Research Results Outline:The aim was to explore the connections between a Peruvianpainter, Tilsa TsuThe aim was to explore the connections between a Peruvianpainter, Tilsa Tsuchiya’s paintings and Peruvian poet, Jose Watanab...The aim was to explore the connections between a Peruvianpainter, Tilsa Tsuchiya’s paintings and Peruvian poet, Jose Watanabe’s works.  Prior to this project, I came across a bookby Maribel De Paz, in which the friendship between Tsuchiya and Watanabe was brieflybut vividly described.  In this project, Iattempted to examine how Tsuchiya and Watanabe’s close friendship and artisticexchanges influenced the poet’s works and how such influence can be observed inhis poetry.  Especially, I intended to,first, find out how Tsuchiya’s paintings, which evoke indigenous and mythicambience, spark a sense of motion and mobility, and then attempted todemonstrate how such a sense of motion and mobility are reflected on Watanabe’spoems.  In the summer of 2016, Iconducted research at Joseph Regenstein Library at the University of Chicago,where I found two important materials. I learned that Tsuchiya’s exhibitionswere held in Osaka (1980) and Milwaukee (1995). I also discovered a book Tilsa(2000), which I could not find anywhere else. I have chosen Watanabe’s poems to be analyzed, but did not have theopportunity to study Tilsa’s paintings or visit the archives of the museums inOsaka and Milwaukee this year.    

Crossroads between Tilsa Tsuchiya's Paintings and José Watanabe's Poetry: Part 2 Archival Research


Research Results Outline:This project explored aesthetic and thematic connections between the paintiThis project explored aesthetic and thematic connections between the paintings produced by a Peruvian painter Tilsa Tsuchiya...This project explored aesthetic and thematic connections between the paintings produced by a Peruvian painter Tilsa Tsuchiya and the poetry of a Peruvian poet José Watanabe. In particular, it attempted to examine how the mythical world created in Tilsa’s works are reflected on Watanabe’s poetry. This grant allowed me to visit the Milwaukee Art Museum, where Tilsa’s paintings were going to be exhibited in March 3–May 28, 1995. I contacted the museum senior registrar and librarian/archivist in Milwaukee and found out that her exhibition was cancelled due to some procedure problems of exporting her artwork from Peru, but was able to obtain the catalog Latin American Women Artists 1915–1995, in which included her biographical data and bibliographical sources on her works. This information helped me understand further how her mythical world was created and allowed me to see thematic connections between her world and Watanabe’s creation of mythical images in his poetry. This grant also partially supported me to make contact with one of Watanabe’s daughters, who was named after the painter. Through my personal contact with her, I was able to perceive a close relationship between the painter and Watanabe that went beyond a professional relationship.

Foreign Countries Research Activity

Research Project Title: 日系ペルー人作家 文学文化作品選集と評論


Affiliation: Universidad Catolica/Asociacion Peruano Japonesa/ Centro de Estudios Cornejo Polar(ペルー)、University of WI(米国)

Lecture Course

Course TitleSchoolYearTerm
Spanish III 51School of International Liberal Studies2019fall semester
Intensive Spanish II 01School of International Liberal Studies2019spring semester
Intensive Spanish II 51School of International Liberal Studies2019fall semester
Seminar on Culture 15School of International Liberal Studies2019spring semester
Seminar on Culture 65School of International Liberal Studies2019fall semester
Global CulturesGraduate School of International Culture and Communication Studies2019spring semester