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Lily Anne Yumi Welty

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Current Position: Curator of History at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles

Asian American History and Critical Mixed Race Studies

PhD, Alumna/us
B.A., B.S., UC Santa Barbara; M.S., CSU Northridge; M.A./Ph.D., UC Santa Barbara

My research examines the race and identity formation of Japanese American multiracial people born following World War II during the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s and coming of age during the 1960s and 1970s. Immediately following the war, many multiracial American Japanese sired by the U.S. military were left behind in Japan. Numerous hapas were adopted into American and European families, others were adopted into Japanese families. At the same time, many grew up with their biological families in the U.S. and in Japan observing interracial marriages and their interracial families firsthand. Quite a few came to the U.S. on their own as adults. My objective is to gather oral histories from the mixed race people of this generation and combine it with archival sources to provide a more complete social history about multiracial people during the post-war period. Stemming from this research include issues of race and ethnicity, identity, immigration, transnational adoption, and interracial marriage.

Dissertation Title

  • Advantage Through Crisis: Multiracial American Japanese in Post-World War II Japan, Okinawa, and the U.S. 1945-1972

Teaching Fields

  • U.S. History
  • Asian American History
  • Modern Japanese History
  • World History

Courses Taught

  • History 168D
    Asian American History 1965-Present
  • Asian American Studies 100BB
    Japanese American History 1880-Present
  • ECE 94R Freshman Seminar
    YouTube and Other Big Brother Stories: Technology and Culture of Surveillance in Modern Society
  • Biology 101
    Introduction to Biology
  • Biology M16
    Human Biology

Teaching Assistantships

  • History 17C
    U.S. Since World War I
  • History 2C
    World History
  • History 80
    East Asian Civilization
  • Environmental Studies 1
    Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • Environmental Studies 3
    Introduction to the Social and Cultural Environment
  • Black Studies 50
    Blacks in the Media
  • Biology 1BL
    Introductory Biology Laboratory


  • “Okinawa’s Mixed Race People: Third Spaces and Tripartite Colonialism”
    Immigration Studies Vol 7, 2011
  • “Manzanar Children’s Village” in Asian Americans: An Encyclopedia of Social, Cultural, and Political Change


  • UCSB University Service Award 2012
  • UCSB History Department Outstanding TA Award, J. Bruce Anderson Memorial Fellowship 2010
  • UCSB History Associates Fellowship: Jannotta Foundation Prize 2009
  • UCSB Academic Senate Outstanding TA of the Year 2008
  • Darcy Ruth Ritzau Graduate Student Award 2006

Fellowships and Grants

  • The National Academies Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship 2011-2012
  • Fulbright Dissertation Research Fellowship, Institute for International Education 2008-2009
  • Graduate Opportunity Fellowship
  • Foreign Language Area Study Fellowship
  • UC Pacific Rim Mini-Grant