Atsuko Ueda, Associate Professor of East Asian Studies, specializes in modern Japanese literature and culture. She received her Ph. D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Michigan in 1999. Her research interests include literary historiography of modern Japan; linguistic reforms of Meiji Japan and the production of a “national” language; postwar literary criticism and its relationship to war responsibility; bilingual and bicultural literature of contemporary Japan, such as returnee literature and resident Korean literature. She is currently working on a book manuscript entitled Voices of Language: Linguistic Reform Movements in Meiji Japan, which explores the many proposals for linguistic reforms prevalent in the Meiji period.