LeiLani Nishime

LeiLani Nishime is based in Seattle, where she is an associate professor of communication at the University of Washington. Her work focuses on Asian Americans in mass media.

Her 2014 book, “Undercover Asian: Multiracial Asian Americans in Visual Culture,” looks at representations of mixed race Asian Americans in science fiction, advertising, art and celebrity culture. She has also written on Asian American graphic novels, race and science fiction, yellowface performance, and ethnic museums.

She has appeared on Voice of America and was interviewed by NPR Code Switch blogger Kat Chow for a roundtable on the past and present of ‘yellowface.’


Associate Professor of Communication, University of Washington

Areas of Expertise: Asian Americans in Mass Media, Media, Communication, Race

Location: Seattle, WA

Contact Information:
Email: nishime@uw.edu
Phone: (206) 478-1316

Heard on Voice of America:
American Pop Culture Hides, Reveals Multiracial Asian-Americans