Darrell Hamamoto

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Darrell Hamamoto is a Professor of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Davis, who is best known for his views on Asian American media.


Hamamoto received his education at CSU Long Beach, Bowling Green State University and UC Irvine.[1]

Influential works[edit]

He created a 50-minute pornographic film named Skin on Skin, which starred Asian American actors and actresses and addresses the desexualization of Asian American males. Dr. Hamamoto created another piece called Yellowcaust: A Patriot Act, which includes clips from Skin on Skin and information regarding atrocities committed against Asian Americans in the U.S.'s history.[2] His work has generated controversy for producing porn movies as research.[3][4][5][6]

Hamamoto was featured in both The Daily Show[7] and Masters of the Pillow,[8] which is a documentary about Skin on Skin.


  • Nervous Laughter: Television Situation Comedy and Liberal Democratic Ideology, Praeger, 1991
  • Monitored Peril: Asian Americans and the Politics of TV Representation, University of Minnesota Press, 1994
  • New American Destinies: A Reader in Contemporary Asian and Latino Immigration, Routledge, 1996
  • Countervisions: Asian American Film Criticism (Asian American History and Culture), Temple University Press, 2000
  • Servitors of Empire: Studies in the Dark Side of Asian America, Trine Day, 2014


  1. ^ http://asa.ucdavis.edu/faculty_hamamoto.shtml
  2. ^ http://daviswiki.org/Darrell_Hamamoto
  3. ^ Masters of the Pillow Robert Koehler, May 26, 2004 Variety.com
  4. ^ Yellow Porn Harry Mok, October 10, 2003 Salon.com
  5. ^ Research Stirs Interest Susanne Rockwell, November 7, 2003 University of California Davis, Faculty Dateline News
  6. ^ Porn as commentary Film on Asian issues grabs attention, stirs debate Dorothy Korber, November 3, 2003 - Sacramento Bee
  7. ^ http://www.thedailyshow.com/
  8. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0461993/