About Professor Glenn Omatsu
Glenn Omatsu is an educator who works with community and labor groups and international solidarity networks. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1947 as part of the post-World War II internment, third-generation Japanese American cohort. He has lived most of his life in California. He is a graduate of East Los Angeles College and University of California, Santa Cruz.
At UCLA, from 1985 to 2002, he served as associate editor of “Amerasia Journal,” the nation’s leading research publication in Asian American Studies; and editor of CrossCurrents, newsmagazine of the UCLA Asian American Studies Center. At UCLA, he teaches “Asian American Social Movements,” “Community Education: Youth Empowerment,” “Asian Pacific American Labor Studies,” “Investigative Journalism and Communities of Color” and other classes relating to student and community activism.
At California State University, Northridge, he teaches classes in service-learning, Asian American Studies, and developmental reading and writing, and serves as Faculty Mentor Program Coordinator for the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) assisting low-income students.
At Pasadena City College, he teaches an introductory sociology course focusing on the Asian American experience.
He is co-editor (with Steve Louie of San Francisco) of “Asian Americans: The Movement and the Moment,” published in September 2001 by UCLA Asian American Studies Center Press.
He has worked with a number of interethnic alliances in Los Angeles, including the New Otani Workers Support Committee in Little Tokyo and the Koreatown Restaurant Workers Support Committee, campaigns for immigrant rights, and other struggles for social justice.
At UCLA, he was named an honorary life member of the national Mortar Board, an honors society, where he also teaches courses. He is the recipient of the Community Service Award from the Japanese American Historical Society of Southern California and the Community Activism Award from Korean Immigrant Workers Advocates of Los Angeles.