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Dr. Miike joined the UH Hilo faculty in 2004 and chaired the Department of Communication from 2013 to 2015. He specializes in the areas of intercultural communication, communication theory, and communication ethics. He holds one of the first M.A.s in Communication Studies from Dokkyo University (Japan) and earned his Ph.D., with distinction, in Intercultural Communication from the University of New Mexico (USA). He studied under the tutelage of Professor Satoshi Ishii (1936–2017), who was renowned as a Japanese pioneer in speech communication, an early architect of Buddhist communication theory, and a master teacher of Japanese culture and communication. He has also been inspired by Dr. Molefi Kete Asante’s Afrocentric idea, Dr. Maulana Karenga’s Kawaida philosophy as well as by Dr. Daisetsu Suzuki’s intercultural imperative: “Outwardly, be open; inwardly, be deep.” His research projects have sought to advance and ameliorate non-Western theoretical perspectives on human communication while connecting and synthesizing de-Westernizing voices of indigenous inquiry to make them bigger and louder. He is best known as the founding theorist of Asiacentricity, which is defined as “the thought and practice of centering Asians as subjects and agents and Asian cultures as reflective resources in seeing and shaping the Asian world.” Some of his pioneering work on an Asiacentric paradigm has been widely cited across disciplines and translated into Chinese and Korean. He has delivered keynote and plenary addresses on Asiacentric approaches to communication theory and research at international conferences. His recent interests include the history of the field of Asian communication theory, non-Western traditions of communication ethics, and aspects of Japanese culture and communication.

Book cover for The Handbook of Global Interventions in Communication Theory

Book cover for The Global Intercultural Communication Reader, 2008 edition

Book cover for The Global Intercultural Communication Reader, 2014 edition

Dr. Miike co-edited The Handbook of Global Interventions in Communication Theory (International Communication Association Handbook Series, Routledge, 2022) and two editions of The Global Intercultural Communication Reader (The Global Reader Series, Routledge, 2008 and 2014). He also guest-edited four journal special issues and themed section on Asian communication theory. His original essays have appeared in a number of academic journals and scholarly books such as Asiacentric Theories of Communication (Zhejiang University Press, China), Communication Monographs (NCA/Routledge, USA), Communication Theory: The Asian Perspective (2nd Edition, AMIC, Philippines), Encyclopedia of Identity (Sage, USA), Essays in Honor of an Intellectual Warrior, Molefi Kete Asante (Editions Menaibuc, France), Ferment in the Intercultural Field: Axiology/Value/Praxis (International and Intercultural Communication Annual, Volume 26, NCA/Sage, USA), Handbook of Critical Intercultural Communication (Wiley-Blackwell, USA), Howard Journal of Communications (Howard University/Routledge, USA), Human Communication: A Journal of the Pacific and Asian Communication Association (PACA, USA), Intercultural Communication: A Reader (12th-14th Editions, Wadsworth/Cengage Learning, USA), Intercultural Communication (Handbooks of Communication Science, Volume 9, De Gruyter Mouton, Germany), International Encyclopedia of Communication Theory and Philosophy (ICA/John Wiley & Sons, UK), Journal of International Communication (Macquarie University/Routledge, Australia), Keio Communication Review (Keio University, Japan), Review of Communication (NCA/Routledge, USA), Selected International Papers in Intercultural Communication (Zhejiang University Press, China), Studies in English Language and Literature (Seinan Gakuin University, Japan), and Theories and Practices of Chinese Communication (Wunan, Taiwan).

Dr. Miike was elected to serve as Chair (2013-2014) of the International and Intercultural Communication Division (IICD) of the National Communication Association (NCA) in Washington, D.C., and a member (2012-2014) of the NCA’s Legislative Assembly. He was also Review Article Editor (2011-2016) of the Journal of Multicultural Discourses and the 3rd Vice President (2006-2008) of the Pacific and Asian Communication Association (PACA). He has served on the editorial boards of the Asian Journal of Communication (AMIC/Routledge, UK), China Media Research (Michigan, USA/Zhejiang University, China), Intercultural Communication Studies (IAICS, USA), International and Intercultural Communication Annual (NCA, USA), International Encyclopedia of Intercultural Communication (ICA/John Wiley & Sons, UK), Journal of Black Studies (Sage, USA), Journal of Content, Community and Communication (Amity University, India), Journal of International and Intercultural Communication (NCA/Routledge, USA), and Universal Write Publications (New York, USA). He has reviewed manuscripts for many national and international journals including Communication Yearbook (ICA/Routledge, USA), International Communication Gazette (Sage, UK), Journal of Intercultural Communication Research (WCA/Routledge, USA), Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development (Routledge, UK), and Language and Intercultural Communication (IALIC/Routledge, UK). He is the recipient of an NCA IICD 2004 Distinguished Scholarship Award for the 2003 Outstanding Article of the Year. He was named as Senior Fellow at the Molefi Kete Asante Institute for Afrocentric Studies in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 2018.

Selected Publications

  • Miike, Y. (in press). Asiacentricity and the field of Asian communication theory: Today and tomorrow. In Shi-xu (Ed.), The handbook of cultural discourse studies. London, UK: Routledge.
  • Miike, Y. (2022). An anatomy of Eurocentrism in communication scholarship: The role of Asiacentricity in de-Westernizing theory and research. In W. Dissanayake (Ed.), Communication theory: The Asian perspective (2nd ed., pp. 255–278). Manila, Philippines: Asian Media Information and Communication Center.
  • Miike, Y. (2022). The question of Asianness in Asian communication studies: Notes on Asiacentricity and its critics. In Y. Miike & J. Yin (Eds.), The handbook of global interventions in communication theory (pp. 155–187). New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Miike, Y. (2022). What makes multicultural dialogue truly multicultural? Rethinking cultural convergence, theoretical globalism, and comparative Eurocentrism. Journal of Multicultural Discourses, 17(1), 34–43.
  • Miike, Y., & Yin, J. (2022). Introduction: Global interventions in search of communication theory in human diversity. In Y. Miike & J. Yin (Eds.), The handbook of global interventions in communication theory (pp. 1–25). New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Miike, Y. (2019). Intercultural communication ethics: An Asiacentric perspective. Journal of International Communication, 25(2), 159–192.
  • Miike, Y. (2019). The Asiacentric idea in communication: Understanding the significance of a paradigm. Seinan Studies in English Language and Literature, 60(1), 49–73.
  • Miike, Y. (2018). Asiacentricity. In Y. Y. Kim (Ed.), The international encyclopedia of intercultural communication (Vol. 1, pp. 39–46). West Sussex, UK: John Wiley & Sons.
  • Miike, Y. (2017). Between conflict and harmony in the human family: Asiacentricity and its ethical imperative for intercultural communication. In X. Dai & G.-M. Chen (Eds.), Conflict management and intercultural communication: The art of intercultural harmony (pp. 38–65). London, UK: Routledge.
  • Miike, Y. (2017). Non-Western theories of communication: Indigenous ideas and insights. In L. Chen (Ed.), Handbooks of communication science: Vol. 9. Intercultural communication (pp. 67–97). Berlin, Germany: De Gruyter Mouton.
  • Miike, Y. (2016). Asian communication studies at the crossroads: A view to the future from an Asiacentric framework (PDF). Journal of Content, Community and Communication, 3, 1–6.
  • Miike, Y. (2015). “Harmony without uniformity”: An Asiacentric worldview and its communicative implications. In L. A. Samovar, R. E. Porter, E. R. McDaniel, & C. S. Roy (Eds.), Intercultural communication: A reader (14th ed., pp. 27–41). Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.
  • Miike, Y., & Yin, J. (2015). Asiacentricity and shapes of the future: Envisioning the field of intercultural communication in the globalization era. In L. A. Samovar, R. E. Porter, E. R. McDaniel, & C. S. Roy (Eds.), Intercultural communication: A reader (14th ed., pp. 449–465). Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.
  • Miike, Y. (2014). The Asiacentric turn in Asian communication studies: Shifting paradigms and changing perspectives. In M. K. Asante, Y. Miike, & J. Yin (Eds.), The global intercultural communication reader (2nd ed., pp. 111–133). New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Asante, M. K., Miike, Y., & Yin, J. (2014). Introduction: New directions for intercultural communication research. In M. K. Asante, Y. Miike, & J. Yin (Eds.), The global intercultural communication reader (2nd ed., pp. 1–14). New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Miike, Y. (2013, December). On inheriting the fields of international and intercultural communication: A personal reflection (PDF). NCA IICD Newsletter, pp. 4–7.
  • Asante, M. K., & Miike, Y. (2013). Paradigmatic issues in intercultural communication studies: An Afrocentric-Asiacentric dialogue. China Media Research, 9(3), 1–19.
  • Miike, Y. (2010). Culture as text and culture as theory: Asiacentricity and its raison d’être in intercultural communication research. In T. K. Nakayama & R. T. Halualani (Eds.), The handbook of critical intercultural communication (pp. 190–215). Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Miike, Y. (Ed.). (2009). New frontiers in Asian communication theory [Special issue]. Journal of Multicultural Discourses, 4(1), 1–88.
  • Miike, Y. (2008). Toward an alternative metatheory of human communication: An Asiacentric vision. In M. K. Asante, Y. Miike & J. Yin (Eds.), The global intercultural communication reader (pp. 57–72). New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Yin, J., & Miike, Y. (2008). A textual analysis of fortune cookie sayings: How Chinese are they? Howard Journal of Communications, 19(1), 18–43.
  • Miike, Y. (2007). An Asiacentric reflection on Eurocentric bias in communication theory. Communication Monographs, 74(2), 272–278.
  • Miike, Y. (2007). “Not always so”: Japanese assertion-acceptance communication. In D. W. Klopf & J. C. McCroskey, Intercultural communication encounters (pp. 189–190). Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.
  • Miike, Y., & Chen, G.-M. (Eds.). (2007). Asian contributions to communication theory [Special issue]. China Media Research, 3(4), 1–109.
  • Miike, Y. (2006). Non-Western theory in Western research? An Asiacentric agenda for Asian communication studies. Review of Communication, 6(1/2), 4–31.
  • Miike, Y. (2003). Beyond Eurocentrism in the intercultural field: Searching for an Asiacentric paradigm. In W. J. Starosta & G.-M. Chen (Eds.), Ferment in the intercultural field: Axiology/value/praxis [International and Intercultural Communication Annual, Vol. 26] (pp. 243–276). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Miike, Y. (2003). Japanese enryo-sasshi communication and the psychology of amae: Reconsideration and reconceptualization. Keio Communication Review, 25, 93–115.
  • Rogers, E. M., Hart, W. B., & Miike, Y. (2002). Edward T. Hall and the history of intercultural communication: The United States and Japan. Keio Communication Review, 24, 3–26.
  • Miike, Y., & Ishii, S. (1998). An analysis of the English-language literature on Japanese nonverbal communication (1966–1997): Part 2 (in Japanese). Intercultural Communication Studies, 11, 137–150.
  • Miike, Y., & Ishii, S. (1997). An analysis of the English-language literature on Japanese nonverbal communication (1966–1997): Part 1 (in Japanese). Intercultural Communication Studies, 10, 119–135.

Commemorative Speeches

  • Miike, Y. (2009). Japan’s Wilbur Schramm: Professor Satoshi Ishii as a scholar and a mentor. Dokkyo Working Papers in Communication, 35, 7–9.
  • Miike, Y. (2005, November). Hard work, humility, and a sense of caring: Ev as I remember him (PDF). Commemorative speech delivered at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Boston, MA.

Bibliographies

  • Miike, Y. (2009). “Cherishing the old to know the new”: A bibliography of Asian communication studies. China Media Research, 5(1), 95–103.
  • Miike, Y. (2011). De-Westernizing communication theory and research: An Asiacentric bibliography. China Media Research, 7(3), 111–121.
  • Miike, Y. (2014). Intercultural communication as a field of study: A selected bibliography of theory and research. In M. K. Asante, Y. Miike, & J. Yin (Eds.), The global intercultural communication reader (2nd ed., pp. 515–556). New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Miike, Y. (2016). Theoretical perspectives on culture and communication: An Asiacentric bibliography. China Media Research, 12(4), 93–104.
  • Miike, Y., & Chen, G.-M. (2006). Perspectives on Asian cultures and communication: An updated bibliography. China Media Research, 2(1), 98–106.