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Ryan Buyco

Assistant Professor, Ph.D. Asian Literature, Religion, and Culture

Pronouns: he/him/his

Areas of Interest

  • Asian American & Filipinx Studies
  • US Militarism in the Pacific
  • Asian Settler Colonial Studies
  • Translation and Creative Writing

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About Ryan Buyco

Dr. Ryan Buyco received his Ph.D. in Asian Literature, Religion, and Culture at Cornell University (2019) and MA from the School of Pacific and Asian Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (2013). His research and teaching interests include Asian American and Filipinx studies, US militarism in the Pacific, Asian settler colonial studies, translation, and creative writing. Much of Dr. Buyco’s work focuses on the small island archipelago of Okinawa in Southern Japan. He is currently working on a YA novel that draws from his research on US militarization as it relates to the Filipinx diaspora in Okinawa. Prior to joining the Ethnic Studies Department at Cal Poly, he was a Consortium for Faculty Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow in Asian American and Global Asian Studies at Colorado College. 

Dr. Buyco’s work has been supported by a number of fellowships and grants which include the Fulbright-Hays DDRA Fellowship for research in Okinawa and the Philippines, and the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship in Tagalog and Japanese. Dr. Buyco’s publications have appeared in such venues as the International Journal of Okinawan Studies and the special issue of the Critical Ethnic Studies Journal on “Center-to-Center Relationalities: At the Nexus of Pacific Island Studies and Trans-Pacific Studies.”  


Selected Publications

“‘Finding New Routes’: Visualizing an Oceanic Okinawa in Laura Kina’s Holding On (2019),” Verge: Studies in Global Asias. (forthcoming) 

 “Davao Pilgrimage by Sakiyama Asao (with Translator’s Introduction).” Translated from Japanese. Critical Ethnic Studies Journal, special issue on “Center-to-Center Relationalities: At the Nexus of Pacific Island Studies and Trans-Pacific Studies,” vol. 7, no. 2, 2021: 

“pacific thoughts.” 2021. 

 “Afterlives of the Okinawan Community in Davao, Mindanao: Sakiyama Asao’s ‘Davao Pilgrimage’ (1997).” The International Journal of Okinawan Studies, vol. 8, 2017, pp. 27-41. 

“Specters of East Asia: Okinawa, Taiwan, and Korea by Choi Jinseok.” Translated collaboratively from Japanese by Ryan Buyco, Brett de Bary, Andrew Harding, Miyako Hayakawa, Hirano Oribe, Keiji Kunigami, Jillian Marshall, Andrea Mendoza, and Paul McQuade. Translation edited by Rebecca Jennison and Brett de Bary. The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus 18, vol. 14, no. 4, 2016: 


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