Jane Aiko Komori


In Progress: PhD, History of Consciousness, University of California Santa Cruz

BA, Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies and Humanities, Simon Fraser University


The internment of Japanese Canadians and Americans; Asian American studies; critical race and ethnic studies; settler colonial studies; critical indigenous studies; feminist studies; anthropologies of life; food studies; agriculture; biosecurity; Asian American and Canadian literatures; memory; trauma; diaspora; lyric essay; creative non-fiction; comics.


Doctoral Fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

Summer Research Fellowship, The Institute for the Humanities, University of California Santa Cruz

Departmental Fellowship, History of Consciousness, University of California Santa Cruz

Robert C. Brown Award ($2500 awarded to Simon Fraser University Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences students demonstrating outstanding academic and leadership achievements)

President’s Honour Roll (awarded to students with a GPA of 4.0 or higher)

Dean’s Honour Roll (awarded to students with a GPA of 3.7 or higher)

SFU Open Scholarship (awarded to students with a GPA of 3.7 or higher)

SFU Alumni Scholarship ($500-1000 per semester)

Kamloops and District Labour Council Scholarship ($1000)

CUPE 4879 Scholarship ($1000)

CUPE 4879 Scholarship ($1000)
SFU BC Academic Excellence Entrance Scholarship ($5000 awarded to students with a secondary school average of 95% or higher)


Japanese Heritage Vegetable Gardens. Tonari Gumi Japanese Community Volunteers Association and New Horizons for Seniors Program. 2018.

Forthcoming: “Japanese Cheese.” Currents: A Ricepaper Anthology. 2017.

“Deserted Interiors II: Afternoon Obituaries.” Ricepaper Magazine. 2016.

“Deserted Interiors I: Japanese Cheese.” Ricepaper Magazine. 2016.

“Afternoon Obituaries: a trans-generational graphic narrative.” Matrix Magazine. Ed. Lucas Crawford. Spring 2016.

“Embodied Futures: a comic about aging together.” Guts Canadian Feminist Magazine. Issue 6 (2016).

“Untitled.” Diaspora Drama Zine. Issue 2 (2015).


TA Winter 2019
ART 190A: Writing for Artists, Dr. Laurie Palmer 

TA Fall 2018
CRES 10: Introduction to Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, Dr. Nick Mitchell 

 Reader Spring 2018
Anthropology 146: Anthropology and the Environment, Dr. Andrew Mathews


 “Invasive, Indigenous, and Interstitial Species: Yomogi Spectrality on Unceded Coast Salish Terriories II.” Critical Ethnic Studies Association Conference: Critical Insurrections: Decolonizing Difficulties, Activist Imaginaries, and Collective Possibilities. University of British Columbia. 21-24 June 2018.

“‘You humans always make a mess of things’: The Ghostly-Melancholic and Spirited Eating in Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away.” QTRG Spring Conference: Futures of Queer Theory. University of California Irvine. 11 May 2018.

“Rooted Labor: Intergenerational Food Production Knowledge.” SEEDBED: A Soil Symposium. University of California Santa Cruz. 26-27 April 2018.

“Invasive, Indigenous, and Interstitial Species: Yomogi Spectrality on Unceded Coast Salish Terriories.” Academic (Re)Considerations: “Non-Humans” and/as Research Objects, Subjects, and Co-laborers. University of California at Santa Cruz. 7 February 2018.

“Resilient (agri)cultures: Japanese Canadian contributions to British Columbia’s food landscapes.” Oral Histories from the Land and the Sea: A Night of Storytelling at the Sharing Farm. 29 June 2017.

“Harun’s Language: Becoming and Murdering the Outsider.” World Literature Student Conference 2017. 5 April 2017.

“The X Factor: Creative Possibilities Between Lines.” Thompson Rivers University Philosophy, History, and Politics Undergraduate Conference. 19-21 January 2017.

“Imagining Cyber Situatedness.”  The Internet: Bodies, Aesthetics, and Power Symposium, University of Atlanta. 19 February 2016.


Departmental Steward
UCSC Student Workers Union
Recruit members, participate in political action surrounding diversity and equity on campus, participate in contract negotiations for student workers, organize events such as monthly socials.

Tonari Gumi Garden Club
Assist Japanese Canadian elders in the creation, maintenance, and organization of community garden plots. Produce Japanese vegetables for the Tonari Gumi Japanese Community Volunteers Association seniors’ lunch.

Thompson Rivers University Life Drawing Club
Organize models and artists for weekly life drawing sessions. Facilitate critical conversations about artist-model relationships and responsibility, embodiment, and the gaze.

GSWSSU Council Representative                                                                          
Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Student Union, Simon Fraser University
Represent the interests of the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Student Union’s mandate and members to the Simon Fraser Student Society’s Council.

Victim Services and Training Coordinator                                                   

WAVAW Rape Crisis Centre
Provide emotional support and advocacy to survivors of sexual assault. Train volunteers in anti-oppressive, feminist support skills to answer WAVAW’s crisis line.

Community Workshop Facilitator, Various Organizations                         

Create and provide workshops on ageism and experiences of aging for community organizations and service providers in partnership with local seniors/elders organizations.

Editor and Co-Founder

Transfer Zine
Create, collect, and edit content for a quarterly print zine that explores engagements with urban space.

Radio Host, Intra-Venus                                                                                     
CJSF 90.1 FM
Create and air weekly feminist content, including music, interviews with artists, academics, and activists, news, and event recordings. Support other radio hosts in creating unique community content.


Japanese (completed a language exchange in 2011, conversational speaking, limited reading)
French (conversational speaking, reading, and writing)