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As a Design Historian and Curator, Yuko’s postcolonial perspectives on visual cultures and ‘crafts’ stimulates discussion and research that reveals multiple histories and identities.

Yuko is newly appointed Head of Academic Programmes at the V&A, a role that includes teaching the V&A/RCA History of Design course. Previously, she taught at the University of the Arts London for over 25 years, leading postcolonial visual cultural studies as a founding member of the Transnational Art Research Centre (TrAIN). During 2019–23, as Professor of Craft at Kanazawa College of Art, she modernised the curriculum. Throughout her career as an academic, educator and museum professional, she has pursued active leadership in enhancing inclusivity by collaborating with colleagues to create new curricula, writing untold histories and curating exhibitions of underrepresented arts.

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