Velma Jean Yamashita is a graduate of Academy of Our Lady of Guam, and holds a BA in art history from Barnard College, Columbia University and an MA in Asian/Pacific art history from the University of Hawai`i at Manoa.
Yamashita is the daughter of Antonio and Lorraine Yamashita. She is currently an instructor of art for the Division of Communication/Fine Arts in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Guam. The courses she teaches include Introduction to Art, Traditional Art and Architecture of Japan, the Art History Surveys, and the Gallery Management and Exhibition Design courses. In addition to teaching, Yamashita serves as the director of the Isla Center for the Arts.
Velma Yamashita is currently writing her dissertation for a PhD in non-Western art history from the University of Washington in Seattle. Her dissertation topic, The Commercialization of Palauan Storyboards explores the significance of tourist art, particularly how the objects serve as historical markers and expressions of cultural identity.
Guampedia Entries by Velma Yamashita
Acculturation in the Spanish Era
Buñelos Uhang: Chamorro Shrimp Patties
Colegio de San Juan de Letran
Domingo Medina de Santo Tomás
Escuela de Ninas
Fina’denne’: Dipping Sauce
Financial Support of Education
Influential Governors in Education
Jesuit Administration of the Marianas
Lumpia: Filipino Eggrolls
Manuel de San Juan Bautista
Other Noted Rectors
Pancit: Filipino Noodle Dish
Rosa Roberto Carter
Sashimi: Raw Fish with Wasabi