Dr. Masahiko Minami received his doctorate from Harvard University in Human Development and Psychology. His primary area of interest in research is bilingual education and cross-cultural studies. Since 1995 he has been teaching and conducting research on first and second language acquisition, the development of literacy skills, and bilingualism. He has written extensively on psycho/sociolinguistics with a particular emphasis on cross-cultural comparisons of language development and narrative/discourse structure. He has published a number of books and articles that explore cultural constructions of meaning, the quality of childcare in Japan, and East Asian students’ experiences in US classrooms. His major works include Language Issues in Literacy and Bilingual/Multicultural Education (Harvard Educational Review, 1991) and Culture-specific Language Styles: The Development of Oral Narrative and Literacy (Multilingual Matters, 2002). Dr. Minami currently lives in San Francisco. He teaches at San Francisco State University, and sometimes manages to take a drive in the country.