Iwasaki, Shoichi was born on April 14, 1951 in Tokyo. Came to the United States, 1976. Son of Kenjiro and Suzu Iwaski.
Bachelor, Waseda University, Tokyo, 1974. Master of Arts, University Hawaii, 1979. Doctor of Philosophy in Linguistics, University of California at Los Angeles, 1988.
Visiting lecturer University Adelaide, Australia, 1980. Visiting scholar Thamm@sat University, Thailand, 1986-1988, visiting professor, 1990-1991. Assistant professor Nagoya Gakuin University, Japan, 1989-1990, University of California at Los Angeles, 1991-1996, associate professor, since 1996, director South and Southeast Asian Languages and Cultures, since 1999.