Christopher Reichl was born at Lying-In Hospital on the University of Chicago campus, where his father was graphic designer of books at U of C Press and his mother was an alumna. Both parents are Czech, father an immigrant and mother the child of immigrants. Chris earned his PhD at University of Iowa, 1988, in Social and Cultural Anthropology. His dissertation details social adaptation of newcomer Japanese immigrants in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Since 1989 he has been teaching at University of Hawaii at Hilo, Department of Anthropology. His research interests include the Japanese diaspora, Japanese religion including the new religions Tenri-kyo, Seicho no Ie and Ijun, the Hawaiian petroglyphs, Vietnam and linguistics.