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AAAS Newsletter (Fall 2018)


Autumn has arrived—and with it, the vibrant purple and olive-green tones of Mexican sage adorning the meditative pathways of our beautiful CSU Long Beach campus. As we welcome faculty and students back from summer break, the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies (AAAS) would like to acknowledge the accomplishments of our outstanding students and faculty over the past academic year. We also wish to express deep gratitude to the community members, parents,  and alumni who value and support the success of our students.


An important historical milestone: Prof. Emeritus San-pao LiSan

On 10 December 2017 at the Hilton Los Angeles/San Gabriel, distinguished members of the Southland Chinese American community celebrated the official publication and release of the English edition (eBook and paper) A Legacy Magnified: A Generation of Chinese Americans in Southern California, 1980’s-2010’s.   This historical account is encyclopedic and includes more than 1,300 photos illustrating various aspects of culture, history, political participation, economic growth, businesses, education, and much more. Over 500 volunteers worked on this project, dedicated to “All Chinese of past, present, and future generations who contribute to the world culture by incorporating the quintessence of Chinese civilization and their heritage.” Prof. San-pao Li , Professor Emeritus (CSULB), was instrumental in the publication of this important historical project.

Long Beach City Outstanding Educator: Adjunct Prof. Darith Ung


Photo reproduced with permission of “The Daily 49er.”

Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell of the 70th district of California and chair of the Assembly Education recognized Darith Ung (below, center) as one of Long Beach City’s outstanding educators in the Fourth Annual Teach Recognition Ceremony on 3 May 2018.   Ung, an instructor in our new  Cambodian Language and Culture minor, has been teaching Khmer for over 20 years. He spearheads the Woodrow Wilson Classical High School’s Khmer language courses in their foreign language program. In fact he is the only credentialed Khmer language speaker in California.   O’Donnell praised him for promoting Khmer culture to youth. This is particularly important in Long Beach, home to more Cambodians outside of Cambodia than any other city in the United States.

Community Engagement

The Ethnic Studies Initiative


Since 2015, the Asian American Studies program has participated in the Ethnic Studies Initiative (ESI) to teach the course ASAM 215 “U.S. Diversity and the Ethnic Experience” on Saturdays for college credit to high school students in the Long Beach Unified School District.  This course is a survey of the history and experience of four major ethnic groups—Native American, African American, Chicano/Latino American and Asian American—in the United States.  It focuses on the formation and transformation of each ethnic group and their individual and collective roles in the development of the United States.  Over the years, the ESI program has expanded to the El Rancho  and Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School Districts.

Department Highlights

Filipino language courses

Thanks to the commitment of Professor Linda Maram and Instructor Ivy Daulo, AAAS offers the only two-year Filipino language program in the CSU.

Fil 101 students

Learning Filipino is fun! Filipina American author Marivi Soliven Blanco with FIL 101 students.

AAAS Hosted Campus Events:

Nancy Wang Yuen 110617 talk(2)_smOn 6 November 2017, AAAS co-sponsored Nancy Wang Yuen’s talk “From Minstrelsy to Hellboy: The Whitewashing of Asian Americans in Hollywood.” The talk focused on her unique publication Reel Inequality: Hollywood Actors and Racism (Rutgers University Press, 2016). It is the first book to examine the barriers actors of color confront in Hollywood and the creative ways they challenge stereotypes. Prof. Yuen also pioneered the first policy report on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in prime time television and a 10-year follow-up study titled, “Tokens on the Tall Screen: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders on Prime Time and Streaming Television.” She spoke to a packed audience.

Hosting the Vietnamese American community


Celebrating Vietnamese American writers, artists, scholars and supporters, September 2017 at CSULB’s Multicultural Center. This event was organized by Vietnamese language instructor Quyen Di Chuc Bui.

Supporting the Long Beach Cambodian Community

October screening of First They Killed My Father at the Long Beach Aquarium.

First they Killed my Father


Student Success

 AAAS graduating class of Fall 2017/Spring 2018.

AAAS Graduating Students Walking to Commencement

Spring 2018 AAAS graduates with a B.A. degree in Japanese, Chinese Studies, Asian Studies and Asian American Studies.

AST & CHIN Pedagogy MA Students during Spring 2018 Semester

Spring 2018 AAAS graduates with an M.A. in Asian Studies, including options in Chinese Studies or Japanese Language and Pedagogy.

The Department of Asian and Asian American Studies seeks tax-deductible donations for our 2019 scholarship fund.  If you wish to support AAAS scholarships and awards, please send a check to:   Department of Asian and Asian American Studies, 1250 Bellflower Blvd-MS 1002, Long Beach CA 90840.  Your check should be made out to the “CSULB 49er Foundation” and include a memo indicating your donation is for the AAAS Scholarship fund.  If you have any questions, please call the AAAS office at 562-985-4645. We deeply appreciate your support.

Spring 2018 Academic Awards


Faculty News

New Faculty: Prof. Kyoungmi Ha


We are delighted to introduce our new colleague in AAAS: Dr. Kyoungmi Ha, Assistant Professor in Asian Studies (Korean Language & Culture). She has a BA degree in both Education and Korean Language/Literature and an MA degree in TESOL/Applied Linguistics. Prof. Ha recently received her Ph.D. in Asian Languages & Cultures (Korean Linguistics) from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has taught Korean language classes at SDSU, UCSD, La Sierra University, UCLA, and Claremont McKenna College. Her research interests include discourse/conversation analysis, prosody, second language acquisition, and language pedagogy. Her current research explores the ways in which Korean speakers utilize sentence-ending suffixes to convey specific social actions and knowledge levels in both ordinary conversation and institutional talk. Using naturally occurring large data, she examines the regularity of language use of social interactions cross-linguistically.

Her research also suggests a new perspective for teaching grammar in the language classroom. She will  serve as coordinator for our growing Korean language program.

Faculty Accolades

VFPJ 10 June PanelDr. Sam Coleman participated with a panel of fellow specialists in the social sciences and clinical psychology at a symposium on PTSD, organized by Veterans for Peace Japan on 10 June 2018  Waseda University in Tokyo.  They discussed the problem of PTSD among returning soldiers (SDF, in Japan’s case), Battle of Iwo Jima survivor descendants, and victims of the 2011 Tohoku / Fukushima Triple Disaster.

Professor Masako Douglas published a refereed article “Assessing the Effectiveness of Content-Based Language Instruction (CBLI) in Japanese at the College Advanced Level,” in the Japanese Language and Literature journal. She presented a refereed paper at the International Conference on Heritage/Community Languages and an invited paper at the National Coalition of Community-Based Heritage Schools Conference, and co-presented a refereed paper at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Annual Conference. She gave one key-note presentation and two workshops in the U.S. and Canada with topics on Japanese-language teaching and instructional activities and their effect to teach Japanese as a heritage language.

Professor Teri Yamada published a refereed article “Phnom Penh’s NagaWorld Resort and Casino.” Pacific Affairs 4: 743-765, the essay “”Violent Traces: Writing Cambodia” in Consequence Magazine (2017) 9:176-185 and a co-translation with Soknea Nhim  of “The Kerosene Lamp Ghost Stories” by Sok Chanphal who received the S.E.A. Write award for Cambodia in  2013.

Please contact the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies for further information.



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