Professor, Asian American Studies Department
AAS Major/Minor Advisor
Office: SCI 232
1987 Year of first appointment in Asian American Studies
PhD University of Washington, Asian Languages & Literature
MA San Francisco State College (University), Chinese
BA San Francisco State College (University), Chinese (summa cum laude)
Asian American children’s literature; Chinese American history, literature, and culture
210 History of Asians in the United States
211 Contemporary Asian Americans
212 Asian Americans and Mass Media
216 Introduction to Asian American Literature
218 Asian American Culture
320 Chinese in the United States
322 Chinese American Language and Literature
512 Asian American Children’s/Adolescent Literature
518 Asian Americans and Mass Media
581 Asian American Women
582 Asian American Women Literature and the Arts
697 Proseminar in Asian American Studies
822 Seminar: Asian American Literature and Arts
Honors, Awards, and Grants
Chinese Historical Society of America Spirit Award
Rockefeller Foundation Research Fellow
Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Research Fellow (Taiwan and Hong Kong)
Current Community Involvement
Office of Congresswomen Jackie Speier, Asian American Advisory Group
Square and Circle Club, Service Vice President
The Association of Chinese Teachers (TACT), Curriculum Committee
Chinese Historical Society of America, Board of Directors (1990-2000, 2002-04; President 1998-2000, 2002-04)
Current Campus Service
AAS Major/Minor Advisors
Baccalaureate Requirement Committee (2014 - 2017)
Faculty Advisor (Alpha Phi Omega, Mu Zeta Chapter)
Faculty Advisor (Asian Student Union - ASU)
“Where Is the Angel? Understanding Island’s Chinese American History for Children” 那裏有天使? 解讀兒童文學裏的華人在埃崙歷史. International Symposium on International Migration and Qiaoxiang Studies Conference Proceeding “國際移民與僑鄉研究”國際學術會議. Jiangmen, PRC: Guangdong Qiaoxiang Cultural Research Center, Wuyi University. 337-56.
and Arthur Dong. “Chinese American Nightclubs, 1936-1970.” Forbidden City, USA: Chinese American Nightclubs, 1936-1970. By Arthur Dong. Los Angeles: DeepFocus Productions, 2014. 12-37.
“Thoughts on Learning Chinese from a Chinese American 一位美國華裔學習華語的感悟 (Preface).” Tr. in Chinese by Marlon K. Hom. 美國華文教育論叢 [Essays on Chinese Education in the United States]. By Pui-Chee Leung. Beijing: Zhongguo Huaqiao chubanshe. 1-3.
“Once Upon a Time in Chinese America: Literary Folktales in American Picture Books.” Asian American Identities and Practices: Folkloric Expressions in Everyday Life. Co-ed. Jonathan H.X. Lee and Kathleen Nadeau. Lanham, et al.: Lexington Books, 49-68. [Rev. and updated from the 2013 article.]
“Once Upon a Time in Chinese America: Chinese American Folklore in American Picture Books.” Asian American Folklore: Passages and Practices. Spec. issue of Amerasia Journal 39.2 (2013): 48-70. [See 2014 for a rev. and updated article.]
“Leaving Home for a Home: Asian Immigration to America in American Children’s Literature.” International Symposium on “International Migration and QiaoxiangStudies” Conference Proceedings. Vol. 1. Jiangmen, PRC: Guangdong Qiaoxiang Cultural Research Center, Wuyi University. 82-95.
“Folklore in Children’s Literature.” Encyclopedia of Asian American Folklore and Folklife. Vol. 1. Ed. Jonathan H.X. Lee and Kathleen M. Nadeau Santa Barbara, CA, Denver, and Oxford: ABC-CLIO. 272-274.
“Crossing the River and Ocean: A Review of Cambodian American Literature for the Young.” Cambodian American Experiences: Histories, Communities, Cultures, and Identities. Ed. Jonathan H.X. Lee. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing Company. 247-263.
“AAS and CHSA: An Attempt to Merge Town and Gown.” At 40: Asian American Studies @ San Francisco State. Ed. Jeffery Paul Chan, et al.San Francisco: AAS Department, San Francisco State University. 143-151.
“Mulan Leaves China.” At 40: Asian American Studies @ San Francisco State. Ed. Jeffery Paul Chan, et al.San Francisco: AAS Department, San Francisco State University. 179-189.
“The Forbidden City Legacy and Its Chinese American Women.” Rpt. in Asian American Women and Gender. Vol. 3. Asians in America. Ed. Franklin Ng. Hamden, Ct: Garland Publishing. 37-60. Also published in an independent volume: Asian American Women and Gender, A Reader. Ed. Franklin Ng. New York and London: Garland Publishing, Inc.
with Marlon K. Hom. “A Brief Cultural History of the Chinese in California: From Early Beginnings to the 1970s.” Asian Traditions/Modern Expressions, Asian American Artists and Abstraction, 1945-1970. Ed. Jeffrey Wechsloer. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers. 194-198.
with Philip P. Choy and Marlon K. Hom. Kamingu man: Juukyuu seki Amerika no seiji fuushi manga no naka no Chuugokujin [Coming Man: Chinese in Political Cartoons in 19th Century America]. Japanese ed. of The Coming Man. Tr. Yujiro Murata and Yoshiyuki Kido. Tokyo: Heibonsha Ltd., Publishers.
“We Have the Rhythm.” I’m Stepping Out with a Memory Tonight. San Francisco: Chinese Historical Society of America. 12-15.
with Philip P. Choy, Marlon K. Hom, and Him Mark Lai. The Chinese in California [monograph]. San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego: California Council for the Humanities.
“Chinese American Nightclubs.” The Asian American Encyclopedia. Vol. 1. Ed. Franklin Ng. New York: Marshall Cavendish Corporation. 227-228.
with Marlon K. Hom. “Chinatown Chinese, The San Francisco Dialect.” Rpt. in Readings across American Cultures. By Helen Gillotte and Jan Gregory. Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company. 110-124.
with Philip P. Choy and Marlon K. Hom. The Coming Man, 19th Century American Perceptions of the Chinese. Hong Kong: Joint Publishing (H.K.) Co., Ltd. and Seattle: University of Washington Press.
with Philip P. Choy and Marlon K. Hom. Meiguo zaoqi manhuazhong de Huaren [Early American pictorials of the Chinese]. Chinese language edition of The Coming Man. Hong Kong: Sanlian shudian (Xianggang) youxian gongsi.
“Song Meiling in America 1943,” The Repeal and Its Legacy: Proceedings of the Conference on the 50th Anniversary of the Repeal of the Chinese Exclusion Acts. San Francisco: Chinese Historical Society of America and Asian American Studies Department, San Francisco State University. 39-44.
“Who Is Amy Ho and Why Is She a Fortune Cookie?” Origins and Destinations, 41 Essays on Chinese America. Los Angeles: Chinese Historical Society of Southern California and UCLA Asian American Studies Center. 293-301.
“The Forbidden City Legacy and Its Chinese American Women.” Chinese America: History and Perspectives (1992): 125-148.
with Marlon K. Hom. “Defiance or Perpetuation: An Analysis of Characters in Mrs. Spring Fragrance.” Chinese America: History and Perspectives (1987): 139-168.
“The Many Faces of Cui Yingying.” Historical Reflections/Reflexions Historiques 81.3 (Fall 1981): 75-98. Also published in Women in China. Ed. R.W. Guisso and S. Johannesen. Youngstown, NY: Philo Press, 1981. 75-98.
with Marlon K. Hom. “Chinatown Chinese: The San Francisco Dialect.” Amerasia Journal 7.1 (1980): 1-29.
Creative and Curatorial Works
with Philip P. Choy, Marlon K. Hom, and Him Mark Lai, curators. The Chinese of America: Toward a More Perfect Union. Main exhibit. San Francisco: Chinese Historical Society of America Museum.
with Arthur Dong and Irene Poon, curators. Chop Suey on Wax: The Flower Drum Song Album. San Francisco: Chinese Historical Society of America Museum, Aug. 29-Dec. 17, 2006.
with Laureen D. Hom and Irene Poon, curators. Trading on Fear: Chinese Images in American Trade Cards. San Francisco: Chinese Historical Society of America Museum, Mar. 15-July 31, 2005.
with Irene Poon and Jeannie Woo, curators. Facing the Camera: Photographs from the Daniel K.E. Ching Collection. San Francisco: Chinese Historical Society of America Museum.
with Irene Poon Andersen, Katherine General, Lynne Wong, and Nancy Yin, curators. Dreams, Realities, and Challenges: A Pictorial Exhibit on the Founding of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University. San Francisco: Chinese Historical Society of America Museum, Jan. 23-Dec. 31, 1999.
Contributing writer. Forbidden City, USA. A DeepFocus Production film by Arthur Dong.
Co-writer. Lotus. A DeepFocus Production film by Arthur Dong.
Writer. Sewing Woman. A DeepFocus Production film by Arthur Dong. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Nominee for Best Documentary Short, 1984.