AAS Faculty Spring 2017 Accomplishments

AAS Faculty accomplishments from January 2017 to May 2017:

Wei Ming Dariotis presented the paper, “The Other Sides of Bryan Thao Worra: Apocalypse and the Transracially Adopted Lao American Poet,” at the annual meeting of Critical Mixed Race Studies in Los Angeles.  She also moderated, presented and chaired a panel on Transceivers: Teaching Critical Mixed Race studies, a Pedagogy Project.  She presented the paper, “Care Work: The Invisible Labor of Asian American Women in Academia,” at the Association of Asian American Studies meetings.

Lorraine Dong presented the paper, “To Care and Be Cared: Elders in Asian American Children's Literature,” at the Association of Asian American Studies meetings.

Robert Fung was a panelist at Solano Community College in Vallejo on Ethnic  Studies following Abby Ginsburg's film.

Daniel Phil Gonzales spoke at George Mason University on March 23, 2017  about the 1968-69 San Francisco State Strike and the formation of the College of Ethnic Studies at SFSU.

Russell Jeung was recently awarded the Association of Asian American Studies Engaged Scholar Award. He presented "Ancestral Choices: An Asian American Response to Trump's American Empire" at the Search for Meaning Festival, Seattle University and From Burma and Bhutan: Community-Based Participatory Research with Refugee Communities,” at the National Association of Ethnic Studies Conference.  He also presented his memoir, At Home in Exile (Zondervan 2016), at the SF Public Library (1/25),  Search for Meaning Book Festival, Seattle University, (2/25), UC Santa Barbara Religious Studies (3/7), CA Episcopal Diocese (3/21), UC Berkeley AAS, (3/23) United Methodist Bay Area Churches, (3/26), at the Association of Asian American Studies Conference (4/14), and at St. Mary’s University (4/24). He also authored  In Many Asian-American Communities, Trump Ban Follows History of Persecution for Sojourner Magazine and Caring for Refugees and Immigrants as a Focus on the Family for Evangelicals for Social Action and “Chinese American Millennials: The Worldview of the Non-Religious and Their Relationship to the Christian Church” in ChristianityNext (Winter 2017, 19-44).   He co-authored an entry on Race, Immigration, Ethnicity, and Religion in America  in the Oxford Religious Encyclopedia and was quoted on January 27, 2017 in a NPR news story, My Menu For Lunar New Year: Guilt, Confusion, With A Side Of Angst. 

Mai-Nhung Le was quoted in NBC News on the increasing rates of breast cancer among Asian Americans

Jonathan Lee begins his term (2017-2018) as President of the American Academy of Religion Western Region, and ends his term as Vice-President & Program Chair (2016-2017) and organized the annual meeting at the University of the West on March 17-19, 2017. In addition, he presented a paper “Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty and Graduate Students" and chaired the panel "Graduate School, Tenure-Track, Tenure, and Beyond: Creating Critical Academic Portfolios in a Diverse Scholarly Culture."   He also presented the paper, “Confucian Queer Politics of Care: The New Epic of Filial Piety (Xiao) Among Confucian American Communities,”  at the Association of Asian American Studies Conference.  He was also interviewed on the radio program "Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim," which is broadcast on AM station WGCH in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Simmy Makhijani presented the papers, “Critical Lines of Care, BlackLivesMatter, and POC Feminist Queer Trans Solidarities,” at the Association of Asian American Studies Conference (AAAS) and “Unquiet Asians: Radical Asian American Solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives and Standing Rock,” at the National Association of Ethnic Studies Conference. Also at AAAS, she was chair and discussant for the panel “Queer Asian American Studies & Practices of Care,” was awarded  space for the AAAS Junior Faculty Workshop, and received an AURA-AAAS Endowment Fund Registration Award.

Eric Mar spoke on Cultural Equity in the SF Arts Eco-System for the Emerging Arts Professionals of the San Francisco/Bay Area on Feb. 4, 2017. He presented Defending Sanctuary Cities: the Importance of Local Resistance at a panel for the Local Government Commission’s national conference in Yosemite on March 18, 2017. He was quoted on the ‘Comfort Women’ Justice Coalition struggle for a memorial in the Chinese press here and by the Xinhua News Agency, and interviewed for a Nanjing TV documentary.  He has also presented the paper, “Breaking Silence/Healing with Justice: Organizing Lessons from San Francisco's ‘Comfort Women’ memorial struggle,” at the National Association of Ethnic Studies Conference.

Melissa-Ann Nievera-Lozano presented the paper, “Pain + Love = Growth: The Labor of Pinayist Pedagogical Praxis,” at the Association of Asian American Studies conference.

Isabelle Thuy Pelaud’s co-edited anthology, Troubling Borders has been selected by NBC Asian America as a book to read for Women’s History Month. She has also published a collective poem titled "From My Mother I Inherited,” in BOMB magazine.  She presented, “On the importance of storytelling memoirs and dialogues,at the National Association of Ethnic Studies Conference. She is spoke at a panel at Stanford University titled “Writing War, Writing Refugees." She will be reading collective poems at the American Library in Paris.

Eric Pido presented the paper, “Doing a Woman’s Job: Filipino Male Domestic Workers in Hong Kong,  at the Association of Asian American Studies Conference.” He also  received a Development of Research and Creativity (DRC) grant in 2016-2017. His book, Migrant Returns: Manila, Development and Transnational Connectivity (Duke University Press) was released in May 2017.

Christen Sasaki presented the paper, “Politics of Care Under the “Republic of Hawai‘i”: The Thirty-Year Case of Manuel Reis,” at the Association of Asian American Studies conference. She also presented the paper, “White American Settler Associations in Nineteenth Century Hawai‘i: The ‘California Colony’ of Wahiawa, O’ahu” at the annual Organization of American Historians Conference.

Valerie Soe was a panelist for the 2017 Bay Area Video Coalition Career Panel, The Art and Business of Filmmaking, on Feb. 27, 2017.  She also received a 2017 CUE grant from the Cesar Chavez Institute for her forthcoming film, LOVE BOAT: TAIWAN.  

Anantha Sudhakar presented the paper, “The Brown Body and the Post-9/11 Bildungsroman: Feminist Self-Care in Bushra Rehman’s Corona,” at the Association of Asian American Studies  conference.  

Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales received a sabbatical award for 2017-2018 academic year. She was a plenary speaker at the National Council of Teachers of English Assembly on Research Conference.  She was one of the keynote speakers for the National Association of Ethnic Studies conference. She was also the keynote speaker for Chapman University’s Ethnic Studies Summit that focused on Women of Color activists.  Pin@y Educational Partnerships, which she founded in 2001 recently received the Paulo Friere Democratic Project Award by the American Educational Research Association. Professor Tintiangco-Cubales  co-authored a chapter with former graduate student Edward Curammeng in Confronting Racism in Teacher Education: Counternarratives of Critical Practice edited by Rita Kohli and Bree Picower.  

Wesley Ueunten received a sabbatical award for 2017-2018 academic year. He also presented the following papers at the Association of Asian American Studies conference: “Older Okinawan Immigrant Women & Mutual Support,” & “What have they done to our songs?”  He also presented a paper entitled “Confronting U.S. and Japanese Colonialism of Okinawa through Asian American Panethnicity” at the National Association of Ethnic Studies Conference.

Grace Yoo was quoted  in the Mercury News (4/18/17) article on Why are breast cancer rates rising among Asian-Americans in California? She presented, “Neither here, Neither there” Transnational Emotion Work of Chinese, Korean & Indian HB1 immigrants,” at the Association of Asian American Studies conference.  She also presented, “Before the Wall: Studying Race, Immigration and Angel Island through Immigration Case Files,” at the National Association of Ethnic Studies Conference. She co-authored, with former graduate student Dale Maglalanag and UCSF collaborators, ‘I don’t have to explain, people understand’: Acceptability and Cultural Relevance of a Mobile Health Lifestyle Intervention for Filipinos with Type 2 Diabetes” in Ethnicity and Disease. She also co-authored with Professor Yeon-Shim Lee in Social Work, The Role of Religiousness/Spirituality and Social Networks in Predicting Depressive Symptoms among Older Korean Americans in the Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology.