Summer 2017 Faculty Accomplishments

2017 Summer Accomplishments of AAS Faculty, June to August 2017

Wei Ming Dariotis  participated in the 2017 Girl Fly Summer Arts & Activism Project in the Bayview District of San Francisco.  Girl Fly focuses on  young women aged 14 to 19 working to make a change in the world. She led a 3 week writing, empowerment and activism workshop. In mid August, the writings of Girl Fly participants were published in Bayview Footprints in a special issue guest edited by Wei Ming Dariotis.

Russell Jeung made several presentations on his book At Home in Exile: Finding Jesus Among My Ancestors and Refugee Neighbors (Zondervan 2016) at schools and churches.

Jonathan Lee presented  "A Tale of Three Temples, Three Cities, and Three Goddesses? Historicity and Sacred Space in the Cult of Tianhou/Mazu at Meizhou, Beigang, and San Francisco" at the  Fifth International Conference on Asian Studies at Saint Paul University at Ottawa, Canada. June 17-19, 2017.

Isabelle Thuy Pelaud  was  a lead organizer and one of the moderator & reader of the Vietnamese American literary program at the first Asian American literary festival orchestrated by the Smithsonian in DC (July 27-29).

Christen Sasaki received an ORSP small grants award for her project, “Negotiating the Nation in 19th Century Hawai‘i.” In August she presented a the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association annual conference in Northridge, CA.

Valerie Soe completed the second and third legs of her Fulbright Global Scholars Award in Hong Kong (April-June 2017) and London (July 2017) for her upcoming documentary LOVE BOAT: TAIWAN. She also presented papers at the Ubiquitous Cinema conference in Beijing, PRC (April 29, 2017), at the Hong Kong University American Studies Department conference, “Imagining Asia in the Era of Trump” (June 22, 2017), at the Association for Asian Studies in Asia conference in Seoul, South Korea (June 26, 2017), and at the Asian Cinema Studies Association conference in Lancaster, UK (July 11, 2017). She also presented her work at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (July 7, 2017). She also received a Community/University Empowerment grant from the Cesar Chavez Institute at SFSU as well as an Individual Artist’s Commission from the San Francisco Arts Commission Cultural Equity Fund.

Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales received a university wide sabbatical award for Fall 2017. She will be working on building ethnic studies curriculum for middle school and high school teachers.

Wesley Ueunten received a university wide sabbatical award for Fall 2017. He will be working on a manuscript entitled, “Tinsagunu Hana: A Critical Look at the Okinawan Diaspora through My Grandmother's Song.”  He also helped as interpreter/musician for the All-Okinawa delegation of labor organizers, environmentalists, and political leaders at the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance Conference in Anaheim (August 17 - 20) and at a public forum at USF (August 22).

Grace Yoo published a  co-authored book chapter, “Physical Activity among Asian Americans” with Elaine Musselman from Nursing, Edith Chen from Cal State Northridge and Jane Jih from the University of California, San Francisco in the edited book Physical Activity in Diverse Populations: Evidence and Practice by Routledge Press.  She also received a ORSP small grants collaborative investigator  award  with Soyeon Park from Child and Adolescent Development on their research project,  International Students from Korea: Adjustment, Concerns and Support.