Lorraine was born and raised in San Francisco Chinatown. After attending K-12 schools in Chinatown, she graduated from San Francisco State with both a B.A. (1969) and M.A. (1970) in the Department of Foreign Languages (Chinese). She returned as an Asian American Studies lecturer in 1987, received a tenure-track appointment in 1991, served as AAS Department Chair for 7.5 years, and is currently a FERP faculty. Through the years, Lorraine has been a strong believer of merging both academic and community service. She now serves in the community as President of the Square and Circle Club, the first and oldest Chinese/Asian American women service organization in America.
- Ph.D. University of Washington, Asian Languages & Literature
- M.A. San Francisco State College (University), Chinese
- B.A. San Francisco State College (University), Chinese (summa cum laude)
Asian American children’s literature, with a special focus on picture books.
- 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
Chinese Historical Society of America Spirit Award
Rockefeller Foundation Research Fellow
Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Research Fellow (Taiwan and Hong Kong)
- Community Leadership: Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) Biography Project
- Office of Congresswomen Jackie Speier, Asian American Advisory Group
- Square and Circle Club, 1st Vice President-Service
- The Association of Chinese Teachers (TACT), Curriculum Committee
- FERP Faculty
- AAS Undergraduate Advisor
- AAS Scholarship Committee
“Remembering Philip P. Choy: A Historian for All People.” Chinese America: History & Perspectives, 2017, pp. xiii-xxi.
“Where Is the Angel? Understanding Island’s Chinese American History for Children.” International Symposium on International Migration and Qiaoxiang Studies Conference Proceeding. Jiangmen, PRC: Guangdong Qiaoxiang Cultural Research Center, Wuyi University, 2016, pp. 337-56.
- “Thoughts on Learning Chinese from a Chinese American (Preface).” Tr. in Chinese by Marlon K. Hom. Essays on Chinese Education in the United States, by Pui-Chee Leung. Beijing: Zhongguo Huaqian chubanshe; San Francisco: Asian American Studies, San Francisco State University, 2014, pp. 1-3.
- “Chinese American Nightclubs, 1936-1970.” Forbidden City, USA: Chinese American Nightclubs, 1936-1970, by Arthur Dong. DeepFocus Productions, 2014, pp. 12-37. Co-author, Arthur Dong.
- “Once Upon a Time in Chinese America: Literary Folktales in American Picture Books.” Asian American Identities and Practices: Folkloric American Expressions in Everyday Life, edited by Jonathan H.X. Lee and Kathleen Nadeau, Lexington Books-Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2014, pp. 49-68.
“Once Upon a Time in Chinese America: Chinese American Folklore in American Picture Books.” Asian American Folklore: Passages and Practices, special issue of Amerasia Journal, vol. 39, no. 2, 2013, pp. 48-70.
“Leaving Home for a Home: Asian Immigration to America in American Children’s Literature.” International Symposiuim on “International Migration and Qiaoxiang Studies” Conference Proceedings. Vol. 1, Jiangmen, PRC: Guangdong Qiaoxiang Cultural Research Center, Wuyi University, 2012, pp. 82-95.
“Folklore in Children’s Literature.” Encyclopedia of Asian American Folklore and Folklife. Vol. 1, edited by Jonathan H.X. Lee and Kathleen M. Nadeau, ABC-CLIO, 2011, pp. 272-4.
“Crossing the River and Ocean: A Review of Cambodian American Literature for the Young.” Cambodian American Experiences: Histories, Communities, Cultures, and Identities, edited by Jonathan H.X. Lee, Kendall Hunt Publishing Company, 2010, pp. 247-63.
- “AAS and CHSA: An Attempt to Merge Town and Gown.” At Forty: Asian American Studies @ San Francisco State. Asian American Studies Department, San Francisco State University, 2009, pp. 143-51.
- “Mulan Leaves China.” At Forty: Asian American Studies @ San Francisco State. Asian American Studies Department, San Francisco State University, 2009, pp. 179-89.
“The Forbidden City Legacy and Its Chinese American Women.” Rpt. in Asian American Women and Gender, vol. 3 of Asians in America, edited by Franklin Ng, Garland Publishing, 1998, pp. 37-60. Latter also published as an independent volume: Asian American Women and Gender, A Reader, edited by Franklin Ng, Garland Publishing, Inc., 1999.
- The Coming Man, 19th Century American Perceptions of the Chinese. Hong Kong: Joint Publishing (H.K.) Co., Ltd.; Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1994. Co-authors, Philip P. Choy and Marlon K. Hom.
- “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, Chinese Historical Society of America, 1994, pp. 39-44.
- “Who Is Amy Ho and Why Is She a Fortune Cookie?” Origins and Destinations, 41 Essays on Chinese America, Chinese Historical Society of Southern California and UCLA Asian American Studies Center, 1994, pp. 293-301.
“The Forbidden City Legacy and Its Chinese American Women.” Chinese America: History and Perspectives, 1992, pp. 125-48.
“Defiance or Perpetuation: An Analysis of Characters in Mrs. Spring Fragrance.” Chinese America: History and Perspectives, 1989, pp. 139-168. Co-author, Marlon K. Hom.
Sewing Woman, DeepFocus Productions. Writer.
“The Many Faces of Cui Yingying.” Historical Reflections/Reflexions Historiques, vol. 81, no. 3, Fall 1981, pp. 75-98. Also published in Women in China, edited by R.W. Guisso and S. Johannesen, Philo Press, 1981, pp. 75-98.
“Chinatown Chinese: The San Francisco Dialect.” Amerasia Journal, vol. 7, no. 1, 1980, pp. 1-29. Co-author, Marlon K. Hom.
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.