- Ph.D. University of Washington, Asian Languages and Literature
- M.A. Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, East Asian Languages and Cultures
- B.A. San Francisco State College (University), Chinese
Chinese American history, culture, and literature; Chinese American trans-Pacific migration history, culture, and family maintenance
- 210 History of Asians in the United States
- 216 Introduction to Asian American Literature
- 218 Asian American Culture
- 320 Chinese in the United States
- 322 Chinese American Language and Literature
- 323 Chinese American Identities
- 822 Seminar: Asian American Literature and Arts
- 833 Seminar: Asian American Family and Identity
CSU Wang Family Faculty Fellowship
The Before Columbus Foundation American Book Award for Songs of Gold Mountain
- Guangdong Overseas Chinese History Project (2012-present)
- Overseas Exchange Association of Guangdong Province, Board of Directors (External) (2006-present)
- Overseas Exchange Association of Jiangmen City (2006-present)
- Overseas Exchange Association of Zhongshan City (2008-present)
- Former AAS Department Chair (1993-2008)
- Former Resident Director, CSU International Programs in China (Peking University) (2005-06)
“Fallen Leaves’ Homecoming: Notes on the 1893 Gold Mountain Charity Cemetery in Xinhui - Revised” 落葉歸根: 關於1893年新會華僑義冢的說明. 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. 229-53.
- “Heritage and Innovation: Vernacular Culture in the Pearl River Emigrant Region and North American Chinatowns承傳 與創新: 略談四邑僑鄉與北美洲華人社區的通俗文化”.Overseas Chinese History Studies 2 (June 2014): 1-14.
- "'It’s Complicated': Chinese American Families in Sui Sin Far’s Short Stories '理還亂': 水仙花小説裏的美國華人家庭." Proceedings of the International Symposium on International Migration and Qiaoxiang Studies. Jiangmen, PRC: Wuyi University.
- "Working Dead-end? Voices of Chinese American Labor in Gold Mountain Songs 工字不出頭? '金山歌'裏的騾仔心聲." Proceedings of the International Conference on North American Chinese Labor and Guangdong Qiaoxiang Society. Guangzhou, PRC: Sun Yatsen University.
- “A Classroom Report on Student Responses to Two Issues in Chinese American History 教研簡報: 學生對'美國華人史'課程裏兩個歷史課題的反應.” Proceedings of the International Academic Conference on Modern Asian Immigrants and Maritime Society. Guangzhou, PRC: Zhongshan University. 93-105.
- “Subversive Translation: Linguistic Resistance on Chinese Exclusions in Chinatown Chinese Expressions.” Wuyi University Journal of Social Sciences 1 (2013). Also published in International Symposium on “International Migration and QiaoxiangStudies” Conference Proceedings. Vol. 1. Jiangmen, PRC: Guangdong Qiaoxiang Cultural Research Center, Wuyi University, 2012. 231-241.
“Voices of Resistance and Subversion: Folksongs on Emigration and Family in the Pearl River Delta.” Overseas Chinese History Studies 4 (2010).
- “Chinese Student-Immigrants’ Recent Quest for Dual Citizenship: As Seen from an Asian American Perspective.” At 40: Asian American Studies @ San Francisco State. Ed. Jeffery Paul Chan, et al. San Francisco: AAS Department, San Francisco State University. 191-198.
- “Going âBack’ to Where Our Ancestors Came From.” At 40: Asian American Studies @ San Francisco State. Ed. Jeffery Paul Chan, et al. San Francisco: AAS Department, San Francisco State University. 125-129.
- “Raising a Red Banner.” At 40: Asian American Studies @ San Francisco State. Ed. Jeffery Paul Chan, et al. San Francisco: AAS Department, San Francisco State University. 83-90.
- “Chinese American Surnames and Their US Identities.” Journal of Ethnic Chinese.
“Chinatown Chinese Speech and Its Significance.” Journal of Ethnic Chinese.
“Fallen Leaves’ Homecoming: Notes on the 1893 Gold Mountain Charity Cemetery in Xinhui.” Chinese America: History and Perspectives (2002): 36-50.
- “Lo yu gui gen: Xinhui 1893 nian yizhong zaji” [The Xinhui Charity Cemetery of 1893]. Journal of Wuyi University 3:2 (2001). A slightly different version appears in Yan Huang Tian Di [Chinese World] 17-18 (2001).
- “Meiguo Huaren yanjiu zhuangkung” [The State of Chinese American Studies in the United States]. Qiao wu gongzuo yanjiu [Reference for Overseas Chinese Works] 3 (Beijing). A slightly different version appears as “Meiguo Huaren yanjiu di huigu yu zhanwang” [Chinese American Studies: Its Past and Future]. Overseas Chinese Journal of Bagui 2 (2001).
“Rhymes Cantonese Mothers Sang.” Chinese America: History and Perspectives (1999): 62-70.
- with Lorraine Dong. “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 Lorraine Dong. 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.
with Philip P. Choy, Lorraine Dong, and Him Mark Lai. The Chinese in California [monograph]. San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego: California Council for the Humanities.
- with Lorraine Dong. “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 Lorraine Dong. 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 Lorraine Dong. 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.
- with Lorraine Dong. “Defiance or Perpetuation: An Analysis of Characters in Mrs. Spring Fragrance.” Chinese America: History and Perspectives (1987): 139-168.
- Songs of Gold Mountain: Cantonese Rhymes from San Francisco Chinatown. Berkeley: University of California Press. Before Columbus Foundation American Book Award.
with Lorraine Dong. “Chinatown Chinese: The San Francisco Dialect.” Amerasia Journal 7.1 (1980): 1-29.
with Philip P. Choy, Lorraine Dong, and Him Mark Lai, curators. The Chinese of America: Toward a More Perfect Union. Main and permanent exhibit. San Francisco: Chinese Historical Society of America Museum.