As advisors, founders, community organizers and members, our AAS faculty use the vehicle of service leadership to attain social justice.
We create change one community at a time.
- We identify issues in diverse Asian American communities.
- We share University resources to scale the efforts of our faculty.
- We promote self-empowerment and self-determination.
- We celebrate Asian panethnicity and building solidarity.
- We leverage our collective power to create broader change.
Explore Our Work
- AAS Undergraduate BA and Minor Advisors – Lorraine Dong, Daniel Phil Gonzales, Russell Jeung, Mai-Nhung Le, Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales, Wesley Ueunten, Grace Yoo
- AAS Graduate Advisors – Anantha Sudhakar
- Internship – Jeannie Woo
- General Education – Danielle Yip
Many faculty also serve as advisors to many SF State student organizations, please visit Student Organizations.
- AAS Assessment Committee – Eric J. Pido
- AAS Department Hiring Committee – Daniel Phil Gonzales, Mai-Nhung Le
- AAS RTP Committee – Russell Jeung, Isabelle Thuy Pelaud, Valerie Soe, Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales, Grace Yoo
- AAS Scholarship Committee – Wei Ming Dariotis
- Academic Policy Committee – Mai-Nhung Le
- Administrative Search Committee Pool – Wesley Ueunten, Grace Yoo
- APTTP Archive Committee – Daniel Phil Gonzales
- ASPIRE AANAPISI Advisory Council – Wei Ming Dariotis, Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales
- BA Curriculum Planning Committee – Eric J. Pido
- Committee on Writing in Ethnic Studies (CWES) - Wei Ming Dariotis, Isabelle Thuy Pelaud
- COES Leave with Pay Committee – Anantha Sudhakar
- COES Graduate Council – Russell Jeung
- COES Scholarship Committee – Christen Sasaki
- Committee on Written English Proficiency – Grace Yoo
- Constitution Day Committee – Christen Sasaki
- First-Year Experience Committee – Grace Yoo
- Lower Division Certification Committee of BRC – Grace Yoo
- MA Coordinator & MA Admissions & Planning Committee – Russell Jeung, Christen Sasaki
- Upper Division Certification Committee of BRC (U.D.D.C) - Anantha Sudhakar
- University Research Council – Grace Yoo
AAS Faculty: Lorraine Dong
Title: Square and Circle Club President
Beginning in 1924 with seven young San Francisco women who wanted to raise funds to aid flood and famine victims in China, the Square and Circle Club blossomed into the longest-standing Chinese/Asian women’s service organization in the nation. Branching far and wide, the Club has provided aid to international earthquake victims of Sichuan, Japan and Nepal, as well as support for local organizations, including Angel Island Immigration Center, Asian’s Women’s Shelter and many more. The Club’s service history and members reflect the growing independence of Chinese/Asian women. Today, the Club members, including Club President, Professor Lorraine Dong, continue the legacy of caring for and supporting diverse communities, also providing financial support for SF State students through the Square and Circle Club Graduate Studies Scholarship for AAS graduating students.
Title: Authors of “From Crisis to Community Development: Needs and Assets of Oakland’s Refugees from Burma”
International attention again turned toward Burma, also known as Myanmar, in February 2021 when the military junta seized control of the country in a coup after it alleged fraud in the country’s November 2020 election. Violence and bloodshed ensued: almost 5,000 people were detained, and more than 800 people were killed in military-related crackdowns and operations. The military also detained the country’s then State Counsellor and democratic idol Aung San Suu Kyi, who now faces various charges. Separately, in 2019, Suu Kyi, who gained international recognition as a human rights heroine and received the 1991 Nobel peace Prize, defended her government against accusations of the genocide of the Rohingya Muslims in Burma.
The ongoing systematic persecution of ethnic minorities in Burma has caused individuals from Karen, Karenni, Chin, Burman, Rakhine, Shan, Pa-o and other ethnic Burmese ethnic groups to flee across seas and borders as asylees and refugees. Many of them live in refugee camps on the Thai/Burma border or as displaced people in the eastern Burma jungle. An increasing number of Burmese refugees have also arrived in Oakland, California, where they face challenges of adjusting to foreign urban culture. Burma Refugee Family Network (BRFN), a community-based nonprofit organization, supports Burmese refugees through culturally and linguistically appropriate care services and social adjustment programs. In collaboration with the Cesar Chavez Institute and SF State’s AAS department faculty, BRFN released "From Crisis to Community Development: Needs and Assets of Oakland’s Refugees from Burma,” documenting the challenges faced by Burmese refugees and calling for direct support through funding, training and educational resources.
AAS Faculty: Russell Jeung
Title: Stop AAPI Hate Co-Founder
The Asian Pacific Planning and Policy Council (A3PCON), Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA) and the SF State AAS Department, including Professor Russell Jeung, spearheaded a community response by forming Stop AAPI Hate in March 2020 to track and respond to the COVID-19 related increase in incidences of hate, violence, harassment, discrimination, shunning and bullying against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in the U.S.
These incidents, talked and whispered about widely among AAPI communities, were brought to the forefront of public discourse through published reports by Stop AAPI Hate. The reports provide mainstream media outlets and the general public concrete evidence of this serious issue affecting AAPI communities and why it needed to be elevated into the national spotlight. Stop AAPI Hate reports capture the nuances of the broader issue of racism, historically, toward AAPI communities in the U.S. and address immediate community needs. Among other results, Stop AAPI Hate’s work has had a direct influence on Congress passing the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act.
As AAPI communities continue to wrestle with escalating xenophobia and bigotry, even as we near the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, Stop AAPI Hate offers impacted community members multilingual resources, technical assistance for preventative measures and community-based safety measures. Through advocacy for local, state and national policies that reinforce human rights and civil rights protections, Stop AAPI Hate continues to raise national awareness about anti-Asian hate, striving toward actions that will coalesce into long-term change.
Title: Pin@y Educational Partnerships (PEP) Co-Founder
Rooted in community, Professor Allyson Tintiango-Cubales and a group of SF State students launched a lunchtime mentoring program at Balboa High School to combat Filipina/o/x American dropout, teenage pregnancy, substance abuse, gang violence and mental health issues. The program snowballed with additional organized workshops focused on addressing these issues and developing solidarity through hip-hop, spoken word and theater. The finalized genesis of Pin@y Educational Partnerships (PEP) has since expanded into SF elementary, middle and high schools, as well as after-school programs, to institutionalize Ethnic Studies curriculum. Hand-in-hand, SF State and local public schools cultivate a barangay (community) to produce critical educators and promote transformative decolonizing curriculum and pedagogy that centers the voices of Pin@ys/xys to nurture future community leaders. SF State AAS students continue to play an integral role in PEP as educators.
AAS Faculty: Isabelle Thuy Pelaud
Title: Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN) Co-Founder
Strengthening the bonds of a global community through digital storytelling, Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN), co-founded by Professor Isabelle Thuy Pelaud, fosters Vietnamese literary voices. Literary artists from all backgrounds and genres are empowered to share their stories, divergent from mainstream identities, ethnicities and representations. Brought together through DVAN, these diasporic writers are nurtured in the stages of literary production through mentorship and residencies, promoted through ongoing events and diverse communication channels, and provided valuable networking opportunities with the larger, international Vietnamese diasporic community and non-Vietnamese groups. Moreover, SF State AAS students continue to contribute toward fulfilling DVAN’s mission through a partnership with the College of Ethnic Studies. To more effectively capture the diversity and complexity of Vietnamese American communities, SF State AAS students are given opportunities to publish blog posts for the online journal, diaCRITICS, while the DVAN@SFSU initiative provides valuable mentorship for students to produce their own stories.
Title: Core Faculty
The Social Innovation & University Opportunity Lab (SOUL) believes in increasing health equity and creating healthier neighborhoods for vulnerable populations in the communities where they work, learn, live and thrive. As the first joint research lab between the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and San Francisco State University (SFSU), this partnership centers the power of real-time, patient-centered, location-based and community-driven data that can be integrated with Big Data and predictive analytics to inform health care innovations. Core faculty, including Professors Allyson-Tintiangco-Cubales, Grace Yoo and Mai-Nhung Le, contribute to a team of experts ranging from public health, medicine, biomedical research, ethnic studies, community members, artists, activists and many more. Working side by side, this vibrant team sets new standards for community-partnered research, healthcare decision-making and policy, optimal living experiences and relevant biomedical research to meet the needs of our Nation’s most vulnerable populations in local communities.
- 8th Wonder – Irene Faye, Cultural Worker and Pote Asian American Literature: Discourse and Pedagogies (online journal) - Wei Mei Dariotis, Editorial Board
- Alliance of South Asians Taking Action - Simmy Makhijani, Member
- Asian American Research Center on Health (ARCH)– Mai-Nhung Le & Grace Yoo
- Asian American Women Artist Association – Wei Ming Dariotis, Advisory Board
- Asian and Pacific Islander National Cancer Survivors Network – Mai-Nhung Le, National Advisory Council
- Asians 4 Black Lives - Simmy Makhijani, Member
- Association for Asian American Studies – Russell Jeung, Book Award Committee
- Balagtasan Collective – Irene Faye, Organizer
- Bay Area Solidarity Summer (BASS) - Anantha Sudhakar, Simmy Makhijani
- Bayan-USA – Irene Faye, Northern California Regional Coordinator
- Bhutanese Community of California – Russell Jeung
- Bindlestiff Studio – Eric J. Pido, Board Secretary
- Chinese Progressive Association – Russell Jeung
- Community Youth center – Russell Jeung, Consultant
- CSU APIDA Caucus – Russell Jeung & Mai-Nhung Le
- Filipino American National Historical Society – Daniel Phil Gonzales
- Filipino Community Center – Allyson Tintiango-Cubales, Board of Directors
- Guandong Overseas Chinese History Project – Marlon K. Hom
- Institute for Sustainable Economic, Educational and Environmental Design (ISEEED) - Allyson Tintiango-Cubales, Founding Partner and Director of Culturally and Community Responsive Curriculum Development and Teacher Training
- Filipinos for Global Justice Not War Coalition – Irene Faye, Media Liaison
- Gabriela Network – Irene Faye, Advocate
- Genyukai Berekeley – Wesley Ueunten, Founding Member and Instructor
- Health Equity Institute, SF State – Mai-Nhung Le, Advisory Board
- International League of People’s Struggles (ILPS)-Northern California - Irene Faye, Youth and Student Representative
- Japanese American National Library – Wesley Ueunten, Advisory Board
- Japanese Peruvian Oral History Project – Wesley Ueunten, Researcher
- Journal or Critical Mixed Race Studies – Wei Ming Dariotis, Founder & Consulting Editor
- Katipunan – Irene Faye, USA Organizer
- Kearny Street Workshop – Wei Ming Dariotis, Advisory Board
- Manilatown Heritage Foundation – Daniel Phil Gonzales, Eric J. Pido, Allyson Tintiango-Cubales
- National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS) - Wesley Ueunten, Scholar-in-Residence
- New America Media Association – Daniel Phil Gonzales
- NICOS Health Coalition – Russell Jeung, Mai-Nhung Le
- Okinawa Kenjinkai of San Francisco – Wesley Ueunten, Vice President and Goodwill Ambassador
- Overseas Exchange Association of Guangdong Province, Board of Directors – Marlon K. Hom
- Overseas Exchange Association of Jiangmen City – Marlon K. Hom
- Overseas Exchange Association of Zhongshan City – Marlon K. Hom
- Project ASAP – Eric J. Pido, Advisory Board
- Radical Women Bay Area – Irene Faye, Advocate
- San Francisco Filipino American Democratic Club – Daniel Phil Gonzales
- San Francisco Filipino Mental Health Initiative – Eric J. Pido, Member
- San Francisco Hep B Free Campaign – Grace Yoo, Partner
- San Francisco Unified School District - Allyson Tintiango-Cubales, Ethnic Studies Curriculum Consultant Sisterz of the Underground – Irene Faye, Member
- South Asian American Digital Archive – Anantha Sudhakar
- TIDES Editorial Collective – Anantha Sudhakar
- United Roots - Simmy Makhijani, Co-Founder/Senior Advisor
- Vak Choir - Simmy Makhijani, Board Member