Dear Mother Screening and Discussion

CURATORS: SF State AAS Alum Katie Quan and Midori Kimata
EXHIBITION DATES: March 10 - April 15, 2018

March 17, 2018 from 1-3:30PM
Chinese Couplets Film Screening and Let Go Memoir Reading
Join us as filmmaker, Felicia Lowe, writer and artist, SF State AAS Prof. Isabelle Pelaud discuss and explore mother/daughter relationships through vulnerability, honesty, and historical context.
Light refreshments will be provided.

AAS at SF Richmond Branch Library

On Saturday, February 3, 2018, over 100 attendees participated in American? Angel Island Immigrant Voices held at the Richmond/Senator Milton Marks Library in San Francisco. Hosting professional workshops for K-12 teachers, Professor Jeannie Woo presented on how to use AAS student created Angel Island detainee portraits and PowerPoints for middle and high school and Dr. Lorraine Dong showed the many Angel Island themed children’s books that can be used in the elementary to middle school classroom.

Welcome back AAS Faculty Student Breakfast Mixer, Wed January 24, 9am-11am, EP 116

Event Date: 
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Event Location: 
EP 116

Students are invited to attend a Welcome Back AAS Faculty-Student Breakfast Mixer on Wednesday January 24, 2018  from 9am-11am in EP16.  Come and meet faculty and fellow AAS majors, minors and masters students.  Food and drinks will be provided


Fall 2017 Faculty Accomplishments

Fall 2017 AAS Faculty Accomplishments

These are AAS faculty accomplishments for  Fall 2017 (August 24, 2017 to  January 2, 2018):

Wei Ming Dariotis co-authored with Arlene Daus-Magbual and Grace Yoo,  “What am I doing here?” "Making meaning in culturally-engaged Asian American community-based service learning" in the edited book, Culturally Engaging Service-Learning With Diverse Communities. She also presented,  “Literary Tour of San Francisco Chinatown,” at the 2017  Chinese Historical Society of America's conference.

Russell Jeung presented “Family Sacrifices: The Worldviews and Ethics of Chinese Americans” at the American Academy of Religion conference, Nov. 2017.  He also presented  “Chinese American Familism: The Worldview of 2nd Generation” at the  2017 Chinese Historical Society of America's conference.

Jonathan Lee  was  quoted in The New Yorker article “Chinatown’s Ghost Scam”  (October. 30, 2017) and also quoted in the 星島日報 Sing Tao Daily 《世界格局變科技大發展 華人多元化須有新認知》 (October 7, 2017).  He served as the conference director for the 2017  Chinese Historical Society of America's conference. He presented two papers at the American Academy of Religion  - “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.” He was invited to present three papers: “Engaged Buddhism and Engaged Buddhist Education in America,” "Fo Guang Shan Presidents Forum" and  “Atlas of Maritime Buddhism” at the  ECAI Annual Meeting joint with the Pacific Neighborhood Consortium Taiwan; &  at the International Conference of Museum and Hakka Studies, Taiwan. He is also serving as   President of the American Academy of Religion Western Region and as Editor-in-Chief of History and Perspective: the Journal of the Chinese Historical of America.  He has published an article,“Hakka Identity in the United States,” and co-authored with AAS MA alumni Dean Adachi a book,  Japanese Americans: History and Culture of a People by ABC-CLIO.

Eric Mar was quoted  in the CityLab article A Solemn Memorial Sparks a Feud Between Sister Cities on December 4, 2017.  He also served as a moderator for the panel, “The Day Is Long and Full of Terror”: Chinese American  Subjectivity, Citizenship, and Agency: at the 2017 Chinese Historical Society of America's conference.

Isabelle Thuy Pelaud ·published  a collaborative poem titled “Love/Object/Treason: A Group Poem” In Ajar.  She presented “On the importance of telling our stories” at the “Chinese Couplets Film Screening & Panel” and   served as a keynote at the Phil P. Choy Memorial”  at the 2017 Chinese Historical Society of America's conference.   As  the DVAN Executive Director, she was also interviewed on  KQED and also received a grant from APICC  for an annual Vietnamese American Literary Festival.  

Eric Pido presented and discussed his recently published book, Migrant Returns, at a SFSU Asian American Studies sponsored presentation.  He also  received a sabbatical award for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Valerie Soe  published a book review of Yiu-Wai Chu’s  Hong Kong Cantopop: A Concise History in the Journal of Popular Music Studies. On Nov. 10 she chaired and participated in the roundtable “Moving Bodies Towards Wonder: Asian American Aesthetics from Anger to Action,” at the  American Studies Association annual meeting, Chicago IL  She also was a guest lecturer at Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, Fu Jen Catholic University, New Taipei City, Taiwan, and National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan. She also published several posts on her blog, including “End of a Day: Jonghyun’s Suicide and Orientalist Concern Trolling”  I Know You’re Coming Along: CNBLUE STAY GOLD album reviewNon, je ne regrette rien: The Package, eps. 1-2 review ; We’re Like A Puzzle: CNBLUE in Taipei/Yonghwa in Kobe concert reviews; “Life Is A Party: Jung Yonghwa’s DO DISTURB and SUMMER CALLING album reviews'; and “Rebel Without A Pause: Why We Need GOOK.”

Christen Sasaki published the book chapter   “How the Portuguese Became White: The Racial Politics of Pre-Annexation Hawai‘i,” in Pacific America: Histories of Transoceanic Crossings, ed. Lon Kurashige. (Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2017).  She also presented  “The Japanese Immigrant Experience in America,” at the  Nichi Bei Foundation Wakamatsu Pilgrimage. She was also the invited presenter at the AAPI History Group at The Huntington Library, Pasadena presenting, “Historicizing the Homestead: ‘Wahiawa Colony’ and the American Family Farm in Hawai‘i”.

Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales presented Ethnic Studies: Saving Lives, Sacred Spaces & Solidarity at the TFCU talks.

Grace J. Yoo presented,  “Breast Cancer among Chinese Immigrant Women: Understanding Unmet Needs” at the 2017 Chinese Historical Society of America's conference. She also guest lectured at the University of San Francisco about Caring Across Generations: The Linked Lives of Korean Americans.  She also co-presented with her research team, "Family Support Dynamics in Older Asian Americans With Type 2 Diabetes & Their Adult Children," at the annual Asian American Health Research Roundtable sponsored by  the department and UCSF Asian American Research Center on Health (ARCH).


SF State AAS Mourns the Passing of Mayor Ed Lee

Photo credit:  Screenshot from Asian Law Caucus


The Department of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University is deeply saddened by the passing of Honorable Mayor Ed Lee, the first Asian American mayor of San Francisco.  We wish to express condolences to his wife Anita and daughters Brianna and Tania Lee. Mayor Lee was a historic figure  coming  to civic leadership from  a community activist background.  Born and raised in Seattle he made his mark as an affordable housing advocate in San Francisco’s Chinatown.  We recognize his pioneering role as a role model for Asian American political leadership.

Asian American & Pacific Islander Student Services Office Opens

Event Location: 
Village C

Celebrating this week the opening of the Division of Equity and Community Inclusion and the new office of Asian American and Pacific Islander Student Services.

Arlene Daus-Magbual, Ed.D. is the Interim Assistant Dean of Asian American and Pacific Islander Student Services.  

Asian American and Pacific Islander Student Services programs  includes  Asian American & Pacific Islander Retention and Education (ASPIRE), a Department of Education Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions Program (AANAPISI) funded project.

ASPIRE is a collaboration between the Asian American Studies Department and the Asian American and Pacific Islander Student Services office. ASPIRE has been designed to address and promote college access and success by identifying and removing institutional barriers for high-need AANAPI and low-income students.  

The NEW Asian American and Pacific Islander Student Services Office is located in Village C!

Asian American Health Research Roundtable, Thursday, November 16, 1:30-2:45pm, LIB 286

Event Date: 
Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:45pm
Event Location: 
LIB 286

Sponsored by the Asian American Studies Department and by the Asian American Research Center on Health (ARCH) at the University of California, San Francisco, SFSU faculty working on Asian American health issues will present their research at a roundtable scheduled for Thursday, November 16, 2017 from 1:30-2:45pm in LIB 286

The presenters include:

"Can Immigrant Political Participation Improve Health Inequities? Case studies of three Asian American communities in California," R. David Rebanal,  Health Education

'"Twice Exceptional": Heritage Language Maintenance in Families of Children on the Autism Spectrum,'  Betty Yu, Special Education & Communicative Disorders

"Family Support Dynamics in Older Asian Americans With Type 2 Diabetes & Their Adult Children," Melinda Bender, Nursing (UCSF), Therese Doan, Nursing (SFSU) , & Grace Yoo, Asian American Studies

The Racial Profiling of Chinese Americans, Thursday, October 19, 4-6pm, Annex I

Event Date: 
Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Event Location: 
Annex I

The Racial Profiling of Chinese Americans: The Curious Spy Case of Professor Xi Xiaoxing


Panel including California State Assembly Member Phil Ting and Cynthia Choi of Chinese for Affirmative Action


Thursday, October 19th,  4-6 pm in the Student Events Learning Center (The Annex) 1 North State St.

Sponsored by ASPIRE program,  Asian American and Pacific Islander Student Services,   Asian American Studies Department, Associated Students, Inc.


AAS Faculty Eric Pido Book Reading, Migrant Returns, Friday, November 3, 12-1pm, EP 116

Event Date: 
Friday, November 3, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Event Location: 
EP 116


On Friday, November 3rd from 12 noon-1pm the Asian American Studies Department will be celebrating recently published book. Migrant Returns, by AAS faculty Eric Pido.

In Migrant Returns Eric J. Pido examines the complicated relationship between the Philippine economy, Manila’s urban development, and balikbayans—Filipino migrants visiting or returning to their homeland—to reconceptualize migration as a process of connectivity. Focusing on the experiences of balikbayans returning to Manila from California, Pido shows how Philippine economic and labor policies have created an economy reliant upon property speculation, financial remittances, and the affective labor of Filipinos living abroad.  Now as the initial generation of post-1965 Filipino migrants are beginning to age, they are encouraged to retire in their homeland through various state-sponsored incentives. Yet, once arriving, balikbayans often find themselves in the paradoxical position of being neither foreign nor local. They must reconcile their memories of their Filipino upbringing with American conceptions of security, sociality, modernity, and class as their homecoming comes into collision with the Philippines’ deep economic and social inequality. Tracing the complexity of balikbayan migration, Pido shows that rather than being a unidirectional event marking the end of a journey, migration is a multidirectional and continuous process that results in ambivalence, anxiety, relief, and difficulty.

Migrant Returns will be available for purchase at the event.

Refreshments will be served.