Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Staff

*Our faculty and staff are working both in-person and remote, and Asian & Asian American Studies classes will be offered both online and face-to-face for the Fall 2022 semester. Office hours may be conducted either virtually or in-person depending on the instructor’s schedule. Please double check with your instructor to find out more information.

**For the latest information on CSULB’s response to COVID-19, visit this webpage.

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Dr. Barbara W. Kim

Barbara Kim

  • Department Chair, Graduate & Undergraduate Advisor
  • Office: FO3-338
  • Phone: (562) 985-7942
  • E-mail: barbara.kim@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: Tues 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. & Wed 10:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. & by appointment
    *Instructor’s office hours are held online this semester
  • Dr. Barbara W. Kim’s research interests include Asian American identity and community formations, family, aging, and immigration. Dr. Kim is the co-author (with Grace J. Yoo) of Caring across Generations: The Linked Lives of Korean American Families (NYU Press, 2014), which was awarded the 2015 Asian American Book Award by the American Sociological Association’s Section of Asian and Asian America. 

Michelle Okawa

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  • Administrative Support Coordinator & Lecturer in Asian American Studies
  • Office: FO3-340
  • Phone: (562) 985-4645
  • E-mail: michelle.okawa@csulb.edu
    • Department Office Hours: 
      Mon & Wed: 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
      Tues & Thurs: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
      Fri: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
      *(Tues, Wed, Thurs – In-Person
      Mon & Fri – Online)
    • Faculty Office Hours: 
      Tues & Thurs: 3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

      *Office Hours will be held in-person

Dr. Kyoungmi Ha

Kyoungmi Ha

  • Assistant Professor in Asian Studies (Korean Language & Culture)
  • Office: FO3-321
  • Phone: (562) 985-4030
  • E-mail: kyoungmi.ha@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: Mon & Wed 4:50 – 6:20 p.m. & by appointment
    *Instructor’s office hours are held online this semester
  • Dr. Kyoungmi Ha’s research interests include Korean culture, discourse/conversation analysis, prosody, second language acquisition, and language pedagogy.

 

Dr. Hiroko Kataoka

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Hiroka Kataoka (left)

  • Professor for the Japanese Program; Emerita Faculty
  • Office: FO3-332
  • Phone: (562) 985-5280
  • E-mail: hiroko.kataoka@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: Mon: 10:30 – 11:00 a.m. (Online)
    Wed: 11:50 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.; 12:30 – 1:00 p.m.; 1:50 – 2:20 p.m. (Online)
    Tues & Thurs: 10:00 – 10:40 p.m. & 2:40 – 3:20 p.m. (In-person)
    & by appointment
  • Dr. Kataoka’s research interests and specialties include: Curriculum and materials development; issues in teacher training and professional development; heritage learners of Japanese; and immersion programs and their assessment.

Dr. Masako Douglas

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Masako Douglas (right)

  • Professor for the Japanese Program; Emerita Faculty
  • Office: FO3-332
  • Phone: (562) 985-5280
  • E-mail: masako.douglas@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: FERP – Returning Spring 2023
  • Dr. Douglas’ research concerns curriculum design and instruction for teaching Japanese as a heritage language (JHL) or foreign language (JFL); development of kanji ability and writing ability of JHL and JFL learners; effectiveness of Content-Based Language Learning and Project-Based Language Learning; JHL development.

Dr. Kiyomi Chinen

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Kiyomi Chinen (center)

  • Associate Professor and Advisor for the Japanese program
  • Office: FO3-330
  • Phone: (562) 985-5277
  • E-mail: k.chinen@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: Mon 3:30 – 4:00 p.m. (in-person) & 4:00 – 4:30 p.m. (Zoom)
    Tues 3:30 – 4:00 p.m. (in-person) & 4:30 – 5:00 p.m. (Zoom)
    Thurs 3:30 – 4:00 p.m. (in-person) & 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. (Zoom)
    & by appointment
  • Dr. Chinen’s research focuses on Japanese heritage language development.

Dr. Nana Suzumura

Dr. Nana Suzumura

  • Assistant Professor for the Japanese program
  • Office: FO3-334
  • Phone: (562) 985-7530
  • E-mail: nana.suzumura@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: Instructor is on Leave for the Fall 2022 semester
  • Dr. Suzumura’s research interests include Japanese language pedagogy, language testing, and assessment. CLA Welcomes Dr. Suzumura

Dr. Ruixi Ai

Ruixi Ai

  • Associate Professor in Chinese Studies and Chinese Studies Program Advisor
  • Office: FO3-319
  • Phone: (562) 985-5493
  • E-mail: ruixi.ai@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: Mon – Thurs 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. & by appointment
    *Instructor’s office hours are held online this semester
  • Prof. Ai’s research interests include Chinese linguistics and pedagogy.

Dr. Haiping Wu

Haiping Wu

  • Assistant Professor in Chinese Studies
  • Office: FO3-336
  • Phone: (562) 985-8085
  • E-mail: haiping.wu@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: Mon & Wed 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. & by appointment
  • Prof. Wu’s research interests include Chinese culture, linguistics, and pedagogy.

Dr. Linda Maram

Linda Maram

  • Professor of Asian American Studies; Emerita Faculty
  • Office: FO3-317
  • Phone: (562) 985-4822
  • E-mail: linda.maram@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: Tues 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.;
    Thurs 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. & 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. & by appointment
    *Instructor’s office hours are held online this semester
  • Dr. España-Maram earned her Ph.D. in History from UCLA and her scholarship focuses on Filipino/a Americans and cultural productions. Her book, Creating Masculinity in Los Angeles’ Little Manila: Working-Class Filipinos and Popular Culture, was awarded the best book in History by the Association for Asian American Studies.

Dr. Dean S. Toji

Dean Toji

  • Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies; Emeritus Faculty
  • Office: FO3-304
  • Phone: (562) 985-1668
  • E-mail: dean.toji@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: Wed 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. & by appointment
    *Instructor’s office hours are held online this semester
  • Prof. Toji’s research interests include community organization and environmental justice.

Dr. May Lin

  • Assistant Professor for Asian American Studies
  • Office: FO3-315
  • Phone: TBD
  • E-mail: May.Lin@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: Tues & Thurs 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. & by appointment
    *Instructor’s office hours may take place online or in-person. Check with instructor on format.
  • Dr. May Lin’s research background is in social movements, organizing, and civic and political engagement of Asian Americans and other youths of color.

Dr. Sophea Seng

  • Assistant Professor for Asian American Studies
  • Office: FO3-315
  • Phone: TBD
  • E-mail: Sophea.Seng@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: Instructor is on Leave for the Fall 2022 – Spring 2023 semester
  • Dr. Sophia Seng’s research involves Cambodian diaspora, South East Asian studies and critical refugee studies.

Prof. Chuc Bui

Chuc Bui

  • Lecturer for the Vietnamese language courses
  • Office: LA5-269
  • Phone: (562) 985-4515
  • E-mail: quyendi.bui@gmail.com
  • Office Hours: Mon & Wed 3:45 – 4:45 p.m. 
  • Mr. Bui conducts research on Vietnamese language, linguistics, literature and culture. Publications include a set of introductory Vietnamese language textbooks published by Tuoihoa Publishing (Garden Grove, California) and books on advanced Vietnamese.

Dr. Sam Coleman

Sam Coleman

  • Lecturer for Asian Studies and the Japanese program
  • Office: LA5-269
  • Phone: (562) 985-4515 during office hours
  • E-mail: sam.coleman@csulb.edu
  • Website: http://web.csulb.edu/~scolema2/
  • Office Hours: Mon & Wed 12:30 – 1:00 p.m. & by appointment
  • Dr. Coleman’s departmental specialties are Japanese culture and communication, and Japanese history as social process.  His current research concerns Japanese SDF veterans’ psychological adjustment to civilian society.
Prof. Lawrence S. Hashima
  • Lecturer in Asian American Studies
  • Office: FO3-317
  • Phone: (562) 985-4822
  • E-mail: lhashima@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: Tues & Thurs 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. & by appointment  
    *Instructor’s office hours are held both online & in-person this semester
Prof. Kumiko Kitagawa
  • Lecturer for the Japanese language program
  • Office: LA5-269
  • Phone: (562) 985-4515
  • E-mail: kumiko.kitagawa@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs 11:15 – 11:45 a.m.
    Wed 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    & by appointment
    *Instructor’s office hours are held online this semester

Prof. Haely Ariel Lee

Haley Ariel Lee

  • Lecturer for the Korean language courses
  • Office: LA5-269
  • Phone: (562) 985-4515
  • E-mail: haely.lee@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: 1:20 – 1:50 p.m. & by appointment
    *Instructor’s office hours are held online this semester
  • Research focus on Asian immigrant communities-policy intervention/prevention of interpersonal violence.
Dr. JiHyun Park
  • Lecturer for the Korean language courses
  • Office: LA5-269
  • Phone: (562) 985-4515
  • E-mail: jiparkusc@gmail.com
  • Office Hours: Tues & Thurs 11:30 – 12:00 p.m. & 3:50 – 4:20 p.m. by appointment
    *Instructor’s office hours are held online this semester
Prof. Julie Kim
  • Lecturer in Asian American Studies
  • Office: FO3-315
  • Phone: (562) 985-5278
  • E-mail: Julie.Kim@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: Tues 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.; Thurs 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. & by appointment
    *Instructor’s office hours are held online this semester
Prof. Noelle Falcis-Math
  • Lecturer in Asian American Studies
  • Office: FO3-321
  • Phone: N/A
  • E-mail: noelle.falcismath@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: Tues & Thurs 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Prof. Darith Ung
  • Lecturer for the Khmer (Cambodian) language courses
  • Office: FO3-315
  • Phone: (714) 651-0387 *during office hours only
  • Email: darith.ung@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: Mon & Wed 3:15 – 3:45 p.m. & by appointment
    *Instructor’s office hours are held online this semester

Prof. Jeff Winters

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  • Lecturer in Chinese Studies
  • Language Lab Director
  • Office: LAB-318
  • Phone: (562) 985-1082
  • E-mail: jeff.winters@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: Tues & Thurs 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. & by appointment
    *Instructor’s office hours are held online this semester
  • Jeff Winters, Lecturer in Asian Studies and Director, Language Laboratory, has been studying and teaching Chinese for over 20 years. In addition to his passion for Chinese language and culture he works extensively on developing web-based programs for language acquisition. His experience includes programming, testing, designing and evaluating software as a software engineer and language instructor. He is currently researching the application of social media motivators in foreign language study.

Dr. Peter Wong

 

  • Lecturer for the Asian American Studies & Asian Studies program
  • Office: SPA-230
  • Phone: (310) 428-2885 during office hours only
  • E-mail: peter.wong@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: Fri 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. via Zoom
Prof. Xiaowen Wu
  • Lecturer in Chinese Studies
  • Office: LA5-269
  • Phone: (562) 985-4515
  • E-mail: xiaowen.wu@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: Wed 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (in LAB-316)
Prof. Liya Ao
  • Lecturer for Chinese Studies
  • Office: FO3-336
  • Phone: (562) 985-8085
  • E-mail: liya.ao@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: Instructor is not teaching this semester
Prof. Lara Elaine Balajadia
  • Lecturer for Filipino (Tagalog) language classes 
  • Office: N/A
  • Phone: N/A
  • E-mail: LE.Balajadia@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: Mon & Wed 7:00 – 7:30 p.m. & by appointment
    *Instructor’s office hours are held online this semester
Prof. Akane Lardy
  • Lecturer for Japanese language classes 
  • Office: FO3-334
  • Phone: N/A
  • E-mail: Akane.Lardy@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: Tues & Thurs 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. & by appointment
    *Instructor’s office hours are held online and in-person this semester
Prof. Jeffrey Zeiser
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  • Lecturer for Asian Studies
  • Office: LA5-269
  • Phone: (562) 985-4515
  • E-mail: jeffrey.zeiser@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: Mon 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (In-Person) & 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. (Online)
    Tues & Thurs 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Online)
    & by appointment
Dr. Teresa Zimmerman-Liu
  • Lecturer for Asian Studies
  • Office: N/A
  • Phone: N/A
  • E-mail: teresa.zimmermanliu@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: Mon 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
    Tues 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
    Wed 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
    Thurs 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. & by appointment
    *Instructor’s office hours are held online this semester
Prof. Josh Nettles
  • Lecturer for Asian Studies
  • Office: N/A
  • Phone: N/A
  • E-mail: joshua.nettles@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: Mon 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
    *Instructor’s office hours are held online this semester
Dr. Jungsil Jin
  • Lecturer for Asian Studies
  • Office: N/A
  • Phone: N/A
  • E-mail:Jungsil.Jin@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: Wed 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. & by appointment
    *Instructor’s office hours are held online this semester
Prof. Daniel Lu’u
  • Lecturer for Asian American Studies
  • Office: N/A
  • Phone: N/A
  • E-mail: Daniel.Luu@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: Online by appointment via Gather.Town and Zoom
    *Instructor’s office hours are held online this semester
Dr. Phuoc Duong
  • Lecturer for Asian American Studies
  • Office: N/A
  • Phone: N/A
  • E-mail: Phuoc.Duong@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: Email instructor to schedule an appointment
    *Instructor’s office hours are held online this semester
Prof. Lawrence Lan
  • Lecturer for Asian American Studies
  • Office: N/A
  • Phone: N/A
  • E-mail: Lawrence.Lan@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: Thurs 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    *Instructor’s office hours are held online this semester
Prof. Carol Park
  • Lecturer for Asian American Studies
  • Office: FO3-334
  • Phone: N/A
  • E-mail: Carol.Park@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: Mon 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. (Online)
    Wed 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. (In-Person)
    & by appointment
Prof. Thea Fojas de Borja
  • Lecturer for Asian American Studies
  • Office: FO3-334
  • Phone: N/A
  • E-mail: thea.deborja@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: Mon & Wed 2:30 – 3:20 p.m. & 4:50 – 5:30 p.m. & by appointment
    *Instructor’s office hours are held in-person this semester

 

Emeritus Faculty and Retired Lecturers

Dr. Teri Yamada

Teri Yamada

  • Professor in Asian Studies; Emerita Faculty
  • E-mail: teri.yamada@csulb.edu
  • Dr. Yamada conducts research on Asian foodways and food sustainability in Asia with a focus on Cambodia; development and urban planning in Southeast Asia with a focus on Cambodia.  She is a publisher and translator of new Cambodian literature post 1993 UNTAC elections.
  • Professor Teri Yamada is now retired, however, their email address remains active.