Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Staff

**Notice for Spring 2021 – Our faculty and staff are working remotely, and Asian & Asian American Studies classes will be offered online for the Spring 2021 semester. Office hours will be conducted virtually this semester. Please email your instructor for more information.

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Dr. Barbara W. Kim

Barbara Kim

  • Department Chair, Graduate & Undergraduate Advisor
  • Office: FO3-334
  • Phone: (562) 985-7530
  • E-mail: barbara.kim@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: Tues & Thurs 1:00-3:00 p.m.; Wed 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. &
    by appointment
  • 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
  • Office: FO3-340
  • Phone: (562) 985-4645
  • E-mail: michelle.okawa@csulb.edu
  • Spring 2021 Department Office Hours:
    Mon & Wed: 8:30am – 1:00pm & 2:15pm – 4:45pm
    Tues: 8:30am – 4:00pm
    Thurs & Fri: 8:30am – 4:30pm

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: Tues & Thurs 2:50-3:30 p.m. & 4:20-4:40 p.m. & by appointment
  • Dr. Kyoungmi Ha’s research interests include Korean culture, discourse/conversation analysis, prosody, second language acquisition, and language pedagogy.

 

Dr. Teri Yamada

Teri Yamada

  • Professor in Asian Studies; Emerita Faculty
  • Office: FO3-338
  • Phone: (562) 985-7942
  • E-mail: teri.yamada@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: Mon 5:00-7:00 p.m. & by email appointment
  • 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.

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: FERP – Returning Fall 2021
  • 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: Tues 12:00-1:00 p.m.; Wed 12:00-2:00 p.m. & by appointment
  • 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: Tues & Thurs 2:30-4:00 p.m.; Wed 12:00-1:00 p.m. & 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: TBD
  • Phone: TBD
  • E-mail: nana.suzumura@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: Tues & Thurs 10:30-11:30 a.m.; Wed 2:00-3:00 p.m. & by appointment
  • 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 & Wed 12:00-2:00 p.m. & by appointment.
  • 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
  • Office: FO3-317
  • Phone: (562) 985-4822
  • E-mail: linda.maram@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: Mon 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.; Wed 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. & by appointment
  • 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: Thurs 3:30-4:30 p.m. & by appointment
  • Prof. Toji’s research interests include community organization and environmental justice.

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 4:00-4:50 p.m. & by appointment
  • 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 3:15-3:30 & 4:45-5:00 p.m.
  • 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.
Lawrence S. Hashima
  • Lecturer in Asian American Studies
  • Office: FO3-317
  • Phone: (562) 985-4822
  • E-mail: lhashima@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: Tues & Thurs 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. & by appointment
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 10:30-11:00 a.m.; Wed 10:30-11:30 a.m. & by appointment

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: Mon & Wed 1:00-1:30 p.m. & 3:00-3:30 p.m. & by appointment
  • Research focus on Asian immigrant communities-policy intervention/prevention of interpersonal violence.
JiHyun Park
  • Lecturer for the Korean language courses
  • Office: LA5-269
  • Phone: (562) 985-4515
  • E-mail: jiparkusc@gmail.com
  • Office Hours: Tues & Thurs 11:50 a.m.- 12:20 p.m & by appointment
Julie Kim
  • Lecturer in Asian American Studies
  • Office: FO3-315
  • Phone: (562) 985-5278
  • E-mail: Julie.Kim@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: Tues & Thurs 10:00-11:00 a.m. & 3:30-4:30 p.m. & by appointment
Lan Nguyen
  • Lecturer in Asian American Studies
  • Office: TBD
  • Phone: TBD
  • E-mail: lan.nguyen@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: Instructor is not teaching this semester
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 4:15 – 4:45 p.m. & by appointment

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 1:10-1:50 p.m. & by appointment
  • 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.

Peter Wong

 

  • Lecturer for the Asian American Studies & Asian Studies program
  • Office: FO3-315
  • Phone: (310) 428-2885 during office hours only
  • E-mail: peter.wong@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: Tues 6:15 – 7:15 p.m.; Wed 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. & by appointment
Xiaowen Wu
  • Lecturer in Chinese Studies
  • Office: LA5-269
  • Phone: (562) 985-4515
  • E-mail: xiaowen.wu@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: Mon & Wed 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; Tues 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
    & by appointment
Liya Ao
  • Lecturer for Chinese Studies
  • Office: FO3-336
  • Phone: (562) 985-8085
  • E-mail: liya.ao@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: Tues & Thurs 12:00-1:50 p.m. & by appointment
Lara Elaine Balajadia
  • Lecturer for Filipino (Tagalog) language classes 
  • Office: FO3-317
  • Phone: (562) 985-4822
  • E-mail: LE.Balajadia@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: Mon & Wed 6:00-7:00 p.m. & by appointment
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 11:20 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. & 2:00-4:00 p.m.; Tues & Tues 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Teresa Zimmerman-Liu
  • Lecturer for Asian Studies
  • Office: N/A
  • Phone: N/A
  • E-mail: teresa.zimmermanliu@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: Fri 1:30-3:30 p.m. & by email appointment
Josh Nettles
Graham Odell
  • Lecturer for Asian Studies
  • Office: N/A
  • Phone: N/A
  • E-mail: graham.odell@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: Wed 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.