Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Staff

*Our faculty and staff are working both in-person and remote for the Spring 2024 semester. Asian & Asian American Studies classes are offered in a variety of formats including both online and face-to-face. Office hours may be conducted either virtually or in-person depending on the instructor’s schedule. Please confirm with your instructor to find out more information.

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

 

Tenured/Tenured-Track Faculty

Dr. Ruixi Ai

Ruixi Ai

  • Graduate Advisor; Chinese Program Coordinator; and Associate Professor of Chinese Studies
  • Office: FO3-319
  • Phone: (562) 985-5493
  • E-mail: ruixi.ai@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: Mon – Thurs 10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. & by appointment
    *Instructor’s office hours are held both online & in-person this semester
  • Prof. Ai’s research interests include Chinese linguistics and pedagogy.

Dr. Kiyomi Chinen

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Kiyomi Chinen (center)

  • Japanese Program Coordinator & Associate Professor of Japanese
  • Office: FO3-330
  • Phone: (562) 985-5277
  • E-mail: k.chinen@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours:
    Mon 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Tue 2:00 – 2:30 p.m.
    Wed 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Thurs 2:00 – 2:30 p.m. & by appointment
  • Dr. Chinen’s research focuses on Japanese heritage language development.

Dr. Masako Douglas

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Masako Douglas (right)

  • Professor of Japanese Program; Emerita Faculty
  • Office: FO3-332
  • Phone: (562) 985-5280
  • E-mail: masako.douglas@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours:  Tues & Thurs 12:15 – 1:15 p.m.; Thurs 3:30 – 4:40 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. Kyoungmi Ha

Kyoungmi Ha

  • Korean Language & Culture Program Coordinator & Assistant Professor of Asian Studies
  • Office: FO3-321
  • Phone: (562) 985-4030
  • E-mail: kyoungmi.ha@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: Mon & Wed 5:50 – 6:30 p.m.; Fri 4:00 – 5:40 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 of Japanese; Emerita Faculty
  • Office: FO3-332
  • Phone: (562) 985-5280
  • E-mail: hiroko.kataoka@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: Tues & Thurs 1:30 – 2:00 p.m. & by appointment on Tues & Thurs 3:20 – 3:50 p.m. (in-person); Available Mon & Wed online via 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. Barbara W. Kim

Barbara Kim

  • Department Chair; Undergraduate Advisor; and Professor of Asian American Studies & Asian Studies
  • Office: FO3-338
  • Phone: (562) 985-7942
  • E-mail: barbara.kim@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours:
    Spring 2024 Advising Hours (drop-in and by appointment)

    Tues 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.
    Wed 10:00 am – 12:00 p.m. & by appointment

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  • 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. 

Dr. May Lin

  • Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies
  • Office: FO3-315
  • Phone: N/A
  • E-mail: May.Lin@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
  • 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. 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: Wed 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 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. Sophea Seng

  • Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies & Asian Studies
  • Office: FO3-315
  • Phone: TBD
  • E-mail: Sophea.Seng@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: Wed 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. & by appointment
    *Instructor’s office hours are held in-person this semester
  • Dr. Sophia Seng’s research involves Cambodian diaspora, South East Asian studies and critical refugee studies.

Dr. Nana Suzumura-Smith

Dr. Nana Suzumura

  • Japanese Program Advisor & Assistant Professor of Japanese
  • Office: FO3-334
  • Phone: (562) 985-7530
  • E-mail: Nana.SuzumuraSmith@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: Mon & Wed 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; Tues & Thurs 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. & by appointment
    *Instructor’s office hours are held in-person this semester
  • Dr. Suzumura’s research interests include Japanese language pedagogy, language testing, and assessment.

Dr. Ann Thuy-Ling Tran

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  • Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies & Asian Studies
  • Office: FO3-304
  • Phone: (562) 985-1668
  • E-mail: ann.tran@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: Mon. 3:30 – 4:30 pm & Wed. 12:30 – 1:30 pm
    *Instructor’s office hours are held both in-person and online this semester
  • Dr. Ann Thuy-Ling Tran’s research engages the fields and areas of critical refugee studies, cultural studies, religious studies, sociolinguistics and global Việt Nam. 

Dr. Haiping Wu

Haiping Wu

  • Chinese Program Coordinator & Associate Professor of Chinese Studies
  • Office: FO3-336
  • Phone: (562) 985-8085
  • E-mail: haiping.wu@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: Mon & Wed 10:00 – 12:00 p.m. & by appointment
    *Instructor’s office hours are held online this semester
  • Prof. Wu’s research interests include Chinese culture, linguistics, and pedagogy.

 

Lecturer Faculty

Prof. Liya Ao
  • Lecturer of Chinese Studies
  • Office: FO3-334
  • Phone: (562) 985-8085
  • E-mail: liya.ao@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: Instructor is not teaching for the Spring 2024 semester

Prof. Chuc Bui

Chuc Bui

  • Lecturer of Vietnamese Language
  • Office: LA5-269
  • Phone: (562) 985-4515
  • E-mail: quyendi.bui@gmail.com
  • Office Hours: Mon & Wed 2:15 – 3:15 p.m. (by appointment only)
    *Instructor’s office hours are held in-person this semester
  • 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. Bradley Cardozo

  • Lecturer of Asian American Studies
  • Office: Virtual
  • Phone: N/A
  • E-mail: bradley.cardozo@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: Fri 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. & by appointment

Dr. Sam Coleman

Sam Coleman

  • Lecturer of Asian Studies & Japanese
  • 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 2:45 – 3:15 p.m. & by appointment
    *Instructor’s office hours are held both online & in-person this semester
  • 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. Thea Fojas de Borja
  • Lecturer of Asian American Studies
  • Office: FO3-334
  • Phone: N/A
  • E-mail: thea.deborja@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: Mon & Wed 4:50 pm – 5:30 pm & by appointment
    *Instructor’s office hours are held in-person this semester
Dr. Phuoc Duong
  • Lecturer of Asian American Studies
  • Office: Virtual
  • Phone: N/A
  • E-mail: Phuoc.Duong@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: Zoom by appointment
    *Instructor’s office hours are held online this semester
Prof. Noelle Falcis-Math
  • Lecturer of Asian American Studies
  • Office: FO3-321
  • Phone: N/A
  • E-mail: noelle.falcismath@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: Thurs 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Prof. Lawrence S. Hashima
  • Lecturer of Asian American Studies
  • Office: FO3-317
  • Phone: (562) 985-4822
  • E-mail: lhashima@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: Tues & Thurs 2:00 – 2:30 p.m. & by appointment
    *Instructor’s office hours are held both online & in-person this semester
Dr. Jungsil Jin
  • Lecturer of 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. Julie Kim
  • Lecturer of Asian American Studies
  • Office: FO3-315
  • Phone: (562) 985-5278
  • E-mail: Julie.Kim@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: Mon & Wed 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. & by appointment
    *Instructor’s office hours are held online this semester
Prof. Kumiko Kitagawa
  • Lecturer of Japanese
  • Office: LA5-269
  • Phone: (562) 985-4515
  • E-mail: kumiko.kitagawa@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: Mon 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.; Tues & Thurs 10:10 – 10:40 a.m.; Wed 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.;
    & by appointment
    *Instructor’s office hours are held in-person this semester
Prof. Akane Lardy
  • Lecturer of Japanese
  • Office: FO3-334
  • Phone: N/A
  • E-mail: Akane.Lardy@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: Tues & Thurs 10:00 – 10:30 a.m. & by appointment
    *Instructor’s office hours are held in-person this semester

Prof. Haely Ariel Lee

Haley Ariel Lee

  • Lecturer of Korean Language
  • Office: LA5-269
  • Phone: (562) 985-4515
  • E-mail: haely.lee@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: Mon & Wed 12:30 – 1:30 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.
Prof. Daniel Lu’u
  • Lecturer of Asian American Studies
  • Office: N/A
  • Phone: N/A
  • E-mail: Daniel.Luu@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: Email instructor for Office Hours
    *Instructor’s office hours are held online this semester
Prof. Josh Nettles
  • Lecturer of 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

Prof. Michelle Okawa

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  • Lecturer of Asian American Studies
  • Office: TBA
  • Phone: TBA
  • E-mail: michelle.okawa@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours:
    Mon 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. (online)
    Tues 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. (in-person) & by appointment
    *Instructor’s office hours are held online & in-person this semester
Prof. Carol Park
  • Lecturer of Asian American Studies
  • Office: Virtual
  • Phone: N/A
  • E-mail: Carol.Park@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: Fri 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. & by appointment
    *Instructor’s office hours are held online this semester
Dr. JiHyun Park
  • Lecturer of Korean Language
  • Office: LA5-269
  • Phone: (562) 985-4515
  • E-mail: jiparkusc@gmail.com
  • Office Hours: Tues & Thurs 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. & 3:50 – 4:20 p.m. & by appointment
    *Instructor’s office hours are held online this semester

Prof. Mudita Tiwary

  • Lecturer of Hindi-Urdu Language
  • Office: Virtual
  • Phone: 858-229-5820 *during office hours only
  • E-mail: mudita.tiwary@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: Mon & Wed 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
    *Instructor’s office hours are held online this semester
Prof. Darith Ung
  • Lecturer of Khmer (Cambodian) Language
  • 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 of 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 of Asian American Studies & Asian Studies
  • Office: SPA-230
  • Phone: (310) 428-2885 during office hours only
  • E-mail: peter.wong@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: Fri 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. & by appointment
    *Instructor’s office hours are held online this semester
Prof. Xiaowen Wu
  • Lecturer of Chinese Studies
  • Office: LA5-269
  • Phone: (562) 985-4515
  • E-mail: xiaowen.wu@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: Mon 4:00 pm – 5:00 p.m.; Tues 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 pm. & by appointment
    *Instructor’s office hours are held online this semester
Prof. Jeffrey Zeiser
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  • Lecturer of Asian Studies
  • Office: LA5-269
  • Phone: (562) 985-4515
  • E-mail: jeffrey.zeiser@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours:
    Mon 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (in person)
    Tues 9:50 – 10:50 a.m. & 1:50 – 2:50 p.m. (online)
    Wed 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (in person)
    Thurs 9:50 – 10:50 a.m. (online)
Dr. Teresa Zimmerman-Liu
  • Lecturer of Asian Studies
  • Office: N/A
  • Phone: N/A
  • E-mail: teresa.zimmermanliu@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: Mon 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
    Tues 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
    Wed 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    *Instructor’s office hours are held online this semester

 

Staff

Ami Nguyen

  • Administrative Support Coordinator
  • Office: FO3-340
  • Phone: (562) 985-4645
  • E-mail: ami.nguyen@csulb.edu
  • Department Spring 24 Office Hours:
    Mon – Fri: TBA

 

Emeriti Faculty

Dr. Dean S. Toji

Dean Toji

  • Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies; Emeritus Faculty
  • E-mail: dean.toji@csulb.edu
  • Prof. Toji’s research interests include community organization and environmental justice.
  • Professor Dean Toji is now retired, however, their email address remains active.

Dr. Teri Yamada

Teri Yamada

  • Professor of 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.