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Asian and Asian American Studies

College of Liberal Arts

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Department Chair: John N. Tsuchida

Vice Chair: Hsin-sheng C. Kao

Department Office: Faculty Offices FO3-340
Telephone: (562) 985-4645
FAX: (562) 985-1535
Center: Center for Asian Pacific American Studies

Faculty: Masako O. Douglas, Linda N. España-Maram, Feng-Ying Ming, Hiroko Kataoka, Hsin-sheng C. Kao, Barbara W. Kim, San-Pao Li (Emeritus), Yoko Pusavat (Emeritus), Dean S. Toji, John N. Tsuchida, Tianwei Xie, Teri Yamada


Linda N. España-Maram

Hiroko Kataoka (Japanese)
Hsin-sheng C. Kao (Asian Studies and Chinese Studies)
Dean S. Toji (Asian American Studies)

Associate Faculty: Christine Bhat (Educational Psychology, Administration and Counseling), Jeffrey Broughton (Religious Studies), Kendall Brown (Art History), Chi-Ah Chun (Psychology), Vincent Del Casino (Geography), Frank Gossette (Geography), Lisa Grobar (Economics), Sarath Gunatilake (Health Science), Jack W. Hou (Economics), Tomotaka Ishimine (Economics), Margaret Kuo (History), Gustong Li (History), Jyotsna Pattnaik (Teacher Education), Xiaoping Liang (Linguistics), William Mulligan (Journalism), Kim Oanh Nguyen-Lam (CLMER), Karen Quintiliani (Anthropology), George Scott (Anthropology), Teresa Wright (Political Science), Oliver Wang (Sociology), R. Scott Wilson (Anthropology)

Administrative Support Coordinator: Chad Tsuyuki

Students desiring information should contact the department office for referral to one of the faculty advisors.

Career Possibilities

Social Scientist • Archivist • Social Worker • Journalist • Counselor • Teacher • Public Relations Consultant • Mass Media • Foreign Business and Trade • Community Organizer • School Administrator • Linguist • Parole Officer • Probation Officer • Editor • Writer • Urban/Regional Planner • Public Policy Administrator • Foreign Policy Officer • Researcher (Some of these, and other careers, require additional education or experience. For more information, see


The Department of Asian and Asian American Studies (AAAS), through its multiple offerings and those in related departments, fosters multi-ethnic and cross-cultural understanding within a global, multi-disciplinary perspective; facilities a greater understanding of Asians in America to enhance multi-cultural education and appreciation of ethnic diversity in California and the United States; and pursues an active language education program to promote cross-cultural awareness and intercultural understanding.

In the broad context, the department’s major responsibilities revolve around international/area studies, ethnic studies and language studies. Asian Studies enables students to explore Asian civilizations from an interdisciplinary perspective; Asian American Studies investigates the nature of Asian immigration and Asian American experiences in the United States; Chinese Studies provides students with cultural, literary, and linguistic preparations; and the Japanese program provides linguistic and cultural training in Japanese language and language related areas. Asian language courses are also appropriate electives to support several of the majors offered by the University.

Students in all programs are encouraged to integrate the study of Asian cultures and societies across the Pacific with that of Asian American communities in the United States and to support the study of culture and society with appropriate language training.

Through courses of its own and those of cooperating departments, the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies offers B.A. in Asian American Studies, B.A. and M.A. in Asian Studies, B.A. in Chinese Studies, Single Subject Teaching Credential in Japanese, B.A. in Japanese, Minor in Asian American Studies, Certificate in Asian Studies, Certificate in Asian American Studies, and Certificate in Japanese. The department also offers a Concentration in Japanese and a Concentration in Asian American Studies under Track II of the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies. (See University Programs in this Catalog.) Additional information and advice relative to the programs are available through the department office, FO3-340.