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Asian Languages

College of Liberal Arts

CSULB students walk on campus

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


  • Graduate: Linda N. España-Maram
  • Undergraduate: Hsin-sheng C. Kao
  • Undergraduate: Dean Toji (Asian American Studies)
  • Undergraduate: Teri Yamada (Asian Studies)
  • Undergraduate: Hsin-sheng C. Kao (Chinese Studies)
  • Undergraduate: Hiroko Kataoka (Japanese)

Associate Faculty: Bipasha Baruah (International Studies), 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), Jack W. Hou (Economics), Margaret Kuo (History), 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

Customs Inspector • Immigration Officer • Importer/Exporter • Foreign Service Officer • International Marketing Representative • Travel Guide • Social Worker • Linguist • Foreign Correspondent • Community Organization Worker • Lawyer • Librarian • International Student Advisor • Educator • Peace Corps Worker • Interpreter • Translator • Foreign Business and Trade • CIA/FBI Agent (Some of these, and other careers, require additional education or experience. For more information, see


The Department of Asian and Asian American Studies fosters multi-ethnic and cross-cultural understanding from a global, multi-disciplinary perspective and pursues an active language education program to promote cross-cultural awareness and intercultural understanding.

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. Information and advice relative to the programs are available through the department office, FO3-340.