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Asian and Asian American Studies

Department Information

Department Chair: John N. Tsuchida

Vice Chair: Teri Yamada

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 (Emerita, Barbara W. Kim, San-Pao Li (Emeritus), Dean S. Toji, John N. Tsuchida, Tianwei Xie, Teri Yamada


  • Graduate: Linda N. España-Maram
  • Undergraduate: Teri Yamada
  • Undergraduate: Dean Toji (Asian American Studies)
  • Undergraduate: Teri Yamada (Asian Studies)
  • Undergraduate: Feng-Ying Ming (Chinese Studies)
  • Undergraduate: Masako O. Douglas (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), 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: Michelle Seales-Kaestner

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 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.