Teri Shaffer Yamada, Ph.D.

Contact Teri Shaffer Yamada (teri.yamada@csulb.edu), Chair, Dept. of Asian and Asian American Studies

        Spring Semester (2015) ; Office hours: Tues. 11-12 pm; Wed. 10-10:45 am and  by appointment

Current Courses
                1)  AAAS 100   Asian Eats

               2)  A/ST 306  Traditional Asia

               3)  A/ST 307  Modern Asia

               4)  A/ST 600;  A/ST 610;  A/ST 620;  A/ST 697 --    Core courses for the Asian Studies MA Program.  For further information about the MA Program in Asian Studies with its empahsis on Asia and globalozation or a choice of two options: (1) Chinese Studies; (2) Japanese language and pedagogy, see AAAS

                         Background Information

     Professor Yamada received a master's degree in Southeast Asian Languages and Literatures in 1975 and a doctorate in Buddhist Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1985. She has studied seven Asian languages, including Chinese, Japanese and Khmer, and lived in Japan for seven years. In 2002 she organized the Nou Hach Literary Association (www.nouhachjournal.net) to promote the development of literacy and modern literature in Cambodia. This NGO publishes the only literary journal in Cambodia, sponsors yearly literary awards, and promotes writers workshops mostly in PHnom Penh.

     Currently, she is Chair of the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies (AAAS) at CSU Long Beach. For the past twenty years she has served as the faculty mentor for the Cambodian Student Society (CSS) at CSU Long Beach. Her research interests include modernity and Southeast Asian literature, development and sustainability in Cambodia, and casino capitalism in Asia. Her publications include the compilation "Virtual Lotus: Modern Fiction of Southeast Asia" (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2002), "Modern Short Fiction of Southeasat Aisa: A Literary History" (Ann Arbor: Association for Asian Stuies, 2009), both awarded with the distinguished Choice Academic book award. Her latest compilation, "'Just a Human Being' and other Tales from Contemporary Cambodia" (Nou Hach Literary Association: Translation Series, No. 1, Charleston, S.C., 2013) is the first publication of Cambodian modern short fiction in translation. She has written numberous articles on modern Southeast Asian literature and political culture, modern Cambodian literature and culture, and the Cambodian diaspora. In 2009 she was invited to participate in the University of Stolkholm collegium working on the literary history of world literature.  She is currently co-authoring the sections on Southesast Asia with Prof. Harry Aveling.





Modern Short Fiction in Southeast Asia: A Literary History, 2009, Association for Asian Studies, Asia Past and Present Series. ISBN-10 0924304529.

Virtual Lotus: Modern Fiction of Southeast Asia, ed. (2002) Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2002 --- ISBN 0472 09789-X . Choice Book Award.

“Vietnam – Poetry,” Encyclopedia of Modern Asia. David Levinson and
Karen Christensen, et al., eds. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2003. Vol.4 pp. 539-541.

“Southeast Asian American Youth and Southeast Asian Literature” in Southeast Asian Studies, Pacific Perspectives. Anthony Reid, ed., Tempe: Arizona State University Program for Southeast Asian Studies, 2003. 307-344.

“The Spirit Cult of Khleang Moeung in Long Beach, California” in History, Buddhism, and New Religious Movements in Cambodia. John Marston and Elizabeth Guthrie, eds. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press. 213- 225.

“Fiction: Southeast Asian Fiction and Religion,” co-authored with Harry Aveling, Encyclopedia of Religion, (2005) 4:3075-3079.

“Cambodian American Autobiography: Testimonial Discourse" in Form and Transformation in Asian American Literature. Xiaojing Zhou and Samina Najimi, eds. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2005. 144-167.

“Fiction: Southeast Asian Fiction and Religion.” Co-authored with Harry Aveling, Encyclopedia of Religion, 4 (2005), 3075-3079.

“Southeast Asia Translation Traditions.” Co-authored with Harry Aveling.  Encyclopedia of Translation Studies, Routledge Press. Forthcoming.

“Southeast Asia: Novel.”  Co-authored with Harry Aveling. “Encyclopedia of the Modern World. Oxford University Press. Forthcoming.

 “Southeast Asian Languages and Literatures.” Co-authored with Harry Aveling. “Encyclopedia of the Modern World. Oxford University Press. Forthcoming.

Modern Short Fiction of Southeast Asia: A Literary History, 2009, Association for Asian Studies.  A Choice Book Award.



Cambodian girl, Siem Reap 1995