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Academic Biographical Info
BA in Asian Studies, CSU Santa Barbara (1972)
MA in Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley (1979)
PhD in Buddhist Studies, UC Berkeley (1985)
Graduate Student affiliated with Tokyo University (Todai) and Komazawa University in Tokyo, Japan (1979-1985)
Asian foreign languages: Tibetan, Japanese, Mandarin, Classical and Buddhist Chinese, Sanskrit, Pali, Cambodian
Academic Employment: CSU San Jose, Lecturer in the Dept. of Religious Studies (1975-1979); CSU Long Beach — Lecturer (History, Religious Studies, Women’s Studies) 1989-1999; Full Professor, Dept. of Comparative World Literature and Classics; currently Full Professor and Chair, Dept. of Asian and Asian American Studies at CSU Long Beach.
Founder and Director of the Nou Hach Literary Association (NHLA, 2002) an NGO in Cambodia that works to support creative writers and their publications. As many people know, over 90% of all writers, musicians and classical dancers died during the Khmer Rouge era (1975-79). Cambodia lags behind other SEA nations in developing a modern literature. We publish the only journal of contemporary literature in Cambodia: Nou Hach Literary Journal. Our community advisory board member, Sok Chanphal, just received the SEA WRITE AWARD for fiction from Cambodia. The NHLA has published the first collection of English translations of short fiction from contemporary Cambodia: “‘Just a Human Being and other tales from Contemporary Cambodia.’” This is one of the longest running, successful NGOs in Cambodia in terms of longevity and productivity.
Expertise: expert in contemporary political culture and literature in Southeast Asia, focus on Cambodia; Asia generalist
Publications: two books (Choice Book Award) and other academic papers.
Virtual Lotus: Modern Fiction of Southeast Asia, ed. (2002, U Michigan P)
Modern Short Fiction of Southeast Asia: A Literary History, ed. (Asia Past and Present series, Association for Asian Studies, 2009)
Interest in public higher ed organizational structure:
Periodic member of CSULB WASC task force, CSULB Academic Senate since 1989. CFA LB Chapter President, 2006-present; Consultant California State Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (2008-)
“Restructuring the California State University: A Call to Action.” In Thought & Action, 26(Fall 2010), 91-106.
“Leveraging Faculty Governance and Union Activism: Strategic Alliances against Privatization.” For January 2012 MLA Panel “Who’s Running This Place? A Round Table on Shared Governance.” Panel papers forthcoming in MLA’s ADFL Bulletin.