Dr. Jun Xing is the director of the AAAS Department, executive director of the Asian and Asian American Institute, and immediate past dean of undergraduate studies at California State University, Los Angeles. Before joining Cal State LA, Dr. Xing had been a long-time tenured professor, department chair, university program director and academic dean at two American land-grant universities (Colorado State and Oregon State), and two Chinese public research universities (Chinese University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Polytechnic University). In addition, for a year Dr. Xing served as Vice President for Programs at United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia, one of the largest non-profit international foundations for Asian Higher Education. Dr. Xing received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota at Twin Cities. Trained as a cultural historian, Dr. Xing specializes in social justice education, race and ethnicity, popular culture, and the history of cultural relations between United States and China. For his research, he has won a number of prestigious grants, including an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant, an AAC&U Teaching and Learning Grant, a British Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Grant, and a Senior Fulbright Fellowship to the People’s Republic of China. Dr. Xing is an internationally recognized scholar on curricular development and assessment and regularly invited as a speaker and consultant in the areas of curricular program design (baccalaureate core/general education), cross-cultural competency (diversity training), academic program review (learning outcome assessment and accreditation), civic education (service learning) and international education (global citizenship). His representative book publications include Indigenous Culture, Education and Globalization from the Asian Perspectives (Springer, 2015), General Education and the Development of Global Citizenship in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Mainland China (Routledge, 2012), Service Learning in Asia: Curricular Models and Practices (University of Hong Kong Press, 2010), Reversing the Lens: Ethnicity, Race, Gender and Sexuality through Film (University of Colorado Press, 2003), Asian America through the Lens: History, Representations and Identity (Rowman & Littlefield, 1998), and Baptized in the Fire of Revolution: the American Social Gospel and YMCA in China (Lehigh University Press, 1996).
Wei-lun Jason Chiu received both his B.A. and M.A. in history from California State University, Los Angeles. He joined the AAAS Program in Fall 2012 and is particularly interested in the interaction between the forces of cultural globalization and dynamism of Asian political economies. For the 2013 to 2014 school year, Jason Chiu was awarded the College of Natural and Social Science Outstanding Faculty Award. He has also taught at Loyola Marymount University and East Los Angeles College.
Juily Phun received her BA in history from the University of California, San Diego (2000) and an MA in history from California State University, Los Angeles (2006). She completed her dissertation entitled “Contours of Care: the Influenza Pandemic, Public Health, and the Asian American Community in Los Angeles, 1918-1941” from the University of California, Irvine (2016). Dr. Phun has been a high school teacher in the San Gabriel Valley and an educator for over fifteen years. She has been a lecturer at Cal State LA in the History Department and now in Asian and Asian American Studies since the completion of her masters in 2006. She considers teaching as an integral component of her education and research. Juily Phun’s research centers on Los Angeles as a crossroads for discussions of belonging, exclusion, and contention. She is particularly attracted to the role of public health as a site for these expressions, especially as it relates to the state, the body, and immigration with an eye towards race and gender.
Sun-Hee Yoon is a historian of East Asia. She received her Ph.D. in History at the University of Washington, Seattle. She has taught various courses on Modern Asia, (Korea, China, and Japan) and Asian Empires. Her research interests include the Qing Empire, Chosŏn Korea, and World History.