Project Directors



Temporary imageDr. Juily Phun is a lecturer in Asian/Asian American Studies and the History Department at Cal State LA. She received her BA in history from the University of California, San Diego (2000) and an MA in history from Cal State LA (2006). She recently 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 under the mentorship of Dr. Vicki L. Ruiz (2016). She has been a high school teacher in the San Gabriel Valley and an educator for over fifteen years. Dr. 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.



Temporary imageDr. Jun Xing is Professor of Asian and Asian American studies, executive director of the Asian and Asian American Institute, and immediate past dean of undergraduate studies at Cal State LA. 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).