National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Focus Grant


Contact: ChorSwang Ngin (323) 343-2442

or Eri F. Yasuhara (323) 343-4004


CSLA's NEH grant was one of only eight grants awarded nationally

Los Angeles, CA -- June 25, 1996 -- Cal State L.A.'s School
of Arts and Letters and Asian and Asian American Studies Program
are currently conducting a faculty seminar on the subject of "The
Chinese Diaspora in Southern California: Culture, Ethnicity, Community
and Asian American Studies
" under a National Endowment
for the Humanities (NEH) Focus Grant
of $25,000.

CSLA's NEH grant was one of only eight grants awarded
nationally. The purpose of the NEH Focus Grant program is to
provide opportunities for small groups of faculty to develop their
understanding of important topics in the humanities and, if they
choose, to translate that understanding into plans of action for
their institutions. The CSLA program is centered on curricular
development for a future Asian American Studies Program.

The seminar series will focus on culture, ethnicity, community
and Asian American studies as viewed through the prism of the
Chinese diaspora in Southern California. The seminar will consist
of three intensive weekend sessions, each session includes a lecture
open to the public.

The ten faculty participants include Lena Chao (Communication
Studies), Marilyn Elkins (English/Liberal Studies), Philip Goff
(History), Shizuko Herrera (Theatre Arts & Dance), Julia Johnson
(Communication Studies), Joy Lee (English), Jun Liu (English),
Stephen Ma (Political Science), Siyon Rhee (Social Work) and Chick
Tam (Health & Nutritional Science).

For further information regarding the seminar, contact Fullerton
ChorSwang Ngin, Anthropology, Project Director,
(323) 343-2442,, or Rosemead resident
Eri F. Yasuhara, Arts and Letters, Co-Director, (323) 343-4004,



When & Where: Friday, June 28, 9:45 a.m. - 12
noon, So. Pasadena Room, University-Student Union
Speaker: Robert Miles, Chair, Department of Sociology,
University of Glasgow
Title of lecture: "After 'Race Relations':
European Perspectives on Racism and Migration"
More: Following the presentation will be a field
trip to the garment district, old Chinatown and a Cantonese Language

When & Where: Thursday, July 11, 10 - 11:30
a.m., CSLA Student Housing Lounge (Phase II)
Speaker: Evelyn Hu-DeHart, Professor of History
and Director of the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race
in America at the University of Colorado, Boulder
Title of lecture: "Chinese Diaspora and Asian/Asian
American Studies"
More: A field trip to new Chinatowns (Monterey
Park and other cities) and a Taiwanese Buddhist Temple will follow
the presentation.

When & Where: Thursday, July 18, 10 - 11:30
a.m., CSLA Student Housing Lounge (Phase II)
Speaker: Sau-ling Wong, Professor of Asian American
Studies, University of California, Berkeley
Title of lecture: " 'Astronaut Wives' and 'Little
Dragons': Women and Ethnic Identity in Two Popular Chinese Novels
of the 1980's"
More: Following this presentation will be a field
trip to continue the exploration of new Chinatowns.

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