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 resident 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 School.

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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