May 21, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Asian Languages

Department Chair: Teri Yamada

Vice Chair: Barbara W. Kim

Department Office: Faculty Offices FO3-340
Telephone: (562) 985‑4645
FAX: (562) 985‑1535

Faculty: Ruixi Ai, Kiyomi Chinen, Masako O. Douglas (Emerita), Linda N. España-Maram, Hiroko Kataoka (Emerita), Hsin‑sheng C. Kao (Emerita), Barbara W. Kim, Yoko Pusavant (Emerita), San-Pao Li (Emeritus), Dean S. Toji (Emeritus), John N. Tsuchida (Emeritus), Haiping Wu, Kyoungmi Ha, Tianwei (Tim) Xie (Emeritus), Teri Yamada

Graduate: Barbara Kim
Undergraduate: Barbara Kim
Undergraduate: Dean Toji (Asian American Studies)
Undergraduate: Teri Yamada (Asian Studies)
Undergraduate: Ruixi Ai (Chinese Studies)
Undergraduate: Kiyomi Chinen (Japanese)

Associate Faculty: Kendall Brown (Art History), Chi-Ah Chun (Psychology), Lisa Grobar (Economics), Jack W. Hou (Economics), Margaret Kuo (History), Guotong Li (History), Jyotsna Pattnaik (Teacher Education), Xiaoping Liang (Linguistics), Karen Quintiliani (Anthropology), Michiko Takeuchi (History), Teresa Wright (Political Science), Oliver Wang (Sociology) (Emeritus), R. Scott Wilson (Anthropology)

Administrative Support Coordinator: Michelle Okawa

Students desiring information should contact the department office for referral to one of the faculty advisors.

College: College of Liberal Arts  

Related Departments and Programs:

Courses: FIL, KHMR, KOR, VIET  

Career Possibilities

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The Department of Asian and Asian American Studies fosters multi‑ethnic and cross‑cultural understanding from a global, multi‑disciplinary perspective and pursues an active language education program to promote cross‑cultural awareness and intercultural understanding.

Through courses of its own and those of cooperating departments, the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies offers a B.A. in Asian American Studies, a B.A. and M.A. in Asian Studies, a B.A. in Chinese Studies, a B.A. in Japanese, a Minor in Asian American Studies, a Minor in Cambodian Language and Culture, a Minor in Chinese Language and Culture, a Minor in Japanese Language and Culture, a Minor in Korean Language and Culture, a Minor in Asian American Studies, and a Certificate in Asian Studies. Information and advice relative to the programs are available through the department office, FO3‑340.



    Note: General Education Category A must be completed prior to taking any upper-division course except upper-division language courses where students meet formal prerequisites and/or competency equivalent for advanced study.