2003-2004 Speaker Biographies
Meena Alexander, Distinguished Professor of English at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, is the author of several books of poetry, most recently Illiterate Heart (Northwestern, 2002), winner of a 2002 PEN Open Book Award. Her memoir Fault Lines (Feminist Press 1993) was one of Publishers Weeklys best books of 1993, and her novel Nampally Road (Mercury House, 1991) was a 1991 Voice Literary Supplement Editor's Choice.
is an associate
professor of English at Brooklyn College of the City
University of New York. He is co-editor of The Edward Said
Reader and has published widely on topics ranging from
jazz to architecture, and religion to literature.
His essays have appeared in Transition, The Yale
Journal of Criticism, Souls, Interventions,
Amerasia, and others. He is also an
occasional columnist for the Progressive Media Project, which
distributes op-eds nationwide on a variety of topics, and was
recently elected to the National Council of the American
Studies Association. His essay "Letter to a G-Man" appeared in
the collection After the World Trade Center, which
was named one of the best books of 2002 by the New York
Wendy Cheung, co-owner and producer
of Blue Highway Films is currently developing a documentary
on Paper Sons. She will be filming the panel discussion for
Winifred C. Chin, visiting
scholar of Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program &
Institute of New York University and Adjunct Assistant
Professor of Far Eastern Civilizations. She is also the
co-author of Paper Son, One Man’s story, published by Temple
University Press, 2000.
Stella Dong is a New
York-journalist and historian. In addition to "Shanghai: The
Rise and Fall of a Decadent City," Dong has written "Shanghai:
Gateway to the Celestial Empire, 1860-1949" and "Sun Yat-sen:
Enigmatic Revolutionary," both published by Hong Kong's
FormAsia Books. As a journalist, her articles have appeared in
the New York Times, the Washington Post, Travel and Leisure,
Harper's Bazaar and other national and international
publications. Curently, she writes the "Behind the
Bestsellers" column for Hong Kong's South China Morning Post
newspaper. She is a Chinese-American born in Seattle,
Washington and a graduate of Wellesley College and the
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Gelb is Professor of Political Science at
City College and the Graduate
Center, CUNY. She has been a visiting professor in recent
years at Yale University and Doshisha and Tokyo Universities
in Japan. Her research and publications deal primarily with
comparative politics and policy including work on women's
political participation, social movements, and policy making
and outcomes in the US, Europe and Japan She is the author
of Women and Public Policies: Reassessing Gender Politics
(with Marian Palley) and Feminism and Politics : A
Comparative Perspective, as well as numerous articles in
edited volumes and journals. She has received grants
from the Ford, Rockefeller and National Science Foundations.
Dr. Gelb has just completed a book comparing gender related
policy in the United States and Japan to be published by
Palgrave at St.Martin’s Press in Fall 2003.
Yunah Hong is a New York based video/filmmaker. Her latest documentary is “Between the Lines: Asian American Women's Poetry” (2001) which received a CINE Golden Eagle Award in Education category in 2002. Her documentary, “Becoming an Actress in New York” (2000) named a final nominee for aMedia's 2001 Ammy Awards for Best Documentary. Her other works include “Styles Section”, “Through the Milky Way”, which was awarded First Prize in Video Art at the 1992 Tam Tam International Video Festival in Italy, “Here Now”, winner of the Special Jury Award at the 2nd Seoul Short Film Festival in Korea in 1995, and a feature screenplay, “Monday”, which was an official selection of PPP 1998: Pusan International Film Festival Film Market in Korea.
She was born in Seoul, Korea, and moved to New York in 1985 to pursue her studies in video art. She received a B.F.A. degree in applied arts from Seoul National University and a M.A. degree in communication arts from New York Institute of Technology.
Her works are distributed by Women Make Movies in US.
Between the Lines: Asian American Women's Poetry (2001)
Video documentary, 60 minutes
Becoming an Actress in New York (2000)
MiniDV documentary. 40 minutes.
Styles Section (1999)
MiniDV short film, 3:23 minutes.
Here Now (1995)
16 mm black and white film, drama, 32 minutes.
A Day on Earth (1994)
Video installation, videotape: 6:30 minutes.
Through the Milky Way (1992)
Video, Experimental narrative, 18:30 minutes.
Memory/all echo (1990)
Video, Experimental narrative, 27:30 minutes.
Jianguo Ji, Adjunct Professor and Coordinator of Asian Studies Program at City College, CUNY, currently teaching Asian American Politics & Law at the City College, Human Communication at Brooklyn College , Communication Skills at LaGuardia Community College , and Intensive Chinese courses at New York University. Professor Ji received his doctorate in Humanities from Columbia University. A published author of books and articles on crosscultural studies, comparative literature, and foreign language teaching methodology, his present research interest is in issues on Asian Americans' transcultural experiences and the dynamics of U.S-China relations.
is Murray Koppelman Professor, Emeritus, at Brooklyn
College. His NYU 1973 dissertation "The Presentation of
Community in Urban Society" dealt with the problems and
prospects of maintaining the viability of minority and
racially integrated urban neighborhoods. Subsequently he
worked as an activist-scholar in the field of community
organizations, publishing articles and presenting papers
while deeply involved in the neighborhood
organization movements in NYC. During the last two
decades his interests have expanded into Visual Studies
of ethnic communities. He has published widely on urban
life and culture and has lectured and conducted research
on "Spatial Semeiotics" in many international sites. In
1998 he was Visiting Professor of Sociology at the
University of Rome, "La Sapienza." where he studied the
"New Romans," with a focus on the Asian community of
L'Esquilino. In January 2003 he re-photographed
L'Esquilino to the rapid changes due to continued
immigration to Italy.
Frank Kehl is President of United
States-China Exchanges Inc. Dr. Kehl has been involved in
dozens of education, art, business, judicial and media
exchanges between Greater China and the US since graduating
from college in 1962 and setting out to teach ESL and French
at Chung Chi College, Chinese University of Hong Kong under
the auspices of Dartmouth Project Asia and the United Board
for Christian Higher Education in Asia. His Ph.D. was in
Cultural/Social Anthropology and East Asian Studies,
Columbia University. "Hong Kong Shantytowns" was the
subject of his thesis. During his unconventional career, he
has taught at Brooklyn College, directed an ethnographic
film, "Hungry Ghosts," about traditional religion in urban
Hong Kong, edited "New China Magazine," been Coordinator of
Research and Evaluation in the Office of Special Programs,
CUNY Central Office, been involved in almost every
CUNY-China exchange in one capacity or another and been
"China and Asian American point-man" for several Chancellors
and Vice Chancellors.
CUNY-Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Chinese Arts
Festival project he proposed for World Trade Center 1 --
"Art from China's Two Shores" -- was cancelled in the wake
of the June 4, 1989 events in China, he co-coordinated
CUNY's response to the tragedy, "Tiananmen: An
Analysis." He was one of the founding members of the Asian
American Higher Education Council. On his retirement from
CUNY in 1995, he was Associate Director, the Weissman Center
for International Business, Baruch College. He then created
US-CX inc to consult and facilitate novel exchanges between
the US and China. One of them was the Community Colleges in
China Project of the US-China Education Foundation of which
he was one of the main fund-raisers and start-up year
Co-Coordinator. The project was funded by the Ford
Foundation at $1.4 million dollars from 1999-2003. He has
most recently participated in training Chinese bankers from
the Huarong Asset Management Company charged with
"resolving" the mountain of China's non-performing loans.
In the early '90s, Dr. Kehl and his family were the subjects
of a CCTV program "Around the World," seen all over China,
about adoption in China and America. He speaks both
Putonghua (Mandarin) and Cantonese.
Joseph Tse-Hei Lee (B.A., M.A.,
Ph.D., University of London) is Assistant Professor of History and Co-Director of the East Asian Studies
Program at Pace University in New York. He is a specialist of Christian
movements and collective violence in modern China, and author of The Bible
and the Gun: Christianity in South China, 1860-1900 (New York and London:
is Professor of Asian Studies and Asian American Studies
at St. John’s University in Queens, New York City. She is a
professional historian, with a Ph.D. in History from Columbia
University, the author of many books on Chinese history, the
editor of Chinese Studies in History, the founding editor of
Journal of Chinese American Studies, and the founding
president of the Society for Chinese American Studies. During
the past decade, she has been advocating "Catching history in
the making" by collecting materials on current developments
likely to significantly extend into the future, such as the
history of Chinese with an American education.
assistant professor at Montclair State University in the
Department of Human Ecology where she teaches undergraduate
and graduate courses in nutrition education, research, and
food-related courses. She is also serving as director of the
Didactic Program in Dietetics for undergraduate students
pursuing careers in the field of nutrition and dietetics. Her
research interests include applications of social
psychological theories of health behavior in Chinese Americans
and nutrition education of minority populations.
She received her
doctorate degree in nutrition education at Teachers
College/Columbia University. In addition, she was an adjunct
instructor at Brooklyn College and Kingsborough Community
College for three years teaching medical nutrition therapy and
introductory nutrition courses.
Joanna Sit has taught literature and creative writing at Brooklyn College, NYU and Medgar Evers College. Her work has appeared in Pearl, Context South, The Ledge, Mudfish, and other literary journals. Her long poem, “Bitten by an Unusual fly,” was recently included in the anthology Monologues From The Road, published by Heinemann Press in New Hampshire. She has read at the Knitting Factory, Teachers and Writers Collaborative, Dixon Place, La Mama La Galleria, the 11th Street Bar, and other venues in New York City. She is currently looking for a publisher for her new book of poems, East to East.
Jenny Liu is currently working on her Ph.D. at the University of London and is the Research Associate for the special exhibition China: The Dawn of the Golden Age (200-750 A.D.) at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (October 5, 2004-January 23, 2005). After receiving her B.A. in English and Chinese History at Berkeley, Ms. Liu obtained an M.Phil. in East Asian Archaeology at Cambridge, and held visiting fellowships at both the Institute of Archaeology of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing and the Institute of History and Philology of Academia Sinica in Taipei.
Keming Liu, daughter of a former
KMT general, was born in mainland China and came to the U.S.
to pursue her advanced studies. She teaches writing,
linguistics, and ESL at Medgar Evers College and holds an Ed.D.
in Applied Linguistics from Teachers' College, Columbia
University and M.A. in TESOL and Computer Technology. A
foreign correspondent for Trends, a fashion magazine
published in mainland China with a circulation of 25,000,
Dr. Liu holds interest in research on language and cognition
and Chinese literati in the Diaspora. As a Sasakawa fellow,
Dr. Liu desires to explore Asian art, culture, and literature
and hopes to publish books and articles in the varied fields
Mallipattana, Ph.D in French, has been the Chair of the
Dept. of Foreign Languages in the Bangalore University
India, which she established and developed. She has recently
migrated to the US to join her husband and children and is
currently teaching at NYU and FIT New York.
has studied in France and India. An active member of many
cultural organizations in India, she has directed and
presided over the cultural activities of the Alliance
Française de Bangalore for over 10 years and the Bangalore
chapter of the Dante Alighéri for 8 years. She worked as
member of the Peer team of the National Assessment and
Accreditation Council and has been member of Academic bodies
and Governing Council of various Universities and Colleges
in India. She was a special invitee of the French Govt. to
develop French studies in south India which she did
successfully. She collaborated with the French Embassy and
the University Grants Commission to organize “International
Workshops for Training French Teachers in Asia.” and a
national seminar on “Applications of Foreign Languages” for
over 250 Business Houses and College Administrators.
has conducted extensive research in varied fields like
literature, philosophy, history and translation and has many
publications to her credit. She has translated from French
into English archival material (2009 letters) related to the
colonial rule of the French in India which is published by
the Govt. of India. She has lectured on various research
topics at International and National seminars and symposia.
Pyong Gap Min is Professor
of Sociology at Queens College and the Graduate Center of the
City University of New York. The areas of his research focus
are immigration, ethnicity, ethnic business, women’s gender
role, and immigrants’ religions, with a special focus on Asian
Americans. He is the author of three books, including
Caught in the Middle: Korean Communities in New York and Los
Angeles (1996), the winner of two national book awards. He
is the editor or co-editor of five books. They include The
Second Generation: Ethnic Identity among Asian Americans
(2002) and Mass Migration to the United States:
Classical and Contemporary Periods (2002).
Rory O'Connor has directed, written, and produced a litany of documentary films and television programs, including the CBS News "48 Hours" and PBS "Frontline" and "NewsHour" programs. He has also served as Executive Producer of Globalvision's two acclaimed weekly television series, South Africa Now and Rights & Wrongs: Human Rights Television . His work has received considerable professional recognition, including a George Polk Award, a Writer's Guild Award, two Emmies, an Iris, a Cine Gold Eagle, and many others. O'Connor's most recent films examine the effects of poverty and of globalization around the world, economic reforms and human rights in China, and the origins of ethnic cleansing in Yugoslavia.
Rupal Oza is an assistant professor at
The Women's Studies Program at Hunter College. She
received her doctorate from the Department of Geography at
Rutghers University and has taught at Georgetown University in
DC and at Mt. Holyoke College.
Rishi S. Raj receieved his B.S.
with honors from Punjab University, M.S. with honors in
Mechanical Engineering (Power Generation) from USSR and Ph.D.
in Aerospace Engineering from Penn. State University. He has
served as Distinguished Fellow of ASEE-US NAVY, Fellow of NASA
and Technical Specialist of US Army. He has been consultant to
U.S. Industry, UNO in the area of aircraft engines. He is
member of the N.J. State Board of Engineers and presently
professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at City
College of New York, CUNY. He also served as a Dean in the
He is the
founding president of the Society of Indian Academics in
America. Prof. Raj is the author/coauthor of several books;
Science and Logic of the Absolutely Pure, Turning Point,
Balance, and many technical papers. He has extensively
traveled, organized and chaired technical conferences in
Australia, India, Israel, U.K., Germany, Canada, Holland,
Belgium, Russia, and the United States. HE has also served as
President of the Republican Club of Emerson in N.J.
Murray A. Rubinstein received his Ph.D. in history at New York University and has
spent his academic career as a member of the History
Department and Chair of the Asian /Asian American Studies
program at of Baruch College of the City University of New York. He has studied and
written essays and books about the Western missionary
enterprise in Guangdong, the Christian Community on Taiwan, the redevelopment of the
cross-strait religious matrix that binds popular temples in Fujian and on Taiwan, and the political development of Taiwan,
the Taiwanese women's movement, and development of Taiwanese
identity. His books include the monograph, The Protestant
Community on Modern Taiwan (M.E.Sharpe, 1991) and the edited
volumes, The Other Taiwan (M.E. Sharpe, 1994) Taiwan, a new
history (M.E. Sharpe, 1999), and (with Paul R. Katz) Religion
and the Formation of Taiwanese Idenities(Palgrave/St. Martins,
2003).A new co-edited volume on women in modern Taiwan is
scheduled for publication in the Fall of 2003.
Thaddeus Rutkowski is a graduate of Cornell University
and The Johns Hopkins University. His novel, Roughhouse (Kaya
Press, New York), was a finalist for the Members¹ Choice of
the Asian American Literary Awards. His work has been
anthologized in Sweet Jesus: Poems About the Ultimate Icon
(Anthology Editions), Help Yourself (Autonomedia), The Outlaw
Bible of American Poetry (Thunder¹s Mouth), and The Bits
(Three Rivers/Crown). His stories have appeared in Fiction,
American Letters and Commentary, Asian Pacific American
Journal, Columbia Review, CutBank, Pleiades, Artful Dodge, The
Laurel Review and other magazines. He teaches at Pace
University and the Writer¹s Voice of the West Side YMCA. He
has been a resident at Yaddo, MacDowell and other colonies and
has written book reviews for The New York Times and other
Joanna Sit has taught literature and
creative writing at Brooklyn College, NYU and Medgar Evers
College. Her work has appeared in Pearl, Context South, The
Ledge, Mudfish, and other literary journals. Her long poem,
“Bitten by an Unusual fly,” was recently included in the
anthology Monologues From The Road, published by Heinemann
Press in New Hampshire. She has read at the Knitting Factory,
Teachers and Writers Collaborative, Dixon Place, La Mama La
Galleria, the 11th Street Bar, and other venues in New York
City. She is currently looking for a publisher for her new
book of poems, East to East.
Lee Sung, professor emeritus and chairperson of Asian
American / Asian Research Institute, CUNY. As the daughter
of a Paper Son, she is one of the first scholars in the East
coast to study various issues of Paper Sons and she
catalogued Paper Sons immigration records for the National
Thomas Tam is Acting Chairman of Asian American Higher Education Council, and Executive Director of Asian American/Asian Research Institute, as well as the President of Oishi Movies, Inc. which produced a feature: Sunrise on Mulberry Street. He received his Ph.D. degree in SocioMedical Sciences with honors from Columbia University, and other degrees in Film-making, Public Health, and Physics from Montclair State University, Columbia, and City College of New York.
Virginia M. Tong, Ph.D., is Professor of Education at Hunter College, CUNY where she teaches
in the Masters in Arts Program in TESOL. Her research
interests are acculturation, computer assisted language
learning/literacy, and teacher education.
Maria R. Volpe, Ph.D. is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Dispute Resolution Program at John Jay College of Criminal
Justice - City University of New York, and serves as Convener of the CUNY Dispute Resolution Consortium, a university-wide project
funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. She teaches dispute resolution courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels; mediates conflicts in educational settings; conducts dispute resolution skills training for a wide range of groups. Her current research focuses on police use of mediation, dispute resolution in educational settings, and ADR Responses to 9/11. Dr. Volpe received her Ph.D. from New York University where she was an NIMH Fellow.
Michael Weiner is Professor of Modern Japanese History, and Chair of the Department Asia Pacific Studies at San Diego State University. He obtained his BA from Sophia Tokyo (1976), and Ph.D. from the University of Sheffield (1982).
Prof. Weiner was previously a Research Professor at the University of Sheffield (1984-2000), and Visiting Professor at the University of Massachusetts (1991-1992), Dartmouth
College (1995), Hokkaido University (1985), and Hosei University (1980-82).
Prof. Weiner is the author of numerous articles, book reviews, and publications including The Origins of the Korean Community in Japan (Humanities Press 1990), Japan's Minorities; the illusion of homogeneity (Routledge 1997), and Japan: Race and Identity [3 volumes] (Routledge Modern Japan Library 2004).
Ronald D. Woo is Special
Assistant to the Deputy Chancellor for Teaching and Learning
with the New York City Department of Education. He is
currently spearheading the development of the High School for
Dual Language and Asian Studies - the first of its kind in the
nation. Ron also teaches Education Law at Baruch College.
John Yau is the author of more than two dozen books of poetry, fiction, and
criticism. His most recent books of poetry include Borrowed Love Poems (Penguin)
and My Heart is That Eternal Rose Tattoo (Black Sparrow Press). The Passionate
Spectator, a book of essays on poetry and art, will be published by the
University of Michigan Press. His next book of poems--which is not yet
titled--will be published by Penguin in 2006. He was recently appointed
Assistant Professor of Critical Studies at Mason Gross School of the Arts
Marion Yuen, president of The MYA Group, is a communication advisor, researcher and mediator. A skilled convenor and facilitator, Marion brings together diverse audiences and provides them with platforms for open, efficient face-to-face information exchange. She has moderated numerous focus groups, assisting organizations in clarifying their objectives and implementing initiatives. Marion has practiced mediation in a variety of settings. She serves as a mediator for the New York County Supreme Court (Commercial Division), United States Postal Service, Internal Revenue Service, Brooklyn & Manhattan Mediation Centers, and NASD Dispute Resolution. Marion holds master's degrees in Communications from Columbia University Teachers College and in Biophysics from the University of California at Berkeley, and a bachelor's degree in Physics from Wellesley College.