Spring 2008  
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Karen J. Leong
APAS Director
Associate Professor
Women and Gender Studies

Office Hours: M 1-2, Tu 10-11 and by appointment
Office: Wilson 351
Phone: 480.727.6052
Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Leong's scholarship focuses on the intersections of gender, race, and nation with an emphasis on how U.S.-Asian relations have shaped constructions of Asian American identity and policies relating to Asian American communities from the 19th century to the present. Her book, The China Mystique: Pearl S. Buck, Anna May Wong, Mayling Soong, and the Transformation of American Orientalism was published by the University of California Press in summer 2005. She is co-coordinator of the Japanese Americans in Arizona Oral History Project, a collaboration between the JACL Arizona Chapter and ASU APAS, and is co-editing a book based on the collected oral histories. In addition, she is researching her current book project, Asian American Masculinities and the United States Film Industry.

Karen J. Kuo
Assistant Professor

Office Hours: W 11:30-12:30 and by appointment
Office: Wilson 358
Phone: 480.965.9121
Curriculum Vitae
Audio Clip: "History, Nation, Masculinity"

Dr. Kuo is APAS' newest faculty member. She is currently working on a book that explores the effects of U.S. diplomacy, history and American popular culture on early twentieth-century representations of Asia and Asians. Her research and teaching interests focus on representations of Asian Pacific Americans in literature and film, film studies, film theory, immigrant literature, postcolonial theory, and twentieth-century British and American Literature. In addition she is co-editing Japanese Americans in Arizona. Her future work will explore the formation of Taiwanese American communities and identity during the Cold War.

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Associate Professor

Office Hours: Tu 3-5and by appointment
Wilson 358
Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Li is a geographer whose own research explores new patterns of settlement among Asian immigrants in the Americans, and the role of transnational financial networks in their development. Dr. Li has an edited collection, From Urban Enclave to Ethnic Suburb: new Asian communities in Pacific Rim countries and a monograph, Ethnoburb: the New Ethnic Community in Urban America forthcoming from University of Hawaii Press. She teaches classes about Chinese American communities, and the migration of Asian Pacific Americans in the global economy. She is currently serving as the elected Vice Chair of the Census Advisory Committee on the Asian Population of the U.S. Census Bureau.

Jeffrey Ow

Office Hours: Tu 10:30-11:30, W 1:30-2:30 and by appointment
Office: Wilson 366
Phone: 480.727.8505

Jeffrey A. Ow is a fifth generation Chinese American with a master's in Asian American Studies from UCLA (1994) and is a Ph.D. candidate at UC Berkeley’s Ethnic Studies Department. Jeff’s primary work is on the social and spatial history of the Angel Island Immigration Station (AIIS), located in the San Francisco Bay. AIIS served as an enforcement location for Federal Chinese Exclusionary Laws from 1910-1940, where approximately 200,000 Chinese immigrants were detained and interrogated. Jeff is also interested in writing a memoir about his Asian American family’s struggles with history and health, focusing on the narratives of cancers and addictions that have simultaneously torn apart and reunited family members.

Brandon Yoo
Assistant Professor

Office Hours: Th 12 - 1:30 and by appointment
Office: Wilson 370
Phone: 480.727.7340
Personal Website

Dr. Yoo received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (August 2006). His research interest broadly examines how racial minorities experience and cope with various culture-specific stressors. One area of particular interest is the role and function of cultural identity in the lives of racial minorities, especially for Asian Americans. This research seeks to answer the following three interrelated questions: 1) What are the structure, measurement, and psychological benefits of the different cultural identities (e.g., racial, ethnic, etc.) for Asian Americans? 2) When and how is cultural identity protective against culture-specific stressors such as racism? 3) What type of experiences and situations are most relevant to the different cultural identity developments?