Crossing East Scholar Biographies


Judy Yung, Lead Scholar, is professor of American studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Publications include, most recently, Unbound Feet: A Social History of Chinese Women in San Francisco (1995) and Unbound Voices: A Documentary History of Chinese Women in San Francisco (1999), Chinese Women of America: A Pictorial History (University of Washington Press, 1986). And Island: Poetry and History of Chinese Immigrants on Angel Island, 1910-1940 (University of Washington Press, 1980, 1991).

Judy Yung interviewed on NPR for the segment: Rebuilding Chinatown After the 1906 Quake - click to hear

Dia Cha, Consulting Scholar, is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Ethnic Studies at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota and a Research Associate with the Science Museum in St. Paul.  Among her publications are Hmong American Concepts of Health, Healing, and Conventional Medicine (2003) and Dia's Story Cloth: The Hmong People's Journey to Freedom (1996). She traveled to China as the Hmong Delegation to the United Nations' World Conference on Women and has twice appeared as an expert before Congress.
Jeffrey Barlow, Consulting Scholar, holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a specialist in the history of the Sino-Vietnamese frontier region and author of four books and numerous articles published in the U.S., Taiwan, India, China, and Singapore. He lived in East Asia over six years and received two Fulbrights for study in Taiwan.
Catherine Ceniza Choy, Consulting Scholar, is associate professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley and received her Ph.D. in History from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her interests are in the fields of Asian American and Filipino American history. She is author of "Empire of Care: Nursing and Migration in Filipino American History" Her current book project is a history of Asian international adoption in America.

Bill Ong Hing, Consulting Scholar, is a Professor of Law and Asian American Studies at the University of California, Davis, where he teaches Constitutional Law, Comparative Public Service Strategies, Asian American History, Asian Americans and the Law, Chinese American Experience, and directs the law school clinical program. He is author of To Be anAmerican: Cultural Pluralism and the Rhetoric of Assimilation, Making and Remaking Asian America Through Immigration Policy , Immigration and the Law: A Dictionary and Handling Immigration Cases. His new book is Defining America Through Immigration Policy.

Bill Hing interviewed on NPR for the segment: Immigration and Assimilation in America - click to hear

Franklin Odo, Consulting Scholar, is the Director of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program and curator at the National Museum of American History. He has taught at the University of Hawaii, the University of Pennsylvania, Hunter College, Princeton, and Columbia University. Mr. Odo is the editor of The Columbia Documentary History of the Asian American Experience. His previous books include A Pictorial History of the Japanese in Hawai'i and Roots: An Asian American Reader, co-edited with Amy Tachiki, Eddie Wong, and Buck Wong.
Gary Okihiro, Consulting Scholar, is the Director of the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, and a Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. His research interests are Asian-American Studies and Southern Africa.  He is the author of several books in U.S. and African Histories, most recently of The Columbia Guide to Asian American History (Columbia University Press, 2001) and Common Ground: Reimagining American History (Princeton University Press, 2001).
Jaideep Singh, Consulting Scholar, (Ph.D. UC Berkeley, Comparative Ethnic Studies, 2008) is an Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies at California State University, East Bay. He is co-founder and Director of the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund, a mediawatch and civil rights advocacy organization. His research interests include the historical and contemporary development of the South Asian American diaspora, contemporary race relations, representations of race and gender in popular culture, racialized politics, and the intersections of religious and racial bigotry in the contemporary United States.
Ronald Takaki, Consulting Scholar and grandson of Japanese plantation laborers in Hawaii, is Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Takaki received his Ph.D. in American history from Berkeley in 1967. Takaki's several award winning books include: Pau Hana: Plantation Life and Labor in Hawaii; the critically acclaimed Iron Cages, a study of race and culture in 19th century America; the Pulitzer Prize nominated Strangers from a Different Shore: A History of Asian Americans and A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America.
Dr. Linda Trinh Vo, Consulting Scholar, is a Professor in the Department of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Irvine. She is the author of "Mobilizing an Asian American Community" (2004). She is a Board Member of the Southeast Asian Archive at UC Irvine, which collects and documents the experiences of Cambodian, Laotian, and Vietnamese Americans, a Board Member of the Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA) and an organizing member of the Vietnamese International Film Festival held in Southern California.
Ji-Yeon Yuh, Consulting Scholar, specializes in Asian American history and Asian diasporas at Northwestern University . She is the author of "Beyond the Shadow of Camptown: Korean Military Brides in America". With a fellowship from the Social Science Research Council, she recently spent a year in China and Japan researching ethnic Korean communities for a comparative study of the Korean diaspora in China, Japan and the United States. ry. She is a co-founder and National Spokesperson of the Alliance of Scholars Concerned about Korea (www.asck.org), an organization advocating peace on the Korean peninsula.

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