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Dr. George Hong is currently President of the Society for Family Psychology - Division 43 of the American Psychological Association.

Dr. Kylie Hsu is the Director of the Chinese Studies Center and the Faculty Advisor to the Chinese Culture Club. A recipient of the CSULA 2008 Outstanding Professor Award, her research areas include word structure and discourse analysis, language and cultural socialization, language pedagogy, intercultural communication, and instructional technology. Her professional activities include organizing, chairing, and presenting papers at national and international conferences, holding offices in professional societies, serving on editorial boards, and authoring a number of publications, including several linguistics research monographs and a multi-volume textbook, Practical Chinese Exercises (2008).

Dr. Jun Liu has published five books and seven articles since 2008. In addition to his monographs, Modernity in Fugue: Revelations from 19th Century European Literature (2008, in Chinese) and A History of American Literature (2008), he co-authored the 6-volume series, English Through Culture (6 vols. 2004-2010), and published two translation works, An Empty Room: Mu Xin Stories (2011) and Beijing Opera Cao Cao and Yang Xiu (2011). His article appeared in leading English and Chinese journals. In addition, he gave three invited lectures and four keynote speeches in the last three years. Currently he holds three honorable titles: the Xiaoxiang Scholar Lecture-series Professorship (Hunan Province, China); the Jianfeng Scholar Lecture-series Professorship (Zhejiang province, China) and the Qiantang Scholar Endowed Professorship (Zhejiang, China).  

Dr. Stephen K. Ma is a twice recipient of the Fulbright Senior Specialists grant and a recipient of the Foreign Sinologists grant by HANBAN of China's Ministry of Education. He currently serves as the Director of the Institute for Executive Leadership at California State University, Los Angeles. He has authored/co-authored, edited/co-edited nine books and numerous articles. His most recent article, “Environmental Management in China: Globalization and Its Challenge,” was included in Global Environmental Challenges (University of Toronto Press, 2008).

Dr. Afshin Matin-asgari’s monograph, Iranian Student Opposition to the Shah: 1960s-1970s (Mazda Publishers, 2002), was reprinted in 2008. His new book, Both Eastern and Western: Twentieth-century Iran's National and Religious Identity, will be published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2012. Since 2008, he has published five essays, including, most recently, “The Pahlavi Era: Iranian Modernity in Global Context (1920s-70s)” (Iran: Past and Present, Cambridge University Press, 2011).

Dr. Munyi Shea's research interests and scholarship focus on ethnic minority mental health and culturally responsive prevention and intervention. She is currently working on four research projects: 1) School-based bullying prevention for immigrant parents and children; 2) cultural adaptation of cognitive behavioral treatment for Mexican American women with eating disorders; 3) Ethnic minority college students' psychological well-being and career development, 4)Subjective Masculinity/Femininity Experiences. She and her research team presented four poster sessions at the 2010 annual meeting of the American Psychological Association Conference in San Diego, U.S. Recently Dr. Shea received two awards—one internal, one external. They are:
Collaborative Mini-grant—Community Engagement Award (California State University, Los Angeles, March 2011); and Promoting Psychological Research and Training on Health Disparities Issues at Ethnic Minority Serving Institutions (ProDIGs) Grant, issued by American Psychological Association Science Directorate and the APA Public Interest Directorate’s Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs (July 2011).

Dr. Jongwook Woo published two co-authored research articles in leading science journals (Journal of Software, The Journal of Protein Science) in 2008. He is also the recipient of 2010 Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information Grand Award (“Map/Reduce Cloud Computing”) and 2010 CSULA School of Business and Economics Grant Award (“Integrating GIS and Socialization”). Most recently Dr. Woo received a $3,100 Grant Award (March 24 2011 – Feb 29 2012) from Amazon AWS Academic Cloud Computing Initiative in Education, to study and implement Map/Reduce parallel computing on Hadoop for Big Data.

Dr. Qingyun Wu is currently coordinator of the Chinese Program. she had been director of the Chinese Studies Center from 1991 to 2008. During this period, the Center organized and co-sponsored over 100 events including academic symposiums, painting exhibits, guest lectures, and annual Chinese Confucius’ Birthday Celebration.  The Center also created the Annual Chinese Poetry Recitation Contest, the East-West Guest Lecture Series, and Major Tsai Scholarship and Chinese BA Scholarship. Dr. Wu was also coordinator of the Chinese Program from 1991 to 2005and assumed the role again in winter 2009. She has been doing research in Chinese Ming-Qing Novel, Chinese women's literature, Chinese utopian thought, and Asian-American film and Literature. In addition to numerous articles, and conference presentations, She has published a dozen of books in English and Chinese, including, most recently, a translation, A Novel About the Chinese People’s Liberation Army: The Third Eye (2010), with a Foreword by the famous historian Paul Ropp.   

Dr. Hengchun Ye is the recipient of 2010 Climate Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers John Russell Mather’s paper of the year award (“Atmospheric Moisture Content Associated with Surface Air Temperatures over Northern Eurasia," International Journal of Climatology10). She became a team member with Dr. C. Robles and Dr. P Krug at the CSULA as part of the Cooperative institute for Marine Ecosystems and Climate supported by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and was a NASA Summer Faculty Fellow at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory during 2003-2010. Since 2008 she has published seven articles in leading journals of climatology. Most recently, Dr. Ye received a grant of $185,359 from the National Science Foundation for her reserach project entitled "Collaborative Research: Critical Issues on Cold Region Precipitation Characteristics."














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