News on Promotions and Tenure

Congratulations to the following members of our core faculty on their promotions, effective July 2015:

  • Professor Wei-Chin Hwang (CMC) has been promoted to full professor.
  • Professor Warren Liu (Scripps) has been promoted to associate professor with tenure.
  • Professor Tamara Venit-Shelton (CMC) has been promoted to associate professor with tenure.

Press releases to follow.

Professor Thai Named to “40 Under 40: Professors Who Inspire” List

Congratulations to Professor Hung Cam Thai who was named to the “40 Under 40: Professors Who Inspire” list.

“Thai is known for “guiding” his students, rather than lecturing them. One student at the college in Claremont, California, says it would be difficult to find another professor as dedicated to mentorship or more passionate about sociology than Thai. Another student describes working with Thai in Vietnam to document the lives of Western expatriates: “The opportunity to experience all parts of the creation of sociological knowledge — from target group selection to data acquisition to data analysis — sparked the interest that has led me to pursue sociology in my graduate studies.” – See the complete list.

Professors Miyake and Kassam: 2015 Wig Distinguished Professor Awards for Excellence in Teaching

Pomona College Professors Lynne Miyake (IDAAS core faculty) and Zayn Kassam (IDAAS affiliated faculty) have received the 2015 Wig Distinguished Professor Award for Excellence in Teaching. The award is the highest honor bestowed on Pomona faculty, recognizing exceptional teaching, concern for students and service to the College and community.

The recipients are elected by the junior and senior classes and then confirmed by a committee of trustees, faculty and students.

Lynne Miyake, professor of Japanese, teaches elementary, intermediate and advanced Japanese; Graphically Speaking: Japanese Manga and its Buds; Japanese/Japanese American Women Writers; and Japanese and Japanese American Autobiography.

Student comment: “Encyclopedic knowledge of her favorite subjects (e.g. manga and anime), willingness to approach it from a variety of angles and take student feedback into account on that front. Miyake sensei constantly brings an incredible energy to all of the classes she teaches. I appreciate how she constantly pushes you to do better and continue learning despite the Japanese language’s difficulty curve.”

Zayn Kassam, the John Knox McLean Professor of Religious Studies, teaches Engendering and Experience: Women in Islamic Traditions; Islamic Thought; Sufism; The Divine Body: Religion and the Environment; and The Religion of Islam. This is her third Wig Award, previously received in 1998 and 2005.

Student comment: “Prof. Kassam is eloquent, caring, and brilliant. She can turn a small moment into a resonating statement about tolerance. By teaching us how to investigate Islam by learning its history and spiritual legacy, she flipped the culturally deterministic script that dominates popular discussion of the religion in a highly necessary way.”

WEB LINK: http://www.pomona.edu/news/2015/05/18-wig-awards-2015.aspx.

Congratulations Professor Miyake and Professor Kassam!

Fall 2015 Courses

The Fall 2015 courses have been posted.

If you would like to get more information about the courses we are offering this fall 2015, please attend our Fall 2015 Course Info Session on Friday, April 10 at 5:00pm in Lincoln 1121, Pomona College. Some faculty will be there to answer questions you may have about their courses.

2015 Paid Summer Internship Program Opportunity in Los Angeles

Leadership in Action (LIA) is an eight-week paid summer internship program designed to develop emerging young leaders by providing college students with practical leadership skills and the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working in Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community in Southern California.

Leadership in Action interns are placed in selected community-based organizations in Southern California, where they are expected to work 4 full days per week under an assigned staff supervisor.  Work assignments differ according to each organization’s programs and needs.

Each week, one day will be devoted to leadership development training or issue discussions and group project work.  Nationally recognized trainers will deliver workshops in critical skill areas.  Issue discussions are on local or timely topics of interest and are facilitated by local community leaders/activists and LEAP trainers.

PROGRAM LENGTH AND STIPEND

The eight-week program runs from June 15 through August 7, 2015.  Interns will receive compensation in the amount of $2,500 for successful completion of the program and are responsible for their own housing, transportation, and insurance.

WHO SHOULD APPLY?

College students or recent graduates with…

• Prior experience in API communities
• A passion for learning and growing leadership skills
• An interest in gaining work experience in an API community-based nonprofit organization

HOW TO APPLY

1. Complete the Leadership in Action application, either online or by mailing it in.
2. Submit the following documents:
– Two letters of recommendation
– Current resume
– Official transcript
– One Page Personal Statement.

WHERE TO APPLY
http://www.leap.org/lia_2015

DEADLINE
All application materials must be received by Monday, March 9, 2015.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT PROGRAM
http://www.leap.org/empower_lia

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, CONTACT
Mayta Lor
Development Associate
Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP)
Office:  213.485.1422 x4105
Work Mobile:  213.281.0255
Email:  mlor@leap.org

Spring 2015 Courses

The Spring 2015 courses have been posted. Download a copy here.

If you would like to get more information about the courses we are offering this spring 2015, please attend our Spring 2015 Course Info Session on Wednesday, November 5th at 4:30pm in Lincoln 1121, Pomona College. Some faculty will be there to answer questions you may have about their courses.

Fall 2014 Courses

The Fall 2014 courses have been posted. Download a copy here.

If you would like to get more information about the courses we are offering in the fall 2014, please attend our Fall 2014 Course Info Session on Tuesday, April 15th at 4:15pm in Lincoln 1121, Pomona College. Some faculty will be there to answer questions you may have about their future courses.

Hung Cam Thai (2014): Published Book

Insufficient FundsInsufficient Funds: The Culture of Money in Low-Wage Transnational Families
Hung Cam Thai
Stanford University Press.

“Every year migrants across the globe send more than $500 billion to relatives in their home countries, and this circulation of money has important personal, cultural, and emotional implications for the immigrants and their family members alike. Insufficient Funds tells the story of how low-wage Vietnamese immigrants in the United States and their poor, non-migrant family members give, receive, and spend money.

Drawing on interviews and fieldwork with more than one hundred members of transnational families, Hung Cam Thai examines how and why immigrants, who largely earn low wages as hairdressers, cleaners, and other “invisible” workers, send home a substantial portion of their earnings, as well as spend lavishly on relatives during return trips. Extending beyond mere altruism, this spending is motivated by complex social obligations and the desire to gain self-worth despite their limited economic opportunities in the United States. At the same time, such remittances raise expectations for standards of living, producing a cascade effect that monetizes family relationships. Insufficient Funds powerfully illuminates these and other contradictions associated with money and its new meanings in an increasingly transnational world.”