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!

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.”

Job: Part-time visiting lecturer in Asian American Studies at Pomona College, Fall 2013

The Intercollegiate Department of Asian American Studies at the Claremont Colleges invites applications for part-time, visiting lecturer positions to teach one course in Asian American Studies during the Fall 2013 semester. In addition to our “Contemporary Issues in Asian America,” we welcome applicants who can offer a social science oriented course or a special topics course which complements our curriculum, especially courses on Pacific Islander, Southeast Asian, mixed race, or mixed ethnicity Asian Americans.  Applicants should have a Ph.D. or be ABD, and have some teaching experience.

The Claremont Colleges (Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, Pomona, and Scripps) are liberal arts colleges located 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. We value diversity, and actively encourage applications from women and members of historically underrepresented groups.

Please submit in PDF form a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, proposed course syllabus, course evaluations, and three references via email to Prof. Hung Cam Thai at hung.thai@pomona.edu.

Job: Part-time, Visiting Lecturer in Asian American Studies (Fall 2013)

The Intercollegiate Department of Asian American Studies at the Claremont Colleges invites applications for part-time, visiting lecturer positions to teach one course in Asian American Studies during the Fall 2013 semester. We welcome applicants who can offer a social-science oriented course on “South Asian Communities”  or a special topics course which complements our curriculum, especially courses on Pacific Islander, Southeast Asian, mixed race, or mixed ethnicity Asian Americans. Applicants should have a Ph.D. or be ABD, and have some teaching experience.

The Claremont Colleges (Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, Pomona, and Scripps) are liberal arts colleges located 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. We value diversity, and actively encourage applications from women and members of historically underrepresented groups.

Please submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, proposed course syllabus, course evaluations, and three references via email to madeline.gosiaco@pomona.edu, followed by a hard copy of your application materials to:

Madeline Gosiaco
Intercollegiate Department of Asian American Studies
Claremont Colleges
Lincoln Building 1118
647 N. College Way
Claremont, CA 91711

Review of applications will begin March 1, 2013. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Ming-Yuen S. Ma (2012): Published book

Resolutions 3: Global Networks of Video.
Ming-Yuen S. Ma and Erika Suderburg, eds.
University of Minnesota Press.

Resolutions 3 explores the wide-ranging implications of video art and video-based production in contemporary media culture. Intending to broaden, contest, and amplify the mediated space defined by its two predecessors—Resolution and Resolutions—the contributors to this volume investigate the ever-changing state of video’s deployment as examiner, tool, journal reportage, improvisation, witness, riff, leverage, and document.”