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Hmong Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship – University of Minnesota


The Program in Asian American Studies and the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Minnesota are pleased to announce a new 2009-2010 Postdoctoral Fellowship in any field of Hmong Studies, generously funded by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.

Applicants should conduct research germane to Hmong Studies. Proposed research projects should have the potential to make a significant contribution to the field.

During their stay at the University of Minnesota, postdoctoral fellows will be expected to participate in research, teaching, and service. While research is the primary responsibility, fellows will be expected to teach one course related to their research interests and consonant with the curricular needs of the Asian American Studies program. In addition, fellows are expected to give one talk on campus on their research project.

The stipend for 2009-2010 year will be $45,000, with full fringe benefits. The program will provide the fellow with office space and routine office support for photocopying, faxing, mailing, etc.

A doctoral degree in hand is required by August 31, 2009. Preference will be given to applicants who have completed their degrees in the past five years. The postdoctoral fellowship will begin on August 31, 2009, is for one year, and is non-renewable.

Applications should be completed on-line at the UMN jobsite (search for requisition # 160379).

To guarantee full consideration, application materials should be submitted to the Institute for Advanced Study by April 15, 2009.

If you have any questions, please contact Ann Waltner (Email Ann Waltner) or Erika Lee (Email Dr. Lee).


Erika Lee, Director
Asian American Studies Program
Associate Professor Department of History and Asian American Studies
University of Minnesota
1012 Heller Hall
271 -19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
work: 612/624-9569
fax: 612/624-7096

Opportunity to Support Research at University of Texas, Austin

Dr. Eun-Ok Im is conducting an Internet survey study on the physical activity attitudes among diverse ethnic groups of American middle-aged women (40-60 Y/O).

We are inviting you to help us announce this study.  This is simple, please post the following link ( on your website, announce the study through your newsletter, or forward it to your members. We strongly believe that women in your organization will benefit from participation in our study.  With more participation, we can make our data more complete.  Besides, women’s opinions and experiences are very imperative and cannot be neglected.

Each participant will be rewarded with a $10 gift card for the Internet survey and a $50 gift card for the online forum discussion (6 months).

The survey will begin by asking you a series of eligibility questions. If the study has filled our sampling quota for an individual with your characteristics you will receive a kind message that states so.  Upon completion of the survey, you will be invited to join the optional online forum discussion.  Sorry, but we are unable to translate the survey into any other language except English, hopefully this does not discourage anyone.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about our study. Thank you so much for considering this study. Have a great day!

Cindy Tsai
Research Assistant
School of Nursing
University of Texas at Austin
1700 Red River
Austin, TX 78701
E-mail Cindy Tsai

Religion and Theology in Asian America: An ISAAC Lecture Series

ISAAC is delighted to announce the inauguration of “Religion and Theology in Asian America” (RTAA) lectureship in 2009. ISAAC, in partnership with colleges, universities and seminaries across North America, will sponsor talks by scholars and practitioners who specialize in Asian American Religion and Theology (with special attention to Christianity). We are in conversation with U.C. Berkeley, University of San Francisco, and Fuller Theological Seminary about hosting at least three lectures in 2009.

The Society of Asian North American Christian Studies (SANACS) steering committee oversees and recruits speakers for the RTAA lectures. The members of the steering committee are:

Dr. Russell Jeung
Associate Professor of Asian American Studies
College of Ethnic Studies
San Francisco State University
San Francisco, California

Dr. Rebecca Y. Kim
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Pepperdine University
Malibu, California

Dr. Jonathan Tan
Assistant Professor of Minorities’ Studies and World Religions
Xavier University
Cincinnati, Ohio

Dr. Timothy Tseng
Executive Director
Institute for the Study of Asian American Christianity
Castro Valley, California

Dr. Russell Yee
Managing Editor
SANACS Journal
Oakland, California

For our “speakers pool,” we are interested in identifying scholars or practitioners who can address a wide range of issues that intersect with the experiences of Asian Christians in North America (e.g, the civic engagement practices of Asian American Catholics, Protestants, and evangelicals; trans-national and diasporic aspects of religion and theology in Asia America; the impact of the North American context on ethnic Asian spirituality and religious practices; reflections on the intersections or disconnections between the study of race, gender, politics, and religion in Asian American studies; etc.).

ISAAC also seeks donors who would like to make these lectures more widely available. We estimate a budget of $5,000 for each lecture. You may direct your gifts to this lecture – go to for more information or to make an on-line gift.

If you represent an educational institution that is interested in hosting a lecture, if you are interested in becoming a member of the “speakers pool,” or if you are interested in contributing to the lectures, please email Tim Tseng for details.

New publication: Christianity as an Issue in the History of U.S.-China Relations

From: Dong Wang

I am pleased to announce the publication of “Christianity as an Issue in the History of U.S.-China Relations” (pp. 185), a special volume of the Journal of American-East Asian Relations, edited by Dong Wang.

Table of Contents

1. Study of the History of Christianity in U.S.-China Relations: A New Departure? by Daniel H. Bays
2. Introduction to Christianity in China as an Issue in the History of U.S.-China Relations by Dong Wang
3. Union Theological Seminary and the Christian Church in China by Yihua Xu
4. Christianity, Academics, and National Salvation in China: Yenching University, 1924-1949 by Arthur Lewis Rosenbaum
5. The Christian Student Movement, YMCAs, and Transnationalism in Republican China by Charles A. Keller
6. Portraying Chinese Christianity: The American Press and U.S.-China Relations since the 1920s by Dong Wang
7. Protestantism in Twentieth-Century Chinese America: The Impact of Transnationalism on the Chinese Diaspora by Timothy Tseng
8. “Our Neighbors but Not Our Countrymen”: Christianity and the Chinese in Nineteenth-Century Victoria (Australia) and California by Ian Welch

For order information, please visit

Without a subscription to the Journal, you may now purchase this special issue
individually at a discounted price. Here is the link to the order form:

Dong Wang
Professor of History
Executive Director of East-West Institute of International Studies Gordon College
Wenham, MA 01984

CFP 4th Annual UC Santa Cruz APARC Grad Student Conf on Mobility in the Asia-Pacific-Americas (Feb. 21, 2009)

CALL FOR PAPERS (deadline: Dec 1, 2008)

UC Santa Cruz Asia-Pacific-Americas Research Cluster Graduate Student Conference on Mobility in the Asia-Pacific-Americas

CONFERENCE DATE: Saturday, February 21, 2009 at the University of California,  Santa Cruz

The Asia-Pacific-Americas Research Cluster (APARC) at the University of  California, Santa Cruz is pleased to present its fourth annual Graduate  Research Conference on the theme of how mobility in Asia, the Americas, and the Pacific produces discourses.  APARC invites submissions from graduate students from any discipline on topics that address, complicate, or illustrate issues  surrounding mobility, including
(1) the movement of ideas, people, and tangible and intangible goods along networks of people, technology, and water which are not necessarily bound to the nation and nation-state,
(2) how mobility plays in the making of conceptual frameworks in which ethnic, transnational, gendered, indigenous and other identities are construed, and
(3) how borders, boundaries, and other spatial categories can interfere with or arise from  mobility.

We also welcome submissions related to this theme that address pedagogical challenges and new ways in which multi-media can be used in the classroom.


Hyung Il Pai, Associate Professor in East Asian Languages & Cultures and the  History Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara, will deliver a keynote address entitled “Touring Japan’s Mythical Homelands: The Search for Authenticity and the Marketing of Heritage Destinations in the  Empire (1905-1945).”

Professor Pai’s research is interdisciplinary and has been  published in the Journal of Korean Studies, the Journal of East Asian  Archaeology, and in several Korean and Japanese journals. She is the author of Constructing “Korean” Origins: A Critical Review of Archaeology, Historiography, and Racial Myth in Korean State Formation Theories and is  currently working on a manuscript titled “The Re-discovery of Japan’s Antiquity: Nationalism, Colonialism and Heritage Management.”

Papers from any discipline are welcome. Please send to the following:

Your abstract (300 word limit), institutional and departmental  affiliation, and class year no later than Monday, December 1, 2008. Abstracts  will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Important note: Due to budgetary constraints and policies, we are unable to  fund student travel and accommodation expenses. Participants are asked to  secure funding at their home institutions. We sincerely hope that this will not prevent contributions to this promising event.

From: Amanda Shuman

Postdoctoral fellowships at the USC US-China Institute

Please share the announcement below with colleagues and students.

USC U.S.-China Institute 2009-2010 Postdoctoral Fellowships

We invite applications from scholars who specialize in U.S.-China relations, very broadly conceived, or on an issue in contemporary China that is likely to affect U.S.-China relations.

The University of Southern California’s U.S.-China Institute aims to enhance understanding of the 21st century’s definitive and multidimensional relationship through cutting edge, innovative graduate and undergraduate training, professional development seminars, and timely public lectures, symposia, screenings, and exhibitions.

The Institute will select and support two postdoctoral fellows in 2009-2010. We invite applications from scholars who specialize in U.S.-China relations, very broadly conceived, or on an issue in contemporary China that is likely to affect U.S.-China relations. Consideration will be given to applicants in all areas, but we are especially eager to encourage applications from scholars focusing on topics such as energy, the environment, investment, new media, film and television, soft power, migration, ethno-religious issues, and identity. Fellows will be encouraged to work with the Institute’s affiliated faculty and with others at the university. Learn about the Institute at

The competition is open to junior scholars: those who received a Ph.D. within the last 3 years or who will have defended a dissertation by August 2009. No English tests are required. Applications from a variety of disciplines, including the social sciences, humanities, business, law, and communications are encouraged.

Applicants will be evaluated on the bases of academic achievements and promise, publications and previous work experience, the quality of the research proposal, and the applicant’s potential for making significant scholarly contributions. Awards will be announced in Spring 2009.

The Center will provide a stipend, office space, USC library privileges, health insurance, $1,000 towards moving expenses, and computer support.

Applicants must submit: 1) a curriculum vitae, 2) a 5-7 page research proposal, 3) a list of publications (when applicable), 4) a graduate transcript, and 5) 3 (three) confidential letters of recommendation. Applications without a research proposal will not be considered. The letters of recommendation may be sent directly to the office by the referee. Applications must be in English.

Application materials must be postmarked on or before January 28, 2009.

USC U.S. – China Institute
3535 S. Figueroa Street
FIG 202
Los Angeles, CA 90089-1262
United States of America

The web version of this announcement is at:

Please direct questions to

Dr. Helene Slessarev-Jamir to Give Inaugural Lecture at Claremont School of Theology (Sept. 18)

Dr. Helene Slessarev-Jamir, a friend of ISAAC, will give her inaugural lecture at Claremont School of Theology on Thursday, Sept. 18th in the Mudd Theatre at 4:30 PM. Dr. Young Lee Hertig, Vice-President and Southern California director of ISAAC will be a responding panelist. For more information go to:

Two new openings (Garrett-Evangelical and St. Olaf College)


Greetings from Evanston! I hope all is going well for you in your work with ISAAC. I am writing on behalf of the faculty search committee for a position here at Garrett in Systematic Theology. As you can see from the attached description we are very interested in identifying mid to senior level candidates for consideration. The successful candidate for this position would be working very closely with Nancy Bedford and myself as well as with Brent Waters and Ken Vaux. The person would be working with our Master’s level students and with our doctoral program. We would be most interested in someone who saw her work as contributing to making each of these programs world class. We are especially interested in identifying candidates who are of Asian/Asian-American descent and who are conversant in both the scholarship and ecclesial realities that emerge from these communities. We would deeply appreciate your help in this task. I look forward to hearing from you.

Stephen G. Ray Jr.
Neal and Ila Fisher Professor of Theology
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
2121 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60201
847.866.3900 – telephone
847.467.0689 – fax


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Dear Professor Tseng,

Greetings from Saint Olaf College. I am writing to you in my capacity as Chair of  our Religion Department and Chair of our Search Committee for a new tenure track position in the historical or social scientific study of Christianity, with a preferred focus on African, African-American, Asian, or Latino/a-American Christianity. I am attaching a full description of our position for your information. We want to attract a large and diverse pool of candidates for this position, and especially candidates who can contribute to the diversity of our community through their teaching, research, and/or service.

It will be a tremendous help to us if you are able to share our position description with members of your group and any other interested persons. Kindly let me know of your willingness to assist us in this way.

Thank you for your consideration of this request.


Anant Rambachan
Professor and Chair
Religion Department
Saint Olaf College
150 Saint Olaf Avenue
Northfield, MN 55057


Seminar on Biblical Greek (in Mandarin) – Bay Area (Oct. 4)

Worldwide Bible Society, the translators of the New Chinese Translation is pleased to announce a one-day FREE seminar conducted by Prof. Andrew Hwang of Singapore Bible Society and Dr. Sam Tsang who taught many Bay Area pastors now, on Oct. 4 from 10.30am to 3 pm at Mountain View Chinese Christian Church (175 E. Dana St. Mt. View, CA 94041, contact phone: 408-996-8388).

Prof. Hwang who is also the head of the translation committee for WBS will discuss the meanings of biblical Greek words from a linguistic point of view from 10.30-12 and Dr. Tsang will respond in the afternoon (1.30-3) to show how Prof. Hwang’s method can fit into his own method of studying Paul. The seminar will be conducted in Mandarin.  All are welcome.

Dr. Sam Tsang
Vice President of Overseas Theological Seminary, San Jose
PhD. New Testament, University of Sheffield
MDiv, MAET, Western San Jose

Rebecca Kim to talk about Korean American Evangelicals at UC Berkeley (Sept. 10, 2008)

I’d like to announce the following event to be held at UC Berkeley (see below). Rebecca Kim is a good friend and colleague who has recently published a study of second-gen Korean American evangelicals. If you live in the Bay Area or know people at UC, could you spread the word about this exciting talk?

About Rebecca Kim

About her book

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“God’s New Whiz Kids?  Korean American Campus Evangelicals”
Rebecca Kim, Assistant Professor, Sociology, Pepperdine University
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
4 p.m., 223 Moses Hall (
Sponsored by the Religion, Politics and Globalization Program at UC Berkeley
Co-sponsored by the Institute for Leadership Development & the Study of Asian North American Religion, GTU

God’s New Whiz Kids? focuses on second-generation Korean Americans, who make up the majority of Asian American evangelicals, and explores the factors that lead college-bound Korean American evangelicals—from integrated, mixed race neighborhoods—to create racially segregated religious communities on campus. Kim illuminates an emergent “made in the U.S.A.” ethnicity to help explain this trend, and to shed light on a group that may be changing the face of American evangelicalism, both at home and abroad.

Events Coordinator
The Religion, Politics and Globalization Program (RPGP)
The Institute of International Studies (IIS)
Ph. 510.642.7747