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CSULB’s Dr. Teri Yamada Presents Cambodian Literary Award

January 14th, 2014

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Dr. Teri Yamada with Sok Chanphal at the Java Arts Cafe in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

CSULB’S Dr. Teri Yamada, Asian and Asian American Studies, has certainly kicked off the new year! On January 8th at the Nou Hach Publications Event at Java Arts Cafe in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Dr. Yamada recognized one of the association’s community advisory board members Sok Chanphal, a young Cambodian writer and songwriter, for receiving the distinguished 2013 SEA Write Award for Cambodia. Dr. Yamada, co-founder of the Nou Hach Literary project in 2002, is dedicated to encouraging students with interests in international studies or the humanities to learn about Cambodian culture and its conflicts by reading the literature of the community. It is because of professors like Dr. Yamada that  CSULB’s College of Liberal Arts has a deep engagement in international outreach and a global representation.

Dr. Yamada earned her Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies from UC Santa Barbara and her doctorate from UC Berkeley in 1985. She supervises the Nou Hach Literary project and in 2008, she was named as the winner of the Jeri Laber International Freedom to Publish Award. She is also the author of Virtual Lotus: Modern Fiction of Southeast Asia.