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Vol 58 No. 4 : April 2006
Vol 58 No. 4 : April 2006
In Memoriam

Xiaolan Bao, a professor of History at CSULB from 1993-2006, died on Jan. 22 in Long Beach at the age of 56.

Born in Rangoon, Burma on Nov. 25, 1949, Bao was a tireless scholar of women in Chinese history, and was widely published in the field. She earned a B.A. from Beijing Teachers College in 1975; a M.A. from Jinan University in Guangzhou, China in 1981; and a Ph.D. in History from New York University in 1991. She began her teaching career at Albion College in Michigan where she taught from 1991-93 before coming to CSULB.

“On a personal level, all of the people who knew her and were fortunate enough to be the beneficiaries of her spontaneity, laughter, and sheer joy in her life and work will never forget her,” said Sharon Sievers, a history professor at CSULB as well as a close friend. “But Professor Bao was also an accomplished teacher who cared about her students, and she was an internationally-recognized scholar, passionately engaged in work on the history of Asian women, and Asian American women. Her untimely death is a great loss, but she would be the first to remind us to get on with our lives, and get back to work on all of issues that need to be addressed.”

The department has established the Xiaolan Bao Memorial Scholarship, which will be awarded to history majors for their outstanding work in the history of Asian or Asian American Women’s History. For more information about the scholarship, contact the history department at 562/985-4431.

 

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