Teri Shaffer Yamada, Ph.D.

Contact Teri Shaffer Yamada (yamadaty@csulb.edu), Professor of Asian Studies

        Spring Semester (2011) ; Office hours Wed. 4-5 pm; by appointment

1) A/ST 307 (01) Modern Asia. Wed. 5:00- 7:45 pm (AS Room 225)

Recommended reading for 2010

1) James Kynge, China Shakes the World: A Titan's Rise and Tortured Future--and the Challenge for America (Houghton Mifflin, 2006);

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead


Crisiva Chantravat's Review on "Novel Without A Name"

                         Background Information on Professor Yamada:

    Teri Shaffer Yamada (b. 1949) studied both classical Chinese and Sanskrit languages as an undergraduate at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she received a bachelor's degree in Asian Studies before moving on to the University of California, Berkeley. There she continued her studies in classical Asian languages, adding Tibetan and modern Japanese, in order to pursue a comparative philological analysis of classical texts. From 1979-1986, she lived in Tokyo, Japan, where she studied in the departments of Indian and Buddhist Philosophy (University of Tokyo) and Buddhist Studies (Komazawa University), while working as a consultant for "The Japan Times" book division and NHK, Japan’s public television network. In 1985, she received a doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley, and in 1986 returned to her hometown, Los Angeles, with her son, Yuzo (b. 1984).

     During her tenure in the Department of Comparative World Literature and Classics, she developed curriculum, particularly in the area of Asian literature and culture with a focus on Southeast Asia. New courses include C/LT 103 Introduction to Asian Literature and Culture; C/LT 234 Introduction to East Asian Literatures and Cultures; C/LT 236 Introduction to Southeast Asian Literatures and Cultures; and C/LT 415 Ethnic Literature and Culture in America. Two of these courses received university awards. In 2009 she moved to the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies where she serves as undergraduate advisor for the program in Asian Studies and department undergraduate advisor.

     During the mid-1990s, she also began to study Khmer language and literature, and to archive the cultural history of the Cambodian community in Long Beach. She has recently edited the first anthology of Southeast Asian short fiction in English—Virtual Lotus: Modern Fiction of Southeast Asia— a seven year project. In 2009, its companion volume was published, a ten-year project: Modern Short Fiction of Southeast Asia: A Literary History.  Both won Choice Book Awards. As of summer 2002, she has organized the "Nou Hach Literary Journal," devoted to modern Cambodian literature and cultural studies. Its electronic version is found on the web site http://www.nouhachjournal.net. In 2003 funding for this project was received from the Toyota Foundation for 2003-5. It enables a daily radio spot foregrounding Khmer poetry, creative writing workshops, and the annual publication of the Nou Hach Literary Journal. This is the first literary journal to be published in Cambodia since the 1970s.

     During Summer '03, Professor Yamada donated time to the Buddhist Institute in Phnom Penh where she taught a course in Southeast Asian Folklore to a special group of graduate students being trained for research in the Humanities. She also has been appointed to the Academic Advisory Board of the Center for Khmer Studies in Siem Reap. Currently she serves as the Chair of the Community Advisory Board for the Long Beach Asian-Pacific Mental Health Center and continues to be active as advisor for the Cambodian Student Society at CSU Long Beach and the Long Beach C-HOPE leadership group. Her book Virtual Lotus has received several outstanding reviews and was awarded Choice Oustanding Academic Title in 2002. Prof. Yamada was invited as the sole American participant to the 3rd and 4th International Seminars on Southeast Asian Literature in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during September 2003 and 2004 and to a conference on Southeast Asian Literature organized by the House of World Cultures in Berlin in 2005. In 2009 she was invited to participate in the University of Stolkholm collegium working on the literary history of world literature.  She is currently co-authoring the section on Southeast Asia with Prof. Harry Aveling.





A/ST 300 and A/ST 301 : Traditional and Modern Asia

Web links for on-line reading assignments:

Indian diaspora:

1) http://indiandiaspora.nic.in/

2) http://www.ssnet.ucla.edu/southasia/Diaspora/reflect.html

Chinese diaspora:

1) Chinese Diaspora in Southeast Asia
On this site, also read "Cultural Identities in the Chinese Diaspora" by Prof. Marie-Paul
e Ha

The OWL: Purdue University's Online Literary Writer's Guide http://owl.english.purdue.edu/
Teri Yamada's "Don't Miss It" Web-Site Recommendations
For news from Indian Country, http://www.indianz.com

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Cambodian girl, Siem Reap 1995

Modern Short Fiction in Southeast Asia: A Literary History, 2009, Association for Asian Studies, Asia Past and Present Series. ISBN-10 0924304529.

Virtual Lotus: Modern Fiction of Southeast Asia, ed. (2002) Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2002 --- ISBN 0472 09789-X . Choice Book Award.

“Vietnam – Poetry,” Encyclopedia of Modern Asia. David Levinson and
Karen Christensen, et al., eds. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2003. Vol.4 pp. 539-541.

“Southeast Asian American Youth and Southeast Asian Literature” in Southeast Asian Studies, Pacific Perspectives. Anthony Reid, ed., Tempe: Arizona State University Program for Southeast Asian Studies, 2003. 307-344.

“The Spirit Cult of Khleang Moeung in Long Beach, California” in History, Buddhism, and New Religious Movements in Cambodia. John Marston and Elizabeth Guthrie, eds. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press. 213- 225.

“Fiction: Southeast Asian Fiction and Religion,” co-authored with Harry Aveling, Encyclopedia of Religion, (2005) 4:3075-3079.

“Cambodian American Autobiography: Testimonial Discourse" in Form and Transformation in Asian American Literature. Xiaojing Zhou and Samina Najimi, eds. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2005. 144-167.

“Fiction: Southeast Asian Fiction and Religion.” Co-authored with Harry Aveling, Encyclopedia of Religion, 4 (2005), 3075-3079.

“Southeast Asia Translation Traditions.” Co-authored with Harry Aveling.  Encyclopedia of Translation Studies, Routledge Press. Forthcoming.

“Southeast Asia: Novel.”  Co-authored with Harry Aveling. “Encyclopedia of the Modern World. Oxford University Press. Forthcoming.

 “Southeast Asian Languages and Literatures.” Co-authored with Harry Aveling. “Encyclopedia of the Modern World. Oxford University Press. Forthcoming.

Modern Short Fiction of Southeast Asia: A Literary History, 2009, Association for Asian Studies.  A Choice Book Award.