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Asian American Studies
Jenny Banh is an associate professor of Asian American Studies and Anthropology. She received
Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in Anthropology at the University of California, Riverside,
an M.A. in Cultural Studies at Claremont Graduate University, and an B.A. in Anthropology
at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research has focused on Asia/Asian
American studies, Cultural Anthropology, and Popular Culture. Her current research
examines the barriers/bridges to Southeast Asian American students, Asian restaurants,
and a Hong Kong corporation.
In her community work she has conducted, coded and transcribed over 40 oral histories
of Southeast Asian Americans (Hmong, Laotian, Filipino, Vietnamese, Mien, Cambodian)
who live in Central Valley. She donated all the oral histories to the Libraryto create
the Central Valley Southeast Asian American Successful Voices Archive. Recently she
created seven new ASAM courses and an educational certificate. She has been awarded
two teaching awards and one service award.
Recent (Selected) publications include:
Peer Reviewed Articles & Book Chapters
2021 Banh, J.; Radovic-Fanta, J. University and Professor Practices to Support DACA
and Undocumented Students: DACA Student Experiences, Teacher Knowledge, and University
Actions. Soc. Sci. 2021, 10, 346.
2020 Banh, J. #MakeMulanRight: Retracing the Genealogy of Mulan from Ancient Chinese
Tale to Disney Classic” in Edited Volume: Recasting the Disney Princess: The Coming
of Age of the Empowered Children’s Heroine in the Wake of Social Movements.
2020 Banh, J. Moana: Daughter of the Chief and Polynesian (in)Visibility in Edited
Volume: Recasting the Disney Princess: The Coming of Age of the Empowered Children’s
Heroine in the Wake of Social Movements.
2019 Banh, J. “I Have an Accent in Every Language I Speak!”: Shadow History of
One Chinese Family’s Multigenerational Transnational Migrations." Genealogy 3, no.
2019 Banh, J. “Workers’ View on Indigenization of Theme Park: A Case Study in Hong
Kong”. International Journal of Business Anthropology 9 (1).
2019 Banh, J. Chinese Restaurant Kids Speak About Labor, Lifeways and Legacies
in American Chinese Restaurant: Society, Culture and Consumption.
2019 Banh, J. Chinese American Chef Ming Tsai: Life of East and West Hybridity
in American Chinese Restaurant: Society, Culture and Consumption
2019 Banh, J. Culinary Ambassador Chef Martin Yan Speaks: Life, “Authenticity”
and the Future of Chinese Restaurants in American Chinese Restaurant: Society, Culture