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Asian American Studies
Dr. Gena Lew Gong is a Lecturer in Asian American Studies in the Department of Anthropology
at Fresno State. She has extensive experience working and volunteering in the Asian
American and Pacific Islander community and has held numerous leadership positions,
including Board President of Central California Asian Pacific Women, Executive Director
of the Asian Pacific Community Fund, and Director of Public Policy & Communications
for Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP). She is also an alumna of the
Asian Pacific American Women’s Leadership Institute (APAWLI) and the Changing Faces
Women’s Leadership Seminar of the East-West Center at the University of Hawai’i.
In 2018, she was recognized as one of the Top Ten Professional Women by the Marjaree
Mason Center in Fresno. Gena has a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from CSU Fresno,
an M.A. in Public Policy from Duke University, and a B.A. in Psychology from UC San
Diego. She enjoys practicing hula with her Hālau Hula I Ka La ‘ohana, trying out
new and interesting recipes, and traveling with her husband and family to experience
diverse cultures and local cuisines.
Ed.D., Educational Leadership, CSU FresnoM.A. Public Policy, Duke UniversityB.A. Psychology, University of California, San Diego
Gena Gong has a wealth of nonprofit experience, holding staff leadership roles at
A New Way of Life Reentry Project, Community Partners, Asian Pacific Community Fund,
and Leadership Education for Asian Pacific (LEAP).
PublicationsDissertation: "Asian Americans at a Western University: An Institutional Analysis." Order No. 28026848, California State University, Fresno, 2020.
Research Brief: "The Academic Challenges of Southeast Asians at Fresno State." California Commission on APIA Affairs.
Seng Alex Vang completed his BA in Anthropology from Stanislaus State University and
MA in Ethnic Studies from UC San Diego. His areas of interests include racial and
ethnic history, immigration laws and policy, and media representation. Vang has worked
on several projects to preserve refugee community history and document 45 years of
Hmong in America. In addition to Fresno State Asian American Studies, Vang teaches
writing classes at UC Merced and in Ethnic Studies at Stanislaus State.
M.A. Ethnic Studies, University of California, San Diego
Interests: Racial and ethnic history, immigration, Asian American Studies
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Amrit Deol is Lecturer in the Asian American Studies Program and Women’s, Gender,
and Sexuality Studies Department at Fresno State. Prior to coming to Fresno State,
Deol received her PhD in Interdisciplinary Humanities from the University of California,
Merced. Her current book project Waves of Revolution: Interrogations of Sikh Political
and Spiritual Subjectivities in Punjab and the American West, 1900-1928, explores
the intellectual history of non-secular traditions in the anticolonial Ghadar Party.
More broadly, she is interested in race, religion, and empire in relation to anticolonial
movements in Punjab and its diaspora. A proud alumni of Fresno State herself, Deol
received her Bachelors degrees in Women and Gender Studies and English in 2013.
Deol, Amrit. “Political Activism in the 20th Century,” The Sikh World, (under contract).
Deol, Amrit, “The Role of Art in the Farmers’ Protest” Sikh Formations, Special Issue:
Farmers’ Protest (forthcoming)
Deol, Amrit, “The Makings of a Mutiny: Exploring Diasporicity in Ghadar Party Poetry
in North America,” Sikh Formations (forthcoming)
Deol, Amrit, “‘Workers and Peasants Unite’: The Formation of Kirti and the Kirti-Kisan
Party and the Lasting Legacy of the Ghadar Movement, 1918-1928,” Journal of Punjab
Studies, 26.1 (Spring 2019), 249-267.
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 Cultural Studies. Her current research
examines the barriers/bridges to Southeast Asian American students, Asian restaurants,
and a Hong Kong corporation. Recently she created seven ASAM courses and an educational
certificate. In her community work she has conducted, coded and transcribed over 40
oral histories of Southeast Asian Americans who live in Central Valley. She also recently
co-edited and contributed to American Chinese Restaurants Society, Culture and Consumption
(Routledge 2019) which had a co-hosted webinar event.
Interests: Labor, Transnational corporations, Student Success, Diversity in Higher
Education, Asian/Asian Americans
PublicationsBanh, Jenny and Melissa King. (2017). Anthropology of Los Angeles: Places and Agency
in an Urban Setting. Lanham: Lexington Books.
Banh, Jenny and Haiming Liu. (2020). American Chinese Restaurants: Society, Culture
and Consumption. Abingdon, Oxon; New York, NY: Routledge.
Banh, Jenny. “I Have an Accent in Every Language I Speak!”: Shadow History of One
Chinese Family’s Multigenerational Transnational Migrations. Genealogy 2019, 3, 36."
Genealogy (Basel) 4, no. 96 (2020): 96.