College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

Day of Rememberance Panel: 2014

Franklin Odo (Ph.D Princeton University)

Dr. Franklink Odo

DR. FRANKLIN ODO is an Asian American author, scholar, activist, and historian. Dr. Odo was the director of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American (APA) Program, since its inception in 1997 and served until 2010. He was among the pioneering faculty involved in Asian American Studies at UCLA and was a professor of ethnic studies at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. Odo has also taught Asian American studies at the University of Pennsylvania, Hunter College, Princeton, and Columbia University. His most recent book Voices from the Canefields (2013) is a collection and analysis of folk songs from Japanese immigrants working on Hawaii's sugar plantations.

Cathy Schlund-Vials (Ph.D. University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

Dr. Cathy Schlund-Vials

DR. CATHY SCHLUND-VIALS is Associate Professor of English and Asian American Studies and the current director of the Asian American Studies Institute at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Schlund-Vials is the author of Modeling Citizenship: Jewish and Asian American Writing, (Temple University Press, 2011), which examines the interplay between citizenship, performance, and immigration policy in the literatures of two “model minority” groups. Her second book, War, Genocide, and Justice: Cambodian American Memory Work (University of Minnesota Press, 2012) engages genocide remembrance and juridical activism in Cambodian American literature, film, and hip-hop.

Stephen Shigematsu (Ph.D. Harvard University)

Dr. Cathy Schlund-Vials

DR. STEPHEN MURPHY SHIGEMATSU is a Japanese and Irish American teacher, author, and psychotherapist engaged in integrative inquiry to enhance holistic human development. He is consulting professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine, the Center for Comparative Studies of Race and Ethnicity, and Fielding Graduate University. His most recent book is When Half is Whole: Multiethnic Asian American Identities (2012, Stanford University Press) and Synergy, Healing, and Empowerment: Insights from Cultural Diversity, with Richard Katz (Brush Education 2012).