As a scholar, writer and teacher, I am interested in movements in two senses. First, I study social movements for justice by people of color, particularly in the 1960s and 1970s. In that vein, I have published two books on the Asian American movement, Chains of Babylon: The Rise of Asian America (University Minnesota Press, 2009) and Rethinking the Asian American Movement (Routledge, 2012). Second, I am currently researching the transpacific movement of culture, aesthetics, and martial arts in the sixties and seventies by studying the figure of Bruce Lee. My latest essay on Lee, "Nomad of the Pacific: Bruce Lee as Method," appears in the journal American Quarterly.
I am an Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder, where I teach classes on social movements, Asian American history and culture, comparative ethnic studies, and sports. Currently, I serve as a faculty associate in the Office of Faculty Affairs, addressing the issue of "Inclusive Excellence" from faculty perspectives. Having studied and taught at several colleges and universities across the U.S., I am pleased to call CU my home. Boulder is a spectacular setting in which to write, teach, learn, and live. I have served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Asian American Studies and currently sit on the editorial boards of the Justice, Power, and Politics Series published by the University of North Carolina Press and the Journal of Civil and Human Rights Studies, published by the University of Illinois Press.
On the personal side of things, I am an avid snowboarder and eager, even if unskilled, golfer. I enjoy reading and writing, watching movies and television (especially sports), hiking, and the proverbial spending time with my family. I'm also a rabid fan of University of Michigan football and basketball - Go Blue!
This site contains brief descriptions of my publications, research, and teaching areas.