Ph.D. Tamkang University, Graduate School of English. 2004
Specialization: Asian American Literature
Dissertation: The Politics of Resistance in the Works of Frank Chin.
M.Ed. Rutgers University, Graduate School of Education. 1992
Specialization: Teaching English as a Second Language
M.A. Rutgers University, Graduate School of Political Science. 1984
Specialization: Political Science – International Relations
B.A. Rutgers University, Newark College of Arts and Science. 1983
Major: Political Science Minor: Journalism
2008 August to Present
Associate Professor. National Ilan University, Ilan
Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
Experienced in the teaching and research of both Practical English and Literary Studies at undergraduate and graduate levels.
1994 August to 2008 July
Associate Professor. Chinese Culture University, Taipei
Department of English Language and Literature
Comfortable and well-practiced in teaching large, mixed ability undergraduate classes in the separate fields of Western Literary Studies and English as a Foreign Language.
(Awarded Associate Professorship in 2004.) (Also full-time 1984 to 1986)
1990 January to 1994 May
Managing Editor. The Pet Dealer Magazine, Elizabeth, New Jersey
Proven and reliable in various aspects of professional publishing, including both editorial and managerial experience. Previous editorial employment (1986 to 1990) with Aviation International News, Travel Weekly Newspaper, and Asian Bulletin.
“The Reanimation of Yellow-Peril Anxieties in Max Brooks’s World War Z.”Vampires and Zombies: Transcultural Migrations and Transcultural Interpretations. Fischer-Hornung, Dorothy and Monika Mueller, Eds. Jackson: UP Mississippi. (2016): 168-190.
"Tribal Gothic: Supernatural Images of Resurrection & Insurrection in Taiwanese Aboriginal and New Zealand Maori Writing." Global Encounters: Cross-cultural Representations of Taiwan. Huang, Paoi, Ed. Taipei: National Taiwan UP. (2012): 35-64.
“Challenging Racism with Pan-Asianism: Learning Resistance through Failure in Frank Chin’s ‘The Sons of Chan.’” Global Perspectives on Asian American Literature. Huang, Guiyou and Bing Wu, Eds. Beijing: Foreign Language Teaching and Research P. (2008): 211-224.
“Writing is fighting: The politics of resistance in the works of Frank Chin” Unpublished PhD Dissertation. Tamsui, Taipei: Tamkang University.
1.“Realizing Fantastic Trickster Liberations in Gerald Vizenor’s Griever: An American Monkey King in China.” Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts. 20.1 (2009): 70-90.
2.“Challenging Racism with Pan-Asianism: Learning Resistance through Failure in Frank Chin’s ‘The Sons of Chan.’” Global Perspectives on Asian American Literature. Huang, Guiyou and Bing Wu, Eds. Beijing: Foreign Language Teaching and Research P. (2008): 211-224.
3.“Using Science Fiction Films to Encourage Speaking Skills.” Hwa Kang Journal of English Language & Literature. 14 (July 2008), 87-100.
4.“Film Viewing and Good Citizenship: How Cinema and Dialogue Lead to True
Learning.” Studies in English Language and Literature. 14 (August 2004), 57-68.
5.“Simple Cinema, Complex Conversations: How Passive Viewing Encourages
Active Dialogue.” Hwa Kang Journal of TEFL. 10 (May 2004), 131-150.
6.“Four Factors Behind Identity Obfuscation: A Comparison of Doubly Marginalized
Protagonists in Tell Me How Long the Train’s Been Gone and Cultural Revolution.” Hwa Kang Journal of Foreign Languages and Literature. 9 (March 2002), 275-288.
7.“When Culture Gets Smothered: Talking with Poet Afaa Weaver about Teaching
Multiculturalism in Taiwan.” Hwa Kang Journal of TEFL. 8 (May 2002), 95-104.
8.“Finding Focus: An Interview with David Nunan.” Hwa Kang Journal of TEFL. 7
(May 2001), 31-46. (co-authored with Lin Li-yun)
9.“Journey to the Self: How Monkeying with a Classic Helped Students Discover
Themselves.” Hwa Kang Journal of TEFL. 7 (May 2001), 77-98.
10.“Just Another Cell in the Beehive: An Interview with Shirley Geok-lin Lim”
Intersections. 4 (September 2000). Online.
“Despair and Nihilism in Chekhov’s ‘Ivanov.’” Hwa Kang Journal of Foreign
Languages and Literature. 7 (March 2000), 227-238.
11.“Using the Internet to Acquire Video-Based Teaching Materials.” Hwa Kang Journal
of TEFL. 6 (May 2000), 45-62.
12.“Focusing on the Future: A Special Report on Trends in Video-Based Education – TESOL 2000 Conference.” Hwa Kang Journal of TEFL. (May 2000), 133-146.
13.“Emotion, Motivation and Acquisition: The Benefits of Passive Viewing.” Hwa Kang
Journal of TEFL. 5 (May 1999), 29-50.
14. “Using a Christmas Classic to Motivate Alienated Students.” Small Screen: IATEFL
Media Special Interest Newsletter. March 1999, p. 20.
15. “The Tempest for Miranda: Prospero’s Motivation to Retribution and Mercy.” Hwa
Kang Journal of English Language & Literature. 4 (July 1998), 3-18.
16. “Center Stage Communication: Oral Presentations as Motivational Activities.”
Hwa Kang Journal of TEFL. 4 (May 1998), 33-54.
17. “Examining Frank Chin’s Postmodern Voice in Gunga Din Highway.” Hwa Kang Journal of Foreign Languages and Literature. 5 (March 1998), 305-316.
18. “The Argument for Literature in the Foreign Language Classroom.” Hwa Kang
Journal of English Language & Literature. 3 (July 1997), 29-37.
19. “Student Recognition of Humor’s Value Reveals the Importance of Mirth in the
Classroom.” Hwa Kang Journal of TEFL. 3 (May 1997), 61-90.
20. “It’s Only Natural: Proving the Place of Humor in the Language Acquisition
Classroom.” Hwa Kang Journal of Foreign Languages and Literature. 4 (March 1997), 345-366.
21. “Using Short Stories to Inspire Student Conversations in a Foreign Language.” Hwa
Kang Journal of Foreign Languages and Literature. 3 (March 1996), 239-266.
22. “The Value of Affinity Seeking Techniques in the Language Classroom.” Hwa Kang
Journal of TEFL. 2 (May 1996), 37-76.
23. “Why and How to Use Music as a Teaching Aid.” Hwa Kang Journal of TEFL. 1
(May 1995), 77-116.
CONFERENCE PAPERS (Published in Proceedings)
1. “Home is Where the Wallet Is: Reading Country of Origin and Gold by the Inch as Critiques of Commodification.” Proc. of the 2nd International Conference on Asian British and Asian Ameican Literatures, Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, November 28-29, 2008.
2. “The Hoax that Hurts: the Pathology of Playing Indian in an AIDS Memoir.” Proc. of 2007 International Symposium on Diaspora and Ethnic Studies, National Sun Yat-sen U, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, June 16-17, 2007.
3. “Challenging Racism with Pan-Asianism: Interrogating Frank Chin’s ‘Sons of Chan’
as a Text of Failed Resistance.” Proc. of International Conference on Asian American Literature in the 21st Century, May 27-29, 2006, Beijing Foreign Studies U, Beijing: Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press.
4. “How Cinema and Dialogue Encourage Values Education.” Proc. of the International
Conference on Multimedia Language Education, APAMALL/ROCMELIA 2004. National Chiaotung U, Hsinchu: December 17-19, 2004. CD-R
5. “Finding the Beat Influence in Frank Chin.” Proc. of the 18th Conference on English
Teaching and Learning in the Republic of China. Ming Chuan U, Taipei, May
6. “Developments in Digital Video: Using Special Features.” Japanese Association of
Language Teachers Conference, Kitakyushu, Japan: November 22-23, 2001 CD-R (co-presenter)
7. “The Interstellar Struggle of Philosophy: Star Trek as a Battleground between
Enlightenment and Postmodern Thinking.” Proc. of the 8th Quadrennial International Conference on Comparative Literature. Tamkang U, Comparative Literature Association of the ROC, August 28, 1999.
8. “The Visually-Inspired Creation of Narration: A Video Activity for Conversation and
Writing Instructors.” Annual CTELLROC Conference, National Changhua U, Changhua, Taiwan: May 22, 1999. Proc. of the 16th Conference on English Teaching and Learning in the ROC. National Changhua U, Changhua, Taiwan, May 1999: Crane, 519-524.
9. “Teaching with Star Trek: A Workshop on How to use Video in the TEFL Classroom.”
Proc. of the 3rd International Conference on Multimedia Language Education. National Kaohsiung First University of Science and Technology. Kaohsiung, December 17-19, 1999: Crane, 216-226.
10. “Twenty Tips for a Better Classroom Environment.” Proc. of the 5th International
Symposium on English Teaching. ETA-ROC, Taipei, November 8-10, 1996:
CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS (Not Published in Proceedings)
1. “Practical Approaches to Community Building that Go Beyond Language.” Perumal, Ramesh (co-presenter). International Symposium on English Teaching, ETA-ROC, Taipei, Nov. 11-13, 2016.
2. "Teaching Environmental Awareness through Science and English.” Ramanujum, Rakesh (co-presenter). International Symposium on English Teaching, ETA-ROC, Taipei, Nov. 13-14, 2015.
3. “Examining Resistance to Internationalization within Higher Education in Taiwan: Case Studies.” Ramanujum, Rakesh (co-presenter). International Conference on Applied Linguistics. National Chiayi U, Chiayi, Taiwan. May 30-31, 2015.
4. "Tricks of the Trade: Teaching Techniques for CLIL Classrooms.” Ramanujum, Rakesh (co-presenter). International Symposium on English Teaching, ETA-ROC, Taipei, Nov. 14-16, 2014.
5. "Reading for Your Love (of) Life.” 2014 Lecture Series and Conference. National Ilan U, Yilan, Taiwan. Nov. 13, 2014.
6. "Zombie Apocalypse and the Welcoming of Gothic Spaces in Colson Whitehead's Zone One." Southwest Popular Culture and American Culture Associations Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Feb. 19-21, 2014.
7. “Read for the Future: The Many Social & Career Benefits of Literature Studies.”
International Symposium on English Teaching, ETA-ROC, Taipei: November 8-10, 2013
8. "Monolingually (Dis)Advantaged: Teaching Western Literature in the Asian Classroom.” International Symposium on Bilingualism, Nanyang Tech U, Singapore. June 10-13, 2013.
9. "Dark Words: A Conversation on Using the Gothic Lyrics of Tom Waits in the Writing Classroom." International Symposium on English Teaching, ETA-ROC, Taipei. Nov. 16-18, 2012.
10. “In the Balance: Women Writers, Female Protagonists, and Zombies." S.Y. Lin (co-presenter). International Conference of the Contemporary Women's Writing Association, National Taiwan U, Taipei. July 11-13, 2012.
11. “How Far is Too Far? Allowing Controversy to Become Conversation." International Symposium on English Teaching, ETA-ROC, Taipei, Nov. 11-13, 2011.
12. “The Fat Vampire: Metaphors of Adiposity in Terence Taylor’s Bite Marks. International Gothic Association Conference 2011, U of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany, August 2-5, 2011.
13. “The Effectiveness of Teacher Affect: A Conversation.” International Symposium on English Teaching, ETA-ROC, Taipei, November 12-14, 2010.
14. “Zombie Comic Book Heroes: An American Transition from Brashness to Diffidence.” Travel, Trade and Ethnic Transformations, MESEA, Pecs, Hungary, June 16-20, 2010.
15. “Max Brooks’ World War Z and the Zombie Reanimation of Yellow Peril.” Practices of Citizenship, Sustainability and Belonging, American Studies Association, Washington DC, November 5-8, 2009.
16. “Try a Little Priest: Using YouTube and a Broadway Tune to Teach English Puns.” International Symposium on English Teaching, ETA-ROC, Taipei: November 13-15, 2009.
17. “Lost in Translation? The Challenge of Presenting Puns in Animated Films.” International Symposium on English Teaching, ETA-ROC, Taipei: November 14-16, 2008.
18. “Don’t Touch My Monkey: Realizing Chinese and American Trickster Liberations in Gerald Vizenor’s Griever.” Back Down to the Crossroads: Integrative American Studies in Theory and Practice, American Studies Association, Albuquerque, NM, October 16-19, 2008.
19. “Bringing Cinema into the Survey Course: A Discussion of the Promise and Disappointment of Using Video to Teach Shakespeare.” Renderings: Shakespeare Across Continents, U of Nottingham, Ningbo, China, September 10-12, 2008.
20. “Amazing Grace as Planetary Literature.” Workshop Presenter. Green Forum Lecture and Workshop Series. National Sun Yat-sen U, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, May 30, 2008.
21. “Power, Place and Aboriginality: Recognizing a Metaphysical Hole in Native American Education.” The 2007 International Conference on English Learning and Teaching, Chinese Culture U, Taipei: June 2, 2007.
22. “Questions of Community in Global Indigenous Cinema.” The 2006 Austronesian Studies International Conference, Kaohsiung City Council of Aboriginal Affairs; Kaohsiung, Taiwan: June 8-9, 2006.
23. “The Taiwanese Interest in Native American Literature.” A Poster Session Report. Gerald Vizenor and Native American Literature, U of Geneva: April 1-2, 2004.
24. “Setting up Your Ideal Literary Studies Syllabus.” International Symposium on English Teaching, ETA-ROC, Taipei: November 7-9, 2003.
25. “Celluloid Sensibilities: Encouraging Open Discussion of Controversial Questions through Video.” The Learning Conference, Beijing: July 17-21, 2002.
26. “Shock Therapy: Discussing Social Issues with Video.” Japanese Association of Language Teachers Conference, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka, Japan: November 22-23, 2001.
27. “Decreasing Returns: Opposing Cinematic Inspirations in Frank Chin and Sherman Alexie.” Conference on American Literary Studies in Asia, Hong Kong U, Hong Kong: January 6-8, 2001.
28. “Silly Walks and Body Talks: How Principles of Physical Humor Can Activate Analytical Skills.” 5th English in South East Asia (ESEA) Conference, Curtin U, Perth, Australia: December 6-8, 2000.
29. “Sex, Sitcoms and the Single Student: Using Comedy to Encourage Discussions of Gender-Related Issues.” International Symposium on English Teaching, ETA-ROC, Taipei: November 12, 2000.
30. “Video Meets the Web: Using the Internet to Gather Video Resources.” TESOL 2000: Navigating the New Millenium, TESOL, Vancouver: March 15, 2000.
31. “Using TV to Foster Critical Thinking Skills & Examine Culture.” 4th English in Southeast Asia (ESEA) Conference, National Institute of Education, Singapore: November 23, 1999.
32. “Movement toward a Radical Self: A Bakhtinian Reading of Frank Chin.” MELUS Conference, Vanderbilt U, Nashville: March 19, 1999.
33. “Donald Duk and Castration Anxiety: A Psychoanalytic Analysis.”
Conference on 20th Century Literature, U of Louisville, Kentucky: February 21, 1998.
PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS (Speeches, Workshops, Reports, Op-ed Articles)
1. “Realizing Literature’s Miracle.” Taipei Times. July 1 (2013). 8. Available online.
2. “Fear to Tread: Recognizing Anxiety toward Virtual Reality Crossings in Modern Science Fiction Films.” Virtual Reality Lecture Series, Providence U, May 13, 2011.
3. “Avian Aggression: Using Birds to Imagine Maori Tribal Warfare in Witi Ihimaera’s Sky Dancer.” Animal Studies and Literature Lecture Series, Tamkang U, May 7, 2010.
4. Moderator. “Roundtable: How to Teach Native American Literatures.” Taiwan Conference on Gerald Vizenor. National Taiwan Normal U, January 2010.
5. “Native American Metaphysics: Power and Place Explained”
Academia Sinica Institute of European and American Studies, July 24, 2007
6. “Hearing Native American Recording Artists as Modern Voices of Opposition”
National Taiwan Normal U, October 28, 2005
7. “Modern Native American Music: From Indian Rock to Righteous Rap”
Tamkang U, December 31, 2003
8. “Preparing for the Global Economy: It’s more than Just English!”
Taichung Central Public Library, May 19, 2002
1. Ministry of Education, 2008-2009
“Report Me and My Cause Aright: Teaching Hamlet in Taiwan”
2. Academia Sinica Institute of European and American Studies, July-August 2006
“Native American Tribalism (Indigenous Philosophy)”
3. National Science Council, 2005-2006
“Revealing the Resistant in Frank Chin’s Unpublished Dramas”
4. National Science Council, 2002-2003
“Insight into the Artistic Experience: A Study of the Private Writings of Frank Chin”
5. National Science Council, 1999-2000
“A Study of Motivational Effects and Student Perceptions of Skills Improvement Attained through Variously Captioned Authentic Video Materials” (co-authored)