Find information below on faculty members with an interest in Asia at UNCW. Listings are in alphabetical order.
Chen,Yixin Department of
Yixin Chen received his Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis in 1995. His area of specialty is twentieth-century Chinese socioeconomic history, especially in the rural economy. He also does research on comparative modernization and on China’s Cultural Revolution. He has co-authored a book Paths To Modern Nations in Chinese, and he has also published articles in English and in Chinese, on Journal of China Scholarship, Journal of Contemporary China, Journal of Twenty-first Century, and Journal of Chinese Economic History. His work in progress is “State and Agriculture in Republican China,” which examines the fundamental problems of China’s agricultural economy in the first half of the 20th century and efforts that the Nationalist state made to resolve them.
Beverley Foulks is an assistant professor of East Asian Religions who received an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School and a Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University. As a historian of religion specializing in Chinese Religions - especially late imperial and modern Chinese Buddhism - her intellectual interests include comparative religious ethics, ritual studies, and asceticism. Her previous research has focused especially on repentance, theodicy, suffering, and evil, and her current project examines an important but overlooked figure in Chinese Buddhist history, a monk named Ouyi Zhixu (1599-1655) who engaged in a variety of religious practices to try to change his karma, including repentance rituals that are ubiquitous in contemporary China, Taiwan, and Chinese diaspora communities. In 2007-2008 she spent the year during research as a Fulbright scholar in Taiwan and mainland China, and she has also spent time in Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, and India. In 2009-2010 she was a visiting assistant professor at UNC-Greensboro teaching courses in Asian Religions, Chinese Religions, and Japanese Religions. At UNC-Wilmington she is currently teaching PAR 232 (Asian Religions) and PAR 371 (Buddhism).
Paula Kamenish is an associate professor of English who holds the M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition to her customary offerings in European, African, and Latin American literatures, she has also taught courses in Chinese and Japanese Literatures in translation at the 100, 200, and 300 levels. In 2000 she was awarded one of three UNCW Distinguished Teaching Professorships, and she also received the UNCW Board of Trustees Teaching Excellence Award. Dr. Kamenish travels extensively and often leads groups of students abroad, most recently to Paris, Prague, and throughout Finland where she taught for one month. She speaks French, German, and is a student of Spanish. She is very active in the South Atlantic States Association for Asian and African Studies and served from 1997 to 2001 as the consortium's Executive Director. She is a former Thomas J. Watson fellow and NEH grant recipient. Her recent scholarly research is in modernist European art and literature by women, as well as dictatorial censorship of the arts in South America.
Kano, Yoko Department of
Foreign Languages and Literatures
Yoko Kano currently teaches all levels of Japanese language and a culture course at UNCW. Her classes use technology extensively to enhance teaching and student learning such as videoconferencing with Japan and E-learning course materials. She serves as the director of North Carolina Teaching Asia Network (NCTAN), the director of Japan Center-Coastal Chapter, the director of Foreign Language Resource Center at UNCW. She was also a board member of the National Council of Japanese Language Teachers (NCJLT), a national task force member of American Council on Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Japanese language standard for preschool to college, and the former president of Carolina Association of Teachers of Japanese (CATJ).
Palmer, Tim Department of Film Studies
Paige Tan is an Associate Professor of Political Science in the Department of Public and International Affairs at UNCW. She specializes in Asian Politics, with special focus on Indonesia, China, and India. Dr. Tan has contributed articles on Asian topics to Indonesia, Contemporary Southeast Asia, Education about Asia, Asian Perspective, and the Journal of Social Work in Disability and Rehabilitation. Dr. Tan has consulted on Asian/governance topics with Sea-Change Partners (Singapore), the Drug Enforcement Administration and State Department (Washington, DC), and the World Bank (Jakarta, Indonesia). Dr. Tan teaches Asian Politics, Asian Political Thought, and Chinese Politics in the Asian Studies minor. She has taken students to India for study abroad. Dr. Tan’s Ph.D. is from the University of Virginia and her Master’s from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.