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 McGuire is coordinator of the Asian Studies minor and an associate 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 first book entitled Living Karma: The Religious Practices of Ouyi Zhixu (Columbia University Press, 2014) examined an important but overlooked figure in Chinese Buddhist history who engaged in a variety of religious practices to try to change his karma. At UNCW she teaches PAR 232 (Asian Religions), PAR 371 (Buddhism), PAR 372 (Indian Religions), PAR 373 (Chinese Religions), and PAR 374 (Japanese Religions).
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