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Dr. Kelly Fong awarded the 2021-2022 C. Doris and Toshio Hoshide Distinguished Teaching Prize in Asian American Studies at UCLA

Dr. Kelly Fong, a continuing lecturer for the Asian American Studies Department, is the 2021-2022 recipient of the C. Doris and Toshio Hoshide Distinguished Teaching Prize in Asian American Studies at UCLA.

Students and colleagues alike spoke of her dedication to bridging research with community as well as the care and attention she gave to her students. One of her colleagues stated, “I have always been a big fan of Kelly’s teaching philosophy, one that always centers the agency and knowledge of students in any effort to effect critical political and social change.”

Over the past nine years, Dr. Fong has taught various classes at UCLA that cover a range of topics and methodologies in Asian American studies, including AAS10/10W: History of Asian Americans, AAS40: Asian American Movement, AAS 103: Social Science Research Methods, and General Education Cluster 20B: Interracial Dynamics in U.S. Society and Culture, to name a few. She has also mentored over twenty students as a faculty advisor for undergraduate research projects.

The long-term and transformative impact of her teaching and mentorship was clear in the praise given to her by her students. One nominated Dr. Fong because of “her dedication to using her classes as a space for uplifting and empowering the next generation of Asian American scholars.” Another one of her students expressed that “[t]he most important things Dr. Fong taught me are that there is great power in empowering others, there is great strength in healing, and there is great love in community.”

The engaging nature of Dr. Fong’s teaching even extended to remote learning. She taught many large classes during the pandemic, which required extraordinary work and dedication. A colleague lauded her student-oriented pandemic pedagogy, which she had detailed in an article featured in Amerasia Journal issue 46:3. As another demonstration of her inclusive mentoring approach, the article was co-written with her graduate teaching assistants and it shared “strategies for a student-oriented virtual classroom that fosters engagement through relatability, accessibility, and compassion.”

Dr. Kelly Fong shared that “As a lecturer, my presence at UCLA is grounded in teaching and mentoring students and it is these students that have kept me returning to the classroom each year despite the precarity of being contingent faculty. It is an honor to introduce students to the world of Asian American Studies and to see where they will take this knowledge with them in the future to build a better world.”

Dr. Fong is a Bruin alum, Class of 2013, with a doctorate in archaeology with a graduate concentration in Asian American Studies. She was recently featured in an episode of “Take Out with Lisa Ling,” where she spoke about Chinese Americans in the Sacramento Delta, and her next project explores Chinese American foodways through community cookbooks. She currently serves as the co-editor/co-director for the AAPI Multimedia Textbook for the UCLA Asian American Studies Center.

We are honored to award this well-deserved recognition to Dr. Kelly Fong for her extraordinary contributions and impact as a teacher, mentor, and advocate for Asian American Studies and Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.

The late C. Doris Hoshide, Class of 1934, of Rockville, MD established the teaching prize to annually recognize an outstanding professor in Asian American Studies. She and her late husband were longtime supporters of Asian American Studies at UCLA. The Hoshide Prize includes a one-thousand-dollar award. This is the first year that the prize has been opened to nominations of lecturers and adjunct faculty.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Kelly Fong!

Best wishes,

Karen Umemoto
Helen and Morgan Chu Endowed Director’s Chair of the Asian American Studies Center


Congratulations to Our 2020 Asian Pacific Alumni of UCLA Scholarship Recipients

We want to congratulate our Asian American Studies Students who have been awarded this year’s Asian Pacific Alumni of UCLA Scholarships!

A few of our students highlighted are:

Angela Li Exp. ’21 — Undergraduate

Angela Li is a rising senior double-majoring in Asian American studies and political science with an interest in pursuing a career in public interest law. Li is currently the director of the Asian Pacific Coalition and the Campus Retention Committee. At the intersection of both of her majors, Li has done research on hate crime legislation and human trafficking of Asian women, and is working on her Asian American studies honors thesis, which examines the relationship between xenophobia and public health.

Ngoc Nguyen Exp. ’21 — Undergraduate

Ngoc Nguyen is a UCLA senior majoring in Asian American studies, international development studies and sociology. This year, Nguyen worked with Southeast Asian student leaders at UCLA to create the Southeast Asian Students for Organizing (SEASON) conference, the first three-day, two-night conference for Southeast Asian students. It brought together around 200 students to strategize effective campus-based actions to support their community. In addition to her involvement with SEASON, Nguyen has served as president of the UCLA Vietnamese Student Union, interned with the Thai Community Development Center and Nikkei Progressives, and volunteered at the Los Angeles Stanley Mosk courthouse.

Daniel Luu Exp. ’22 — Graduate

Daniel Luu graduated from UCLA with a degree in Asian American studies and minor in urban and regional studies. He is currently earning his master’s in urban planning at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. Luu will be the first in his family to attain a master’s degree. His focus and interests revolve around working with the Southeast Asian community (Cambodian, Vietnamese, Laotian) to combat various social issues overlooked by the general public — such as gentrification, deportation and education attainment — that affect these communities.

Through his coursework, Luu is now seeking to further understand how urban infrastructure and design can be reclaimed by Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) through aspects of storytelling, cultural arts and participatory planning. This type of work has led Luu toward finding his own identity to become an empowered community activist working toward healing both his family’s and community’s trauma.