Cal State LA Professor of Anthropology Chor-Swang Ngin was one of four Outstanding Professors honored for excellence in teaching and significant achievement in scholarly inquiry or creativity, as well as professional activities and community service during the August 17th University Fall Convocation at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex.
Ngin is the founder of the university’s Bachelor of Arts degree in Asian and Asian American Studies where she has served as director. She has conducted research in China, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the US. Her research has also focused on Vietnamese in refugee camps in Southeast Asia.
She has served as a consultant for the World Health Oraganization, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the World Bank, the Rand, several school districts, and various professional organization in the US on culture, race, racism, ethnicity, and identity.
Ngin has authored more than two dozen journal articles, book chapters and memories, and over two dozen confidential reports on asylum seekers. Her book, Identities on Trial in the United States: Asylum Seekers from Asia, was be released in August.
A resident of Fullerton, she has served for more than two decades on the OC Human Relations Council and for a decade on the Sheriff’s Community Coalition. Ngin holds a Ph.D. in socio-cultural anthropology from University of California, Davis.