Areas of Interest:
Ethnopolitical sociology, nationalism, foreign policy, international relations, urban sociology, Southeast Asia, development studies, subaltern studies, social movements, existential philosophy
PhD (2006): University of California, Santa Cruz: Sociology
MA (2004): University of California, Santa Cruz: Sociology
MA (1997): San Jose State University: Sociology
BA (1992): Cal-Poly Pomona: Communications, English Minor
Associate Professor of Sociology
Dept. of Psychology & Sociology
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
3801 W. Temple Avenue Pomona CA 91768
* As sociologist concerned about the human condition in society, especially the epidemic of impulsiveness and narcissism created by personalized social media, I do not subscribe to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. For those of you interested in other attributes of this form of communicative dysfunction, read what former FB executive Chamath Palihapitiya had to say on the matter.
Welcome to my home page. My journey into sociology began in 1992 when I began graduate studies. I began my full time position at my alma mater, Cal-Poly Pomona, in Fall 2007. Although ethnically Chinese,I was born in Vientiane, Laos, and raised in Bangkok, Thailand prior to our family's emigration from Thailand to the United States. I consider myself Thai-Chinese.
The Frankfurt School, Max Weber, Edward A. Tiryakian, Kurt H. Wolff, Jürgen Habermas, Anthony Giddens, Zygmunt Bauman, Albert Memmi, Frantz Fanon, W. E. B. Dubois, the Los Angeles School, Friedrich Nietzsche, Herman Sörgel, Jorge Luis Borges, Murray Schafer, Ray Oldenburg, Pridi Banomyong, Michel Foucault, Jean Baudrillard, Bernard Crettaz, Simone de Beauvoir, my parents, my siblings, and the Buddha (as philosopher).
Top left: The large ruins of the Wat Phra Sri Sanphet complex at Ayutthaya (built 1448), the second capital of Siamese empire. It's not too far from my hometown; Bottom right: Our university's iconic CLA building, courtesy of Mike_s_etc from Flickr.