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lingintrotitle   Professor Huping Ling

Huping Ling had her doctorate degree from Miami University in 1991. Presently she is an Associate Professor of History at Truman State University teaching Asian American history and East Asian history. Her research focuses on Asian American studies and she has published extensively in the field.

Professor Ling's recent publications include Surviving on the Gold Mountain: A History of Chinese American Women and Their Lives (Albany: The State University of New York, 1998), which has been favorably reviewed nationally and internationally, Jinshan Yao: A History of Chinese American Women (Chinese Social Science Publishing House, 1999), a winner of book competition sponsored by the Ford Foundation and the Chinese Academy of Social Science, and Ping Piao Mei Guo: New Immigrants in America (forthcoming). She has contributed articles to many professional journals and anthologies including The Journal of American Ethnic History, The Journal of Urban History, Missouri Historical Review, The History Teacher, The American Studies (by the Chinese Social Science Academy), New Studies on Chinese Overseas and China (IIAS, Holland, 2000), Intercultural Relations, Cultural Transformation, and Identity (Manila, 2000), Ethnic Chinese at Turn of Centuries (Fujian: 1998), Asian American Encyclopedia (Marshall Cavendish Corp., 1995), and Origins and Destinations (UCLA, 1994).

Professor Ling is a reviewer for International Migration Review, The Journal of American Ethnic History, The Journal of American History, and the Journal of the History and Sexuality. She is also a receipt of numerous awards and honors such as the Ford Foundation Book Award, American Fellow of AAUW, etc. Currently she is writing two book manuscripts on Chinese in St. Louis, Missouri and Asian American women in the Midwestern America respectively.

In the past decade, Professor Ling has been actively involved in the research of Asian Americans in the Midwest region, especially the Chinese American community in St. Louis, Missouri. During the 1998-1999 academic year, she was invited by the History Department of Washington University as a visiting professor working on her research project Chinese St. Louisans. She has painstakingly conducted research on Chinese in St. Louis at various public and private archives and libraries of the region, visited area Chinese businesses, Chinese community organizations, Chinese churches, Chinese language schools, and even Chinese mortuary records, and interviewed numerous community leaders and activists, businessmen, professionals, and long-time residents of the St. Louis Chinese community. While completing a scholarly monograph in English on Chinese in St. Louis, Professor Ling, invited by The St. Louis Chinese American News, has written a history column entitled Chinese St. Louisans for the newspaper including a series of 30 articles in Chinese language reconstructing the history of Chinese in St. Louis from the 1850s to the present time.

For further information on Professor Ling's research and/or Chinese St. Louisans, please contact Dr. Huping Ling, Division of Social Science, Truman State University, Kirksville, Missouri 63501, Tel. 660-785-4654, E-mail hling@truman.edu.

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