Achievement Award - Professor San-Pao Li
Dr. San-pao Li received his Baccalaureate degree in Political
Science from Tunghai University, Taiwan in 1966, his A.M. in Regional
Studies - East Asia from Harvard in 1970 and his Ph.D.in History from
University of California, Davis in 1978.
Since 1967, he has been teaching Chinese history and language at various
colleges and universities, including Harvard, Columbia, UC Berkeley,
UC Davis, Dickinson College, Boston College, and California State
University at Long Beach (CSULB). At CSULB, he was the founding chair
of the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies after he oversaw
the merging of Asian Studies Program, Asian American Studies Program,
and Chinese and Japanese Programs. In 1991, Dr. Li was invited by
Tunghai University, Taiwan to serve as a Distinguished Visiting
Professor and Chairman of the Political Science Department.
Dr. Li is the author of several important studies on K'ang Yu-wei,
a leading reformer in modern China. He has published more than a dozen
articles and reviews in juried professional publications. He is also
completing a book-length manuscript entitled Moral Imperatives
Redefined: Early Intellectual Radicalism of K'ang Yu-wei, 1858-1927.
Dr. Li is a recipient of CSULA's "Meritorious Performance Award,"
five times consecutively between 1985 and 1989, "Outstanding
Professors" for 1984-85, and "Distinguished Facultv Teaching
Awards" for 1995-96. In addition, Dr. Li is an award-winning
and accomplished Chinese calligrapher whose works have been included
in numerous exhibitions both in Taiwan and in the United States since
the 1960s. He also served as the Conference Chair of the Second
International Conference on East Asian Calligraphy Education held at
California State University, Long Beach, August 11-13,2000. On
numerous occasions since 1980, Dr. Li has been asked by the U.S.
Department of State to be an official interpreter at important
diplomatic conferences with the People's Republic of China. They include
the first and fifth "U.S.-China Joint Economic Committee Conference"
(1980, 1986), the "U.S.-China Joint Conference on Health" (1982), and
the joint "U.S.-China Conference on International Politics and Economy"
(1985). President Jimmy Carter, former Secretaries of Treasury Miller
and James Baker, former Secretary of Commerce Kluzniak, Ambassador
Woodcock, Ambassador Winston Lord and U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett
Koop were among the dignitaries he has served as interpreter.
In yet another area of Dr. Li's multi-faceted professional achievements, he has collaborated with Jeff Winters in the development of a number of highly sophisticated, innovative, interactive, and multimedia-based Chinese language and culturally-related software entitled respectively: "Pinyin Master: Interactive Tutorial for Mandarin Pronunciation and the Pinyin System" (released in 1998), "CyberChinese: An Innovative, Interactive, and Multimedia-based Chinese Course" (released in 2000) and "The Quintessence of China's Cultural Heritage" (forthcoming). These software programs involve the employment of the state-of-the-art computer technology to create an effective instructional media in the teaching and learning of Chinese language and culture. Both the Pinyin Master and the CyberChinese have already been adopted by more than ninety universities and schools worldwide.
Service Award - Professor Tu-nan Chang
Dr. Tu-nan Chang, Professor and Chair of the Physics and Astronomy
Department at USC, an elected Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS),
the CAF A President of 1996-97, and the recipient of the CAFA achievement
Award in 1998, is an internationally known theoretical physicist in Atomic,
Molecular, and Optical Physics. His scientific works include numerous
review chapters and papers in books and leading scientific journals
and a book on Many-body Theory of Atomic Structure and
Photoionization. He has presented close to hundred seminars and
invited talks in scientific meetings. Currently, he serves as the President
of the Overseas Chinese Physics Association. He is also a member on the
Scientific Advisory Committee of the Theoretical Physics Division at
the Center for Theoretical Sciences in Hsinchu, Taiwan and on the
Advisory Committee for the Chinese University of Science and Technology
in Hefei, Anhui. His past professional activities include membership
on the APS Program, Nominating, and Fellowship Committees, his service
on the Advisory Board of the Institute of Atomic and Molecular Sciences
of the Academia Sinica in Taipei from 1983-1996, and the organizing
committee of many international conferences, workshops, and symposiums.
In 1983, together with the late Professor Robert T. Poe, Professor
Edward Yen, and other scientists in Taiwan, he contributed substantially
to a feasibility study that eventually led to the Synchrotron Radiation
Research Center in Hsinchu.
At USC, he became the first Asian American professor elected to represent
its faculty in 1994 as the President of the Academic Senate until 1996.
He was the recipient of a Raubenheimer Distinguished Faculty Award for
excellence in Teaching, Research, and Service in 1998 and a Faculty
Award for Distinguished Service by the Academic Senate in 2000. In 1990,
he was recognized by the USC International Students Assembly as the Faculty
Member of the Year. In addition to his numerous faculty committee
assignments, he has participated actively as the advisors for ethnic
student organizations and served on the Martin Luther King Birthday
Celebration Committee in 1993-95.
He is an active lifemember of CAFA and has contributed continuously
both in effort and financial resource. For many years, he has served on
the Boards of CAF A and CAF A Scholarship Foundation. In addition to
the development and the maintenance of the CAF A web page, he is also
responsible for the establishment of the endowed Robert T. Poe Memorial
He received his B. S. degree in physics at Tunghai University in Taichung
in 1966. He completed his Ph. D. work at the University of California,
Riverside and joined the faculty at USC in 1975 after spending two years
as a research associate at the University of Chicago. His wife, Hsiao-lin,
works at the Molecular Biology Laboratory at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
They have two daughters, Amy Chia-Mae and Angela Chia-Loh.