Campus: CSU Stanislaus -- January 17, 2003
CSU Stanislaus Social Work Professor Mayling Chu
Receives Prestigious Award
Mayling Chu, a member of the graduate Social Work faculty at California
State University, Stanislaus, has been named a recipient of the prestigious
California State University Wang Faculty Fellowship.
The $10,000 grant will support her research on the impact of China’s
economic growth on its youth culture. Dr. Chu’s three-to-five-month
project will begin later this year at Jiao Tung University in Shanghai.
Dr. Chu is the first CSU Stanislaus faculty member to be selected by
the California State University selection committee for the award. The
scholarship program was established by former CSU Trustee Stanley T.
Wang to provide faculty and students with the opportunity to study,
teach and conduct research in China.
“I’m very honored and excited about this award and appreciate
the support this fellowship will provide,” Dr. Chu said. “I
am eager to get to work on this research to compile information about
the youth of China, which has experienced rapid social change.”
Dr. Marvalene Hughes, President of CSU Stanislaus, noted that Dr. Chu's
selection as the recipient of the Wang Family Faculty Award was a superb
honor for Dr. Chu and for the University.
“I know that Dr. Chu will enjoy the challenge that her chosen
project offers," Dr. Hughes said. "Her academic prowess will
certainly enhance her research, and her work will be an important contribution
to the body of knowledge on Chinese culture and society."
“Dr. Chu is working on innovative areas of research related to
China's unprecedented and substantial economic growth and change,”
said Dr. Mary Cullinan, Dean of the College of Arts, Letters and Sciences.
“As a Wang Faculty Fellow, she will be an impressive representative
of the California State University system and will be able to work intensively
on significant research.”
Having made a number of visits to China between 1988 and 1997 and again
in 2002 to explore the country and the homeland of her parents, Chu
said the fellowship will enable her to focus on how and why a generation
gap surfaced between youth and the older population as China developed
as an industrial giant.
“I think there is a lot of interest in that story because the
youth in China today are growing up in a different time than their parents
and they really don’t understand what their parents went through,”
The fellowship winner said she will conduct research on youth lifestyles,
concentrating on food, clothing, housing, transportation, education,
entertainment and computer use. “In a country that not long ago
saw virtually everyone on bicycles, more people are now driving cars
and a national highway system is being built in China,” Dr. Chu
said. “An economic transformation is taking place. The younger
population wants a nice house, a car and clothes that are much different
than what their parents wear.”
Before receiving her fellowship news, Dr. Chu had already scheduled
a visit to China this summer for a one-month teaching seminar on youth
culture in modern China at Southwest University of Nationalities in
ChengDu. Chu has been an associate professor of social work at CSU Stanislaus
since 1996. She teaches several courses that focus on how juvenile delinquency
and the law relate to the social work field, and services for children
Dr. Chu can be reached at (209) 667-3453
Media Contact: Don Hansen (209) 667-3997