Meiling Wu, Ph.D Faculty Profile

Meiling  Wu, Ph.D

Professor, Department of Modern Languages and Literature, Coordinator, Chinese and Japanese Programs, Program Director & PI, Student Service Operation for Success (Federal AANAPISI Grant), Academic Council for International Program (CSU Chancellor’s Office – IP Program), Executive Committee Member of CSUEB Academic Senate

Department of Modern Languages & Literatures

Dr. Wu joined the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at California State University, East Bay in Fall 2000, and was promoted to Professor in 2013. She received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature specializing Post-modern and Post/colonial Literary Criticisms and East Asian Literature from State University of New York at Binghamton. 

Prior to her service at CSUEB, Dr. Wu was an Assistant Professor in the Modern Languages Department at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Growing up bilingual and being an avid reader of the Classics, Dr. Wu is an experienced teacher of Chinese and Japanese language instructions. She started as a Lecturer in Chinese for the Department of German, Russian and East Asian Languages and Literatures at SUNY- Binghamton while she was a graduate student in the Ph.D. program of Comparative Literature department. She also holds a teaching credential in Literature, Cinema, Literary Criticism, Post-colonial, and Cultural Studies of Modern and Postmodern Eastern Asia. In addition to the language courses and the upper division GE C4 courses listed on the university catalog (MLL 3611 New Chinese Cinemas, MLL 3612 Modern Chinese Short Stories, MLL 3831 Experiencing Japanese Culture, MLL 3812 Modern Japanese Short Stories), Dr. Wu had successfully prepared “Chinese Language and Cultural Studies” as a Minor for the Department of MLL, and is preparing a Minor in “Japanese Language and Cultural Studies” to accommodate the great demands of students who are interested in this field.  She is designing two new courses in English translation: MLL 4633 Chinese Wisdom: Congzi, Laozi, and Sunzi and MLL 4831 Japanese Pop Culture: Animation, Manga, and J-Pop.

Dr. Meiling Wu is the Principal Investigator and the Director of Program SSOS – Student Service Operation for Success at CSUEB, a five-year 1.85M AANAPISI Grant from U.S. Department of Education. She was the Department summer Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literature and was the co-chair of Asian/ Pacific Islander Faculty and Staff Association from 2006-2010. She was the PI and PD of Pashto and Dari Programs at CSUEB, a CSU Strategic Language Institute, sponsored by U.S. Department of Defense. Dr. Wu serves on many faculty governance committees at CSUEB, including currently the member of Executive Committee of Academic Senate, Chairing the Search Committee for AVP for Research and Professional Development, and Chairing the Committee on Budget and Resource Allocation (2011-13). She also served as the Selection Committee for the California Pre-Doctoral Program (from CSU to UC graduate programs) and as the Chair of Mandarin Lower Division Transfer Programs (from Community Colleges to the CSUs) for the Office of CSU Chancellor.  She is currently the CSUEB Representative of CSU Academic Council for International Studies.

Growing up multilingual, (paternal Mandarin Chinese, maternal Japanese and local Min and Wu dialects) and receiving higher education from the United States colleges and universities, Dr. Wu is a scholar of East Asian languages, cultures, cinema, and literature; she has taught in both public and private sectors of higher education system in the United States. Born to a family that has had an international lumber business enterprise in Borneo (Indonesia and Malaysia), Singapore, China, Taiwan and Japan, Dr. Wu has been a frequent visitor to Southeast and Northeast Asia and is familiar with managing a large budget. Dr. Wu received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from State University of New York at Binghamton and fulfilled 3 foreign and one classical language requirements in Latin, Chinese, Japanese, and French.  She has won many awards, including CSUEB Research Grants, CSU Wang Family Faculty Award in 2005, and the Research Fellowship from Cornell University in 2001. She was honored with the First Prize of Taiwanese Central Daily News Short Story Award in 1995 when she was a graduate student and has had other creative works published since.

Dr. Wu has given papers at conferences throughout the United States, and in Asia and Europe. She is the author of numerous articles and book projects, including "Women, Her-story and Taiwanese Cinema" "Other, Native, and/or alter-native: Nobel Writings of Chinese Women" and “Online Chinese: College Elementary Mandarin Chinese Vol. 1, 2, 3” and “Online Chinese: College Intermediate Mandarin Chinese Vo. 4, 5, 6”.  She is currently working on a book project tentatively titled, “Utopia and Dystopia Chinese Nobel Laureate”.

  • B.A. in English Literature at Providence College
  • M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at State University of New York, Binghamton
  • School of Criticism and Theory fellow at Cornell University
Fall Semester 2022
Course #SecCourse TitleDaysFromToLocationCampus
MLL 21101Multicultural CinemaARRWEB-ASYNCHOnline Campus
MLL 25101Intermediate Japanese IARRWEB-ASYNCHOnline Campus
MLL 45502Japanese Manga & AnimeARRWEB-ASYNCHOnline Campus