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Welcome to Dr. Gina Masequesmay's Home Page!

Instructor Information

A picture of Dr. Gina Masequesmay with sunflowers in Dieulivol, France


Picture of two Vietnamese women from the North and the South holding hands in Hue, Central Vietnam.

A fluttering rainbow flag representing the diversity of the LGBTQQ community

Current Class:

Fall 2016 & Spring 2017:

Fall 2017 Class:

Past Classes:

Future Classes


Welcome! This is my tenth semester as Chair of the Asian American Studies department. I am currently on sabbatical and have been since Fall 2016. I will be back mid-August 2017. If you need to contact the department, please email the Interim Chair, Dr. Eunai Shrake, at eunai.shrake@csun.edu or the Administrative Coordinator, Janaki Bowerman, at janaki.bowerman@csun.edu.

The purpose of this website is two-fold: (1) For students to find out more about me and my classes, and (2) For me to efficiently update students about class assignments, advertise of new classes I want/plan to teach, and to list projects, events, issues and resources that interest me.

Peace! GM, February 28, 2017

Recent Publication(s)


Currently, I'm working on four projects:

Past Projects


I was born in Sai Gon Hospital in Viet Nam and grew up in a small town northeast of Sai Gon called Bien Hoa.  A year after the communist "liberated" South Viet Nam, my immediate family (mom, dad, 3 sisters and 3 brothers, paternal grandma, and 4th aunt) and I migrated to France.  We lived in Valence, France over a year and left for the United States in late 1977.  I stayed one year in Venice, California and then spent the next chunk of my life in the San Fernando Valley.  My family moved around "the Valley" including to Sepulveda, Pacoima, Northridge, and North Hills. 

I went to Pomona College, Claremont for my undergraduate study where I wrote a senior thesis on Little Saigon.  After that, I worked for about a year and a half, at the Asian American Drug Abuse Program, Inc. (AADAP).  I then went back to graduate school at UCLA to obtain a doctoral degree in Sociology.  My areas of interest are in the intersection of race, class, gender, sexuality and ability.  I filed my dissertation, "Becoming Queer and Vietnamese American: Negotiating Multiple Identities in an Ethnic Support Group of Lesbians, Bisexual Women and Female-to-Male Transgenders," in January 2001 and received my Ph.D. in Sociology at UCLA.

This is my 17th year at CSUN, where I was hired as a Southeast Asian Specialist but I also do research and teach on gender and sexuality. I am a tenured Full Professor.

From Spring 2004 to Fall 2006, I served as the Asian American Studies Academic Advisement Coordinator. I was also on the Queer Studies Minor Advisory Board. I was interim Chair of AAS in 2007 and now return as a Chair for a second term that began in Fall 2012 and will end in Summer 2018.

My current research interest is on Vietnamese entrepreneurship. I will be exploring Little Saigon and compare it to the communities in Canada. My personal interest is on healing at the personal and collective levels. I have been exploring Vietnamese Zen Buddhism as taught by Zen Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh. Particularly the mindfulness trainings as a way for me and my community to heal from the different forms of violence and oppression. A book that waters my seeds of compassion and understanding is called Learning True Love (published by Parallax Press) by Sister Chan Khong, who is an amazing Vietnamese woman. I attended a mindfulness retreat for educators at Brock University, Canada. The theme was "Happy teachers will change the world." I am trying to practice this as chair of my department. :-)