I am researching for my second solo-authored manuscript, “Nation (Re)branding for Sustainability and Sovereignty,” which argues that one way to create a prosperous and sustainable nation is to have a clear image or (re)branding of the nation that the government and people support, while having this image tied directly to a national production or industry. This focuses on the way that the government can regulate while industry creates products that reflect this new/old national identity for domestic consumption and international export. This is done always with sustainability and sovereignty in mind to protect the country’s market and resources. This theory is especially useful for developing countries and countries in dire need of a change nationally and internationally and open to new ideas of development.
My on-going research that will lead to a third solo-authored book will be on Spirit Realm Studies. Spirit Realm is mostly tied to the belief that our world is shared with forces and energies we cannot readily identify or explain but may have access to for answers. Spirit Realm Studies engages in the growing recognition of indigenous practices (particularly from Asia) to understand and address the complex and challenging issues in our known realm and beyond. My work examines the Spirit Realm and Medical Fields (physical and mental). One form of Spirit Realm practices seek to break away from what is considered normal healing to look at alternative options that are not commonly discussed in academic settings nor acknowledged in health services. We ask why have these indigenous beliefs been kept out of academia and mostly ostracized in the medical fields. Aside from presenting indigenous understandings, we also introduce how science has come to study and interpret the spirit realm.
My second working monograph is a co-edited anthology with Professor Wei Ming Dariotis titled, “Fight the Tower: Asian American Women Scholars’ Road from Resistance to Renewal for Justice in the Academy.” Student occupations and hunger strikes, faculty protests, votes of no-confidence in top administrators, external audits, forced resignations of senior leadership, anti-education stances by political leaders, and similar high-stakes actions overtly signal a dramatic reaction to the current state of higher education. We posit that the structural form of the university has long been corrupted by external forces that infiltrated the university’s core from its inception. Through mass social engineering projects to create inherent ideas of superiority and inferiority based artificially on race, gender, class – hierarchies of power emerged. This volume addresses the current crisis by reframing the realm of academia not as the normalized “idyllic” haven of intellectual discourse creating thoughtful members of society, but rather as an institution teeming with labor, civil and human rights abuses as part of a long legacy of intentional suppression and control. We seek to expand the understanding of labor issues, systemic oppression, and structural injustice in higher education with a focus on Asian American women academics.