Fulbright Senior Specialist Award, April 29-May 13 2005, Hanover University; Gottingen University; Kennedy Institute, Berlin, Germany
Fulbright Senior Specialist Award, March 24-April 6, 2004, “Hong Kong/Hollywood at the Borders: Alternative Perspectives, Alternative Cinemas,” University of Hong Kong
Plaque from the UCLA College of Letters and Science for coordinating the UCLA GE Cluster entitled “Interracial Dynamics in American History, Law, and Literature” (2000) ; the Freshman Cluster Program itself received a Theordore M. Hesburgh Certificate of Excellence.
Resident Fellowship, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, 1995-96
Resident Fellowship, University of California Humanities Research Institute, 1992
Academic Senate Research Grants, UCLA 1984-2004
Institute of American Cultures Grant, UCLA, 1992-93, 1987-89, 1985-86
Faculty Career Development Award, UCLA, Fall 1987, Fall 1986
American Council of Learned Societies Research Fellowship, 1987-88
Mellon Fellowship at Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies, 1986, 1987 (declined)
Regents Fellowship, U.C. Berkeley, 1982-83, 1981-82
Keynote Speaker, International Conference on Asia and the Historical Imagination, sponsored by Centre of Liberal Arts and Social Siences (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, July 30-Aug 1 2015)
Plenary Speaker, the 9th Annual International Comparative Literature Conference: Chinese and US Cultural Productions中国比较文学学会中美比较文化研究会第九届年会，Nanjing University, July 19, 2014
Invited Speaker, Transnational Chinese Cultural Exchange Center, Los Angeles, Sept 17, 2014
Invited Speaker, Round Table Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of Aiiieeeee! An Anthology of Asian-American Writers, Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Chicago, January 10, 2014
Invited Lecturer, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China, June 26, 2014.
Invited Lecturer, Zhejiang Normal University, June 27, 2014.
Invited Lecturer, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China, July 5-7, 2013
Keynote speaker, Renmin University-UCLA Conference on American Literature and the Changing World (June 30-July 1, 2012, Beijing)
Invited Speaker for a lecture series at Beijing Foreign Studies University (June 13, 14, 18, 2012)
Invited participant in the seminar “Transpacific Encounters,” American Comparative Literature Association annual meeting, Brown University, March 29-April 1, 2012.
Keynote Speaker, Conference on the Latest Development in British and American Literature, Minzu University of China, July 24-25, 2011.
Invited Speaker for a lecture series at Minzu University of China 中央民族大学外语学院, July 11-15, 2011
Invited Speaker, Department of Foreign Studies, Jinan University （暨南大学）December 2010
Invited Speaker, Ancient Chinese Biographical Literature Symposium, sponsored by The Biography Society of China, Beijing, 17-20 December, 2010
Invited Speaker, Department of Foreign Languages, Beijing Language and Culture University, June 2010.
Invited Speaker, Department of Foreign Languages, Tsinghua University, May 2010.
Invited Speaker, Department of Foreign Languages, Renmin University, May 2010.
Invited Speaker, Department of Foreign Languages, China Foreign Affairs University, June 2010.
Plenary Speaker, Culture Context, and Readership: An International Conference on Chinese American Literature, co-sponsored by Nanjing University and UCLA, July 17-19, 2009
Keynote Speaker, National Conference on Asian American literature, 2009 全国亚裔文学研究会，sponsored by Minzu University of China中央民族大学外语学院，Beijing Foreign Studies University北京外国语大学英语学院，Beijing Foreign Language & Culture University 北京语言大学外国语学院, Beijing, June 18-21, 2009.
Keynote Speaker, International Conference on Culture, Discourse, and Language Teaching, Zhejiang Normal University, Jinhua, Zhejing April 17-19, 2009
Invited Speaker, Dept. of World Literature, Peking University, December 2008
Invited Speaker, Foreign Languages College, Zhejiang Normal University, China, December 20, 2008
Invited Speaker, Department of English, Beijing Foreign Affairs University, China, October 29 2008
Invited Speaker, Dept. of Foreign Languages, Henan University, China, March 27-28, 2008
Keynote Speaker, First International Conference on Asian American Studies, Shantou University, China, December 14-16, 2006
Invited Speaker, International Forum on Chinese American Literature and Chinese Language Literature in the United States, Fudan University, Shanghai, China, June 1-3, 2005
Invited Speaker, “East-West Literary Symposium,” Sponsored by Chinese-American Comparative Literary Research Institute (中国中美比较文化研究会), Yanshan Foreign Language University, July 18-22, 2004
Invited Speaker, Summer Literary Institute, Tianjin Foreign Language University, China, July 12-18, 2004
Invited Speaker, Nanjing Normal University, China, December 22-24, 2003
Keynote Speaker, “Multiple Voices” colloquium, sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, CSUN, February 2003
Invited Speaker, Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica, Taipei, April 19, 2002
Invited Speaker, Office of Cultural Affairs, US Embassy, Rangoon, Burma, January 13-19, 2002
Keynote Speaker, ASAK (American Studies Association of Korea) Annual Conference, Incheon, Korea, 21-22 September 2001
Fulbright Lecturing and Research Award, University of Hong Kong, 2000-2001
Invited Speaker, Office of Cultural Affairs, US Embassy, Bangkok, Thailand, June 26-31, 2001
Invited Speaker, Silpakorn University, Nakhon Pathom campus (Thailand); Srinakharinwirot University (Thailand); Thammasat University (Thailand), 26-31 June 2001
Plenary Speaker, International Conference on Globalization and Sino-U.S. Relations at the Turn of the Century, Northeastern University, Shenyang, China, 19 May 2001
Invited Speaker, Xi’an Foreign Language University, Xian, China, 15-16 May 2001
Invited Lecturer, University of Macao, 7 May 2001
Plenary Speaker, American Literary Studies in Asia: Transnational Teaching and Research, 5-6 January 2001, University of Hong Kong
Invited Speaker, Conference on East-West Exchanges in the Humanities, Pusan National University, Pusan, Korea, 7 June, 2000
Keynote Speaker, Asian American Literature Association Forum (commemorating the 10th year anniversary of AALA), Kobe, Japan, 9-10 October 1999; also invited speaker at Kobe Women's Univ., 12 October 1999; Kyoto Gaikokugo Univ., 13 October 1999; Kyoto Sangyo University, 14 October, 1999
Invited Speaker, Remapping Chinese America: International Conference on Chinese American Literature, Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica, Taipei, June 11-12, 1999
Patricia S. Eliet Memorial Lecture, delivered at California State Univ., Domingus Hills, November 1996
Statewide Humanities Lecturer and keynote speaker of the Smithsonian Institution and the California Council for the Humanities, 1993-94
Invited speaker, Taiwan National University and Academia Sinica, 1992