Department of Communication

Casey Lum

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Office:   Hobart Hall 212
Phone:   (973) 720-2342
Email:Lumc@wpunj.edu
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Department: Communication
Position: Professor
Area Specialization: Media Studies, Professional Communication

Education:
B.A., Hong Kong Baptist University
M.A., The New School
Ph.D., New York University

Areas of Teaching:
Media and Society, Media Ecology, Global Media and Communication, New Communications, Asian/American Media, Media History, Urban Communication, Media Research, Intercultural Communication, Professional Communication, Food Culture as Communication

Research Interests:
Media Ecology, Urban Communications, Food Culture as Communication, Mass Media and Society, Global Media and Cultures, Popular Media and Culture, Asian/American Media and Culture, Media and Education, the Ethnography of Media Uses, Intellectual History of Communication Scholarship, International Education, Cultural Communication

Professional and Service Activities:
Dr. Casey Lum has been an active contributor to the discipline in his diverse leadership roles at professional associations on both the national (United States) and international levels.

  • He has served or is serving on the editorial board of a number of refereed journals, such as Critical Studies in Media Communication (formerly Critical Studies in Mass Communication), Journal of Asian Pacific Communication, Speech Communication Annual, Explorations in Media Ecology, Culture and Communication, etc. He has reviewed manuscripts for several other academic journals, such as Ethnomusicology, New Jersey Journal of Communication, International Journal of Intercultural Relations, International and Intercultural Communication Annual, Journal of Intercultural Communication Studies, Free Speech Yearbook, The Howard Journal of Communications, and Journal of Chinese Communication Studies. He has been an external reviewer of book proposals for the Oxford University Press, the Cambridge University Press, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, and Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group.
  • Professor Lum is one of the Developmental Advisers in the Department. He has also served and is serving on a continuous basis in various committee roles in the Department of Communication and the College of Art and Communication, and across the campus on the University level. His community services included volunteer works in local schools and non-profit media venues. Dr. Lum has also shared his research in non-academic venues such as various print and electronic media (e.g., TIME)
  • Lum received the 2014 Louis Forsdale Award for Outstanding Educator in the Field of Media Ecology, the Media Ecology Association (MEA). Since the Fall of 2016, he also serves as an advisor to the Museum of Food and Drink in New York City for MOFAD City, a series of neighborhood-based culinary-cultural programs and online multimedia guides, with a focus on the history and culinary culture of Manhattan’s Chinatown.

Scholarship:

Books:

Lum, Casey M. K., & de Ferriere le Vayer, Marc. (Eds.). (2016). Urban Foodways and Communication: Ethnographic Studies in Intangible Culture Food Heritages Around the World. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.

Lum, Casey M. K. (Ed.). (2010). Perspectives on Culture, Technology and Communication: The Media Ecology Tradition [in Chinese]. Taipei, Taiwan: Chu Liu Publishing Company. [This is the traditional Chinese edition of Lum (2006) with a special Editor’s Preface and Translator’s Preface. Dr. Lum’s Foreword to this Chinese edition was reprinted on December 31, 2010, in a special issue on media ecology in the number 107 of the Media and Education e-Newsletter

Lum, Casey M. K. (Ed.). (2008). Perspectives on Culture, Technology and Communication: The Media Ecology Tradition. Translated in Korean by Dr. Dong-Hoo Lee (University of Incheon). Seoul, Korea: Hannarae Publishing Company. [This edition has been selected by the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Korea (South Korea) as one of the “excellent books related to the fields of humanities, social sciences, and other areas” in 2009.]

Lum, Casey M. K. (Ed.). (2007). Perspectives on Culture, Technology and Communication: The Media Ecology Tradition [in Chinese]. Translated in Chinese by Professor Daokuan He (Shenzhen University, China). Beijing, China: Peking University Press. [This is the simplified Chinese edition in China of Lum (2006) with a special Editor’s Preface and Translator’s Preface.]

Lum, Casey M. K. (Ed.). (2006). Perspectives on Culture, Technology and Communication: The Media Ecology Tradition. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press. [Winner, Lewis Mumford Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of Technics, The Media Ecology Association, 2006]

Lum, Casey M. K. (1996). In Search of a Voice: Karaoke and the Construction of Identity in Chinese America. Foreword by Neil Postman. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Select Journal Articles and Book Chapters:

Lum, Casey M. K., &  Marc de Ferriere le Vayer. (2016). At the Intersection of Urban Foodways, Communication, and Intangible Cultural Heritage An Introduction. In Casey Lum & Marc de Ferriere le Vayer (Eds.), Urban Foodways and Communication: Ethnographic Studies in Intangible Culture Food Heritages Around the World (pp. 1-21). Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.

Lum, Casey M. K. (2015). Regionalism and Communication: Voices from the Chinese Diaspora. In Alberto Gonzalez & Yea-Wen Chen (Eds.), Our Voices: Essays in Culture, Ethnicity, and Communication (pp. 327-334), 6th ed. New York: Oxford University Press.

Lum, Casey M. K. (2015). Dimsum. In Andrew F. Smith (Editor-in-Chief), Savoring Gotham: A Food Lover’s Companion to New York City (pp. 171-172). New York: Oxford University Press.

Lum, Casey M. K. (2014). Family Commensality: Reflections on Intangible Cultural Heritage and Inter-generational Communication. In Sidney Cheung (Ed.), Rethinking Asian Food Heritage (pp. 25-50). Taipei, Taiwan: Foundation of Chinese Dietary Culture. http://www.fcdc.org.tw/english/publish/publish_detail.aspx?sn=45&xkind=3

Lum, Casey M. K. (2014). Media Ecology: Contexts, Concepts, and Currents. In Robert Fortner & Mark Fackler (Eds.), The Handbook of Media and Mass Communication Theory (pp. 137-153; Vol. I of II, Section I, Chapter 8). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell. [Winner: The 2016 Walter Benjamin Award for Outstanding Article in the Field of Media Ecology, The Media Ecology Association]

Lum, Casey M. K. (2013). Understanding Urban Foodways and Communicative Cities: A Taste of Hong Kong’s Yumcha Culture as Urban Communication. In Matthew Matsaganis, Victoria Gallenger, & Susan Drucker (Eds.), Communicative Cities and Urban Communication in the 21st Century: The Urban Communication Reader III (pp. 53-76). New York: Peter Lang.

Lum, Casey M. K., & Haratonik, Peter L. (2011). A Comparative Study of Xintiandi in Shanghai and South Street Seaport in New York City. In Fuqin Sun & Jianlong Yang (Eds.), Tales of Two Cities: Urban Culture in Shanghai and New York City (pp. 44-57) [A Shanghai People’s Municipal Government Development Research Center publication series; in Chinese]. Shanghai, China: Truth & Wisdom Press and Shanghai People’s Publishing Company.

Lum, Casey M. K. (2011). Interview with Casey Lum (re. Perspectives on Media Ecology and Media Education). Figure/Ground Communications (a full-length essay with 24 double-spaced manuscript pages).

Lum, Casey M. K., & Lee, Dong-Hoo. (2010). Understanding Outdoor Advertising in Global City Centers: Two Exploratory Case Studies from Hong Kong and Seoul. In Harvey Jassem, Susan Drucker, & Gene Burd (Eds.), The Urban Communication Reader II (pp. 173-192). Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.

Lum, Casey M. K. (2009). Karaoke and the Cross-cultural Appropriations of Music. International Journal of Chinese Culture and Management, 2(3), pp. 194–205. [Lead article of this issue]

Lum, Casey M. K. (2006). Notes Toward an Intellectual History of Media Ecology. In Casey M. K. Lum (Ed.), Perspectives on Culture, Technology and Communication: The Media Ecology Tradition (pp. 1-60). Cresskill, New Jersey: Hampton Press.

Lum, Casey M. K. (2006). Epilogue: The Next Generation(s). In Casey M. K. Lum (Ed.), Perspectives on Culture, Technology and Communication: The Media Ecology Tradition (pp. 389-394). Cresskill, New Jersey: Hampton Press.

Lum, Casey M. K. (2006d). Communicating Chinese Heritage in America: A Study of Bicultural Education Across Generations. In Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz (Ed.), From Generation to Generation: Maintaining Cultural Identity Over Time (pp. 75-98). Cresskill, New Jersey: Hampton Press.

Lum, Casey M. K. (2006e). Voice: In Search of a Voice. In Department of English of the University of Tokyo (Ed.), On Campus (pp. 68-80) with an Introduction by Jun Ishibashi. Tokyo: The University of Tokyo Press. [This is a reprint of excerpts from Lum (1996) above.]

Lum, Casey M. K. (2003). A Brief History of Media Ecology’s Intellectual Origins in North America [in Chinese]. China Media Report, 4(2), 4-16. [Lead article]

Lum, Casey M. K. (2001). Karaoke and the Construction of Identity. In Thuylinh N. Tu (Ed.), TechniColor: Race, Technology, and Everyday Life, pp. 121-141. New York: New York University Press. [Authorized reprint of excerpts from Lum (1996) above.]

Lum, Casey M. K. (2000). An Intimate Voice from Afar: A Brief History of New York's Chinese-Language Wireless Radio. Journal of Radio Studies, 7(2), 355-372.

Lum, Casey M. K. (2000). Introduction: Intellectual Roots of Media Ecology. The New Jersey Journal of Communication, 8(1), 1-7.

Strate, Lance, and Lum, Casey M. K. (2000). Lewis Mumford and the Ecology of Technics. The New Jersey Journal of Communication, 8(1), 56-78.

Lum, Casey M. K. (1999). On the Role of Media Technology in Communication Education: A Faustian Bargain? [in Chinese]. Mass Communication Research, 58, 269-283.

Lum, Casey M. K. (1998). On the Ambiguity of Identity Construction in Karaoke [in Chinese]. Mass Communication Research, 56, 65-83.

Lum, Casey M. K. (1998). Chinese Cable Television: Social Activism, Community Service, and Nonprofit Media in New York's Chinatown. In Gary Gumpert and Susan Drucker (Eds.), The Huddled Masses: Communication and Immigration (pp. 121-144). Cresskill, New Jersey: Hampton Press.

Lum, Casey M. K. (1998). The Karaoke Dilemma: On the Interaction Between Collectivism and Individualism in the Karaoke Space. In Toru Mitsui and Shuhei Hosokawa (Eds.), Karaoke Around the World: Global Technology, Local Singing (pp. 166-177). London, England: Routledge.

Lum, Casey M. K. (1992). Captains and Corporals: The Debate between the Neo-Marxist and the Reflective Perspectives on Advertising. The Speech Communication Annual, 6 (50th Anniversary Edition), 31-44.

Lum, Casey M. K. (1991). Communication and Cultural Insularity: The Chinese Immigrant Experience. Critical Studies in Mass Communication, 8(1), 91-101.

Lum, Casey M. K. (1991). An Asian Interpretation of Communication Education in the United States. Association for Communication Administration Bulletin, October, 57-61. [Speech]

Wachtel, Edward, and Lum, Casey M. K. (1991). The Influence of Chinese Script on Painting and Poetry. Et Cetera: A Review of General Semantics, 48(3), 275-291.

Yang, Y.S., M. K. Lum, and G.Y. Dai. (1979). Brief Biographies of Hong Kong Film Workers [in Chinese]. Hong Kong Cinema Survey 1946-68 (pp. 101-121). Hong Kong: The Urban Council/Hong Kong International Film Festival Society.

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