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Mary Fong

Mary Fong

Professor Emeritus


Communication & Media
Office Phone(909) 537-5891
Office LocationUH-201.16

Office Hours

Tuesday: 11:00-11:45
Thursday: 16:00-16:30


B.A. University of Southern California; M.A. Long Beach State University; Ph.D. University of Washington


COMM 2201: Intercultural Communication

COMM 5267 (Adv. Topics: Communicating Compassion and Love)

COMM 5267 (Adv. Topics: Dying and Afterlife Communication)

COMM 5267 (Adv. Topics: Spiritual Communication: Personal Growth)

COMM 5280: Culture and Ethnicity in Language



Intercultural Communication, Language and Social Interaction, Spiritual Communication, Instructional Communication, and Ethnography of Communication

Research and Teaching Interests

She has published her 3rd edition of her second memoir, A Beautiful Blueprint (2023) and her first memoir, Two Heart Nuts to Crack! (2022), 2nd edition as part of her trilogy: A Magnificent Mess!  She has also co-edited and co-authored a textbook, Communicating Ethnic and Cultural Identity. Books are on Amazon. She has published in the Howard Journal of Communication, Journal of Pragmatics, Intercultural Communication Studies, Intercultural Communication: A Reader, Our Voices, Intercultural Encounters, China Media Research, New Directions In Teaching and Learning, and others. Her teaching and research interests are in Cultural and Intercultural Communication, Ethnography of Communication, Instructional Communication, Language and Social Interaction, and Spiritual Communication. Her research interests have been studying the communication patterns of African Americans, North Americans, and primarily the Chinese (from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Mainland China, and U.S.) in cultural and intercultural interactions. She has been recognized for her three research presentations on Top Paper panels in the Language and Social Interaction Division and the Intercultural and International Division at the National Communication Association (NCA) and Western States Communication Association (WSCA) conventions. She is the former Chair for the Spiritual Communication Division of NCA in 2016. She is the former chair of the Asian Pacific American Communication Division (APAC) affiliated with NCA and also has chaired the APAC Caucus of NCA. In addition she is the Past President of the Association for Chinese Communication Studies of NCA. At CSUSB, she has served as Ethnic Studies Coordinator (2003-06) and Teaching Associate Coordinator (2002-07). She has been a recipient of the University Diversity award and the university-wide Outstanding Adviser award.