Paulino Lim, Jr

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Paulino Lim, Jr. is a professor of English at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). The author of six books, short stories and numerous scholarly articles, he was born in Camalig, Albay, a province of the Philippines, on August 23, 1935. He is married to Barbara Paredes. They have one daughter Claire-Dee, a screen writer, who has degrees from UCLA and Berkeley.

He was the valedictorian of his high school, St. John's Academy and a magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in Education from the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in Manila.

Lim also received from UST a masters in English and a "meritissimus" for his defense of a thesis on Bienvenido N. Santos. He and his family came to the U.S. in 1963, when he was accepted at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), graduating with a Ph.D. in English.

In high school he won first prize in an essay writing contest, sponsored by the Bicol Association of Catholic Schools. Upon graduation, he also published his first short story.

At Santo Tomas, he became a staff member of Varsitarian, which published many of his stories. Nick Joaquin accepted Lim's first Philippines Free Press story, "Mona Lisa," (1957), and F. Sionil Jose published his story, "The Boy and the Mountain," in the Sunday Times Magazine (1962).

Lim first taught at San Beda College and Christ the King seminary before enrolling at UCLA. Upon graduation in 1967, he began teaching at CSULB. Since 1990 he has also been a visiting professor at De La Salle University in Manila.

His Ph.D dissertation, The Style of Lord Byron's Plays, was published by the University of Salzburg in 1972. In 1979 he was awarded a NEH summer fellowship to participate in a seminar at Indiana University. …