Min Zhou

Professor

UCLA Dept. of Sociology
264 Haines Hall
Box 951551
Los Angeles, CA 90095

310-825-3532

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Education

Ph. D., State University of New York, Albany, 1989
Certificate of Graduate Study, State University of New York, Albany, 1988
M.A., State University of New York, Albany, 1985
B.A., Sun Yat-sen (Zhongshan) University, China, 1982

Areas of Interest

International Migration, Race/Ethnic/Minority Relations, Asia/Asian America, Community and Urban Sociology

Profile

Min Zhou is Professor of Sociology, the Inaugural Chair of the Department of Asian American Studies (2001-05), and the Walter and Shirley Wang Endowed Chair in US-China Relations & Communications. She is also the "Changjiang Scholars" Chair Professor at Sun Yat-Sen University, China, and the Tan Lark Sye Visiting Professor at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Her main research interests include international migration, race and ethnicity, Asian Americans, the community and urban sociology. She has done extensive work on immigrant adaptation, the new second generation, Asian American communities, ethnic entrepreneurship, immigrant transnational organizations, ethnic language media, ethnic language schools, and ethnic systems of supplementary education. She has also done work on China, including housing reform, internal migrant workers' adaptation to urban life, and migrant-sending communities, as well as on African migration to China and intra-Asian migration.

She is the author of Chinatown: The Socioeconomic Potential of an Urban Enclave; Contemporary Chinese America: Immigration, Ethnicity, and Community Transformation; The Transformation of Chinese America (in Chinese); and The Accidental Sociologist in Asian American Studies. She is the co-author of Growing up American: How Vietnamese Children Adapt to Life in the United States (with Bankston); co-editor of Contemporary Asian America (with Gatewood); and co-editor of Asian American Youth (with Lee).

Publications

  • “Transnationalism and Development: Mexican and Chinese Immigrant Organizations in the United States.” Population and Development Review 38 (2): 191-220, 2012 (with Portes).
  • The Accidental Sociologist in Asian American Studies. Los Angeles: UCLA Asian American Studies Center Press, 2011.
  • “Noneconomic Effects of Ethnic Entrepreneurship: Evidence from Chinatown and Koreatown in Los Angeles, USA.” Thunderbird International Business Review 52 (2) 83-96, 2010 (with Cho).
  • “How Neighborhoods Matter for Immigrant Children: The Formation of Educational Resources in Chinatown, Koreatown, and Pico Union, Los Angeles.” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 35 (7): 1153-1179, 2009.
  • Contemporary Chinese America: Immigration, Ethnicity, and Community Transformation (Temple University Press, 2009).
  • “Rethinking Residential Assimilation through the Case of Chinese Ethnoburbs in the San Gabriel Valley, California.” Amerasia Journal 34 (3): 55-83, 2008 (with Tseng and Kim).
  • “Success Attained, Deterred, and Denied: Divergent Pathways to Social Mobility among the New Second Generation in Los Angeles.” The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 620: 37-61, 2008 (with Lee, Agius Vallejo, Tafoya-Estrada, and Xiong).
  • “The Ethnic System of Supplementary Education: Non-profit and Forprofit Institutions in Los Angeles’ Chinese Immigrant Community,” pp. 229-251 in Beth Shinn and Hirokazu Yoshikawa, eds., Toward Positive Youth Development: Transforming Schools and Community Programs, New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.

Awards

  • Recipient of the 2007 Chiyoko Doris’34 & Toshio Hoshide Distinguished Teaching Prize in Asian American Studies, UCLA
  • Asian American Youth: Culture, Identity, and Ethnicity (with Lee). Winner of the 2006 Outstanding Book Award, Asia and Asian America Section, American Sociological Association
  • Growing up American: How Vietnamese Children Adapt to Life in the United States (with Bankston). Winner of the 1999 Thomas and Znaniecki Award, International Migration Section of the ASA; Winner of 2000 Best Book Award, the Mid-South Sociological Association
  • Chinatown: The Socioeconomic Potential of an Urban Enclave. Honorable Mention of the 1993 Robert E. Park Award, Community of Urban Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association