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 langauge schools, and ethnic systems of supplementary education. She has also done work on China, including housing reform, internal migrant workers's 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).
Ph.D., State University of New York at Albany
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
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
Asian American Youth: Culture, Identity, and Ethnicity (with Lee). Winner of the 2006 Outstanding Book Award, Asia and Asian America Section, American Sociological Association
Recipient of the 2007 Chiyoko Doris’34 & Toshio Hoshide Distinguished Teaching Prize in Asian American Studies, UCLA
Co-PI (with Rumbaut, Bean, Chávez, Lee and Brown), “Immigration and Intergenerational Mobility in Metropolitan Los Angeles,” Russell Sage Foundation, $1.7 million, 2003-2006
Co-PI (with Lee), “Becoming “Ethnic,” Becoming ‘Angelino,’ and/or Becoming ‘American’: The Multi-Faceted Experiences of Immigrant Children and Children of Immigrants in Los Angeles,” Russell Sage Foundation, $220,000, 2005-08
Co-PI (with Lee), “Los Angeles’ Second Generation: Mobility, Identity, and the Making of a New American Metropolis,” Russell Sage Foundation, $108,088, 2008-09
Chinatown: The Socioeconomic Potential of an Urban Enclave (Temple University Press, 1992).
“Growing Up American: The Challenge Confronting Immigrant Children and Children of Immigrants,” Annual Review of Sociology, 23: 63-95, 1997.
“Segmented Assimilation: Issues, Controversies, and Recent Research on the New Second Generation,” International Migration Review, 31 (4): 825-858, 1997.
Growing up American: How Vietnamese Children Adapt to Life in the United States (with Bankston, Russell Sage Foundation, 1998).
“‘Parachute Kids’ in Southern California: The Educational Experience of Chinese Children in Transnational Families,” Educational Policy, 12 (6): 682-704, 1998.
“Coming of Age: The Current Situation of Asian American Children,” Amerasia Journal, 25 (1): 1-27, 1999.
“Rebuilding Spiritual Lives in the New Land: Religious Practices among Southeast Asian Refugees in the United States,” pp. 37-70 in Pyong Gap Min and Jung Ha Kim (eds.), Religions in Asian America: Building Faith Communities. Walnut Creek, Ca.: AltaMira Press, 2002 (with Bankston and Kim).
“A Tale of Two Metropolises: Immigrant Chinese Communities in New York and Los Angeles,” pp.124-149 in David Halle, ed., Los Angeles and New York in the New Millennium, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003 (with Kim).
“Ethnic Language Schools and the Development of Supplementary Education in the Immigrant Chinese Community in the United States,” New Directions for Youth Development: Understanding the Social Worlds of Immigrant Youth, (Winter): 57-73, 2003 (with Li).
Asian American Youth: Culture, Identity, and Ethnicity. New York: Routledge, 2004 (eds. with Lee).
“Are Asian Americans Becoming White?” Contexts, 3 (1): 29-37, 2004.
“The Multifaceted American Experience of the Children of Asian Immigrants: Lessons for Segmented Assimilation,” Ethnic and Racial Studies, 28 (6): 1119-1152, 2005 (with Xiong).
“Community Forces, Social Capital, and Educational Achievement: The Case of Supplementary Education in the Chinese and Korean Immigrant Communities,” Harvard Educational Review, 76 (1): 1-29, 2006 (with Kim).
“Becoming Ethnic or Becoming American? Tracing the Mobility Trajectories of the New Second Generation in the United States,”Du Bois Review, 4 (1): 1-17, 2007 (with Lee).
Contemporary Asian America: A Multidisciplinary Reader. Second edition. New York: New York University Press, 2007 (eds. with Gatewood).
“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.
“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).
“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).
Contemporary Chinese America: Immigration, Ethnicity, and Community Transformation (Temple University Press, 2009).
“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.
“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).
The Accidental Sociologist in Asian American Studies. Los Angeles: UCLA Asian American Studies Center Press, 2011.
“Transnationalism and Development: Mexican and Chinese Immigrant Organizations in the United States.” Population and Development Review 38 (2): 191-220, 2012 (with Portes).