Experts Exchange
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contact: Prof. Russell C. Leong
Prof. David K. Yoo
Mission of the
U.S./China Media
and Communications
Program at UCLA

Our mission is to create, promote, and disseminate a more balanced understanding of the interrelationship of the countries, peoples, and cultures of the United States and China through the tools of mass communication and public education.

Four strategic areas make up the U.S.-China Media and Communications Program, housed at the UCLA Asian American Studies Center at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Experts Exchange: Min Zhou
Min Zhou
Professor, University of California, Los Angeles

Min Zhou is Professor of Sociology and Asian American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles. Her main research interests include immigration, 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, ethnic language media, ethnic langauge schools, and ethnic systems of supplementary education.


From the Perpetual Foreigner to the Quintessential American

[keywords: min zhou ucla asian american studes center u.s. china president barack obama secretary of commerce gary locke ambassor]

President Obama formally nominated Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke to be the US ambassador to China. I feel truly exhilarated by the news.

In Obama’s Cabinet, there are now two Chinese Americans—former Washington Governor Gary Locke as the 36th Secretary of Commerce, and Nobel Prize winning physicist Steven Chu as the 12th Secretary of Energy. There are also two Chinese Americans currently serving their terms in Congress—Congressman David Wu and Congresswoman Judy Chu. In addition, we have Senator Daniel Akaka, the first and only Chinese American in the US Senate. The rise of these individuals to high public offices may seem matter-of-fact to most Americans. But it is an extraordinary achievement in which every Asian American should take special pride.

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Tsunami on the Horizon? China could be a Huge Labor-Export Country

[keywords: labor-export, diasporas, emigration]

China, with its largest population and the most expansive (and best developed) diasporic communities in the world, is potentially a huge labor-export country. As it has become increasingly integrated into the world system, as its marketization has continued to undermine the power of the state, and as the Chinese people have reconnected with their overseas diasporas, Chinese emigration, both legal and undocumented, may define a new "Chinese Century," which can be many times the scale of what the historian Anthony Reid once termed the "Chinese Century" of 1740 -1840.

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Chinese in America: "Honorary White" or "Forever Foreigner"?

[keywords: stereotype, globalization, yellow peril, Vincent Chin]

The stereotype of the "honorary white" goes hand-in-hand with that of the "forever foreigner." Today, globalization and U.S.-Asia relations, combined with continually high rates of immigration, affect how Asian Americans are perceived in American society. Most of the historical stereotypes, such as the "yellow peril" and "Fu Manchu" have found their way into contemporary American life, as revealed in such highly publicized incidents as the murder of Vincent Chin, a Chinese American mistaken for Japanese and beaten to death by a disgruntled white auto worker in the 1980s; the trial of Wen Ho Lee, a nuclear scientist suspected of spying for the Chinese government in the mid-1990s; the 1996 presidential campaign finance scandal, which implicated Asian Americans in funneling foreign contributions to the Clinton campaign; and most recently, in 2001, the Abercrombie & Fitch tee-shirts that depicted Asian cartoon characters in stereotypically negative ways-slanted eyes, thick glasses, and heavy Asian accents. Ironically, the ambivalent, conditional nature of white acceptance of Asian Americans prompts them to organize pan-ethnically to fight back- which consequently heightens their racial distinctiveness.

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