Min Zhou


Contact Information

Email    mzhou@soc.ucla.edu
Office  241a Haines Hall
Phone  310-825-3532
Min Zhou (Ph.D. SUNY-Albany) is Professor of Sociology and Asian American Studies, and the Walter and Shirley Wang Endowed Chair in US-China Relations & Communications.

She is currenly Director of UCLA Asia Pacific Center. She was the Inaugural Chair of the Department of Asian American Studies (2001-05), the "Changjiang Scholars" Chair Professor at Sun Yat-Sen University, China (2009-2012), and the Tan Lark Sye Chair Professor, Head of Sociology Division, and Director of the Chinese Heritage Centre at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (2013-2016). Her main research interests include migration and development, race and ethnicity, Asia and Asia America, Chinese diaspora, and urban sociology. She has done extensive work on immigrant transnationalism, intra-Asian migrations, the new second generation, Asian Americans, ethnic entrepreneurship, ethnic language media, and ethnic system of supplementary education. She has also done work on China, including housing reform, internal migration, and migrant-sending communities, and African migration to China. 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), The Asian American Achievement Paradox (with Lee), and The Rise of the New Second Generation (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

Selected Publications

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).