Min Zhou (she/her) (Ph.D. SUNY-Albany) is Professor of Sociology & Asian American Studies and Walter and Shirley Wang Endowed Chair in US-China Relations & Communications.
Zhou is currently Director of UCLA Asia Pacific Center (2016+). She was the Inaugural Chair of the Department of Asian American Studies (2001-05) at UCLA. During 2013 to 2016, she served as Tan Lark Sye Chair Professor, Head of Sociology Division, and Director of the Chinese Heritage Centre at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. 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, Chinese diasporas, the new second generation, Asian Americans, immigrant entrepreneurship, ethnic language media, and ethnic system of supplementary education. She has also done work on China, including housing reform, internal migration, migrant-sending communities, and African migration to China. She is the author of Chinatown: The Socioeconomic Potential of an Urban Enclave (1992); Contemporary Chinese America: Immigration, Ethnicity, and Community Transformation (2009); The Accidental Sociologist in Asian American Studies (2011); Contemporary Chinese Diasporas (ed. 2017). She is the co-author of Growing up American: How Vietnamese Children Adapt to Life in the United States (with Bankston, 1998), The Asian American Achievement Paradox (with Lee, 2015), and The Rise of the New Second Generation (with Bankston, 2016); editor of Forever Strangers? Contemporary Chinese Immigrants around the World (ed., 2021, in traditional Chinese); co-editor of Asian American Youth (with Lee, 2004), Contemporary Asian America, 3rd ed. (with Ocampo, 2016), and Beyond Economic Migration: Historical, Social, and Political Factors in US Immigration (with Mahmud, 2023). She is the recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Career Award of the American Sociological Association Section on International Migration. She has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
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.
“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 J. 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).
“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)
“Transnationalism and Community Building: Chinese Immigrant Organizations in the United States.” ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 647: 22-49, 2013 (with R. Lee).
“The Success Frame and Achievement Paradox: The Costs and Consequences for Asian Americans.” Race and Social Problems 6 (1): 38-55, 2014 (with Lee).
“Intra-Diaspora Dynamics in Generational Formation: The Case of Chinese America.” Diaspora 18 (1-2): 89-116, 2015.
“Transnational Entrepreneurship and Immigrant Integration: New Chinese Immigrants in Singapore and the United States.” Research in the Sociology of Work 27: 69-201, 2015 (with Liu)
Contemporary Asian America: A Multidisciplinary Reader. Third edition. New York: New York University Press, 2016 (eds. with Ocampo).
“Cross-Space Consumption: Grassroots Transnationalism among Undocumented Chinese Immigrants in the United States.” Sociology of Development 2 (2): 158-182, 2016 (with Li).
“Homeland Engagement and Host-Society Integration: A Comparative Study of New Chinese Immigrants in the United States and Singapore.” International Journal of Comparative Sociology 57 (1-2): 30-52, 2016 (with Liu).
“Encountering Strangers in an Emerging Global City: Chinese Attitudes toward African Migrants in Guangzhou, China.” The International Journal of Sociology 46 (2): 141-161, 2016 (with Shenasi and Xu).
“Entrepreneurship and Interracial Dynamics: A Case Study of Self-Employed Africans and Chinese in Guangzhou, China.” Ethnic and Racial Studies 39 (9): 1566-1586, 2016 (with Xu and Shenasi).
“Rejoinder: Unraveling the Link between Culture and Achievement.” Symposium on The Asian American Achievement Paradox by Jennifer Lee and Min Zhou (Russell Sage Foundation, 2015). Ethnic and Racial Studies 39 (13): 2404-241, 2016 (with Lee).
“Hyper-Selectivity and the Remaking of Culture: Understanding the Asian American Achievement Paradox.” Asian American Journal of Psychology 8 (1): 7-15, 2017 (with Lee).
Contemporary Chinese Diasporas. Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017 (435 pp.).
“Remittances for Collective Consumption and Social Status Compensation: Variations on Transnational Practices among Chinese Migrants.” International Migration Review 52(1):4-42, 2018 (with Li).
“Global Dynamics of Immigrant Entrepreneurship: Changing Trends, Ethnonational Variations, and Reconceptualizations.” International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, forthcoming (with Nazareno and You).
“Simultaneous Embeddedness of Immigrant Entrepreneurship: Global Forces behind the Chinese-Owned Nail Salon Industry in New York City.” Racial and Ethnic Studies, forthcoming.
Awards & Grants
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
The Asian American Achievement Paradox (2015, co-authored with Jennifer Lee)
- Winner of the 2016 Book Award on Asian America, Section on Asia and Asian America of the American Sociological Association
- Winner of the 2016 Thomas and Znaniecki Award, Section on International Migration of the American Sociological Association
- Winner of the 2016 Pierre Bourdieu Outstanding Book Award, Sociology of Education Section of the American Sociological Association
- Winner of the 2017 Award for Best Book in the Social Sciences, Association for Asian American Studies
- Recipient of Honorable Mention for the 2018 Outstanding Book Award, Inequality, Poverty, and Mobility Section of the American Sociological Association
Recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Career Award, Section on International Migration of the American Sociological Association
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
PI, “International Migration: Breaking New Grounds for Research”, College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, SG$147,500, 2013-16
PI, “International Symposium on Formation and Development of New Chinese Diasporas: A Transnational, Cross-regional, and Interdisciplinary Comparative Study,” Chiang Ching Kuo Foundation, $25,000, 2015-16
Co-PI (with Gupta), “Entrepreneurship in a Global Era,” UCLA International Institute Cross-Center Collaborative Grant, $7,500, 2017-18
Co-PI (with Zhan and Ling), “Immigration, Integration, and Social Transformation in the Pacific Rim,” Singapore Ministry of Education (MoE) Academic Research Council Tier 2 research grant, SG$611,603, 2016-2021