Faculty Research

Our faculty have produced a wide array of research. Check out some of their latest publications here:

Journal of Immigrant and Minority HealthThe Routledge International Handbook of Migration Studies
Julie Park published an article on “Health Insurance Moderates the Association Between Immigrant Length of Stay and Health Status” (April 2012) with AAST affiliate faculty member Sunmin Lee and three other co-authors in the Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health.While previous research finds that immigrants’ health worsens with length of residence, the authors present data that show that this association is particularly acute for uninsured immigrants.In February of 2013, Julie Park published a chapter on “Prospects for Children of Immigrants in the 21st Century” in The Routledge International Handbook of Migration Studies (Routledge). The essay focuses on socioeconomic indicators in a context of increasing racial and ethnic diversity.

When Diversity Drops: Race, Religion, and Affirmative Action in Higher Education
Julie J. Park recently published her first book, When Diversity Drops: Race, Religion, and Affirmative Action in Higher Education.  The book looks at how everyday life is affected by drops in diversity at institutions; it also addresses the racial dynamics of Christian campus organizations.  She also started blogging (sporadically) for the Huffington Post, including an article on the “Asian College Bubble.”

Douglas S. Ishii was invited to contribute his take on the state of the American Studies for the inaugural issue of Powerlines, the online journal of the Department of American Studies at the University of Maryland.  His article, “I Didn’t Think It Would Look Like This: On the Institutional Cartographies of ‘American Studies,'” is available on the Powerlines site

Chinese Ink Painting NowContemporary Chinese Art and Film
Jason C. Kuo’s recent publications include Chinese Ink Painting Now (2010) and Contemporary Chinese Art and Film: Theory Applied and Resisted (editor, 2013). His essay “Beauty and Happiness: Chinese Perspectives,” based on a lecture he delivered in the Darwin College Lecture Series at Cambridge University, has just been published by the Cambridge University Press (UK). He currently serves on the International Advisory Board of the Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art. His book The Inner Landscape: The Paintings of Gao Xingjian is in press.

Figures of Southeast Asian Modernity (Joshua Barker
Jan Padios recently published a short essay called “Call Center Agent,” in the book Figures of Southeast Asian Modernity (Joshua Barker, Erik Harms, and Lohan Lindquist, eds.; University of Hawai’i Press, 2014). The piece highlights the work, culture, and social worlds of Filipino customer service and technical support agents i.e. the people often on the other end of 1-800 telephone lines. The essay suggests critical ways that we might understand these contemporary figures through the analytic lenses of race, sexuality, colonialism, political economy, and (trans)nationalism.

Outsiders No More: Models of Immigrant Political IncorporationAsian American Political Participation: Emerging Constituents and Their Political Identities
Janelle Wong recently published an article, “Immigrant Political Incorporation: Beyond the Foreign-Born vs. Native-Born Distinction” in Outsiders No More: Models of Immigrant Political Incorporation (2013, Oxford University Press).  The chapter addresses challenges to modeling immigrant political incorporation and raises concerns about essentializing group boundaries.Janelle Wong’s book (co-authored with Karthick Ramakrishnan, Jane Junn, and Taeku Lee) on Asian American Political Participation: Emerging Constituents and Their Political Identities (2011, Russell Sage) is the most comprehensive study to date of Asian American political behavior, including such key measures as voting, political donations, community organizing, and political protests. The book examines why some groups participate while others do not, why certain civic activities are deemed preferable to others, and why Asian socioeconomic advantage has so far not led to increased political clout.

Seven Contemporary Plays from the Korean Diaspora in the Americas
Esther Kim Lee’s edited anthology, Seven Contemporary Plays from the Korean Diaspora in the Americas, was published by Duke University Press in September 2012. The collection features seven plays written by playwrights from the U.S., Canada, and Chile. She is the Editor of Theatre Survey, the official journal of the American Society for Theatre Research. She is currently working on a book project on the Chinese American playwright David Henry Hwang. The Theatre of David Henry Hwang was published in December.

2015CUNYFORUM-Preview_Page_01Phil Tajitsu Nash wrote the lead article in the current issue of the CUNY Forum (page 8), summarizing some lessons learned from his thirty years in Asian American Studies.  Based on that piece and his experience as a teacher and APA community leader, he has been invited to keynote a conference in New York City in May on the future of Asian American Studies on the East Coast.

Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis’ recent publications include “Helicopters & Gypsy Moths,” a short story about refugee experience for Ploughshares (Feb. 2016); “A White Safari of Expiation?”, part of a forum on yellowface and the Yi-Fen Chou scandal for Amerasia Journal (Dec. 2015); “Dispatch from the Floor of the Model Minority Factory,” an essay on Asian Americans and the SAT preparation industry for The Offing (Sept. 2015); and the edited collection (Re)Collecting the Vietnam War, a special issue of The Asian American Literary Review (vol. 6 issue 2, fall/winter 2015) commemorating the 40-year anniversary of the Fall of Saigon, exploring the legacies of the War for Southeast Asian diasporic communities.

Mimi Khúc recently published an essay reflecting on motherhood, gender, and race (“What It Means to Love Mothers”) and an essay on Asian American mental health locating mental un/wellness in the context of social structures and systems of violence (“Living Under Siege“). She also recently participated in several forums, in conversation with other scholars on the politics of care (“Teaching to Care”) and on Asian American responses to anti-black police violence (“Critical Feeling”). She is the guest editor for a forthcoming special issue of The Asian American Literary Review on Asian American mental health, an arts and humanities intervention that is both a reexamination of Asian American mental health and an Asian American reexamination of mental health. Entitled Open in Emergency, this issue will form the core of a national teaching program in the Spring 2017 and Fall 2017 semesters, virtually connecting university classrooms across the country to teach and learn together about Asian American un/wellness.

Janelle Wong recently published an article in the journal Politics and Religion titled, “The Role of Born-Again Identity on the Political Attitudes of Whites, Blacks, Latinos, and Asian Americans.” In the article, she examines the political attitudes of  Asian American and Latino evangelicals in the United States. She finds that race appears to be a driving force within Evangelical communities, such that Latino and Asian American evangelicals demonstrate a very different, and more moderate, political agenda from their White evangelical counterparts.

Wong is also a co-Principal Investigator on the 2016 National Asian American Survey. The survey focuses on diverse groups of Asian Americans and their social and political attitudes. www.naasurvey.org