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Yong Chen

Associate Professor, History, Asian American Studies
School of Humanities

PH.D., Cornell University, 1993

Phone: (949) 824-6920
Fax: (949) 824-2865
Email: y3chen@uci.edu

University of California, Irvine
239 Krieger Hall
Mail Code: 3275
Irvine, CA 92697

picture of Yong  Chen

Asian American history; U.S. immigration history; food and culture; U.S.-China cultural and economic interactions in the Pacific Rim
URL www.hnet.uci.edu/history/faculty/chen/
He is Guest Professor at Huazhong University of Science and Technology and Senior Research Fellow at Peking University. He has received the Chun-Hui Award from Ministry of Education, China.
He was elected to the Executive Board of the Immigration and Ethnic History Society in 2004.
He also served as the University’s Associate Dean of Graduate Studies from fall 1999 through summer 2004.
Yong Chen has three main areas of research. First, Chinese American history and Asian American studies as well as immigration and race relations in the United States; second, U.S. ethnic food; and third, U.S.-China economic and cultural interactions in the Pacific Rim.

He has published extensively on his areas of research. And he has given public speeches and lectures on all three of his research subjects across the nation and in China. Besides the numerous articles he has published in academic journals and other venues in the United States and China, he is author of Chinese San Francisco 1850-1943: A Transpacific Community (Stanford, 2000). He is a main contributor to Civil Rights in America: A Framework for Identifying Significant Sites for the National Park Service, authorized and funded by the U.S. Congress.

He also serves as a public scholar, interacting in various ways with the general public. For example, he has been a contributor to an editorial column in World Journal, the largest Chinese newspaper in the U.S., and he served for numerous times as a guest on ETTV, discussing issues pertaining to China, U.S., and Taiwan. He has been interviewed by numerous American periodicals, such as the New York Times, U.S. News and World Report, Los Angeles Times.

For his work on the intersection of contemporary Sino-American economic and cultural interactions, he has been invited to give public lectures at business school students and business leaders in the United States and China.

His current research project on American ethnic food in American society has received much attention and recognition across the nation. He has been invited to give lectures across the U.S. and China, by professional organizations such as the International of Association of Culinary Professionals and universities such as Yale University. His food research has been featured in such periodicals as The Chronicle of Higher Education (July 30, 1999) and the Orange County Register(see www.ocregister.com/ocr/2005/01/12/sections/morning_read/article_374403.php). He is the co-curator of a 10-month-long (Sept 2004-June 2005) exhibit on the history of Chinese restaurants in the U.S. in the Museum of Chinese in the Americas in New York City, an exhibit that has received extensive coverage in the press, including the New York Times.
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Last updated 01/12/2006