The North American Chinese Sociologists Association


 Winter, 1999


Officers of NACSA


President: Xiangming Chen

Treasurer: Che-fu Lee

Newsletter Editor: Xueguang Zhou

Ex-Officials (past presidents):

Elena Yu

Nan Lin

Dudley Poston

Alvin Y. So

Board of Directors:

Xiangming Chen

Esther Chow

Ping Chun Hsiung

Che-fu Lee

Yung-mei Tsai

Xueguang Zhou

Area Coordinators:

Chih-you Jay Chen (Taiwan)

Hon-Chu Leung (Hong Kong)

Yiu-Chung Ho (Singapore)

Ma Rong (China)


From the NACSA President's Desk


The NACSA Conference in Chicago 1999

On August 5, 1999, right before the American Sociological Association annual meeting in Chicago, the North American Chinese Sociologists Association (NACSA) sponsored an international conference on "Transformations and Continuities: Chinese Societies in the 21st Century. "The conference, co-organized by Xiangming Chen and Ping Chun Hsiung, brought together over 30 paper presenters, panel chairs, and discussants from the United States, Canada, China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Eighteen papers were presented and discussed. The topics covered included "State and Market Transition", "Gender and Family", "Employment and Social Stratification", "Trans- and Intra-National Migration and the Chinese Diaspora", and "Macro Policies and Processes." The conference, which also drew an estimated audience of 30 people, was a great success. An effort will be made to publish selected papers from the conference in an edited book. Anyone interested in seeing the conference program, please contact Xiangming Chen at The next NACSA conference is being planned to take place on August 11, 2000 right before the ASA annual meeting in Washington, D.C. See announcement below.


NACSA Conference 2000


NACSA conference 2000 will take place in Washington, DC on August 11, one day before the ASA annual convention. All NACSA members and interested others are invited to submit an abstract, paper or proposal on panel topics, organizers and discussants. The theme of this conference 2000 is set as "Chinese Communities in North America and Asia." It allows for abroad coverage of various studies, including social, economic, cultural, and political aspects, of ethnic Chinese and their communities in the United States and Canada in North America and in the mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and Southeast Asia. Through comparative investigations of transnational Chinese people and their societies, further light may be shed on the "transformation and continuity of Chinese societies in the 21st century," which was the theme of NACSA's 1999 conference in Chicago.

All sociological topics, need not relate to the theme, will be accepted for consideration. Submission of an abstract, paper or proposal can be sent to either one of the conference co-organizers as follows:


Dr. Che-Fu Lee

Department of Sociology

The Catholic University of America

Washington, DC 20064

Tel: 202-319-5445

Fax: 202-319-4980



Dr. Eric Fong

Center for Urban and Community Studies

University of Toronto

455 Spadina Avenue

Toronto, Ontario M5S 2G8

Tel: 416-978-8488

Fax: 416-978-7162



Between January 15 and May 1, 2000 Please use the following mailing address:

Dr. Eric Fong

Department of Sociology

2201 Hershey Hall

Box 951551


Los Angeles, CA 90095-1551


The NACSA Will Be On The Net

The NACSA will have a Web site at This domain name reflects the North American Chinese Sociologists Association (NACSA) as a North America-based global network of sociologists of Chinese and non-Chinese descent who study Chinese societies and communities across the world. These sociologists not only are based in the United States and Canada but spread across China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, and elsewhere. The Web site, which is currently under development and not yet accessible, will have information about the organization, membership, and academic activity of the NACSA.


News From Hong Kong


Provided by Professor Tu Jow Ching, HKUST

1. A population conference organized by Tu Jow Ching was held at the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology on Oct 4-6. Over 60 participants from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau attended and 46 papers were presented, topics including fertility transitions, marriage & family, migration, population aging, census 2000/2001. Two keynote speeches on "Taiwan demographic transition" and "Population growth, rural-urban migration and employment in the 1st half of 21st century in China "delivered by Sun Te-Hsiung of Taiwan University and Li Jineng of Nankai University, respectively. Several collaborative projects were developed by participants during the meeting. On the final day, Ms. Peng Peiyun also came to join participants for dinner. She delivered a brief speech during the dinner.

2. Two books will be edited from papers presented in the population conference. A review committee is formed to select and review papers. There view committee members include Li Jianming of Nankai University, Li Shuzhou of Xi’an Jiao Da, Chen Kuangjeng of Academic Sinica, Hsieh Yusheng of National Taiwan University, and Tu Jow Ching of HKUST. These books will be published by Oxford University Press.


News from China


Provided by Shen Yuan, Tsinghua University

Tsinghua University in Beijing has recently established a sociology department, which will help enhance the social sciences at China’s top university in science and engineering. The department will have a faculty of 20. The nine members already on the faculty include mid-career sociologists like Shen Yuan, Sun Liping, Zheng Yefu, Jing Jun, and younger sociologists such as Peng Siqing, Pei Xiamei, and Zhu Xiaoyang.


Notes on Folks


Eric Fong

Associate Professor of Sociology

Centre for Urban and Community Studies

University of Toronto


Eric Fong and Milena Gulia. 1999. "Differences in Neighborhood Qualities

Among Major Racial/Ethnic Groups in Canada." Sociological Inquiry


Eric Fong and Rima Wilkes. 1999. "An Examination of Spatial Assimilation

Model." International Migration Review 33(3):594-620.


Emi Ooka and Eric Fong, 1999 "Paying a Price for Economic Success: The

Social Cost of Economic Economy Participation." Presented at the American

Sociological Association Meeting, Chicago, IL.

Eric Fong and Linda Lee, 1999 "Ethnic Economy within the City Contexts:

Economic Returns of Participating in Ethnic Economy Revisited." Presented

at the American Sociological Association Meeting, Chicago, IL.

Eric Fong and Weizhen Dong, 1999 "Making It in the Private Sector under

the China's Economic Reform." Presented at the North American Chinese

Sociologist Association Meeting, Chicago, IL.


Received funding from Chang Ching-kuo Foundation on "Chinese Ethnic

Economy in Toronto: Its Economic and Social Impacts."



Min Zhou


Min Zhou received the Thomas and Znaniecki Award from the Section on International Migration of the ASA for her book Growing Up American: How Vietnamese Children Adapt to Life in the United States (co-authored with

Carl Bankston). The book's paperback has just been released by Russell Sage Foundation.

Her new book Contemporary Asian America: A

Multidisciplinary Reader (coedited with J. V. Gatewood) will be released by New York University Press in December 1999. This edited volume provides an expansive introduction to the central readings in Asian America and Asian American Studies today, using a grounded theoretical orientation to the discipline, framing key historical, cultural, economic, and social themes within a social science context. It is the first volume to integrate a broad range of multi-disciplinary research on the ways in which the intersection of Asian immigration, community development, and socialization affect Asian American communities. It exposes its readers

to developments within the discipline, from its inception as part of the ethnic consciousness movement of the 1960s to the more contemporary theoretical and practical issues facing Asian America at the century's end. The volume includes 33 chapters and covers such topics as immigration, economic life, family and community, spiritual practices, gender, sexuality, racism, and anti-Asian violence, the new second

generation, youth gangs, domestic violence, visual culture, and theory.



Deborah Davis

Professor of Sociology

Yale University

Three new publications:

"Self-employment in Shanghai." China Quarterly (March 1999)

"The 1985 Law of Succession (Inheritance)" China Review (Chinese University of Hong Kong Press, 1999)

 The Consumer Revolution in Urban China (Univ. of California Press, Nov 1999)



Xiaotian Feng Ph.D.

Chair and professor of the Sociology Department

Huazhong University of Science & Technology

Wuhan, Hubei 430074


Tel: 86-27-87543722



In 1998, he conducted a large survey related to Chinese Single Children in 14 cities of China. The sample consists of 1855 high school pupils, 1855 parents of these pupils and 1746 parents of primary school pupils. The topics of this study include socialization, parent-child relation, the aspiration of bearing etc. He conducted two other surveys with same topic in 1988 and 1996 in 5 cities of central China.

From 1997 to 1999, he went to the Three Gorges District to work on a research project on migrants of the Three Gorges. In April 1997, he went to 6 villages interviewing 526 migrants with ended questionnaire. In April 1999, he went to these villages again and interviewed 420 migrants. The content of the questionnaire include the basic situation of the migrant family, the economic life of the migrant, the social adjustment of the migrants, the feelings and attitudes of the migrant before and after migrant. In 2001, he will go there once more and collect the data by constructed interview.

Besides this, he also conducted surveys in Hubei province, central China, including: 1) the off-duty workers survey in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province, in1997; 2) the family construction and changes survey of Hubei cities and rural area in 1998; 3) the moving aspiration of scientists and technicians survey in Hubei province in 1998; 4) the 1000 household life quality survey in Wuhan in 1995 and 500 household in 1998;



Xiangming Chen

Department of Sociology (M/C 312)

University of Illinois at Chicago

1007 W. Harrison Street

Chicago, IL 60607-7140


Xiangming Chen (with Anthony Orum and Nancy Chen) received a two-year grant to study Shanghai and Kaohsiung as rising world cities. He was also awarded a grant by Soka University of America and Harvard University for a project on the role of aggregate social capital in the formation of several Asia-Pacific transborder subregions.



ZHANG Jie, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Sociology

SUNY College at Buffalo

Buffalo, New York 14222

Phones:716-878-6425 (O)

716-689-3909 (H)

FAXes: 716-878-4009 (O)

716-689-9467 (H)

Dr. Zhang Jie became the 1999-2001 President of the Association of Chinese Professors of Social Sciences in the United States (ACPSS) at the organization's Third Convention held at High Point University, North Carolina, May 1999. The ACPSS is currently a nationwide organization of over 300 members, almost all of whom hold Ph.D. or terminal degrees in social sciences or humanities and teach at higher learning institutes in the USA. For more information about the Association, please contact Professor Han Ying at Savannah State University or visit the website at



Zai Liang

Queens College

Zai Liang is on a sabbatical leave for the academic year 1999. In addition to other research activities, he plans to conduct a non-random sample survey of Chinese restaurants in New York City. Results will be reported to concerned friends and colleagues.



Ping Chun Hsiung


"Jie Gui--Connecting the Tracks: Chinese Women's Activism Surrounding the 1995 World Conference on Women in Beijing." Gender and History Vol. 10 No. 3, November 1998, pp. 470-497 (with Yuk-Lin Renita Wong).

Conference activity:

Co-organized a workshop, entitled "Women Organizing in China," in the University of Oxford, July 12-14, 1999. Fifty scholars and activists from China as well as international scholars will be attending this workshop to engage in an empirical inquiry and theoretical analysis of women organizing in China.



From the desk of NACSA board---NACSA membership dues


To encourage broader participation, the new NACSA membership dues have been lowered to $15 for those already employed in academic and non-academic positions and $5 for students. Benefits for due-paying members include receiving two issues of the NACSA newsletter a year, being entitled a discount registration fee and free lunch for future NACSA conferences, rights to vote for the NACSA officials and board members, and receiving a periodically updated NACSA membership directory. You could also send in $300 for a lifetime membership of $300 to avoid the trouble of sending a due every year.

Please send your membership due to Professor Che-fu Lee, Department of Sociology, The Catholic University of America, 620 Michigan Ave N.E., Washington, DC 20064. Please include your full name, title, institutional affiliation, mailing address, phone and fax numbers, and most importantly, your email address.


Formation of the Urban China Research Network


From Professor John R. Logan

I am happy to announce the formation of the Urban China Research Network, which seeks to build upon the success of the conference on urban China held in Shanghai in July 1999.

The Network is a joint project of two centers at the University at Albany: the Lewis umford Center for Comparative Urban and Regional Research (of which I am Director), and the Center for Social and Demographic Analysis (directed by Stewart Tolnay). The Network has submitted a proposal to the Mellon Foundation for funds to continue a series of meetings and workshops and to provide small grants for faculty and graduate students. The proposal has survived the first round of review; we will learn early in 2000 whether it will receive final approval.

The following persons have agreed to serve as the initial International Advisory Board. Scholars from within China will be added to the Board in the next phase:

Further information on the network will be posted on the web page of the Lewis Mumford Center. I invite you to take a look now at this new site. See





There will be two vacant seats on the NACSA board next year. Four distinguished scholars have agreed to be the candidates for the election to the NACSA board. The following brief bios provide information on their work, achievements, and affiliation. 

Candidates for the two vacant seats on the NACSA board (in Alphabetic Order)

 1. Eric Fong:

Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto

Research associate at the university’s Centre for Urban and Community Studies.

 Research Interests and Professional Activities:

His research on race and ethnic residential patterns appeared in various journals including Social Forces and Social Science Research. In recent years, his research interest includes Chinese ethnic economy in Canada and private enterprise in China. Fong has been serving as a member in Data Committee at the Joint Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Settlement in Toronto. He was invited to organize sessions in various professional meetings, including Population Association of America and American Sociological Association. His recent publications include

 Selected Publications

(1) Eric Fong and Rima Wilkes. 1999. "The Spatial Assimilation Model Re-examined: An Assessment by Canadian Data." International Migration Review 33(3):594-620.

(2) Eric Fong and Milena Gulia. 1999. "Differences in Neighborhood Qualities Among Racial and Ethnic Groups in Canada." Sociological Inquiry 69(4):575-598.

(3) Eric Fong and Wsevolod W. Isajiw. Forthcoming. "Determinants of Friendship Choices in Multiethnic Society." Sociological Forum

(4) Eric Fong. 1997. "A Systemic Approach to Racial Residential Patterns." Social Science Research 26:465-486.

(5)Eric Fong. 1996. "A Comparative Perspective of Racial Residential Segregation: American and Canadian Experiences." Sociological Quarterly 37(2):501-528


2. Zai Liang

Associate Professor of Sociology

City University of New York-Queens College

 Research interests:

Internal and international migration, race and ethnic relations, China studies, and social demography.


Representative publications:

Zai Liang. 1999. "The Age of Migration in China." Population and Development Review. Forthcoming.

Zai Liang and Naomi Ito. 1999. "Intermarriage of Asian Americans in the New York City Region: Contemporary Patterns and Future Prospects." International Migration Review 33 (4).

Zai Liang and Michael J. White. 1997. "Market Transition, Government Policies, and Interprovincial migration in China:1983-1988." Economic Development and Cultural Change 45::321-336.

Zai Liang. 1994. "Social Contact, Social Capital, and the Naturalization Process: Evidence from Six Immigrant Groups." Social Science Research 23:407-37.


Professional activities:

Review panel member, Social Sciences, Nursing, Epidemiology, and Methods

(formerly the Social Sciences and Population Study Section), NIH/NICHD.


Member, Program Committee of the 2001 annual meeting of the American

Sociological Association. 1999-2000.

Organizer, session on Demographic Research in East Asia, 1996 annual

meeting of the Population Association of America. 1996.

Associate Book Review Editor, American Journal of Sociology, 1990-92.


3. Tim Futing Liao

Associate Professor of Sociology & Statistics

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Research Interests:

Comparative family & gender research Methodology


Historical Chinese population & society


Representative Publications:

Liao, T.F. 1993. "Sitting in Oblivion as a Taoist Practice of Positive Alienation: A Response to Negative Alienation in the Tang Dynasty." International Sociology 8(4): 479-492.

Liao, T.F., and G. Stevens. 1994. "Spouses, Homogamy, and Social Networks." Social Forces 73(2): 693-707.

Liao, T.F. 1996. "Measuring Population Aging as a Function of Fertility, Mortality, and Migration."Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology 11: 61-79.

Liao, T.F. 1998."Dealing with a Double Day: Role Strain among Married Working Women in Japan and Korea." Pp. 137-154 in The Changing Family in Comparative Perspective: Asia and the U.S., edited by Karen Oppenheim Mason, Minja Kim Choe, and Noriko O. Tsuya, Honolulu: The East-West Center.

Also under review by Continuity & Change, "Were Past Chinese Families Complex? Household Structures during the Tang Dynasty, 618-907 AD."


Professional Activities:

Deputy Editor, The Sociological Quarterly,1992-1996, 1996-2000.

Newsletter Editor, the Methodology Section of the American Sociological Association, 1993- 1996

Council Member, the Methodology Section of the American Sociological Association, 1998- 2000

Editorial Board, Sociological Methods & Research, 1994-


Instructor, Summer Methodology Workshops at Peking University and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, 1995-1997.


4. John Logan

John Logan is Professor of Sociology at the University at Albany, SUNY, as well as Director

of the Mumford Center for Comparative Urban and Regional Research. His research interests in China include urban development and housing, local governance, and family relations.

He is author of two books: Urban Fortunes (with Harvey Molotch) and Family Ties (with Glenna Spitze).

Recent co-authored articles include "Family Values and Co-Residence with Married Children in Urban China," Social Forces, and "Housing Inequality in Urban China in the 1990s," International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, both published in 1999.

He is a member of the editorial boards of Urban Affairs Review, Sociological Forum, and Journal of Urban Affairs, and he was the organizer of an international conference on urban China held in Shanghai during this past summer.


Voting Ballot On Next Page

 Board of Directors Election Ballot


Please check Two of the following candidates

Eric Fong ______

Zai Liang ______

Tim Futing Liao _______

John Logan ______

To maintain confidentiality, cut and put this ballot in a small envelope. Then put your small envelope in a larger envelope. Please print and sign your name in the larger envelope.

Send you envelopes to Xiangming Chen, Department of Sociology M/C 312, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1007 W. Harrison St. Chicago, IL 60607-7140; Phone: 312-996-5391 (voice mail); FAX: 630-834-9806. You could send your vote by e-mail to Xiangming Chen, together with Ether Chow and Alvin So, will count the votes.

Deadline for receiving your ballot: March 1, 2000.


Updates for NACSA Directory


If you have recently moved or got a new address, please send your update, especially your email change, to: Xiangming Chen, Department of Sociology M/C 312, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1007 W. Harrison St. Chicago, IL 60607-7140; Phone: 312-996-5391 (voice mail); FAX: 630-834-9806; E-mail:


Notes on Folks

Please send any of your recent information that may be of interest to fellow NACSA members (e.g., publications, grants, presentations, and other professional activities) to: Ping Chun Hsiung, Department of Sociology, University of Toronto, Scarborough, 1265 Military Trail, Toronto, ONT M1C 1A4; Phone 416-287-7291; FAX: 416-287-7283; E-mail:


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