The North American Chinese Sociologists' Association



Summer 2001



Officers of NACSA


President: Che-fu Lee


Newsletter Editor: Philip Q. Yang


Ex-Officials (past presidents):

Elena Yu

Nan Lin

Dudley Poston

Alvin Y. So

Xiangming Chen


Board of Directors:

Ping Chun Hsiung

Che-Fu Lee

Zai Liang

Tim Liao

John Logan

Philip Q. Yang

Min Zhou


Overseas Area Coordinators:

Chih-you Jay Chen (Taiwan)

Yiu-Chung Ho (Singapore)

Hon-Chu Leung (Hong Kong)

Ma Rong (China)


The NACSA Newsletter can be found at the Association's website:


This Newsletter is published twice a year in January and June. The deadlines for receiving news submissions are January 1 and June 1. Please send your news items to:


Philip Yang

Department of Sociology and Social Work

Texas Woman's University

Denton, Texas 76204-5887


Phone: 940-898-2054

FAX: 940-898-2067



Table of Contents

  1. From the President's Desk By Che-Fu Lee
  2. Preliminary Program, NACSA Annual Conference 2001
  3. Book from the 1997 NACSA Annual Conference to Be Released in Summer
  4. News from North America
  5. Announcements
  6. Notes on Folks



From the President's Desk

Retrospect and Prospect: NACSA 2000-2001 Conferences and Beyond


Che-Fu Lee

Catholic University of America


I am greatly honored to assume the NACSA presidency for the year 2001, and to serve as a co-organizer with Eric Fong and Xiangming Chen for the 2000 annual conference in Washington DC and again with Dudley Poston for the 2001 annual conference in Anaheim, CA.


The conference in Washington DC on 11th August 2000 included presentations of more than a dozen papers which were organized into four sessions: 1) immigration and the Chinese diaspora, 2) China's economic reform, 3) demography and globalization, and 4) religious and spiritual movements. Participants came from Hong Kong, Taiwan and mainland China as well as the United States and Canada in North America. The one-day conference concluded with a dinner at a DC Chinatown's restaurant, where the paper presenters met with about equal number of other NACSA's members.


In an e-mail poll of the Board early this year, the council members unanimously supported the continuation of the NACSA's annual conference in the year 2001. The date was set, as in the past, one day before the ASA annual meeting, on 17th August in Anaheim, CA. The thematic focus chosen for this year is "Globalization and Regional Development: An Asian-Pacific Focus." However, the conference is open to all sociological contributions and encourages particularly the participation of graduate students. In addition to a substantial number of papers/abstracts received so far, Dudley Poston is organizing a panel on research in China and John Logan is calling upon his network of migration/urbanization studies to participate in this-year's conference.


NACSA welcomes two new members who joined the Association this year: Chien Ju Huang of North Carolina Central University and Ellen Efron Pimentel of the University of Illinois at Chicago. Each of them has sent in the membership due of $15. This raises a question of whether the membership fee should be collected annually or once for all, which shall be deliberated by the Council and/or by all NACSA members. Since the NACSA newsletter is now issued electronically only, there have been no fixed costs other than expenses for annual conferences and the maintenance of the NACSA website. Whereas NACSA has a basic fund of about $20,000, which can cover the conference expenses for the years to come, annual collection of membership fees may enable the Association to offer something beyond. For instance, there have been several inquiries about whether the Association provides travel grants to support graduate students' participation in the annual conference. Perhaps, also, with the membership fund NACSA will be able to set up a graduate student paper award or to engage in other meaningful activities.


As a final note to the Board members, it is time to consider the candidacy of a president-elect, as my term will end in December 2001. At the same time, I want to thank every member for the responsiveness and support you have given me.


Preliminary Program


NACSA Annual Conference 2001

August 17, 2001

Anaheim, California

(Hotel Room to Be Announced)


The theme of NACSA's Annual Conference 2001 is "Globalization and Regional Development: An Asian-Pacific Focus," co-organized by Che-Fu Lee, and Dudley L. Poston, Jr. We have received a good number of contributions with a great diversity in paper topics. The accepted papers are organized into five sessions as follows. Session presiders are selected from one of the session presenters who are considered unlikely to miss the meeting. If for any reason, an assigned presider cannot make it to the meeting, please notify the conference co-organizers as early as possible.


Dr. Che-Fu Lee

Department of Sociology

The Catholic University of America

Washington, DC 20064

Tel: 202-319-5445

Fax: 202-319-4980



Dr. Dudley L. Poston, Jr.

Department of Sociology

Academic Building 311

Texas A&M University

College Station, TX 77843-4351

Tel: 979-862-3947

Fax: 979-862-4057



Registration: 8:00 - 8:30 a.m.


Session 1: 8:30 - 9:45 a.m.

Globalization and Regional Development

Presider: Yan Zhang

Taofang Yu and Chaolin Gu

Nanjing University

"Globalization and the Extended Metropolitan Regions in China's Eastern Coastal Region"


Li Dongli

Central University of Nationalities

"Suggestions on AIDS Prevention Policy Making"


Zhi-jun Liu

Zhongshan University

"Impact of Rural Urbanization on the Transformation of Local Religion: A Case Study of Zhangdian Town"


Giang Wells-Dang

The Catholic University of America

"Rural Transformation in the Red River Delta of Northern Vietnam"


Yan Zhang and Ke Fang


"Inner City Re-development in Beijing in the 1990's"


Session 2: 10:00 - 11:15 a.m.

Migration and Social Mobility

Presider: Janet Salaff


Janet Salaff, Lynn Xu and Arent Greve

University of Toronto and The Norwegian School of Economics & Business Administration

"Structural Barriers for Skilled PRC Immigrants into the Economy"


Wenhong Chen

University of Toronto

"The Making of New Canadians - Stigma Management of Chinese New Immigrants"


Yong Tang

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

"Changes in Patterns of Job-searching of University Graduates in Guangdong, China"


Alfred Ko-wei Hu

Academia Sinica, Taiwan

"The Attainment of Elite Status and Ethnicity in Taiwan"


Yingfeng Wu

SUNY at Stony Brook

"Gender Differences in Income Returns to Education in China"


Session 3: 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Family Structure and Change

Presider: Carol S. Walther


Xiaotian Feng

Huazhong University of Science & Technology

"The Desire of Childbearing of Chinese People: Changes in the Last Twenty Years"


Carol S. Walther

Texas A&M University

"Patterns of Premarital Conceptions in China: Evidence of a 'Quiet Revolution'?"


Can Liu

Texas A&M University

"Family Structure and Fertility in China"


Edward Jow-Ching Tu

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

"Changes in the Living Arrangements and Financial Support of the Elderly Population in Taiwan"


Yuanting Zhang

University of Nebraska

"Community Building and China's Success in Lowering the Fertility Rate"


 Lunch Break: 12:45 - 2:00 p.m.


Session 4: 2:00 - 3:15 p.m.

Panel: Challenges in Conducting Field Work in China

Presider: John Logan


Break: 15 minutes


Session 5: 3:30 - 4:45 p.m.

Fertility and Childbearing

Presider: Sherry L. McKibben


Chiung Fang Fanny Chang

Texas A&M University

"Fertility of the Minority Populations of China: A Multi-level Analysis"


Xiaodong David Wang

Texas A&M University

"Does What You Speak Matter? The Effects of Chinese Dialects on Fertility"


Sherry L. McKibben

Texas A&M University

"Age of Menarche and Childbearing in China: A Biosocial Model"


Juan Julie Wu

Texas A&M University

"The Determinants of Induced Abortion in China: A Hazard Analysis"


Xiuhong Helen You

Texas A&M University

"Are Floating Migrants Child-Bearing Guerillas? The Effects of Floating Migration on Fertility in China"


 Session 6: 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Economic Reforms and Transitions

Presider: Sharon Linzey


Guobin Yang

University of Hawaii at Manoa

"The Impact of the Internet on Civil Society in the PRC"


Xiaoling Shu and Yan Jie Bian

University of California, Davis and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

"Market Transitions and the Gender Gap in Earnings in Urban China"


Sharon Linzey

People's University of China

"The History of Chinese Sociology"


Zhanxin Zhang

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

"Revolutions in Property Rights, Expansion of Contractual Employment and Economic Growth in China"


Sheying Chen, Ann Yinyi Chen, Eric Shan Zhong, and Ning Yang Sullivan

The City University of New York

"Economic Reform and Social Change in China: Future Direction for the Economic State"



Book from the 1997 NACSA Annual Conference to Be Released in Summer


 The Chinese Triangle of Mainland China-Taiwan-Hong Kong: Comparative Institutional Analyses, a book edited by Alvin Y. So, Nan Lin, Dudley J. Poston, will be published by the Greenwood Press this summer. This book is based on the selective papers presented at the 1997 NACSA conference held in Toronto. Below is the brief content of the book:



1. Introduction: The Origins and Transformation of the Chinese Triangle

Alvin Y. So


Economic Institutions

2. From Regional Integration to Export Competition? The Evolution of the Chinese Economic Triangle

Xiangming Chen

3. A Study of Confucian Entrepreneurs in Mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong

Tak Sing Cheung and Ambrose Y.C. King

4. Local Institutions and Property Rights Transformation: Regional Variations in Chinese Rural Reforms

Chih-Jou Jay Chen

5. Job Stress in the Era of Market Reforms: Manufacturing Workers in Urban Shanghai

Gina Lai



6. Cultural Construction of Labor Politics: Gender, Kinship, and Ethnicity in a Shenzhen Workplace

Ngai Pun

7. Of Flesh and Blood: The Human Consequences of Economic Restructuring On Women Workers in Hong Kong

Chi-Kwan Ho

8. Institutions and Networks Constructing Gender Inequality in Manufacturing Factories: The Case of Taiwan's Export Processing and Industrial Zones

Ray-May Hsung and Esther Ngan-Ling Chow


Social Networks

9. Guanxi: A Conceptual Analysis

Nan Lin

10. Between Personal Ties and Organizational Imperative: The Formation of Exchange Networks among Hospitals

Ly-Yun Chang

11. A Comparative Study of Personal Networks in Two Chinese Societies

Danching Ruan

12. Overlapping Networks and Flexible Manufacturing: A Structural Analysis of Hong Kong-Based Garment Industry

Hon-Chu Leung


The Chinese Diaspora

13. PRC Immigrants in the United States: A Demographic Profile and an Assessment of Their Integration in the Chinese American Community

Fenggang Yang

14. Immigrant Economy in a Pacific Rim Context: Chinese Business in Los Angeles

Yen-Fen Tseng and Yu Zhou

15. Return Migration among Chinese Immigrants in Toronto

Kumiko Shibuya, Eric Fong, Ming-Long Lam, and Clement So

16. Using Census Data to Conceptually Define the Chinese American Population

Dudley L. Poston, Runlong Huang, and Hong Dan


In addition, Alvin So, Nan Lin, and Dudley Poston, (the three co-editors) have agreed to donate the royalty of the book to the banking account of the NACSA. Thank you!



News from North America

 John Logan, Director of the Urban China Research Network, reports that in its first year of operation the Network has provided small grants to 18 graduate students (in China and abroad) and to 2 new faculty members at Chinese universities for studies of various aspects of urban development in China. The Network will continue this program while beginning to emphasize new collaborative research projects. To this end, the Network has established two working groups:

 Spatial Restructuring, Urban Planning and Politics. One working group has been organized by Fulong Wu (Department of Geography, University of Southampton, UK). This group has two related goals. The first is to document the neighborhood-level changes that are associated with urban growth. Group members will seek to develop GIS maps of selected cities and conduct studies of spatial restructuring. The second is to understand the political decisions and planning processes that affect urban change.

Urban Transformation in China and Reorganization of the State in an Era of Globalization. The second working group has been organized jointly by Carolyn Cartier (Department of Geography, University of Southern California) and Si-ming Li (Department of Geography, Hong Kong Baptist University). It proposes to work on three levels: 1) changes in China's administrative hierarchy and reorganization of the state at the global and national levels, 2) impacts of processes of globalization on urban and regional transformations, and 3) the local impacts of and resistances to these transformations.

For further information on these programs and activities, please visit





Globalization, Gender, and Social Change in the 21st Century

A Special Issue of International Sociology

(Official journal of the International Sociological Association)


Call For Papers

 This special issue is aimed at promoting scholarship and research that emphasize the centrality of gender in studying social change associated with the process of globalization. The overall theme is framed broadly enough to include a variety of critical issues, debates, and problems as well as transformative practices at the local, regional, national, and global levels.


Specific objectives are:


  • To promote scholarship about important women/gender issues, growing concerns, and new problems worldwide at the dawn of the 21st century.
  • To analyze systematically and critically the emergent patterns of global structuration and process at the political, socioeconomic, and cultural levels and their impact on women and men in different historical times, societies, and cultures.
  • To study how women and/or men face the challenges of globalization in terms of opportunities and risks; how they struggle for basic rights, equality, sustainable development, and peace; and how they engage in activism and resistance movements, demonstrating their agency working for empowerment, global justice, and humanity.
  • To seek understanding of the intricate linkages among theory, research, and praxis by developing a transformative scholarship within sociology in the new millenium.


Articles exploring in-depth case studies, ethnographic field research, historical/comparative analyses, and reflective/theoretical think pieces are welcome. Topic is entirely open as long as it relates to the relationships between gender and globalization. The centrality of gender in theorizing, analysis, and praxis in the process of global changes may cover one or more of the following areas:

 - Global economy, restructuring, and poverty

- Development, inequality, alternative models

- Trade, financial crises, loan burdens

- Labor market and formal/informal sectors

- Household and family dynamics

- Modernity, diversity, and culture

- Migration, urbanization, and global cities

- Social institutions, gender relations, and identities

- Women's movements and political activism

- Environment and global justice

- Upheaval created by and resistance to globalization

- Racism and ethnic conflicts in world development

- The role of the state, international organizations, and policy

- Media, technology, and science

- Trafficking of women and child prostitution

- Nationalism, politics, and democracy

- Colonialism. post-coloniality, and re-colonialization

- Human rights, feminist jurisprudence, and legal theories

- Fundamentalism, religious movements, and institutions

- Militarization, armed conflicts, and peace


 This special issue is planned in conjunction with the XV World Congress of the International Sociological Association to be held in Brisbane, Australia, July 7-13, 2002. About 6 to7 papers of 6,000 words each (with an abstract of 100-200 words) will be included in a regular-sized Special Issue of International Sociology (IS). All papers submitted will undergo refereed reviews. Guidelines for contributions are printed inside the back cover of that journal. Two copies of the paper, typed and double-spaced, should be submitted by June 1, 2002 to: Esther Ngan-ling Chow, Department of Sociology, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., McCabe Hall, Washington, D.C. 20016, USA. For more information, contact Esther Ngan-ling Chow at


 Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting in Boston, 2002

 Esther N. Chow, currently Vice-President of the Eastern Sociological Society, would like to encourage NACSA members to submit papers for its Annual Meeting to be held in Boston in 2002. The deadline for paper submission is October 15, 2002.

The ESS Program website is all ready for electronic submissions. For the link and for all information about the 2002 Annual Program, please go to


The Harvard Project For Asian And International Relations Conference 2001

Suntec City, Singapore

August 27 - 30, 2001

Dear Friends,

Below is a description of a Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR) student conference to be held in Singapore this summer. We invite you to read and forward the message to any members or students who may be interested in attending.

HPAIR is a student organization at Harvard University that holds an annual international student conference in Asia in conjunction with a top Asian University. Because of the high profile and expanded conference facilities, we warmly welcome all members of the Association of Asian Studies to join this momentous celebration.

Delegates will receive a discounted group rate at Marina Mandarin Hotel in downtown Singapore. In addition, competitive airline discounts will be available ONLY for conference participants.

If you would like any further information for yourself and others, please visit out web-site at WWW.HPAIR.ORG or contact us at The application deadline for AAS members and referrals is April 23. Please mention this email when applying.

Thank you, and we hope to hear from you soon.


HPAIR 2001




"Asia and The Knowledge Economy: Opportunities for Progress"

August 27th-30th * Singapore





The Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR) is a unique international conference organization that is dedicated to promoting discourse on critical issues affecting Asia and the world. Since its founding in 1991, HPAIR has brought together top students from every corner of the globe to learn from renowned experts in the fields of government, academia, business, and society. The aim of the conference is to create a discussion forum where international student leaders exchange ideas on crucial issues, and build lasting relationships that transcend national and cultural frontiers. In our 10th Anniversary Conference, we aim to provide an open forum for future leaders to discuss relevant topics in politics, economics, development, and social change.


HPAIR 2001 will be held for the first time in Singapore in cooperation with the National University of Singapore. The theme of the 2001 conference - "Asia and the Knowledge Economy: Opportunities for Progress" - shall encompass the discussion of some of the most fascinating consequences of technological change that has swept the globe in the past decade. The new philosophy of information and its associated technological advances have revolutionized the way we act and think. The conference shall address the consequences of these wide-ranging changes in six workshops:


- Changes in Asia security

- Strategies to bridge the digital divide between developed and developing countries

- The impact of technology on health issues and Asian health care systems

- The relevance of the "new economy"

- The transforming nature of corporate organization in Asia

- Differences in educational systems across Asian countries and cultures


The conference will convene at Suntec City in Singapore, where we shall welcome an exciting array of speakers and delegates. HPAIR conference speakers in the past have included heads of state, government ministers, and senior executives in business and international organizations. Speakers already confirmed for this year include The Honorable S. R. Nathan, President of Singapore, Harvard University Professor Ezra F. Vogel and several top Singaporean Ministers.


This year, 400 - 500 delegates from the world's foremost universities will be selected through a competitive worldwide application process. The application process has already started, so please visit the HPAIR web-site at for more information and to apply, or email us at


The Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR) is a

student organization at Harvard University.


Postal Address Courier Address:

HPAIR Jenny Yip, HPAIR 2001 Chair

P.O. Box 380032 3 Pforzheimer Mail Center

Cambridge, MA 02238 Cambridge, MA 02138



Fax: (617) 384-1158






Notes on Folks


Eric Fong announced the publication of the following articles:

Fong, Eric. 2001. "Participating in Ethnic Economy and Psychological Well-being." Asian and Pacific Migration Journal.

Fong, Eric, and Kumiko Shibuya. 2000. "Spatial Separation of the Poor in Canadian Cities." Demography 37(4): 449-459.

Fong, Eric, and Wsevolod W. Isajiw. 2000. "Determinants of Friendship Choices: A Perspective from Minority Group." Sociological Forum 15(2).

Fong, Eric, and Milena Gulia. 2000. "Neighborhood Change within the Canadian Ethnic Mosaic, 1986-1991." Population Research and Policy Review 19(2): 155-177.

Fong is also the guest Editor for a Special Issue on Chinese Ethnic Economy of Asian and Pacific Migration Journal, 2001.


Bobai Li will receive his Ph.D. in sociology at Stanford University in June 2001. He will become Assistant Professor of Sociology at Northwestern University in September 2001.


Josephine Smart, Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Calgary (Canada), announced the following publications:


Smart, Josephine, and Graeme Lang. In press. "Industrialization, Migration and the 'Second-wife' in South China." International Migration Review.

Smart, Josephine, and Martha Rees. Eds. 2001. Plural Globalities in Multiple Localities - New World Borders. Lanham: University Press of America, ii +207 pages.

Smart, Josephine, and A. Smart. 2000. "Failures and Strategies of Hong Kong Firms in China: An Ethnographic Perspective." Pp. 244-271 in The Globalization of Chinese Business Firms, edited by Henry Yeung and Kris Olds. London: Macmillan.

Smart, Josephine. 1999. "The Global Economy and South China Development in Post-1978 China: Relevance and Limitations of the Flexible Accumulation Approach". Urban Anthropology 28(3-4): 407-445.

She also received a three-year (2000-2003) SSHRC research grant to support a project titled "Choy Suey and Egg Rolls: Chinese Immigrant Cuisine and the Politics of Identity in Canada."


Alvin Y. So published the following articles and book chapters:

So, Alvin. 2001. "Introduction: The Origins and Transformation of the Chinese Triangle." In The Chinese Triangle of Mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong: Comparative and Institutional Analyses, edited by Alvin Y. So, Nan Lin, and Dudley Poston. Westport: Greenwood Press.

So, Alvin Y., Yanjie Bian, and Edward Tu. 2001. "Introduction." In Survey Research in Chinese Societies: Methods and Findings, edited by Yanjie Bian, Edward Tu, and Alvin Y. So. Hong Kong: Oxford University Press. (In Chinese)

So, Alvin Y. 2001. "Conclusion: Studies of the Pearl River Delta, New Findings and Research Agenda." In Resource Management, Urbanization, and Governance in Hong Kong and the Zhujiang Delta, edited by K.Y. Wong. Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press.

So, Alvin Y. 2001. "The Three Blessings of Hong Kong's Development." China Perspectives.

So, Alvin Y. 2001. "South-North Reconciliation and North Korea-China Relations." Asian Perspective.

So, Alvin Y. 2001. "Globalization and East Asia: An Opportunity or a Trap?" In Twenty-First Century World Order and the Asia Pacific, edited by James C. Hsiung. New York: St. Martin's Press.

So, Alvin Y. 2001. "Class Analysis: From Primacy to Interaction." Sociological Research. (In Chinese).

So, Alvin Y. 2001. "Class Structure and Class Struggle in Contemporary Society." In Social Problems: Critical Perspectives, edited by Berch Berberoglu. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall Hunt Publishing.

So, Alvin Y. 2000. "Changing Patterns of Class and Status-Group Conflict in Hong Kong: A World-Systems Analysis." Development and Society.

So, Alvin Y. 2000. "'Class, Service' and 'Class, Taxonomic Problem of'". In The Routledge Encyclopedia of International Political Economy, edited by R.J.B. Jones. London: Routledge.

So, Alvin Y. 2000. "Hong Kong's Problematic Democratic Transition: Power Dependence or Business Hegemony?" Journal for Asian Studies.

So, Alvin Y., and Stephen Chiu. 2000. "East Asia in World-Systems Perspectives." Pp. 271-288 in The World-System Readers, edited by Thomas D. Hall. Boulder: Rowman and Littlefield.

Alvin So's co-edited volume entitled Asia's Environmental Movements: Comparative Perspectives won The Harold and Margaret Sprout Award of the International Studies Association (ISA) for the best book on international environmental affairs, 2000.


Alex Thio published the following books:

Thio, Alex. 2001. Deviant Behavior, 6th ed. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

Thio, Alex, and Thomas Calhoun. 2001. Readings in Deviant Behavior, 2nd ed. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.


Fenggang Yang announced the following publications:

Yang, Fenggang, and Helen Rose Ebaugh. 2001. "Transformations in New Immigrant Religions and Their Global Implications." American Sociological Review 64 (2): 269-288.

Yang, Fenggang. 2000. "The Growing Literature of Asian American Religions: A Review of the Field." Journal of Asian American Studies 3 (2): 251-256.

Yang, Fenggang. 2000. "Tension and a Sound Development of Society" (in Chinese). Journal for the Study of Christian Culture (Beijing) 3: 172-195.

Yang, Fenggang. 2000. "Chinese American Religions." Pp. 113-115 in Encyclopedia of Contemporary American Religion, edited by Wade Clark Roof. New York: Macmillan Reference.

Yang, Fenggang. 2000. "Hsi Nan Buddhist Temple: Seeking to Americanize." Pp. 67-87 in Religion and The New Immigrants: Continuities and Adaptations in Immigrant Congregations, edited by Helen Rose Ebaugh and Janet S. Chafetz. Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press.

Yang, Fenggang. 2000. "The Chinese Gospel Church: The Sinicization of Christianity." Pp. 89-107 in Religion and The New Immigrants: Continuities and Adaptations in Immigrant Congregations, edited by Helen Rose Ebaugh and Janet S. Chafetz. Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press.

Fenggang Yang also lectured on "Chinese Christians in the United States" in a lecture series on Shifting Boundaries: Religion and Immigration in the Contemporary United States, sponsored by the International Center for Migration, Ethnicity and Citizenship at the New School University in New York City, October 26, 2000. He also made a presentation on "The Moral/Spiritual Development in China Today," at the symposium on Nourishing the Spirit: Social Change and Spiritual Development in China Today, Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Culture, University of San Francisco, February 12-13, 2001. He is going to give a Public Lecture on Chinese American Religion, The Smithsonian Institute's Asian American Studies Program, September 6, 2001.

He also published a newspaper column in Portland Press Herald, January 18, 2001, "Mainers Show Little Awareness of Asian-Americans in Their Midst." As a response to this article, the Maine Historical Society has begun to develop an Archive of the Chinese in Maine.


Philip Q. Yang announced the following publications:

Philip Yang. 2001. "Professionals and the Brain Drain." Encyclopedia of American Immigration, edited by James Ciment. New York: M.E. Sharpe.

Philip Yang. 2000. "The 'Sojourner Hypothesis' Revisited." Diaspora 9(2).

Philip Yang. 2000. Ethnic Studies: Issues and Approaches. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.

Yang and Pamela Solis presented a paper entitled "Illegal Drug Use among Asian Youth in Dallas" at the 2001 Annual Conference of the Association for Asian American Studies in Toronto, March 2001.

Yang was recently elected a Board member of the Association for Asian American Studies to serve a two-year term of 2001-2003.


Renxin Yang published the following articles:

Yang, Renxin. 2000. "Race, Status Attainment, and Depression: Intervening Effects of Consequential Life Events." Race and Society 2(2): 195-216.

Yang, Renxin and Billy P. Blodgett. 2000. "Effects of Race and Adolescent Decision-Making on Status Attainment and Self-Esteem." Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work 9(1/2): 135-153.


Zhang, Jie recently published three articles:

Zhang, Jie. 2000. "Gender Differences in Athletic Performance and Their Implications in Gender Ratios of Suicide: A Comparison between the USA and China." Omega - Journal of Death and Dying 41(2): 117-123.

Zhang, Jie. 2000. "Understanding Chinese Suicide with a Comparison of National Data." American Review of China Studies 1(1): 9-29.

Zhang, Jie. 2000. "Collectivism or Individualism: An Analysis of Chinese Interactive Culture." American Review of China Studies 1(2): 57-65.

Zhang received a grant of $128,735 from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) for his pilot study of Psychological Autopsy (PA) in China. As the principal investigator of the project being conducted in Dalian, Zhang has started the two-year study with the help of a team consisting of medical and psychiatric scientists from both China and the US.

In order to strengthen the efforts in academic exchanges with China and promote cross-cultural research, SUNY College at Buffalo has established the Center for China Studies on campus with Dr. Zhang Jie, Associate Professor of Sociology, as its founding director. Interested individuals are invited to look at the Center's website at


Dingxin Zhao announced the release of his book entitled The Power of Tiananmen: State-Society Relations and the 1989 Beijing Student Movement by the University of Chicago Press in 2001.


Min Zhou has completed her term as a 2000-01 visiting fellow at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington D.C. and returned to UCLA to assume her position as Chair of Asian American Studies Interdepartmental Program.

She presented a paper (with her student Rebecca Kim), "New Chinese Immigrant Organizations in the United States: Beyond Chinatowns and National Boundaries," at the Conference on Responses of Chinese Community Organisations to Globalisation Pressures and Opportunities: Comparative International Perspectives, Singapore, March 9-10, 2001. She presented another paper (with visiting scholar Guoxuan Cai from Guangzhou Academy of Social Sciences), "Chinese Language Media in the United States: Immigration and Assimilation in American Life," at the 2001 Conference on New Cultural Frontiers, UCLA LeRoy Neiman Center for the Study of American Society and Culture, May 17-18, 2001.



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