Selected Publications

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).

“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.

“Revisiting Ethnic Entrepreneurship: Convergences, Controversies, and Conceptual Advancements.” International Migration Review 38 (3): 1040-1074, 2004.

“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).

“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).

“Assessing What Is Cultural about Asian Americans’ Academic Advantage” (a commentary). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111 (23): 8321-8322, 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). DOI: 10.1080/00207659.2016.1163984

“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).

“Hyper-Selectivity and the Remaking of Culture: Understanding the Asian American Achievement Paradox.” Asian American Journal of Psychology 8 (1): 7-15, 2017 (with J. 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, American Behavioral Scientist 63(2): 165-185, 2018 (with Nazareno and You).

“Promoting Research on Global Chinese Philanthropy: An Introduction to the Special Issue” (guest-editor). China Nonprofit Review 11(2):193-204, 2019.

“The Model Minority Stereotype and the National Identity Question: The Challenges Facing Asian Immigrants and Their Children.” Ethnic and Racial Studies 43(1): 233-253, 2019 (with Bankston).

“Divergent Destinies: Children of Immigrants Growing up in America.” Annual Review of Sociology 45:383-99, 2019 (with Gonzales).

“Challenges and Strategies for Promoting Children’s Education: A Comparative Analysis of Chinese Immigrant Parenting in the United States and Singapore.” Genealogy 3(20), 2019 (with J. Wang).

“Involuntary Migration, Context of Reception, and Social Mobility: The Case of Vietnamese Refugee Resettlement in the United States.” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 2020 (with Bankston).

“The Reigning Misperception about Culture and Asian American Achievement.” Ethnic and Racial Studies 13 (3): 508-515, 2020 (with J. Lee).

“Precarious Talent: Highly Skilled Chinese and Indian Immigrants in Singapore.” Ethnic and Racial Studies 43(9): 1654-1672, 2020 (with Zhan).

Zhan, Shaohua, Rajiv George Aricat, and Min Zhou. 2020. “New Dynamics of Multinational Migration: Chinese and Indian Migrants in Singapore and Los Angeles” Geographical Research 58 (4): 365-376, 2020 (with Zhan and Aricat).

“Understanding Intraethnic Diversity: The Formation of a Taiwanese American Identity.” Journal of Chinese Overseas 17(1): 58-83, 2021 (with B. Wang). doi:

Forever Strangers? Contemporary Chinese Immigrants around the World《長為異鄉客?— 當代華人新移民》(traditional Chinese edition). Singapore: World Scientific Publishing, 2021.