"Asian American New Yorkers: What Diverse Mobilization on Diversity & PK-12 Equity Tells Us about Race, Class, and Opportunity"
New York City has the nation’s largest urban Asian American population -- Asian Americans are 16 percent of the city’s residents, and three in four are immigrants. This is an extraordinarily diverse group, along the lines of ethnicity, generational status, social class, and neighborhood, and their perspectives, needs and experiences match that diversity. Yet very little attention has focused on what this diversity looks like and how this diversity plays out among Asian American New Yorkers and what it tells us about their racial, ethnic and social class incorporation. This presentation will draw on interview and observational data to examine these issues among the members and leaders of nonprofit organizations that have mobilized around PK-12 educational equity and diversity. These organizations represent a broad spectrum of viewpoints on such issues, including the specialized high school admissions test. How do these Asian American activists understand inequality and discrimination in New York City? How does this understanding inform their activism on PK-12 equity? How do they work with partner organizations with similar stances across racial and ethnic lines?
Vivian Louie is Professor of Urban Policy and Planning and Director of the Asian American Studies Center and Program at Hunter College. She was CUNY Thomas Tam Visiting Professor from 2013-2014. Louie has been associate and assistant professor, and postdoctoral fellow in education, as well as lecturer in sociology at Harvard, and a program officer at the William T. Grant Foundation. She has also previously worked as a newspaper journalist, journalism teacher, and youth magazine editor.
Louie’s research has focused on understanding the factors that shape success along the educational pipeline among immigrants and the children of immigrants. She is the author of two books, Compelled to Excel: Immigration, Education and Opportunity Among Chinese Americans
(Stanford University Press) and Keeping the Immigrant Bargain: The Costs and Rewards of Success in America
(Russell Sage Foundation), along with numerous scholarly articles, chapters, and entries. She is co-editor of and contributor to a third book, Writing Immigration: Scholars and Journalists in Dialogue
(University of California Press). Louie has received research support from the Social Science Research Council, the National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation, and the Russell Sage Foundation. Her research has been featured on NPR, All Things Considered and additional news outlets. She serves on the New York State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, the Russell Sage Foundation Race, Ethnicity and Immigration Advisory Committee and the board of Youth Communication. She previously served on the board of the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center.
Louie earned her Ph.D. and M.A. from the Yale University Department of Sociology, M.A. from the Stanford University Department of Communication, and A.B. from Harvard University in History and Literature.