Vivian Louie: "Election 2021 & Asian American New Yorkers: Where This Historic Moment Came From"

MAY 20, 2021 | 4:00 PM TO 5:30 PM



Online Event


May 20, 2021: 4:00 PM-5:30 PM




Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC)



"Asian American New Yorkers: What Diverse Mobilization on Diversity & PK-12 Equity Tells Us about Race, Class, and Opportunity"

Election 2021 in New York City has made visible the nation’s largest urban Asian American population -- Asian New Yorkers are 15 percent of the city’s residents, and three in four are immigrants. This year, East and South Asian New Yorkers are running for local office in record numbers. Sixteen months of Anti-Asian hate – along with the push back against the hate -- and the entry of Andrew Yang as a mayoral front runner have spotlighted Asian New Yorkers in this electoral moment. But Asian New Yorkers have been laying the groundwork for this moment for the past several years. While this is an extraordinarily diverse group in ethnicity, generational status, social class, and neighborhood, with needs, views and experiences to match that diversity, they express a similar theme of invisibility. This presentation will draw on an initial set of interview and observational data to examine the issues, including public PK-12 educational equity and diversity, that are top of mind for Chinese American leaders and active members of recently formed nonprofits and associations and the invisibility that they say has galvanized their participation.  The presentation will further discuss the leaders’ partnering work with community leaders and organizations with similar concerns 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.

This is an online event. Please register online to participate via Zoom.