Awarded by the American Sociological Association Section on International Migration, the honor recognizes Zhou's groundbreaking research, professional leadership and mentorship of junior scholars. UCLA International Institute, June 12, 2017
— Professor Min Zhou, director of the UCLA Asia Pacific Center and the Walter and Shirley Wang Endowed Chair in U.S.-China Relations and Communications, has been selected to receive the 2017 Distinguished Career Award from the American Sociological Association Section on International Migration. The award recognizes Zhou’s extensive and outstanding record of groundbreaking research, her professional leadership and her generous mentorship of junior scholars. As a foundational scholar and one of the most highly regarded sociologists in international migration, she has contributed to shaping some of the key questions in the field and discipline.
Responding to the ASA announcement, Zhou commented, “I was pleasantly surprised by the news, and I am immensely humbled and honored by the recognition. Although it felt a bit like my career is ending, I can definitely see this award as an inspirational new beginning. “
Zhou has published 17 books and more than 180 journal articles and book chapters. Just last year (2016), she received books awards from three separate ASA Sections for her recent work, co-authored with Jennifer Lee, “The Asian American Achievement Paradox” (Russell Sage Foundation Press, 2015): the Thomas and Znaniecki Book Award of the Section on International Migration, the Book Award of the Section on Asia and Asian America and the Pierre Bourdieu Award for Outstanding Book from Sociology of Education Section.
Among Zhou’s many publications are “Chinatown: The Socioeconomic Potential of an Urban Enclave” (1992); “Contemporary Chinese America: Immigration, Ethnicity, and Community Transformation” (2009); “The Accidental Sociologist in Asian American Studies” (2011); “Growing up American: How Vietnamese Children Adapt to Life in the United States” (co-authored with Bankston, 1998); “The Rise of the New Second Generation”(with Bankston, 2016); “Asian American Youth” (co-edited with Lee, 2004) and “Contemporary Asian America” (co-edited with Gatewood, 1st ed. 2000, 2nd ed. 2007; with Ocampo, 3rd ed. 2016).
The UCLA professor’s current research concerns immigration and social transformation in the Pacific Rim; relationships and racial attitudes among Chinese locals and African merchants in Guangzhou, China; Chinese immigrant transnationalism; and highly skilled Chinese immigrants in Los Angeles and Singapore.