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The Transformation of Chinese America: From Yellow Peril to Model Minority and Everything in Between



The UCLA Asia Pacific Center presented the culminating event for ChinaWeek 2019, a public forum focusing on the ways in which immigration and US-China relations have shaped Chinese American life over time. Scholars and community leaders from Southern California shared their research and perspectives on issues including:

  • How immigration has transformed the Chinese American community
  • What significant contributions Chinese Americans have made to American society locally, nationally and internationally
  • How public perceptions of Chinese Americans and their effects have changed through history
  • Implications of the current state of US-China relations for Chinese Americans and their communities

The program featured an introduction and dedication of A Legacy Magnified: A Generation of Chinese Americans in Southern California, 1980’s-2010’s, a four-volume set published both in English and Chinese. This major history project on Chinese Americans in Southern California is a collaboration between community scholars and UCLA faculty, students, and librarians.


  • Cindy Fan, Vice Provost for International Education and Global Engagement, UCLA
  • Min Zhou, Professor of Sociology and Asian American Studies, Walter and Shirley Wang Chair in US-China Relations and Communications, and Director of the UCLA Asia Pacific Center
  • May Chen, Community Scholar and Editor of A Legacy Magnified
  • Yong Chen, Professor of History, UC Irvine
  • Jan Lin, Professor of Sociology, Occidental College
  • Dr. Wei Luo, Founder & CEO, CalSunshine Education Group
  • Eugene Moy, Vice President, Chinese Historical Society of Southern California
  • Frank Shyong, Columnist, Los Angeles Times
  • Xiaojian Zhao, Professor of Asian American Studies, UC Santa Barbara


  • International Institute
  • Asia Pacific Center
  • Asian American Studies Center
  • Walter and Shirley Wang Chair in US-China Relations and Communications
  • Richard C. Rudolph East Asian Library
  • ChinaWeek LA
  • Southern California Foundation for the Preservation of Chinese Literature and History

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Published: Tuesday, May 14, 2019