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Robert Chao Romero

Associate Professor of Chicana/o Studies

Department: César E. Chávez Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies
7353 Bunche
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Phone: (310) 206-2813
Email: rcromero@chavez.ucla.edu

Keywords: Mexico

Professor Robert Chao Romero considers himself fortunate to be able to study himself for a living. With a Mexican father from Chihuahua and a Chinese immigrant mother from Hubei in central China, Romero’s dual cultural heritage serves as the basis for his academic studies.  His research examines Asian immigration to Latin America, as well as the large population of “Asian-Latinos” in the United States.

His first book, The Chinese in Mexico, 1882-1940 (2010), tells the forgotten history of the Chinese community in Mexico. For his next project, Romero has begun research on the history of Mexican segregation in the United States and the important, but much overlooked Mexican desegregation cases of Doss v. Bernal (1943), Lopez v. Seccombe (1944), and Mendez v. Westminster (1946).