The issues that animate my research grapple with problems of race, citizenship, migration, and nation through the lens of Asian American history. My first book, The Color of Success: Asian Americans and the Origins of the Model Minority (Princeton, 2014), tells of the astonishing makeover of Asians in the United States from the “yellow peril” to “model minorities” (i.e. culturally wired to “succeed”) in the middle decades of the twentieth century. It charts the emergence of the model minority stereotype in the dual contexts of the United States’ global rise and the black freedom movement between the 1940s-60s. The Color of Success reveals that this far-reaching, politically charged process continues to have profound implications for how Americans understand race, opportunity, and nationhood. My current project considers the changing conditions and consequences of race-making and policy-making in the late twentieth century United States.Questions of relationships between the foreign and the domestic also fuel my work as a teacher. As an historian of the twentieth century United States, I offer a range of classes from the modern U.S. history survey to an upper-division intensive writing course on Cold War America. I also teach the histories of Asian Americans, the inextricable connections between immigration and the race in the United States, and America’s Pacific entanglements.
Associate Professor, Department of History
Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of American Studies
Affiliated Faculty, Asian American Studies Program
Affiliated Faculty, Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society
Department of History