CUNY Thomas Tam Visiting Professor


Spring 2016
Dr. Angie Y. Chung
CUNY Graduate Center
Department of Sociology

Course: Immigrant Communities
Course Syllabus: PDF

The course will cover the evolution, structure, and dynamics of immigrant communities in the United States with particular attention to the ethnic economy and community politics of contemporary Asian and Latino enclaves. We will cover a wide range of ethnic communities from socially isolated, self-sufficient ethnic enclaves to transnationally-embedded global economies to multiracial suburbs on the metropolitan outskirts. Among other things, we will discuss different scholarly perspectives on what constitutes an ethnic enclave, why some thrive while others decline, how they may empower and exploit, how they are culturally consumed, and how they are integrated into the urban political economy. Students will have the opportunity to develop an instructor-approved community project relevant to the course.


Angie Y. Chung is an Associate Professor of Sociology at SUNY Albany. She received her B.A. at Yale University and Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of California Los Angeles. Dr. Chung has served as visiting professor at Yonsei and Korea University and is currently the 2016 CUNY Thomas Tam Visiting Professor at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her areas of expertise include immigration and the second generation, community and urban sociology, gender and family, race and ethnicity, Asian American studies, and qualitative methods.

Dr. Chung is author of Legacies of Struggle: Conflict and Cooperation in Korean American Politics (Stanford University Press, 2007). Her forthcoming book, Saving Face: The Emotional Costs of the Asian Immigrant Family Myth, is currently in press with Rutgers University Press. She is currently working on an NSF-funded research project on the politics of economic growth and urban redevelopment in Koreatown and Monterey Park, Los Angeles.




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