Erika Lee

Erika Lee is an award-winning American historian, Director of the Immigration History Research Center, Distinguished McKnight University Professor, and the Rudolph J. Vecoli Chair in Immigration History at the University of Minnesota. Her scholarly specialties include migration, race and ethnicity; xenophobia; immigration law and public policy; Asian Americans; and transnational U.S. history.

Mary ting yi lu

Mary Lui is Professor of American Studies and History at Yale University. Her primary research interests include: Asian American history, urban history, women and gender studies, and public history. She is the author of The Chinatown Trunk Mystery: Murder, Miscegenation, and Other Dangerous Encounters in Turn-of-the-Century New York City (Princeton University Press, 2005).

Mae Ngai 

Mae M. Ngai, Professor of History and Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies at Columbia University, is a U.S. legal and political historian interested in questions of immigration, citizenship, and nationalism. She is author of the award winning Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America (2004) andThe Lucky Ones: One Family and the Extraordinary Invention of Chinese America (2010). 

Jean Pfaelzer

Jean Pfaelzer is Professor of English, Women and Gender Studies, and Asian Studies at the University of Delaware. She is the author of Driven Out: The Forgotten War Against Chinese Americans (Random House, Hardback & University of California Press, Paperback), the author of four other books including Parlor Radical: Rebecca Harding Davis and the Origins of American Social Realism and The Utopian Novel in America: The Politics of Form. Prof. Pfaelzer is working on two forthcoming books Of Human Bondage: Slavery in California and completing Muted Mutinies: Slave Revolts on Chinese Coolie Ships (both University of California Press).

John Kuo Wei Tchen

Jack Tchen is the Inaugural Clement A. Price Chair in Public History and the Humanities at Rutgers-Newark, founding director of Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program and Institute at New York University and co-founder of the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis. He is also co-founder and senior historian at the Museum of Chinese in America. He is editor of The ‘Yellow Peril’ Reader: Understanding Xenophobia, and author of New York before Chinatown: Orientalism and the Shaping of American Culture, 1776-1882; Genthe’s Photographs of San Francisco’s Old Chinatown, 1895-1905; and “30 Years and Counting: A Context for Building a Shared Cross-Cultural Commons.”

Ling-Chi Wang

Ling-Chi Wang helped establish Asian American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley and taught its first course in 1969. He is a founder of Chinese For Affirmative Action and the recipient of the Association for Asian American Studies Lifetime Achievement Award. Before his retirement in 2006, Professor Wang headed the program and the Ethnic Studies Department several times. 

K. Scott Wong

K. Scott Wong is the Charles R. Keller Professor of History and Public Affairs and the Schumann Fellow for Democratic Studies at Williams College where he teaches a variety of courses in Asian American history, American immigration history, the history of the American West, history and memory, and American Studies. He has written numerous articles in journals and anthologies and is the co-editor, with Sucheng Chan, of Claiming America: Constructing Chinese American Identities during the Exclusion Era (Temple, 1998.) Most recently, he published “Americans First”: Chinese Americans and the Second World War (Harvard University Press, 2005.)

Renqiu Yu

Renqiu Yu is professor of history and coordinator of the minor in Asian studies at Purchase College, State University of New York. He has published many articles and book reviews on Chinese history and Chinese American history in professional journals. His book To Save China, To Save Ourselves: The Chinese Hand Laundry Alliance of New York (Temple University Press, 1992) won the award of Outstanding Book in History from the Association for Asian American Studies in 1993. His novel Qing Ke(Dinner Parties) was published by People’s Literary Publishing Company in Beijing in 2007.