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Wei.Li@asu.edu

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Professor, Asian Pacific American Studies Program, School of Social Transformation and School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Affiliate Professor, Women and Gender Studies, School of Social Transformation; School of Justice and Social Inquiry; Center for Asian Research; Center for Population Dynamics and North American Center for Transborder Studies; College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

 

Bio

Wei Li received her Ph.D. in geography at the University of Southern California in 1997. Her foci of research are urban ethnicity and ethnic geography, immigration and integration, financial sector and minority community development, focusing on the Chinese and other Asian groups in the Pacific Rim. She coined the term 'ethnoburb' to describe a new form of contemporary suburban Asian settlements, and continues her empirical studies in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay area, Metropolitan Phoenix, Toronto and Vancouver, Canada. She is currently working on studying the roles of bank institutions in facilitating immigrant community and business development.

Li's research has been funded by NSF, Canada-US Fulbright Foundation, and the Government of Canada, including projects analyzing financial institutions and immigrant community development in Canada and the United States, and studying the impacts of Katrina on African American and Vietnamese American communities in New Orleans East. She is the editor of "From Urban Enclave to Ethnic Suburb: New Asian Communities in Pacific Rim Countries" (2006) and co-editor of "Landscape of Ethnic Economy" (2006), and author of a forthcoming book entitled "Ethnoburb: The New Ethnic Community in Urban America." Her scholarly articles have appeared in journals such as Annals of Association of American Geographers; Environment and Planning A; GeoForum; Geographic Review; Urban Studies; Urban Geography; Social Science Research, and Journal of Asian American Studies.

Media reports on Li's work on minority banks and community development, the study of ethnoburb, and the ethnoburb phenomenon itself have appeared on Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, and Washington Post, National Public Radio and Canadian Broadcasting Corp. She is a reviewer for National Science Foundation, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), and journals such as Annals of the Association of American Geographers; The Canadian Geographer/Le Geographe Canadien; Economic Geography; Political Geography; Professional Geographers; Urban Geography; and Urban Studies.

Li is the recipient of the 1999 Nystrom Dissertation Award by the Association of American Geographers; a member of Phi Kappa Phi All University Honor Society (initiated in 1997). She serves as the Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Ethnicity and Multicultural Citizenship in Queen's University, Canada (2006-2007). She is elected as a member of Association of American Geographers (AAG) Honors Committee B (2006-2008), and appointed as a member of AAG's Affirmative and Minority Status Standing Committee (2004-2007) and International Research and Scholarly Exchange Committee (2005-2008). She served as a board member of Ethnic Geography Special Group (EGSG) in the AAG since 1996 and its chair (2006-2008); and the current president of Population Specialty Group (a board member since 2004). She is re-appointed for a second term as a member of the U.S. Census Bureau's Race and Ethnic Advisory Committees (REAC; Asian Population) by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, and elected as its vice chair since 2004.

Courses

Spring 2014

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
APA 450 Asian Pacific Amer Contemp Iss
APA 492 Honors Directed Study
GCU 591 Seminar

Fall 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
APA 200 Intro/Asian Pacif Amer Studies
APA 360 Asian Pacific Amer Experience
GCU 792 Research

Spring 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
APA 450 Asian Pacific Amer Contemp Iss
APA 492 Honors Directed Study
GCU 515 Human Migration

Fall 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
APA 360 Asian Pacific Amer Experience
GPH 792 Research

Spring 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
APA 492 Honors Directed Study
GCU 591 Seminar
GCU 792 Research

Fall 2011

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
APA 200 Intro/Asian Pacif Amer Studies
APA 360 Asian Pacific Amer Experience
GPH 792 Research

Spring 2011

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
APA 492 Honors Directed Study
GCU 515 Human Migration
GPH 792 Research

Fall 2010

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
APA 200 Intro/Asian Pacif Amer Studies
APA 360 Asian Pacific Amer Experience
GPH 792 Research

Summer 2010

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
APA 200 Intro/Asian Pacif Amer Studies

Spring 2010

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
GCU 515 Human Migration

Fall 2009

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
APA 200 Intro/Asian Pacif Amer Studies
APA 360 Asian Pacific Amer Experience
GPH 792 Research

Publications and Other Intellectual ContributionsGoogle Scholar

  1. Niem Huynh, Wei LI, Nakano, Rie, Peter Ndiang'ui, and Shimura, Takashi - listed alphabetically. Case Study #6: Disaster and Migration. AAG Center for Global Geography Education (2013).

  2. wei li and wan yu. Between Asia and America: Geopolitics, Globalization, and International Migration. journal of human geography (2013).

  3. wei li and wan yu. The 21st Century Chinese America: Growth and Diversity. Chinese America: History and Perspectives (2013).

  4. Review of: "Asian Immigration to the United States". International Sociological Review of Books (2013).

  5. Wei Li and Lucia Lo. New Geographies of Migration? A Canada-US Comparison of Highly-Skilled Chinese and Indian Migration. Journal of Asian American Studies (2012).

  6. Wei Li and Wan Yu. Between China and America: Contemporary Migration Policies and Flows. AAPI Nexus: Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Policy, Practice and Community (2012).

  7. Book chapter: wan yu, wei li and luo keren. The Chinese in the United States in the 21st Century. Annual Report on Overseas Chinese Study 2012, Blue Book of Overseas Chinese. Beijing: Social Science Academic Press (2012).

  8. Book chapter: Wei Li and Wan Yu. Racialized Assimilation? Globalization, Transnational Connections, and US Immigration. Race, Ethnicity, and Place in a Changing America. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press (2012).

  9. Edited book: carlos teixeira, wei li, and audrey kobayashi. Immigrant Geography in North American Cities. oxford University Press (2011).

  10. wei li. Chinatowns. Asian American History and Culture, an Encyclopedia. M.E. Sharpe (2010).

  11. wei li. chinese banks. . Asian American History and Culture, an Encyclopedia. M.E. Sharpe (2010).

  12. wei li. chinese supermarkets. Asian American History and Culture, an Encyclopedia. M.E. Sharpe (2010).

  13. Gary Dymski, Wei Li, Carolyn Aldana, and Hyeon Hyo Ahn. Ethnobanking in the United States: From Antidiscrimination Vehicles to Transnational Entities. International Journal of Business & Globalisation (2010).

  14. Wei Li and Emily Skop. Diasporas in the U.S. – Indians and Chinese Compared. Journal of Overseas Chinese (2010).

  15. Wei Li, Christopher Airriess, Angela C. C. Chen, Karen Leong, and Verna Keith et al.. Katrina and Migration: Evacuation and Return in an Eastern New Orleans Suburb by African Americans and Vietnamese Americans. Professional Geographer (2010).

  16. Review of: "Contemporary Chinese America: Immigration, Ethnicity, and Community Transformation. Journal of Chinese Overseas (2010).

  17. Hoang, H., Huynh, N.T., Li, W., Lopez, T., and W. Yuda M. (listed alphabetically). Case Study #4: Gendered migration in Asia. in Solem, M., Klein, P., Muñiz-Solari, O., and Ray, W., eds., AAG Center for Global Geography Education. (2010).

  18. wei li. Chinatowns. Asian American History and Culture, an Encyclopedia. M.E. Sharpe (2009).

  19. wei li. Chinese Banks. Asian American History and Culture, an Encyclopedia. M.E. Sharpe (2009).

  20. wei li. Chinese Supermarkets. Asian American History and Culture, an Encyclopedia. M.E. Sharpe (2009).

  21. wei li. Forms of Chinese American Settlements. Asian American History and Culture, an Encyclopedia. M.E. Sharpe (2009).

  22. wei li. Hsi Lai Temple. Asian American History and Culture, an Encyclopedia. M.E. Sharpe (2009).

  23. Wei Li and Emily Skop. ethnicity. International Encyclopedia of Human Geography. Elsevier (2009).

  24. Carlos Teixeira and Wei Li. Introduction: Immigrant and Refugee Experiences in North American Cities. Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies (2009).

  25. Wei Li. Changing Immigration, Settlement and Identities in the Pacific Rim. new zealand population review (2009).

  26. Wei Li and Lucia Lo. Ethnic financial sectors: the US and Canada compared. Migracijske i etnicke teme (2009).

  27. Wei Li and Lucia Lo. Highly-skilled Indian Migration in Canada and the US: the Tale of Two Immigration Systems. International Migration and Diaspora Studies Working Paper Series (2009).

  28. Wei Li, Alex Oberle, Gary Dymski. Global Banking and Financial Services to Immigrants in Canada and the United States. Journal of International Migration and Integration (2009).

  29. Xu Di, Wang Zhu, Zhu Xigang, and Wei Li. Urban Social Areas in Nanjing: Analysis of the Fifth National Population Census. Geographical Research (in Chinese) (2009).

  30. wei li. Ethnoburb: the New Ethnic Community in Urban America. University of Hawaii Press (2009).

  31. Immigrant and Refugee Experiences in North American Cities. Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies (2009).

  32. Muniz, Osvaldo, Wei Li, Yvonne Schleicher. Conceptual Framework. AAG Center for Global Geography Education (2009).

  33. wei li. Case Study #2: Asian and Latino Migrations to the U.S.. AAG Center for Global Geography Education. (2009).

  34. christopher airriess, Wei Li, Karen Leong, Angela Chen, Verna Keith. Church-Based Social Capital, Networks and Geographical Scale: Katrina Evacuation, Relocation, and Recovery in a New Orleans Vietnamese American Community. geoforum (2008).

  35. Kenneth Foote, Janice Monk, Wei Li. Introduction: symposia on international faculty in US geography. Journal of Geographical Higher Education (2008).

  36. wei li. Asian and Pacific American Economy and Finance. The State of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (2008).

  37. Wei Li, christopher airries, Angela Chen, Karen Leong, Verna Keith. Surviving Katrina and its Aftermath: A comparative analysis of community mobilization and access to emergency relief by Vietnamese Americans and African Americans in an Eastern New Orleans Suburb. Journal of Cultural Geography (2008).

  38. Book chapter: alex oberle and wei li. "Divergent Trajectories: Asian and Latino immigration in Metropolitan Phoenix". Suburban Immigrant Gateways: Immigration and Incorporation in New U.S. Metropolitan Destinations. Washington D.C.: Brookings Institution (2008).

  39. wei li and dan wang. Brain Mobility: highly skilled migration in North America. canada watch (2008).

  40. Angela Chen, Verna Keith, christopher airriess, Wei Li, Karen Leong. Economic Vulnerability, Discrimination, and Hurricane Katrina: Health among Black Katrina Survivors in Eastern New Orleans. The Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (2007).

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Presentations

  1. wei li "21st Century Chinese America". Chinese Institute for Overseas Chinese History Studies, Beijing, China. (Nov 2013).
  2. xiaojie li and wei li Chinese International Students at ASU: Motivation, Experience, and Future Plan. 2013 International Conference on Chinese and American Southwest Studies, Chengdu, China. (Nov 2013).
  3. wei li "Ethnicity, Education and Tourism" and "Southwestern Areas and American Studies". the 2013 International Conference on Chinese and American Southwest Studies, Chengdu, China. (Nov 2013).
  4. wei li 2013 Bluebook on Chinese Returnees. Press conference, Beijing, China. (Nov 2013).
  5. wei li "Source Countries as Players in the International Competition for Talent". the International Metropolis Conference, Tampere, Finland, September. (Sep 2013).
  6. wei li Between Asia and America: highly skilled migration. "Metropolis Asia Workshop", International Metropolis conference, Tampere, Finland. (Sep 2013).
  7. Wei Li, Wan Yu and Claudia Sadowski-Smith Home country impact on return migration: evidence from highly-skilled migration. the International Metropolis Conference, Tampere, Finland. (Sep 2013).
  8. wei li and lucia lo Financing Immigrant Small Businesses: US and Canada Compared. the 12th International Entrepreneurship Forum, Vilnius, Lithuania. (Sep 2013).
  9. Wei Li, Claudia Sadowski-Smith, and Wan Yu Return migration and transnationalism: evidence from highly-skilled migration. International Society for Studying Chinese Overseas (ISSCO) VIII conference, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Aug 2013).
  10. wei li "Return Migration and Transnationalism". Pukou District Government, Nanjing, China. (Aug 2013).
  11. wei li "Intellectual Migration and Brain Circulation". 3. College of Geographical Sciences, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing, China. (Aug 2013).
  12. wei li "Intellectual Migration and Brain Circulation". College of Geographical and Oceanographic Sciences, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China. (Aug 2013).
  13. wei li "Social Life and Space",. ISSCO VIII conference, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Aug 2013).
  14. wei li and wan yu Intellectual Migration: Historical Development and Contemporary Trend. the international symposium on New Perspectives on Transnational Chinese American History & Culture. (Jun 2013).
  15. Wei Li, Claudia Sadowski-Smith, and Wan Yu Return migration and transnationalism: evidence from highly-skilled migration. the "Seminario Internacional sobre Migración de Retorno", Mexico City, Mexico. (May 2013).
  16. Wei Li, Wan Yu and Claudia Sadowski-Smith Return migration and transnationalism: evidence from highly-skilled BRIC migration. the Annual Meeting of AAG, Los Angles. (Apr 2013).
  17. wei li "Intellectual Migration and Brain Circulation". College of Economics and College of Public Administration, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China. (Mar 2013).
  18. wei li "Ethnoburbs – conceptual framework and empirical evidence of Chinese suburban immigrant communities",. the Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, the Chinese Academy of Sciences. (Dec 2012).
  19. wei li 1. "The US Census and the 21st Century Chinese America" 2. "Immigration, Communities, and Pacific Rim Diversity" 3. "International Migration Studies". The Overseas Chinese University, Xiamen, China. (Dec 2012).
  20. wei li Intellectual Migration and Brain Circulation: conceptual framework and empirical evidence. The Overseas Chinese University, Xiamen, China. (Dec 2012).
  21. wei li Intellectual Migration and Brain Circulation: conceptual framework and empirical evidence. The International Centre for the Study of East Asian Development, Kitakyushu, Japan. (Dec 2012).
  22. wei li Intellectual Migration and Brain Circulation: conceptual framework and empirical evidence. Department of Geography, University of Arizona. (Nov 2012).
  23. wei li Intellectual Migration and Brain Circulation: conceptual framework and empirical evidence. Center of Excellency for Immigration Research and Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. (Oct 2012).
  24. (Wei Li, Claudia Sadowski-Smith and Wan Yu), "Return migration and transnationalism: evidence from highly-skilled migration". "Return Migration and Transnationalism: Alternatives or Complements?" workshop, Oslo, Norway. (Sep 2012).
  25. (Wei Li and Wan Yu), Teaching ‘Chinese American Experience’ Course in Mandarin – a view from AZ, USA. Chinese language teaching and education in a globalizing SE Asia conference, Manila, the Philippines. (Aug 2012).
  26. (Wei Li "Strategy, Promotion and Marketing". Chinese language teaching and education in a globalizing SE Asia conference, Manila, the Philippines. (Aug 2012).
  27. (Wei Li 1. Panelist, ‘"The End of the Segregated Century’? Geographers react to recent census analysis" and "The Academic Job Market for Geographers" 2. Co-organizer, "The Experiences of Immigrants in Urban Areas in U.S." and "The Experiences of Immigrants in Urban Areas in U.S. and Canada". the Annual Conference of the Association for Asian American Studies, Washington DC. (Apr 2012).
  28. (Wei Li and Lucia Lo), "Immigrant Entrepreneurship and Banking Service: Canada and the US compared". the Annual Conference of the Association for Asian American Studies, Washington DC. (Apr 2012).
  29. wei li "Ethnoburbs – conceptual framework and empirical evidence of Chinese suburban immigrant communities",. ethnic geography speaker series, Department of Geography, Ethnic Geography lecture series, Binghamto. (Apr 2012).
  30. wei li Intellectual Migration and Brain Circulation: conceptual framework and empirical evidence. 2012 Distinguished Scholar lecture, AAG annual meeting. (Feb 2012).
  31. wei li et al. katrina and aftermath. pop assoc new zealand. (Nov 2011).
  32. wei li Counting Everyone in the Country: US Census and International Comparisons. Population Association of New Zealand Conference, Auckland, New Zealand. (Nov 2011).
  33. wei li, lucia lo Immigrant Entrepreneurs and Financial Services: Canada and the US Compared. International Geographic Union Regional Conference, Santiago, Chile. (Nov 2011).
  34. wei li China in the World Conference. Monash University, Prato Centre, Italy. (Sep 2011).
  35. wei li Globalization, Immigration, and Pacific Rim Diversity. the 16th International Metropolis Conference, The Azores, Portugal. (Sep 2011).
  36. wei li Highly-Skilled International Migration: Immigration, Return Migration and Onward Migration. the 16th International Metropolis Conference, The Azores, Portugal. (Sep 2011).
  37. wei li Chinese Diaspora – Changing China and changing migration. ISSCO conference, Hong Kong, China. (Jun 2011).
  38. wei li and wan yu Between Asia and America and from NICs to IC: Intellectual Migration and Brain Circulation. International Society for Studying of Chinese Overseas/ISSCO conference, Hong Kong, China. (Jun 2011).
  39. wei li Making Asian American Studies Relevant to our Communities: A roundtable. AAAS annual conference, New Orleans, LA. (May 2011).
  40. wei li and lucia lo Immigrant Entrepreneurs and Banking Service in Canada and the US. AAG annual meeting, Seattle, WA. (Apr 2011).

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Research Activity Research Awards

  1. Li,Wei * , Li,Wei * , . Financial Institution and Immigrant Integration in the US and Canada. NSF-SBE (6/15/2009 - 5/31/2013).
  2. Chen,Angela Chia-Chen * , Adams,Karen Lee , Keith,Verna M , Le,Thuy-Kim Pham , Leong,Karen , Li,Wei , . SGER Collaborative Research: Surviving Katrina and its Aftermath: A Comparative Analysis of Community Mobilization and Access to Emergency Relief. NSF-EHR (11/1/2005 - 9/30/2007).
  3. Li,Wei * . ETHNIC BANKING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT: CHINESE BANKING AND ETHNOBURB IN LOS ANGELES. NSF-SBE (9/1/2001 - 8/31/2002).

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Service

  1. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, reviewer (2013 - present)
  2. National Science Foundation (Geography and Spatial Science Program, external reviewer (2013 - present)
  3. University of Tennessee, tenure external reviewer (2013 - present)
  4. "Lai Lai", documentary film, Academic advisor (2013 - present)
  5. "The Chefs of San Gabriel Valley", NPR-affiliate KCRW, Academic advisor, (2013 - present)
  6. GeoJournal, reviewer (2013 - present)
  7. 1. SST Advisory Committee; 2. SST Research Committee, member (2013 - present)
  8. Asian Pacific American Studies, School of Social Transformation/SST, Faculty Head (2013 - present)
  9. Universidad Nacional Autonoma de MÉXICO press, external reviewer (2013 - present)
  10. NSF, Geography and Spatial Science Program, Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant Advisory Panel, remote panelist (2013 - present)
  11. Global Migration, reviewer (2013 - present)
  12. Women's Studies International Forum, reviewer (2013 - present)
  13. "Successful Promotion to Full" panel, Faculty Women’s Association, Panelist (2013 - present)
  14. IHR "Roundtable on Collaborative Research", Presenter (2013 - present)
  15. Ethnic and Racial Studies, reviewer (2013 - present)
  16. The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), reviewer (2012 - present)
  17. The Association of American Geographers (AAG), 1. Candidate, 2013 Nomination Committee; 2. Member, J. Warren Nystrom Award Committee (2012 - present)
  18. , editorial board, Geography Journal, 2012 –, Member (2012 - present)
  19. urban studies, reviewer (2012 - present)
  20. Book Award Committee, the Association for Asian American Studies, Member, (2012 - present)
  21. national technology university, singapore, referee (2012 - present)
  22. int'l sociological book review, reviewer (2012 - present)
  23. Research Grants Council , hong kong, Research Grants Council (2012 - present)
  24. international migration review, reviewer (2012 - present)
  25. j of urban analysis, reviewer (2012 - present)
  26. annals of association of american geogr, reviewer (2012 - present)
  27. area, reviewer (2012 - present)
  28. Advisory board, Global Migration Issues, member (2011 - present)
  29. , Dean’s Faculty Advisory Council, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Member (2011 - present)
  30. NSF, panel reviewer (2011 - present)
  31. j of immig and refugee studies, reviewer (2011 - present)
  32. International Advisory Board, SpringerBriefs in Geography, Springer Science+Business Media, member (2011 - present)
  33. AAPI Nexus, editorial board member (2010 - present)
  34. Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies, consulting editor (2010 - present)
  35. international steering committee, the international metropolis project, member (2008 - present)
  36. Faculty Advisory Committee, North American Center for Transborder Studies,, member (2007 - present)
  37. the International Society of Studying Chinese Overseas, North American director (2010 - 2016)
  38. the National Advisory Committee on Race, Ethnic and Other Populations, U.S. Census Bureau, Inaugural Member (2012 - 2013)
  39. 1. 2013 Nomination Committee AND 2. J. Warren Nystrom Award Committee AAG, member (2012 - 2013)
  40. Dean’s Faculty Advisory Council, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Member, (2011 - 2013)

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