The University of Massachusetts Amherst


C.N. Le

Senior Lecturer II and Director of Asian & Asian American Studies Certificate


Ph.D., Sociology, University of Albany SUNY, 2004

Research Areas

Race and Ethnicity, Immigration, Asian American Studies, Structural and Socioeconomic Measures of Assimilation, Interracial Marriage, Immigrant Self-Employment

Courses Taught

  • The Asian American Experience (Sociology 240)
  • Sociology of Immigration (Sociology 244)
  • Asian Americans in Media and Popular Culture (Sociology 326)
  • Globalization and Inequality (Sociology 262)
  • Race, Gender, Class, & Ethnicity (Sociology 106)
  • Demography of Minority Groups (Sociology 361)
  • Bridging Asia & Asian America (Asian Studies 397B)

Selected Publications

Le, C.N.  2018.  "East to West, and Back Again:  A Personal and Academic Journey" in Voices of Asian Americans in Higher Education: Unheard Stories, edited by Festus E. Obiakor and Ying Hui-Michael. Information Age Publishing.

Le, C.N.  2017.  “Building Cultural Bridges and Supporting Prospective Asian Students at U.S. Universities” in Understanding International Students from Asia in American Universities: Living and Learning Globalization, edited by Yingyi Ma and Martha A. Garcia-Murrilo. Springer Publishing.

Le, C.N.  2016.  “Pew Report on Asian Americans: A Cautionary Tale” in Major Problems in Asian American History, 2nd Edition, edited by Lon Kurashige and Alice Yang.  Cenage Publishing.

Le, C.N.  2015.  “The Homogenization of Asian Beauty” in The Society Pages: Getting Culture, edited by Douglas Hartmann and Christopher Uggen. New York: W.W. Norton & Company.

Le, C.N. 2014. “Bridging the Campus and the Community: Blogging About the Asian American Experience” in Sociologists in Action on Inequalities: Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality, edited by Shelley K. White, Jonathan M. White, and Kathleen Odell Korgen. Sage Publications.

Le, C.N. 2012. “New Dimensions of Asian American Self-Employment in Los Angeles and New York.” Asian American & Pacific Islander Nexus 10:2:55-76.

Le, C.N. 2010. “Multiracial Asian Americans: Social Class, Demographic, and Cultural Characteristics” in Multiracial Americans and Social Class: The Influence of Social Class on Racial Identity, edited by Kathleen Korgen. New York: Routledge.

Le, C.N. 2009. “‘Better Dead Than Red’: Anti-Communist Politics Among Vietnamese Americans” in Anti-Communist Minorities in the US: The Political Activism of Ethnic Refugees, edited by Ieva Zake. New York: Palgrave-MacMillan.

Le, C.N. 2007. Asian American Assimilation: Ethnicity, Immigration, and Socioeconomic Attainment. New York, NY: LFB Scholarly Publishing.

Recent Media Quotations

Quoted by the Orange County Register, “Facing Criticism, Westminster Mayor Tri Ta Proposes Resolution Condemning ‘Abettors’ of Communism” article by Susan Goulding, September 10, 2019.

Quoted by the Springfield Republican, “Donald Trump’s Proposal to Halt Muslim Immigration Unprecedented, But Rooted in History” article by Shannon Young, December 13, 2015.

Quoted by the Philadelphia Inquirer, “40 Years After the Fall, Vietnamese Reunite” article by Michael Matza, July 1, 2015.

Interviewed by National Public Radio, WBUR Boston, “Does Harvard Discriminate Against Asian Americans?” segment, June 18, 2015.

Interviewed by Huffington Post Live, “Why ‘Aloha’ Failed On Casting Emma Stone” webcast by  Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani, June 4, 2015.

Quoted by NBC News, “For Asian Americans, Wealth Stereotypes Don’t Fit Reality” article by Seth Freed Wessler, March 18, 2015.

Quoted by The Associated Press, “Survey Finds Math, Science Grads Earn Top Dollar” article by Anne Flaherty, July 8, 2014.

Quoted by The Washington Post, “California’s Little Saigon to Mark Lunar New Year” article by Amy Taxin, January 9, 2014.

Quoted by The Los Angeles Times, “Dear Internet: Lorde is Dating an Asian Guy — Get Over It” article by Nico Lang, December 12, 2013.

Profiled by The Chronicle of Higher Education, “An ‘Indefinite’ Adjunct Sees Progress, and Tensions, at His University” video segment by Greg Kahn and Rose Engelland, October 1, 2013.

Interviewed by CNN, “Behind Asian Americans’ Low Unemployment” video segment by Zain Asher, August 12, 2013.

Cited by The New York Times, “For Asian-American Couples, a Tie That Binds” article by Rachel L. Swarns, March 30, 2012.


Selected Presentations, Invited Talks & Professional Service

"Community, Identity, and Cultural Citizenship: The Rise of Inter-Ethnic/Pan-Asian American Marriages, 2006-2016" presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, August 11, 2019, New York, NY.

Chair (2018-2019), Social Science Section, Association for Asian American Studies.

"Enlarging the Image: Recent Asian American Activism Against Whitewashing in Hollywood Movies" presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Asian American Studies, March 28, 2018, San Francisco, CA.

“Reframing the Image: Asian American Activism Against Yellowface and Whitewashing in Hollywood Movies,” presented at the annual meeting of the American Studies Association of Korea, September 22, 2018, Seoul, South Korea.

“Diverging Paths:  Patterns of Entrepreneurship Among Foreign- and U.S.-Raised Asian Americans,” presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Asian American Studies, April 14, 2017, Portland, OR.

“Comparing Entrepreneurship Patterns Among Asian Americans in Los Angeles and New York,” presented at the Entrepreneurship at The Intersection of Diversity and Inequality, Brown University, December 5, 2016, Providence, Rhode Island.

Invited Panelist, “Movement to Establish Asian American Studies at Williams College” Williams College, Williamstown, MA, May 4, 2016.

Keynote Speaker, “Memoirs of an Asian American Conference,” Trinity College, Hartford, CT, March 26, 2016.

“’If I Wanted to Be Around Lots of Chinese, I Would Just Stay in China’: Motivations of Chinese Students to Study in the U.S.,” presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Asian American Studies, April 28, 2016, in Miami, FL.

Invited Speaker, “’No, Where Are You Really From?’  The Asian American Perpetual Immigrant Dilemma,” Phillips Andover Academy, Andover, MA, January 19, 2015.

Council Member (2010-2012) and Secretary Treasurer (2012-2014), Section on Asia and Asian America, American Sociological Association.

Presider and Discussant. “Educational Inequalities in Asia and Asian America” session at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, August 2014, in San Francisco, CA.