The University of Massachusetts Amherst


C.N. Le

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

Office Hours, Fall 2023

Mon. and Wed.:  12pm-1:15pm and 4pm-5pm
Tue. and Thu.:  Available remotely through Zoom
Fri.: 12pm-1:15pm and 2:30pm-3:30pm


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)
Introduction to Sociology (Sociology 110)
Demography of Minority Groups (Sociology 361)
Bridging Asia & Asian America (Asian Studies 312)

Selected Publications

Le, C.N.  2022.  “Traditional Characteristics and New Dimensions:  Vietnamese American Self-Employment in the 21st Century,” in The Vietnamese Diaspora in a Transnational Context: Contested Spaces, Contested Narratives, edited by Anna Vu and Vic Satzewich.  Brill.

Le, C.N.  2020.  “Glimpses into the Future: Interracial and Interethnic Marriage,” in Asian Pacific American Experiences:  Past, Present, and Future (2nd ed.), edited by Eunai Kim Shrake, Teresa Williams Leon, and Edith Wen-Chu Chen.  Kendall Hunt Publishing.

Le, C.N. and Miliann Kang. 2019.  “Crazy Rich Asians” (Book Review), Sociological Forum, 34:2:524-528.

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 Washington Post,"Sticky rice meets Southern hospitality at Buddhist temple festivals" article by Kris Martins, May 8, 2023.
Quoted by The Orange County Register, “Debate about war monument could just be Little Saigon politics as usual” article by Susan Goulding, July 9, 2021.
Quoted by The Springfield Republican, “Small organizations, big impact: Asians in Mass. gather for critical support following Atlanta shootings” article by Steph Solis, March 24, 2021.
Quoted by The Daily Hampshire Gazette, “Groups, leaders denounce swell of anti-Asian hate” article by Scott Merzbach, March 21, 2021.
Quoted by South China Morning Post, “Chinese-American Stand-up Says There’s Nothing Funny about Coronavirus Racism” article by Kristin Huang, March 25, 2020.
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 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, Awards, & Professional Service

Winner of 2020-2021 Outstanding Mentor Award from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Co-Organizer and Speaker, "Showing Up with Asian and Asian American Folks: A Community Forum and Dialogue on Building Solidarity" online event collaboratively organized by the University of Massachusetts, Amherst community, April 5, 2021.
Organizer and Presider, "Laying the Foundation: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Roots: An Asian American Reader," session at the annual conference of the Association for Asian American Studies, April 8, 2021, Seattle WA (conducted via Zoom).
Invited Panelist, "Perspectives on Covid-19 and Anti-Asian Bias and Xenophobia" online panel discussion organized by the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, September 22, 2020.  Text of talk at The Massachusetts Review.
"The New Wave: Recent Trends and Cultural Factors in Pan-Asian / Inter-Ethnic Asian American Marriages” presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, August 8, 2020, San Francisco, CA (conference cancelled due to Covid-19 but presented during a remote Zoom session).

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

“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.

“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.

“’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.