UC Irvine School of Humanities
Prof. Chen is a leading expert on on U.S.-China Cultural and Economic Exchanges. His research on diverse topics such as Chinese American history, U.S. ethnic food, and higher education has been published in various leading academic journals and has received much public attention in the United States and China. His food research has been featured in such periodicals as The Chronicle of Higher Education, U.S. News and World Report, Los Angeles Times, and The New York Times.
From 1999 and 2004, Yong Chen served as UC Irvine’s Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, assisting the Graduate Dean, who was also the Vice Chancellor for Research, in dealing with issues concerning graduate education and research. This team made fruitful efforts in increasing graduate enrollment, expanding the scope of job opportunities for graduate students, enhancing diversity, and orchestrating extramural funding applications.
In 2015, Yong Chen began a four-year term serving on the The National Park System Advisory Board National Historic Landmarks Committee. National Historic Landmarks are significant historic places designated by the Secretary of the Interior because they possess exceptional value or quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States. The National Landmarks Committee reviews National Historic Landmark nominations.
- Chop Suey, USA: The Rise of Chinese Food in America (Columbia University Press, 2014)
- Chinese San Francisco 1850-1943: A Transpacific Community (Stanford, 2000)
In the Media
- Sina Education: Prof. Chen quoted re: affirmative action in U.S. university admissions (in Chinese)
- Huffington Post: Prof. Chen is prominent expert in article on ‘Intriguing Politics of Asian Food’
- Orange County Register: Professors Chen and Wasserstrom quoted re: Chinese ‘birth tourism’in Southern California
- Correio Braziliense: Prof. Chen interviewed on international relations in East Asia (in Portuguese)