-- Award-winning Documentary Filmmaker, Author, Activist and Hunter College Professor is an Internationally Recognized Authority on Chinese American Immigrant Issues --
FLUSHING, NY, March 28, 2011 – Although Chinese Americans are one of the oldest immigrant groups in the U.S., little attention has been paid to their collective history. Peter Kwong, a leading scholar, award-winning documentary filmmaker, community activist and specialist on Chinese Americans and modern Chinese politics, hopes to change that when he speaks on “Chinese in the U.S.” at Queens College on Thursday, April 7.
Named “one of the 100 Most Influential Asian Americans of the Decade” by A Magazine, Kwong is Professor of Asian American Studies and Urban Affairs and Planning at Hunter College and Professor of Sociology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). He has published several books on the Chinese-American struggle to assimilate while maintaining their ethnic identity, the latest being Chinese America: The Untold Story of America’s Oldest New Community, and Chinese Americans: An Immigrant Experience, which he co-authored with his wife, Chinese historian Dusanka Miscevic.
Kwong has written extensively for academic and popular journals and is a frequent contributor to The Nation and the International Herald Tribune. He also writes a bi-weekly column on Asia that is syndicated worldwide by Agence Global. In addition, Kwong is a documentary filmmaker, a recipient of a CINE Golden Eagle Award for co-producing a PBS program on immigration, and most recently, a co-producer of HBO’s 2010 Oscar-nominated short film, “China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province.” A community activist, he regularly speaks on immigrant and labor issues.
Free and open to the public, Kwong’s discussion will take place in Queens College’s Rosenthal Library, Room 230 (ground floor) from 7 – 8:30 pm. His presentation is the final installment of a monthly lecture series by top scholars in celebration of the college’s Year of China (YOC). Other upcoming YOC events include a May 1 concert by pianist Joel Fan and friends; and on May 6 and 7, the Beijing Dance Academy Ballet will perform its U.S. premiere of a ballet choreographed by contemporary performance artist and QC professor Yin Mei. Chinese themed art exhibitions continue through May 27 at the college’s Godwin-Ternbach Museum and Art Center.
You can visit the Year of China website for additional information on current and future events: http://www.qc.cuny.edu/yearofchina. For directions to the campus, go to: http://qc.cuny.edu/?id=9KTF
The Year of China is part of the college’s Asian Initiatives program. Its purpose is to develop and expand innovative Asia-related academic programs and activities for the college, Queens and the greater New York community and strengthen visibility for the college locally, nationally and throughout Asia.