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Sucheng Chan Collection at the IHRC

The IHRC has recently received the initial shipments of materials from Professor Sucheng Chan, scholar of Asian American studies. This is the first installment of a large amount of published and unpublished materials that are scheduled to arrive over the next couple of years. The recent shipment comprises 15 linear feet of contemporary as well as older scholarship on Asian Americans (including copies of dissertations from universities nation-wide), fiction by Asian Americans, periodicals and research source files, particularly pertaining to Professor Chan's research on Cambodian refugees.

Below are images of samples from the collection. (Please click on thumbnails for larger size.)

Sucheng Chan is Professor Emeritus of Asian American Studies and Global Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, She received her BA in Economics from Swarthmore College, her MA in Asian Studies from the
University of Hawai'I, and her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley.


Professor Chan is the author or editor of seventeen books, including This Bittersweet Soil: The Chinese in California Agriculture, 1860-1910 (1986), Asian Americans: An Interpretive History (1991), Entry Denied: Exclusion and the Chinese Community in America, 1882-1943 (1991), Peoples of Color in the American West (1993), Hmong Means Free: Life in Laos and America (1994), Not Just Victims: Conversations with Cambodian Community Leaders in the United States (2003), Survivors: Cambodian Refugees in the United States (2004), In Defense of Asian American Studies: The Politics of Teaching and Program Building (2005), and The Vietnamese American 1.5 Generation: Stories of War, Revolution, Flight, and New Beginnings (2006). Many of these books have won national awards.

She has dedicated her career to preserving and writing Asian American history and to building Asian American Studies as a vibrant intellectual field. In doing so, she has left an indelible mark on the field and inspired generations of students and

Professor Chan was the recipient of the 1997 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Asian American Studies.

(Biographical sketch by Prof. Erika Lee, U of MN, History Department)