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Publications

Many of our publications are available in hard copy at our office as well as downloadable from ScholarWorks, a digital repository for articles and other works by UMass Boston faculty, staff, researchers, and students. Please contact us if you need assistance in locating one of our publications.

The following is a list of IAAS publications:

Being Non-Christian in a Christian Community: Experiences of Belonging and Identity among Korean Americans
Jane Yeonjae Lee
An examination of Korean Americans aged 25 to 35 years old living in the Greater Boston area who have experienced religious marginalization in relation to the predominantly Christian Korean American community.
March 2017/20 pages

How We Care: Provider Perspectives on Services for Vietnamese Elderly in Boston's Dorchester Neighborhood
Loan Thi Dao
A study on services provided for Vietnamese American seniors by community health centers in Dorchester, Massachusetts. The paper examines the cultural competency  of these services and offers recommendations for improving care for this population.
November 2016/28 pages

Health and Mental Health of Older Asian Americans: A Comparative Study of Chinese, Filipino, Asian Indian, and Other Asian/Pacific Islander Elders
Jing Tan
An analysis of data on older Asian Americans from ten years of the National Health Interview Survey. The report emphasizes the differences in sociodemographic characteristics, health needs, and health insurance coverage among Asian American subgroups.
October 2015/24 pages

Political Contributions by Asian Americans: An Analysis of the 2014 Massachusetts Gubernatorial Campaign
Michael Liu and Paul Watanabe
The report presents data on donations by Asian Americans to candidates who ran for governor in 2014. The results are compared to a similar analysis conducted by the Institute in 2002. 
July 2015/8 pages

Nepali Female Migrants and Informalization of Domestic Care Work:​ Service or Servitude?
Shobha Hamal Gurung
This article investigates the work experiences of Nepali female migrants who work in service and domestic/child care work in Boston and New York, focusing on examining the type and nature of women’s work, labor practices, work and living conditions, women’s experiences and views about their work, and their responses to labor practices. The author was an IAAS Research Fellow. This article was originally published in the Journal of Workplace Rights in 2009 by Baywood Publishing Co. Posted with permission.
2009 (Permission rec’d 2014)/22 pages

Information on Small Populations with Significant Health Disparities: A Report on Data Collected on the Health of Asian Americans in Massachusetts
Carolyn Wong, Hannah Hosotani, and John Her
An analysis of publicly available sources of data on Asian Americans in Massachusetts with recommendations on ways to improve this collection of data.
November 2012/50 pages

The Asian American Electorate in 2012: Estimates of Voter Registration in Eleven Massachusetts Cities and Towns
Paul Watanabe and Michael Liu
An analysis of the actual and potential voting power of Asian Americans in the eleven cities and towns in Massachusetts with the largest voting age Asian American populations.
October 2012/12 pages

Download the supplement and addendum here:

Supplemental report contains voter registration rates and party affiliation by four Asian subgroups and by gender.
December 2012/2 pages

Addendum presents voter turnout rates in eleven cities and towns.
April 2013/2 pages

Asian Americans in Massachusetts: A Census Profile
Shauna Lo
The report utilizes data from the 2010 Decennial Census, 2010 American Community Survey 1-year estimates, and the 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-year estimates to provide detailed demographic and socioeconomic data for Asian Americans as well as for Chinese, Indians, Vietnamese, Cambodians, Koreans, Filipinos, and Japanese Americans in the state. Many of the tables also provide comparative data on Whites, Blacks and African Americans, and Latinos.
October 2012/28 pages

Profiles of Asian American Subgroups in Massachusetts: Vietnamese Americans in Massachusetts
Shauna Lo and Thao Tran
August 2012/8 pages

Asian American We: Civic Engagement among Low-Income Young Adults
Dr. Michael Liu, Star Wang, Janice Wong, and Dr. Loan Dao
A study of the civic participation of low-income Asian American adults between the ages of 18 and 25 in the Boston area. Discusses the results of a mail survey with 100 respondents, focus groups, and best practice interviews. Prepared in cooperation with the Asian American Resource Workshop.
July 2012/28 pages

Massachusetts Immigrants by the Numbers, Second Edition: Demographic Characteristics and Economic Footprint
Prepared for The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. by the Institute for Asian American Studies. Authors: Drs. Alan Clayton-Matthews and Paul Watanabe
Updated data on the impact of immigrants on the Massachusetts economy. The report presents demographic characteristics as well as examines variables such as income, poverty status, occupation, and homeownership.
March 2012/62 pages

This paper is also available from the Immigrant Learning Center website: www.ilctr.org.

Please also download this Errata.

Adult Children of Immigrant Entrepreneurs: Memories and Influences, Children of Immigrant Entrepreneurs Talk about Businesses, Families, Graduate Schools and Careers
Prepared for The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. by the Institute for Asian American Studies. Authors: Nga-Wing Anjela Wong, Paul Watanabe, and Michael Liu
Forty Asian American and Latino/a graduate students discuss their experiences growing up as children of immigrant parents who ran their own businesses. The study participants reflect on how these experiences influenced their educational and career choices.
November 2011/67 pages

This paper is also available  the Immigrant Learning Center website: www.ilctr.org.

Chinese-born Seniors on the Move: Transnational Mobility and Family Life Between the Pearl River Delta and Boston, Massachusetts
Dr. Nicole Newendorp
July 2011/20 pages

Asian Adoptees and Post-Adoption Services in Massachusetts: Data from Providers and Reflections from Adult Adoptees
Nathan Kupel
The report documents and assesses post-adoption services and programs available to Asian adoptees in Massachusetts and presents recommendations for improving and expanding them.
September 2010/28 pages

Profiles of Asian American Subgroups in Massachusetts: Korean Americans in Massachusetts
Nathan Kupel
March 2010/8 pages

A Profile of Asian Americans in Massachusetts: Data from the 2005-2007 American Community Survey Three-Year Estimates
The report contains demographic and socioeconomic data for Asian Americans as well as for Chinese, Indians, Vietnamese, Cambodians, and Koreans in the state. Many of the tables also provide comparative data on Whites, Blacks and African Americans, and Latinos.
June 2009/23 pages

Lao Health and Adjustment in Southern New England Three Decades after the Secret War
Dr. Patrick F. Clarkin
January 2009/24 pages

Massachusetts Immigrants by the Numbers: Demographic Characteristics and Economic Footprint
Prepared for The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. by the Institute for Asian American Studies. Authors: Alan Clayton-Matthews, Faye Karp, and Paul Watanabe
An analysis of data on the impact of immigrants on the Massachusetts economy. Along with demographic characteristics, the study examines variables such as income, poverty status, occupation, and homeownership. In addition, the report addresses the impact of immigrants on taxes, social services, and transfer payments.
June 2009/50 pages

This paper is also available  the Immigrant Learning Center website: www.ilctr.org.

Interest and Action: Findings from a Survey of Asian American Attitudes on Immigrants, Immigration, and Activism
Michael Liu, Shauna Lo, and Paul Watanabe
This report presents results from a survey of 412 Chinese and Vietnamese in the Boston area about attention paid to immigration issues, views on the impact of immigrants and on immigration policies, and likeliness to engage in political activities around immigration rights.
October 2008/33 pages

Asian American Nonprofit Organizations in U.S. Metropolitan Areas
Dr. Chi-kan Richard Hung
January 2008/27 pages

2007 Massachusetts Asian Pacific American Directory
Co-published by IAAS and the Asian American Resource Workshop
Contains over 300 listings of Asian and Pacific American organizations in Massachusetts including cultural organizations, professional associations, service providers, churches and temples, schools, government agencies and media.
September 2007/60 pages/$5

The Rise of Asian-Owned Businesses in Massachusetts: Data from the 2002 Economic Census Survey of Business Owners
Prepared for The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. by Michael Liu and Paul Watanabe
June 2007/15 pages

Profiles of Asian American Subgroups in Massachusetts: Filipino Americans in Massachusetts
Richard Chu
February 2007/12 pages

Far From the Commonwealth: A Report on Low-Income Asian Americans in Massachusetts
Michael Liu, Thao Tran, and Paul Watanabe
A profile of low-income Asian Americans in Massachusetts with detailed data on Asian American, Cambodian American, Chinese American, and Vietnamese American populations.
January 2007/32 pages

Housing Affordability for Households of Color in Massachusetts
Michael Stone
December 2006/Full report: 64 pages
December 2006/Summary: 12 pages

A Qualitative Examination of the Psychosocial Adjustment of Khmer Refugees in Three Massachusetts Communities
Dr. Leakhena Nou
August 2006/38 pages

Profiles of Asian American Subgroups in Massachusetts: Chinese Americans in Massachusetts
Shauna Lo
February 2006/8 pages

Immigrant Entrepreneurs and Neighborhood Revitalization: Studies of the Allston Village, East Boston and Fields Corner Neighborhoods in Boston
Prepared for The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. by Ramon Borges-Mendez, Michael Liu, and Paul Watanabe
December 2005/68 pages

This paper is also available  the Immigrant Learning Center website: www.ilctr.org.

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