Institute for Asian American Studies

Research, Education, and Community Building

Current And Recent Projects

Collaboration with APIs Civic Action Network (APIs CAN!)

APIs CAN! is a network of organizations working to advance a shared platorm of goals for Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in Massachusetts. IAAS has been awarded a Civic Engagement Grant from the Chinese Progressive Association with funding from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation to work with APIs CAN!. The mini-grant will be used to support the network in their efforts to improve language access to services and programs in the cities of Boston, Worcester, Lowell, Malden and Quincy where there are large populations of Asian Americans with limited English proficiency.

A Portrait of a Vietnamese Enclave: the Fields Corner District of Dorchester

Just two miles from UMass Boston, the Fields Corner district of Dorchester is home to over 7,000 Vietnamese Americans, about 15% of the population. IAAS is producing a detailed profile of this ethnic enclave that will include data on demographics, Vietnamese-owned businesses and properties, community organizations, and changing housing costs.

Financial Health of Asian American Community-Based Organizations

IAAS is taking the lead on a collaborative project to assess the financial health of a sample of Asian American community-based nonprofit organization across the United States. Our researcher will analyze detailed revenue, expense, and balance sheet information each organization over a 10-year period. This project is being supported by the Asian American Pacific Islander Policy Research Consortium (see details below).

Computer Visualization and Health Literacy on Pollution in Chinatown

IAAS is leading a team of researchers from UMass Boston, UMass Lowell, and Tufts University who will study of the role of computer visualization in promoting health literacy on the toxic effects of highway pollution in Boston Chinatown. The project will develop and test an intergenerational co-learning process. The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center is the community partner. The two-year study is funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine. Click here to read more about the project.

Gambling Behavior of Asian American College Students

Both the Asian American and college student populations may be at risk for problem gambling. With the recent passing of legislation that will allow casinos in Massachusetts, the need to understand gambling behavior is even more important. This study examined the gambling attitudes and behaviors of Asian American college students in Massachusetts. A publication is in process.

Chinese Americans in Late 19th Century Massachusetts

This project examines the Chinese population in Massachusetts based on the 1870, 1880, and 1900 federal censuses. The report describes the development of the early Chinese American community in Boston and statewide. Please click here to view the report (11 pages, 2.8 MB)

Services and Living Options for Chinese American Seniors

This study examines the usage of and preferences for services and living arrangements for Chinese American seniors in the Greater Boston area by surveying both seniors themselves and family members involved in decision making for seniors. Please click here to view the report (61 pages, 2.7 MB, color charts).

Asian American Pacific Islander Policy Research Consortium (AAPIPRC)

IAAS is a founding member of AAPIPRC, a national consortium established in 2010 to support, promote and conduct applied social science and policy research on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. The other founding members are the Asian American Studies Center at University of California, Los Angeles; the University of California’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Policy Multi-Campus Research Program; and City University of New York’s Asian American/Asian Research Institute. Visit the consortium’s website at www.aapiprc.com.