Current And Recent Projects

A Study of Problem Gambling Communication Methods with Asian Americans

There is a critical need for community education and problem gambling treatment for Asian Americans. This study will seek to discover improved methods of communication with Asian Americans to help facilitate community-based research as well as the development of tools for education, screening, and treatment for Asian American problem gamblers. Support is being provided by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

History and Sustainability of the Fields Corner Vietnamese Community

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 working on a report that documents the history of this ethnic enclave from its development in the 1980s to the present, addressing concerns about its sustainability given the recent trend of gentrification in Dorchester. The researchers are now working with local Asian American community organizations to expand the study and its usability in the community.

Office of Health Disparities Research and Training

The Institute for Asian American Studies is a partner in this project to support the development and implementation of UMass Boston's initiatives focused on racial and ethnic health disparities research and training. Click here for more information.

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 is studying the role of computer visualization in promoting health literacy on the toxic effects of highway pollution in Boston Chinatown. The team is developing and testing an intergenerational co-learning process that includes an interactive computer map. The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center is the community partner. The two-year study (with a one-year extension) is funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine. Click here to read more about the project.

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)

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

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