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2013 Distinguished Scholar Award for Research on the Education of Asian and Pacific Americans

Gary Chan | May 13, 2013
UMass Boston Professor Peter Kiang and REAPA Chair Sam Museus at AERA 2013 in San Francisco.

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UMass Boston Professor Peter Kiang and REAPA Chair Sam Museus at AERA 2013 in San Francisco.


On April 30, 2013, UMass Boston Professor of Education and Director of the Asian American Studies Program, Peter Nien-­‐chu Kiang, was honored in San Francisco at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Professor Kiang received the 2013 Distinguished Scholar Award from AERA’s Research on the Education of Asian and Pacific Americans -­‐ Special Interest Group (REAPA SIG).

In presenting the award, current REAPA chair, Samuel Museus, from the University of Hawaii Manoa, stated, “Simply put, Professor Kiang has been one of the most important people in the field of APA education since the 1980s.”

From the nominating statement, Dr. Vichet Chhuon of the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, added:  

Dr. Kiang’s scholarship and service is difficult to succinctly characterize given the many APA issues that he addresses. At the same time, it is impossible to argue against the importance of his academic career to our field.  For thirty years, Dr. Kiang’s work has centered on the challenges and successes experienced by rapidly changing APA student demographics. His research has tackled important concerns of linguistic minority students, immigrant APA students, and Southeast Asian refugee students, to name a few.

Kiang began teaching Asian American Studies at UMass Boston in 1987 and has been a full-­time faculty of education since 1991. He has received both the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award and Distinguished Service Award at UMass Boston. He holds a BA, EdM, and EdD from Harvard University and is a current fellow of the national Asian American and Pacific Islander Research Coalition (ARC).

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