Title:Distinguished Professor of Urban Affairs and Planning, Hunter College; Professor of Sociology, CUNY Graduate Center; Ph.D., Columbia University
Bio:Peter Kwong is Distinguished Professor of Urban Affairs and Planning at Hunter College and Professor of Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center. A pioneer in Asian American studies and an accomplished journalist, he has written extensively on Chinese immigration for both scholarly and popular audiences. He is also a filmmaker. Professor Kwong’s books include Chinese America: The Untold Story of America’s Oldest New Community, Chinese Americans: An Immigrant Experience, co-authored with his wife Dusanka Miscevic and Forbidden Workers: Chinese Illegal Immigrants and American Labor (selected by Barnes and Noble as one of the Ten Best Nonfiction Books of 1998). As a journalist Professor Kwong is a frequent contributor to The Nation and the International Herald Tribune. He also writes a bi-weekly column on Asia, syndicated worldwide by Agence Global. His exposés over the years of Chinese drug syndicates and of the Los Angeles racial riots led to his nomination for a Pulitzer Prize. Among his films, Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province, co-produced for HBO, was nominated for an Academy Award in 2010.