Research Projects and Grants

With support from various foundations, the AASC sponsors research projects intended to document the ethno-histories, unique languages, cultures (including arts, crafts, painting, dance, music, cuisine, religions and lifestyles), political and economic organizations and immigration experiences of the Asian and Asian Americans in Houston, and through out the United States. Students, faculty and visiting scholars are encouraged to participate in many local, national and international research projects.

Our research projects:
  • Chinatown Development History
  • Chinese Cultural and Transnational Understanding
  • Getting Americans to Know Chinese Culture


Faculty Research Grants

The Asian American Studies Center at UH is dedicated to promoting the exchange of scholarly ideas on the study of Asians and Asian Americans. AASC has provided continuing support for community-based research projects that document the ethno-histories of Asians and Asian Americans in Houston, their unique languages, cultures (including arts and crafts, paintings, dancing, music, cuisine, religions and lifestyles), political and economic situations, and their immigration experiences in the U.S. In the academic year 2011--2012 alone, AASC has funded five faculty research grants.

craig Dr. Cheryl Craig (Department of Instruction and Curriculum, College of Education) was awarded a research grant of $5000 for her research project entitled What The West Could Learn from The East.
wei Dr. Weihua Fan (Department of Educational Psychology, College of Education) was awarded a grant of $5000 for her research project entitled The Mediating Role of School Motivation in Linking Student Victimization and Academic Achievement.
nilan Dr. Ni Lan (Jack J. Valenti School of Communication, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences) was awarded a summer research grant of $4500 for her research project entitled Formative Research on Public Segmentation and Relationships Management: Effects on Community Outreach.
carl A team of researchers led by Dr. Carl Lindahl (Department of English, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences), Pat Jasper, Sadaf Alam, and Rati Ramad was awarded a grant of $5000 for their research project entitled Wedding Days, Worship Days of South Asian Women in Houston. (Jointly works with Comparative Studies for a research project on Immigration and the Immigrant Experience: Houston and Beyond)
zhu Dr. Ling Zhu (Department of Political Science, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences) was awarded a grant of $5000 for her research project entitled Imported Inequality: Immigration, Health Care Reforms, and Social Disparity in Access to Health Care. (Jointly works with Comparative Studies for a research project on Immigration and the Immigrant Experience: Houston and Beyond)
feng Dr. Jeff F. Feng, IDSA (Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture) Dr. Feng received a grant to develop promotional material for the Asian American Studies Center.