Peter Kwong (academic)

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Peter Kwong
BornPeter Chi-Choong Kwong
Chungking, China
DiedMarch 17, 2017(2017-03-17) (aged 75)
New York, NY, U.S.
OccupationProfessor, activist, filmmaker, journalist

Peter Kwong (simplified Chinese: 邝治中; traditional Chinese: 鄺治中; 1941–2017) was a professor of Asian American studies and urban affairs and planning at Hunter College in New York City, as well as a professor of sociology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.[1]

Born in Chungking, China,[2] he was a pioneer in Asian American studies, a leading scholar of immigration, and an award-winning journalist and filmmaker of Chinese descent. He was widely recognized for his passionate commitment to human rights and social justice.[3] His best known scholarly work is on Chinese Americans and on modern Chinese politics. His books include:

  • Chinese America: The Untold Story of America’s Oldest New Community (ISBN 1565849620);
  • Chinese Americans: An Immigrant Experience , co-authored with his wife, Chinese historian Dusanka Miscevic. (ISBN 0883631288);
  • Forbidden Workers: Illegal Chinese Immigrants and American Labor (ISBN 156584355X);
  • The New Chinatown (ISBN 0809015854);
  • Chinatown, New York: Labor and Politics, 1930-1950 (ISBN 1565846400).

He was a frequent contributor to The Nation and The International Herald Tribune and wrote a bi-weekly column on Asia, syndicated worldwide by Agence Global. His exposés of Chinese drug syndicates and Los Angeles racial riots were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Kwong was also a documentary filmmaker, a recipient of a CINE Golden Eagle Award, and most recently a co-producer of China's Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province for HBO, which was nominated for an Academy Award in 2010. His 1980 television film, “Third Avenue: Only the Strong Survive,” won an Emmy Award.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Peter Kwong, Urban Affairs and Planning, at Hunter College Asian American Studies department site
  2. ^ Roberts, Sam. "Peter Kwong, Authority on Chinese Immigration, Dies at 75". New York Times. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  3. ^ Peter Kwong, at Hunter College's Urban Affairs and Planning department site