Pyong Gap Min

 

Min

Distinguished Professor of Sociology

 
Director of the Research Center for Korean Community at Queens College

 

Personal website: http://min.qcsociology.org

RESEARCH ACTIVITIES AND PUBLICATIONS

He is the author of five English-language books, all focusing on Korean immigrants’ experiences. They include Caught in the Middle: Korean Communities in New York and Los Angeles (1996), the winner of two national book awards, and Preserving Ethnicity through Religion in America: Korean Protestants and Indian Hindus across Generations (2010), the winner of three national book awards. He edited or co-edited eight books, including Mass Migration to the United States: Classical and Contemporary Periods (2002) and Koreans in North America: Their Twenty-First Century Experiences (2013). He published more than 100 journal articles and book chapters. He received the Career Distinguished Award from the International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association in 2012. He is the only Asian American sociologist who has ever received this award. He is one of the six recipients of “Proud Korean Awards” from the Overseas Korean Journalists’ Association in 2013. He is the only one selected for this award from the U.S. Korean community.

He is currently completing three book manuscripts: Korean Immigrants’ Korean Cultural Activities and Their Effects on New Yorkers, A History of the Korean Community in

The New York-New Jersey Area, and Immigrant Entrepreneurship (with Chigon Kim as a Co-author).  The following three are among his current research projects: “The Relationship between Korean Immigrant Merchants and Latino Immigrant Employees,” “Korean-Chinese Immigrants in New York City,” and “St. Paul Jung Ha Sang Catholic Church of New York: A Historical and Sociological Study.”

He established the Research Center for Korean Community at Queens College in 2009 to provide data and information about Korean Americans and other overseas Korean populations to the Korean community, the American public, and Korean government agencies. The Center conducts community-based research on Korean Americans, organizes quarterly lectures for the Korean community and the annual conference, and releases data and distribute them globally using Korean American Data Bank.  You can open Korean American Data Bank by clicking it.

SPECIALTIES

Immigration and Ethnic Identity; Immigrant/Ethnic Entrepreneurship; Immigrant/Ethnic Families; and New Immigrants and Their Religions, with Focus on Korean/Asian Americans

SELECTED PUBLISHED BOOKS

Koreans in North America: Their Twenty-First Century Experiences (Lexington Books, 2013); The Editor of the Book and Author of 6 of 11 Chapters

Preserving Ethnicity through Religion in America: Korean Protestants and Indian Hindus across Generations (New York University Press, 2010 (recipients of 3 national book awards in 2010, 2011 and 2012)

Ethnic Solidarity for Economic Survival: Korean Greengrocers in New York City (Russell Sage Foundation, 2008)

Asian Americans: Contemporary Trends and Issues, 2nd Edition (Pine Forge Press, 2006); the Editor of the Book and the Author of 5 of the 11 Chapters

Encyclopedia of Racism in the United States, 3 volumes (Greenwood Press in 2005); Selected by Book Lists as One of the 23 Best Books Published in the Reference Category in 2005

Changes and Conflicts: Korean Immigrant Families in New York City (Boston: Allyn and Bacon); 5th Printing Published in 2002

Caught in the Middle: Korean Communities in New York and Los Angeles (University of California Press, 1996); recipients of two national book awards

RECENT AWARDS & GRANTS

2013  The New York City Comptroller’s Award on the Occasion of Celebrating the Asian  American Heritage Month (May) for “his passion and dedication to education and teaching others; for his commitment to providing the public with resources, facts and information about their communities, for his outstanding sociological research; and for his tremendous contribution the City of New York. One of Five Recipients among Asian Americans

2013  Reception of “Proud Koreans’ Award” from the Overseas Korean Journalists’ Association, one of six recipients of the awards and the only one in the Korean community in the U.S.

2012. The Distinguished Career Award from the International Migration Section of  the American Sociological Association (*the only Asian American sociologist who has ever received this award)

2012. Reception of the Honorable Mention Award (runner-up) in the Best Book Award from the   Sociology of Religion Section of the American Sociological Association for his book Preserving Ethnicity through Religion in America: Korean Protestants and Indian Hindus across Generations.

2012. The Community Service Award from the Korean American Association of New York

2012. Grant of $50,000 from Bogopa Inc. for the Research Center for Korean Community

2011. Grant of $50,000 from Bogopa Inc. for the Research Center for Korean Community

2011. Reception of Honorable Mention (runner-up) in the Thomas and Znaniecki Book Award competition from the International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association for his book Preserving Ethnicity through Religion in America: Korean Protestants and Indian Hindus across Generations.

2010. Reception of the 2010 Outstanding Book Award from the Association for the Studies of Koreans Abroad for Preserving Ethnicity through Religion in America: Korean Protestants and Indian Hindus across Generations

2010.  The “Stand Up for Justice” Award from MinKwon Center for Community Action (the most powerful Korean empowerment organization in the New York-New Jersey area)

2010.  The Life-Time Achievement Award from the Korean-American Association of New York on the Occasion of the 50th Anniversary of Its Foundation

2011. Grant of $50,000 from Bogopa Inc. for the Research Center for Korean Community

2009.   Reception of $200,000 from Bogopa Inc. to Establish the Research Center for Korean Community (The Center Established in Fall 2009)

2006-2007. Visiting Scholar Fellowship at Russell Sage Foundation for writing a book on Ethnic Solidarity for Economic Survival: Korean Greengrocers in New York City

2005-2007. National Science Foundation Grant ($101,791), “The Effect of Immigrant Entrepreneurship on Ethnic Attachment and Solidarity: A Comparison of Chinese, Indian, and Korean Immigrants in New York

2000.  Reception of Honorable Mention Award in the 2000 Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Awards Competition from The Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights and Bigotry. Struggle for Ethnic Identity: Personal Narratives by Asian American Professionals

1998. The Outstanding Book Award by the Section on Asia and Asian America of the American Sociological Association for Caught in the Middle: Korean Merchants in New York and Los Angeles.

1997. The National Book Award in Social Science by the Association for Asian American Studies for Caught in the Middle: Korean Merchants in New York and Los Angeles.

1997. The Community Service-through-Research Award by the Korean Association of New York.

EDUCATION

Ph.D. in Sociology (Georgia State University) 1983
Ph.D. in Educational Philosophy (Georgia State University) 1979
M.A. in History (Georgia State University) 1975
B.A. in History (Seoul National University) 1970

CONTACT

Offices:
Powdermaker Hall 233
CEP II, Room 9 (The Research Center for Korean Community), Queens College
Tel: (718) 997-2810
Fax: (718) 997-2820
Email: pyonggap.min@qc.cuny.edu