Chiou-Ling Yeh

Chiou-Ling Yeh

Office: AL 517
Phone: (619) 594-6994

Email: [email protected]


Ph.D., History, University of California, Irvine (2001)

M.A., History, Michigan State University (1993)

B.A., History, National Chengchi University (1990)


Chiou-Ling Yeh teaches U.S. history, racial and ethnic history, and Asian American history.  In 2008 and 2017 she was selected the Outstanding Faculty Member by the most outstanding student in the Department of Asian Pacific Studies.

Her research interests include Chinese diasporas, Chinese Americans, racial and ethnic history, Asian American history, gender and sexuality, cultural studies, and US cultural diplomacy in Asia.  Prior to her arrival at SDSU, she was a Kevin Starr Fellow in California Studies at the University of California Humanities Research Institute in 2001-2002. She was a Rockefeller Fellow in the Center for Ethnicities, Communities, and Social Policy at Bryn Mawr College in 2004-2005. Her publications include: Making an American Festival: Chinese New Year in San Francisco’s Chinatown (University of California Press, 2008). She is currently working on a new project on a Chinese American orphanage in East Bay, California.


Making an American Festival: Chinese New Year in San Francisco’s Chinatown (California: University of California Press, 2008)

Journal Articles

“Anti-American Expressions: the 1957 Incident and Chinese in the Philippines, Thailand, and Hong Kong,” Journal of American-East Asian Relations 28:4 (2021): 325-355.

“Images of Equality and Freedom: the Representation of Chinese American Men, America Today Magazine, and the Cultural Cold War in Asia,” Journal of American Studies 53 no. 2 (2019): 507–535 [online, January 2017].

“(Mis)Representation of Chinese Women in the United States: America Today Magazine and the Cultural Cold War in Asia, 1949-1952,” Research on Women in Modern Chinese History 31 (June 2018): 106-157.

“‘A Saga of Democracy’: Toy Len Goon, American Mother of the Year, and the Cultural Cold War,” Pacific Historical Review 81:3 (August 2012): 432-461.

“The Chinese ‘Are a Race that Cannot be Believed’: Jury Impaneling and Prejudice in Nineteenth-Century California,” Western Legal History 24: 1 (Winter/Spring 2011), 1-26.

“‘In the Traditions of China and in the Freedom of America’: the Making of San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Festivals,” American Quarterly (Spring 2004): 395-420.

Book Chapters

“Politicizing Chinese New Year Festivals: Cold War Politics, Transnational Conflicts, and Chinese America,” in Culture and Belonging in Divided Societies: Contestation and Symbolic Landscapes, Marc Howard Ross, ed. (Pennsylvania: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009), 238-258.

“Contesting Identities: Youth Rebellion in San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Festivals, 1953-1969,” in Susie Lan Cassel, ed., The Chinese in America: A History from Gold Mountain to the New Millennium (California: Alta Mira Press, 2002), 329-350.