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Lisong Liu

Lisong Liu

Lisong Liu is professor of history at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. His teaching and research interests focus on modern China, Chinese diaspora, Asian American history, U.S.-China relations, and world history. His monograph on Chinese student and professional migration was published in 2015 as part of Routledge's "Chinese Worlds" series. His current research is about the transnational history of Chinese in Boston. He has been active in community engagement and is also passionate about developing programs for American students to travel and study in China.

PHD - University of of Minnesota, Minneapolis; MA - University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; BA - Wuhan University, Hubei, China
Industry Experience: 

Associate in Research, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University; Committee Member, International Advisory Committee, Chinese Heritage Center, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore



  • 2015 — Chinese Student Migration and Selective Citizenship: Mobility, Community and Identity between China and the United States (New York: Routledge, 2015)

Journal Articles

  • 2023 — " ‘Virtual Ethnic Town Hall': WeChat and Suburban Chinese Migrants’ Multidirectional Activism.” Journal of American Ethnic History (2023): 5-39.
  • 2016 - "Chinese Students Migrants and American Religious Organizations." Journal of Chinese Overseas 12, no. 1 (2016): 122-153
  • 2012 - “Return Migration and Selective Citizenship: A Study of Returning Chinese Professional Migrants from the United States.” Journal of Asian American Studies 15, no. 1 (2012): 35-68


Book Reviews

  • 2022 — Review of Educating Mainland Chinese Learners in Business Education: Pedagogical and Cultural Perspectives-Singapore Experiences. By Kumaran Rajaram (Singapore: Springer, 2020). Journal of Chinese Overseas 18 (2022): 392-395.
  • 2019 — Review of Diaspora’s Homeland: Modern China in the Age of Global Migration. By Shelly Chan (Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2018). Journal of Interdisciplinary History 50, no. 1 (2019): 164-166.
  • 2016 — Review of Fateful TiesA History of America’s Preoccupation with China, by Gordon Chang (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2015). Journal of American History 103, no. 2 (2016): 438-440.
  • 2012 — Review of Exceptional People: How Migration Shaped Our World and Will Define Our Future, by Ian Goldin, Geoffrey Cameron and Meera Balarajan (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2011).  Journal of World History  23, no. 3 (2012): 740-744.
  • 2012 — Future, by Ian Goldin, Geoffrey Cameron and Meera Balarajan (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2011). Journal of World History 23, no. 3 (2012): 740-744.

In Chinese

  • 2016 — Review of Identity, Hybridity and Cultural Home: Chinese Migrants and Diaspora in Multicultural Societies, by Shuang Liu (London: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015). In Huaren yanjiu guoji xuebao 华人研究国际学报 (International Journal of Diasporic Chinese Studies), vol. 8, no. 1 (2016): 123-126.
  • 2013 — Review of Chinese Chicago: Race, Transnational Migration and Community since 1870, by Huping Ling (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2012). In Huaqiao Huaren lishi yanjiu 华侨华人历史研究 (Overseas Chinese History Studies), no.4 (2013): 63-68.

Encyclopedia Entries

  • 2016 — “Chinese Migration/Chinese Overseas.” In Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism, edited by John Stone, Rutledge Dennis, Polly Rizova and Anthony Smith. Wiley-Blackwell
  • 2013 — “China: Immigration Legislation and Laws.” In Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration, edited by Immanuel Ness and Peter Bellwood. Wiley-Blackwell
  • 2012 — “Ping Lang,” “Huping Ling,” and “Haojiang Tian.” In Great Lives from History: Asian American and Pacific Islanders, edited by Gary Okihiro. Salem Press
  • 2009 — “International Students.” In Dictionary of Transnational History (an interdisciplinary encyclopedia), edited by Akira Iriye and Pierre-Yves Saunier. Palgrave Macmillan Series of Transnational History, 585-6. London: Palgrave Macmillan

Museum Exhibition

2021 — “Chinese Diaspora in the United States” (introduction as well as images prepared for the exhibition), Chinese More or Less Museum, Chinese Heritage Center, Singapore


(Book Project) Chinese Boston: A Transnational History