Jack (John Kuo Wei) Tchen

Jack (John Kuo Wei) Tchen

Jack Tchen is founding director of Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program and Institute at New York University and co-founder of the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis. He is also co-founder and senior historian at the Museum of Chinese in America. He is editor of The ‘Yellow Peril’ Reader: Understanding Xenophobia, and author of New York before Chinatown: Orientalism and the Shaping of American Culture, 1776-1882; Genthe’s Photographs of San Francisco’s Old Chinatown, 1895-1905; and “30 Years and Counting: A Context for Building a Shared Cross-Cultural Commons.”  His research interests include the present, past, and future of New York City; identity formations; trans-local cross cultural communications; archives and epistemologies; progressive pedagogy; decolonizing Eurocentric ideas, theories, and practices; and making cultural organizations and institutions more representative and democratic. He is co-principal investigator of Imagining America’s Community Knowledge Collaboratory.