Andrea Louie

  • Associate Professor
  • Director, Asian Pacific American Studies


Biographical Info

ANDREA LOUIE, an Associate Professor of Anthropology, has conducted research exploring how ideas constructed around “Chineseness” as a racial and cultural identity have been reworked as transnational processes bring Chinese from different parts of the world into contact with one another. She is interested in using multi-sited ethnography to examine relationships between globalization and the continued importance of native origins and place for the rooting of identities.

Her book “Chineseness Across Borders: Re-negotiating Chinese Identities in China and the U.S. (Duke University Press, 2004) won the Association for Asian American Studies Social Sciences book award (March 2006).

Her current research focuses on the “cultural socialization” and racialization of children adopted from China in the U.S.

Dr. Louie teaches courses on Transnational Processes and Identities, China, and Asian Americans. She is the director of the Asian Pacific American Studies program at MSU.


“Reterritorializing Transnationalism: Chinese Americans and the Chinese ‘motherland’”American Ethnologist 27.3, August 2000.

“Crafting Mobile Senses of Place: Chinese American Roots-Searching in China”. Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power. 8(4) September 2001.

“Creating Histories for the Present: Second generation (re)definitions of Chinese American Culture” in Transnationalism and the Second Generation, Mary Waters and Peggy Levitt, eds. Russell Sage Foundation, 2002.

“When You Are Related to the “Other”: (Re)locating the Chinese homeland in Asian American politics through cultural tourism”. positions: east asia cultures critique. Issue 11.3, Winter 2003: 735-63.

Chineseness Across Borders: Renegotiating Chinese Identities in China and in the U.S. Duke University Press, 2004.

“Searching for Roots in Contemporary China and Chinese America.” In Chinese Americans and the Politics of Culture. Sucheng Chan and Madeline Hsu, eds. Temple University Press, 2008. (based on chapter 3 of Chineseness Across Borders) (in peer reviewed edited volume).

“Chinese Identity.” Entry for the Encyclopedia of Modern China (2000 words). Charles Scribner’s Sons/Gale/Cengage Learning (Farmington Hills, MI). August 2009.

“Pandas, Lions, and Dragons, oh my!: How White Adoptive Parents Construct Chineseness.” In Journal of Asian American Studies. Volume 12, Number 3, October 2009 (285-320).