K. Scott Wong

K. Scott Wong
James Phinney Baxter III Professor of History and Public Affairs
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413-597-2521
Hollander Hall Rm 332

Fall 2014 Class Hours: 

Mon/Thu 1:10 pm to 2:25 pm

Wed 1:10 pm – 3:50 pm

Office Hours:

Tuesday – 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Thursday – 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Education

B.A. Rutgers University (1976)
M.A. University of Michigan, Asian Studies (1979)
Ph.D. University of Michigan, History (1992)

Courses

Note: courses in gray are not offered this academic year.

HIST 168 / AMST 168(F)

1968-1969: Two Years in America

HIST 253(S)

Modern U.S. History

HIST 284 / AMST 284 / ASST 284

Introduction to Asian American History

HIST 301

Approaching the Past: Remembering American History

HIST 380

Comparative American Immigration History

HIST 384 / ASST 384(S)

Selected Topics in Asian American Studies

HIST 469 / AMST 469(F)

Notions of Race and Ethnicity in American Culture

Biography

K. Scott Wong is the James Phinney Baxter III Professor of History and Public Affairs and the Schumann Fellow for Democratic Studies at Williams College where he teaches a variety of courses in Asian American history, American immigration history, the history of the American West, history and memory, and American Studies. He has written numerous articles in journals and anthologies and is the co-editor, with Sucheng Chan, of Claiming America: Constructing Chinese American Identities during the Exclusion Era (Temple, 1998.) Most recently, he published “Americans First”: Chinese Americans and the Second World War (Harvard University Press, 2005.) When not teaching or writing, he likes to fly fish for trout and is still trying to fingerpick like Mississippi John Hurt.

Selected Publications

Books:

Americans First: Chinese Americans and the Second World War (Harvard University Press, 2005). Received Honorable Mention in the History category from the Association for Asian American Studies in 2006

Co-editor with Sucheng Chan,Claiming America: Constructing Chinese American Identities during the Exclusion Era(Philadelphia: Temple University Press), 1998. Received the History and Social Sciences Book Award, Association for Asian American Studies, 2001.

Articles:

“From Pariah to Paragon: Shifting Images of Chinese Americans during World War II, in Chinese Americans and the Politics of Race and Culture, Sucheng Chan and Madeline Y. Hsu, eds. (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2008.)

“The Eagle Seeks a Helpless Quarry: Chinatown, the Police, and the Press. The 1903 Boston Chinatown Raid Revisited,” Amerasia Journal, 22:3 (1996), pp. 81-103.

The Transformation of Culture: Three Chinese Views of America,”American Quarterly, 48: 2 (June, 1996) pp. 201-232. Reprinted in Lucy Maddox, ed. Locating American Studies: The Evolution of a Discipline (Baltimore: The
Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998).

“Liang Qichao and the Chinese of America: A Re-evaluation of his Selected Memoir of Travels in the New WorldJournal of American Ethnic History, 11:4 (Summer, 1992), pp. 3-24. (Received the Immigration History Society’s Carlton Qualey Award)

Research Interests

Asian American History, American Immigration History

Theses Advised

History

Linda Chu, ’14 - Shifting Homes:  Identity Formations of the Chinese in Peru

Grace Rehnquist, ’13Letters Divided:  An Experiential Deconstruction of the Nisei Collective During Wartime Internment

Glynis Startz, ’12Through the Lens of Japanese American Internment:  Twentieth-Century Changes in West Coast Agricultural Counties

Lily Wong, ’12 (with Alexandra Garbarini and Anne Reinhardt) – Remembering the Nanjing Massacre:  Transnationalism and Atrocity

Adam Pinto, ‘08 - “First things first, then we come for you”: Memory and Commodification in September 11 Comics

 Akio Adams, ’07Martial Law and Internment in Hawaii: The Significance of Local Affirmations of Loyalty on the Wartime and Post-war Development of the Japanese Community in the Islands

Heather R. Barney, ’02Coming Home: The Rise of Gay Conservatism

Crystal Mun-hye Baik, ’02 – Retracing Silenced Memories: Korean ‘Comfort Women,’ Voice, and Agency

Catherine A. Williams, ’00 - The Politics of ‘Rehabilitation’: The Native Hawaiian Response to American Imperialism, 1920-1959

Gillian R. Bazelon, ’98Patterns of Discrimination and Hardship: The Mexican American Farm Worker Experience in Twentieth Century America, 1998.

Daisy Y. Ha, ’96Embittered Immigrant Dreams: Korean Americans and the 1992 Los Angeles Riots

Stuart McLaughlin, ’94Searching for Acceptance: The JACL and the Nisei, 1919-1952

American Studies

Masahiro Fox, ’05Found in Translation (Feature-length film)

Lesley Benware, ’05Eugenics in the United States: A Movement in Three Bodies

Carisha Swanson, ’02White Benefits: The Effects of Whiteness on African American Advancement

Alison Swain, ’01Their Own Island: The Japanese American Community on Bainbridge Island, Washington, 1890-1945

Rebecca Kline, ’93Watching Our Ps and Qs: Class and Race in the Development of American Immigration Policy, 1988-1992

Asian Studies

Tiffany Wan-Chung Chao, ’06An Investigation of Third Culture Kids from the International School of Beijing as Compared to Students Educated in the United States of America

Geraldine Yun Shen, ’01Yu Wei: A Personal Account of Twentieth Century Chinese History

Art History

Rebecca Burditt, ‘ 06Images From a Forgotten War: Photojournalism, Life, and ‘The Little Boy Who Wouldn’t Smile’