Lok Siu

Associate Professor

588 Barrows
Office hours: by appointment


  • PhD, Anthropology, Stanford University, 2000
  • MA, Anthropology, Stanford University 1995
  • BA, Anthropology, minor in Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 1993

Research interests

Diaspora; Transnationalism; Migration; Cultural Citizenship; Un/Belonging; Racial, Ethnic, and Gender Formation; Asians in the Americas; Chinese Diaspora Studies; Cultural Politics of Food; Ethnography

Current Projects

She is currently completing a manuscript tentatively titled, Chino Latin@: Recovering Hemispheric Asian America, which explores the transnational connections among Asians in the Americas within the context of coloniality, geopolitics, and competing nationalisms. She is also expanding her interest into food studies and working on an ethnography tentatively titled, The Food Truck Generation.

Selected publications


2005   Memories of a Future Home: Diasporic Citizenship of Chinese in Panama. Stanford University Press

2007   Asian Diasporas: New Formations, New Conceptions. Co-Edited with Rhacel Parreñas. Stanford University Press.

2009   Gendered Citizenships: Transnational Perspectives on Knowledge Production, Political Activism, and Culture. Co-edited with Kia Caldwell, Kathleen Coll, Tracy Fisher, and Renya Ramirez. Palgrave McMillan Publishers.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

2013  “Twenty-First Century Food Trucks: Mobility, Social Media, and Urban Hipness.” Eating Asian America: A Food Studies Reader, edited by Robert Ko, Martin Manalansan, and Anita Mannur. NYU Press.

2012     “From Culture and Truth to Cultural Citizenship: Tools for Practicing Committed Anthropology and Engaged Scholarship.” Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies. Special Issue on the 20th Anniversary of Culture and Truth: the Remaking of Social Analysis by Renato Rosaldo. Volume 37. Number 1.

2012  “Serial Migration: Stories of Home and Belonging in Diaspora. New Routes for Diaspora Studies. Edited by Sukanya Banarjee, Aims McGuinness, and Steve McKay. 21st Century Studies Book Series. Indiana University Press.

2008     “Chino Latino Restaurants: Converging Communities, Identities, and Cultures.” Afro-Hispanic Review. Special Issue: Afro-Asia. Volume 27, Number 1 (Spring) Pp. 161-172.

2007   “In Search Of Chino Latinos in Diaspora: the Cuban Chinese in New York City.” Cuba: Idea of a Nation Displaced. Ed. by Andrea O’Reilly Herrera. SUNY Press.

2006    “Ethnicity in Globalization: the Return of the Panama Canal,  the Hong Kong Handover, and the Refashioning of Chineseness.”  Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas. Special issue on Latin America-Asian Writing and Arts. Issue 72, Volume 39, Number 1. Pp. 45-59.

2005   “Queen of the Chinese Colony: Gender, Nation, and Belonging in Diaspora.” Anthropological Quarterly. Volume 78. Number 3. Pp. 511-542.

2005         “Citoyenneté Culturelle Diasporique: Identité Chinoise et Appartenance en Amérique Centrale et au Panama.” Les Diasporas: 2000 Ans D’histoire. Edited by Lisa Anteby-Yemini, William Berthomiére, and Gabriel Sheffer. Poitiers, France: Presses Universitaires de Rennes. Pp. 433-456.

2004   “Panamá. El Ferrocarril, la tienda y el barrio.” Cuando Oriente Llegó a América. Contribuciones de inmigrantes chinos, japonese y coreanos. Banco Interamericano  de Desarollo (Inter-American development Bank). Washington, D.C. Pp. 79-88.

2002    Cultural Citizenship of Diasporic Chinese in Panama.” Amerasia Journal. Special issue on Asians in the Americas. Volume 28. Number 2. Pp. 181-202. LA: UCLA Press.

2000    “Diasporic Cultural Citizenship: Chineseness and Belonging in Central America and Panama.” Social Text Journal. Special issue on Cultural Citizenship. Number 69, Winter. Pp. 7-28.

1999    Lessons From the Field: Being Chinese American in Panama. Encounters: People of Asian Descent in the Americas.  Edited by Roshni Rustomji-Kerns. Boulder: Rowman & Littlefield.  Pages 49-55.

Honors & Awards


Social Sciences Book ward, Association for Asian American Studies for Memories of a Future Home: Diasporic Citizenship of Chinese in Panama (2005).

Social Sciences Book ward, Association for Asian American Studies for Asian Diasporas: New Formations, New Conceptions. Co-Edited with Rhacel Parreñas (2007).

Grants and Fellowships

2010            TACA Fellowship, UT Austin.

2009            Dean’s Fellowship, UT Austin.

2006            Co-Investigator, Curricular Development Challenge Fund. NYU.

2005            FAS Honor for Faculty Fellow-in-Residence, NYU.

2003            Goddard Fellowship, NYU.

2002-2003     Principal Investigator, Gender and Cultural Citizenship Working Group, Rockefeller Foundation Grant ($50,000).

2001-2002     Postdoctoral Fellowship, Comparative American Cultures, Johns Hopkins University.

2000-2002    Faculty Colloquium Grant, “Gender, Sexuality, and Nationalism,” Humanities  Council, New York University.

2000               Spain Across the Curriculum Grant, King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, New York University.

2000                Service Learning Course Development Grant, New York University.


  • AAS 131: Asian Diasporas
  • ES 150: Transnational Americas
  • ES 150: Ethnography: Theories and Methods