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  • Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
  • M.A.., University of California, Los Angeles
  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles

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Nancy Wang Yuen is a scholar of race and ethnicity in film, television and new media. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English (creative writing) and a doctorate in sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles. An associate professor of sociology at Biola University, Yuen enjoys helping her students view media through a critical lens. She teaches classes on research methods, race/gender in popular culture, Asian American studies and visual sociology.

Yuen's book, Reel Inequality: Hollywood Actors and Racism (Rutgers University Press, 2016), examines the barriers African American, Asian American and Latina/o actors face in Hollywood and how they creatively challenge stereotypes.

Yuen pioneered the first policy report on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in primetime television, in collaboration with Asian Americans Advancing Justice. The Associated Press interviewed her for a feature on the report. She is currently conducting a 10-year follow up study evaluating not only the raw numbers but also the complexity of characters portrayed by Asian American and Pacific Islanders in network/cable television and digital streaming services.

Yuen is also co-curating an exhibit on Hollywood's Pioneering Asian American Actresses for the Japanese American National Museum.

Publications (Selected)

  • Yuen, Nancy Wang. 2016. Reel Inequality: Hollywood Actors and Racism. New Brunswick, NJ: Rugers University Press.
  • Yuen, Nancy Wang. 2014. “Actors, Asian American,” in Asian American Society. Editors Mary Danico and Geoffrey J. Golson, Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE publications
  • Yuen, Nancy Wang. 2011, May. [Review of the book Crime and Racial Constructions: Cultural Misinformation about African Americans in Media and Academia]. Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews, 40: 297-298.
  • Yuen, Nancy Wang. 2010. “Playing ‘Ghetto’: Embodiments of South Central in Popular Culture,” pp. 232-242 in Black Los Angeles: American Dreams and Racial Realities. Editors Darnell Hunt and Ana-Christina Ramon. New York: NYU Press.
  • Yuen, Nancy Wang. 2009. “The Asian American Vote: How the Media Portrays Race Relations in the 2008 Democratic Primaries.” St. John’s Journal of Legal Commentary, Vol. 24:2, pp. 421-424.
  • Yuen, Nancy Wang and Cassidy J. Ray. 2009. “Post 9/11, but not Post-Racial.” Contexts, Vol. 8:2, pp. 68-70.
  • Deo Meera E., Christina Chin, Jenny J. Lee, Noriko Milman, and Nancy Wang Yuen. 2008. "Missing in Action: ‘Framing’ Race on Prime Time Television." Social Justice 35:2.
  • Chin, Christina, Meera E. Deo, Jenny J. Lee, Noriko Milman, and Nancy Wang Yuen. 2007. "Without a Trace: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Prime Time Television," Chapter 24 in Contemporary Asian America: A Multidisciplinary Reader. Second Edition. Edited by Min Zhou and J. V. Gatewood. New York: New York University Press.
  • Chin, Christina, Meera E. Deo, Jenny J. Lee, Noriko Milman, and Nancy Wang Yuen. 2006. “Asian Pacific Americans in Prime Time: Setting the Stage.” Asian American Justice Center, Washington D.C.
  • Yuen, Nancy Wang, Christina Chin, Meera Deo, Jenny Lee, and Noriko Milman. 2005. "Asian Pacific Americans in Prime Time: Lights, Camera, and Little Action." National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium, Washington D.C.
  • Yuen, Nancy Wang. 2004. "Performing Race, Negotiating Identity: Asian American Professional Actors in Hollywood." Pp. 251-267 in Asian American Youth Culture, Identity, and Ethnicity, edited by Jennifer Lee and Min Zhou. New York: Routledge.


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