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Kenneth J. Guest

KenGuest2014Baruch Professor and anthropologist Kenneth J. Guest is a scholar, lecturer and author whose research in China and New York’s Chinatown encompasses issues of immigration, entrepreneurship, globalization, and religion. His nearly twenty years of research have made him the leading expert in the field of Chinese immigration in New York City, including the economic, political, inter-ethnic and religious dynamics. Professor Guest is adept in discussing historical and contemporary trends in Chinatown.

Prof. Guest has been a featured guest on NPR (Morning Edition, Marketplace and WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show) and WKTU’s Interfaith Connection. Professor Guest is frequently quoted in stories about Chinese immigration in The New York Times, New Jersey Star Ledger, New York City Limits Magazine and the Chinese-language daily World Journal. 

He is currently available to discuss topics related to the above, such as:

— The gentrification of Chinatown
— Second Generation Chinese college students
— Religion in China and Chinatown
— Chinese employment agencies and bus companies
— Inter-ethnic conflict (such as the current tensions in Sunset Park, Queens)
— New immigrant entrepreneurship
— Role of Religion in Contemporary Immigration
— Anthropology and Global Issues

Professor Guest’s book, God in Chinatown: Religion and Survival in New York’s Evolving Immigrant Community (NYU Press, 2003) addresses new Chinese immigration and the transformation of New York’s Chinatown, using the lens of religion, with particular attention to the role of religious communities in Chinatown, the creation of transnational religious networks, and the effects of this migration on the religious revival sweeping coastal China.  He is currently writing Cultural Anthropology: A Toolkit For A Global Age, (Norton 2012) designed to reshape the boundaries of how anthropology is taught in the college classroom today.

Guest was awarded a B.A. summa cum laude in East Asian Studies (Chinese Language and Culture) by Columbia University and a Ph.D. in Anthropology by the City University of New York Graduate Center.  He has received a number of academic awards and prizes, including a Social Science Research Council Dissertation Fellowship, a National Science Foundation Fieldwork Training Grant, the CUNY Alumni Dissertation Award, The Eugene Lang Junior Faculty Fellowship, The Whiting Foundation Teaching Fellowship and the Bell Zeller Award in Chinese Studies.


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