Kenneth J. Guest


Phone: 646 312-4477
Fax: 646 312-4461

Location: VC 4-258


Kenneth J. Guest is the author of God in Chinatown: Religion and Survival in New York’s Evolving Immigrant Community (NYU Press, 2003) which addresses the role of religious communities in the recent migration of Fuzhounese from southeast China to New York City, the creation of transnational religious networks, and the effects of this migration on the religious revival sweeping coastal China.

Prof. Guest's most recent research, conducted with Baruch sociologist Ke Liang, is entitled "Immigration, Education and Opportunity Among Chinese Americans of Fuzhounese Descent". The study explores education and immigration experiences of the children of Fuzhounese immigrants who have begun to attend Baruch College in significant numbers over the past five years. These students--children of restaurant, garment shop and construction workers--are succeeding in higher education despite significant cultural and economic challenges faced by their families. View his lecture on the subject at CUNY's Asian Asian-American Research Institute.

His research focuses on China, New York City, immigration, religion, and transnationalism. He has conducted fieldwork in China and the US.

Professor Guest is a graduate of Columbia University (B.A., East Asian Studies); Union Theological Seminary (M.A., Religious Studies); and The City University of New York Graduate Center (M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Anthropology).

Recent Publications:

"From Mott Street to East Broadway: Fuzhounese Immigrants and the Revitalization of New York’s Chinatown", in Journal of Chinese Overseas 7 (2011) 24-44

Ethnic Enclaves and Cultural Diversity” (with Peter Kwong) In Cultural Diversity in the US: A Critical Reader. Ida Susser and Thomas C. Patterson, eds., Pp. 250-266. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers Ltd, 2000.

“Transnational Religious Networks among New York’s Fuzhou Immigrants.”  In Religion Across Borders:  Transnational Immigrant Networks. Helen Rose Ebaugh and Janet Chafetz, eds., Pp. 149-163. Walnut Creek, CA:  Altamira Press, 2002.

“Lives in the Balance:  Youth and Liminality Among Recent Chinese Undocumented Immigrant Workers” In Asian American Religions: Borders and Boundaries.  Tony Carnes and Fenggang Yang, eds.  New York: NYU Press, 2003.

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