Below is a selection of my commentaries and media interviews.

Opinion editorials
“Will a New Law to Tackle Hate Crimes Make Asians in American Safer? | Pro/Con” The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 4, 2021. https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/asians-hate-crime-law-prevention-20210603.html

“How Harvard Admissions Can Be a Barometer of Our Deepest Divides.” CNN Opinion, September 27, 2019 (with Jennifer Lee). https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/27/opinions/harvard-admissions-affirmative-action-asian-americans-lee-tran/index.html

“Asian Americans May Have an Educational Advantage, but They Face a ‘Bamboo Ceiling’ at Work.” The Los Angeles Times, February 21, 2019 (with Jennifer Lee). https://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-lee-asian-american-attainment-gap-20190221-story.html

Personal profiles
“Asian Americans of New York and New Jersey: Van C. Tran.” WNET/WLIW21. March 1, 2020. https://www.wliw.org/asian-americans-ny-nj/your-stories/van-c-tran/

“For Professor Van C. Tran, Joining the Graduate Center is about Values.” CUNY Graduate Center News, December 19, 2019. https://www.gc.cuny.edu/Page-Elements/News/2019/December/For-Professor-Van-C-Tran,-Former-Refugee-Who-Went-from-Hostos-to-Harvard,-Joining-The-Graduate-Cent

“Sociologist Van Tran Brings the Immigrant Experience to the Classroom.” Columbia Record, August 29, 2016. https://news.columbia.edu/news/sociologist-van-tran-brings-immigrant-experience-classroom

“Public Lives: From Hardware to Harvard in a Few Hard Years.” New York Times, June 22, 2004. https://www.nytimes.com/2004/06/22/nyregion/public-lives-from-hardware-to-harvard-in-a-few-hard-years.html

“A Vietnamese Immigrant’s Success Story.” NPR, June 5, 2004.
https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1939783

Research features
“The Myth of the Asian-American Advantage.” Columbia Magazine, Summer 2019. https://magazine.columbia.edu/article/myth-asian-american-advantage

“Affirmative Action, Little Free Library, Plastic Recycling.” BYU Radio, Top of Mind with Julie Rose, October 7, 2019. https://www.byuradio.org/92f992ab-7c62-4627-8288-35ff2bb218c8

 “Asian-Americans Face Barriers in Workplace Despite Doing Better at University.” Business Standard, March 21, 2019. https://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ani/asian-americans-face-barriers-in-workplace-despite-doing-better-at-university-119032100587_1.html

“The ‘Bamboo Ceiling’ and the Future of Affirmative Action. Inside Higher Ed, March 4, 2019. https://www.insidehighered.com/admissions/article/2019/03/04/research-suggests-bias-against-asian-americans-after-they-earn-degrees

 “Can Affirmative Action Increase Asian-Americans’ Representation in Professional Jobs?” KPCC/AirTalk, February 26, 2019. https://www.scpr.org/programs/airtalk/2019/02/26/64218/can-affirmative-action-increase-asian-americans-re/

“How Are Those 27 Million Latino Voters Doing?” Bloomberg News, November 4, 2016. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-11-04/how-are-those-27-million-latino-voters-doing

“Professor Highlights Mounting Challenges of the Latino Community after Donald Trump’s Election.” The Tartan (Carnegie Mellon University), February 19, 2017.  http://thetartan.org/2017/2/20/news/aftermath

“Hispanos y Republicanos.” El Pais, October 22, 2015. https://elpais.com/elpais/2015/10/22/opinion/1445527791_513542.html

Media mentions
Asians in the U.S. are the fastest growing racial group. What's behind the rise.” NBC News, August 13, 2021. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/asians-us-are-fastest-growing-racial-group-rise-rcna1680

“‘Not going away’: More than 9K anti-Asian hate incidents since COVID pandemic began, report says.” USA Today, August 12, 2021. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2021/08/12/asian-american-hate-crimes-not-slowing-down/8116540002/

“How hate incidents led to a reckoning of casual racism against Asian Americans.” NBC News, June 23, 2021. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/how-hate-incidents-led-reckon...

“Andrew Yang and the complexities of representation.” Vox, June 22, 2021. https://www.vox.com/22535544/andrew-yang-new-york-asian-american-voters

“Andrew Yang once said identity politics could ‘lose elections.’ He’s changed his mind. NBC News, June 9, 2021. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/andrew-yang-once-said-identit...

“Are comments that Yang isn't a ‘real New Yorker’ racist? Experts weigh in.” NBC News, May 28, 2021. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/are-comments-yang-isnt-real-n...

“New York Daily News changes drawing after backlash over Andrew Yang cartoon.” NBC News, May 26, 2021. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/new-york-daily-news-changes-d...

“Why over 85 Asian American, LGBTQ groups opposed the anti-Asian hate crimes bill.” NBC News, May 14, 2021. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/why-over-85-asian-american-lg...

“Anti-Asian hate incident reports nearly doubled in March, new data says.” NBC News, May 11, 2021. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/anti-asian-hate-incident-repo...

“‘A historic surge’: Anti-Asian American hate incidents continue to skyrocket despite public awareness campaign.” USA Today, May 6, 2021. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2021/05/06/racism-us-anti-asi...

“New report finds 169 percent surge in anti-Asian hate crimes during the first quarter.” NBC News, April 28, 2021. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/new-report-finds-169-percent-...

“Declining immigration threatens New York’s COVID comeback.” The City, April 20, 2021. https://www.thecity.nyc/immigration/2021/4/20/22394875/declining-immigra...

“Why So Many Asian Americans Are Learning Remotely.” NPR, April 9, 2021.
https://www.npr.org/2021/04/09/984789341/why-so-many-asian-americans-are...

“Asian Americans Most Likely to Be Learning Remotely.” NPR, April 8, 2021. https://www.npr.org/2021/04/08/985475720/asian-americans-most-likely-to-...

“New York, Retrograde.” Asian American Writers Workshop, The Margins, Open City. January 25, 2021. https://aaww.org/new-york-retrograde/

“How many people are living in that bedroom? In Sunset Park, maybe too many.” The Brooklyn Ink, October 23, 2018. https://medium.com/the-brooklyn-ink/how-many-people-are-living-in-that-b...

“‘Crazy Rich Asians’, le film américano-asiatique qui bouscule Hollywood.” Swiss Public Radio, September 27, 2018. https://www.rts.ch/info/culture/cinema/9874716--crazy-rich-asians-le-fil...

“Trump’s “zero-tolerance” immigration policy.” Arirang TV/The Point: World Affairs, June 24, 2018. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYQJiMOqpA0&t=97s

“This group is getting ahead in America.” CNN Business, June 22, 2018. https://money.cnn.com/2018/06/22/news/economy/hispanic-social-mobility/i...

“Brooklyn’s Sunset Park, built and rebuilt by immigrants, sees change once again.” The Los Angeles Times. April 20, 2018. https://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-sunset-park-gentrification-2018-sto...

“What happens to New York’s municipal ID card under the Trump administration.” New York Magazine, December 4, 2016. https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2016/12/what-happens-to-idncy-under-the-...

“A Puerto Rican enclave in Brooklyn confronts the realities of rising prices and gentrification.” Public Radio International, August 29, 2016. https://www.pri.org/stories/2016-08-29/puerto-rican-enclave-brooklyn-con...

“Brother, sister, roommate, neighbor.” The New York Times, March 18, 2016. https://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/20/realestate/adult-siblings-who-live-to...

“How do you explain where you came from when your grandparents were immigrants?” Yes Magazine, January 13, 2016. https://www.yesmagazine.org/democracy/2016/01/13/how-do-you-explain-wher...

“First Generation? Second? For immigrants and their children, a question with meaning.” Public Radio International, January 6, 2016. https://www.pri.org/stories/2016-01-06/first-generation-second-immigrant...

“How has the U.S. treated immigrants in the past?” CNN News, November 20, 2015.
https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2015/11/20/history-of-immigrants-carroll-p...

“Accidental New Yorkers: Grandparents relocate.” The New York Times, October 2, 2015. https://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/04/realestate/accidental-new-yorkers-gra...

“Hispanics in America: Latinos’ optimism about racism tied to history could change in future.” International Business Times, December 17, 2014. https://www.ibtimes.com/hispanics-america-latinos-optimism-about-racism-...

“After U.S. deportation, a Honduran mother and daughter’s uncertain fate.” Newsweek, July 18, 2014. https://www.newsweek.com/after-us-deportation-honduran-mother-and-daught...