Below is a selection of my commentaries and media interviews.

Interactive data visualization website
Superdiversity in Metropolitan New York

Opinion editorials
“Will a New Law to Tackle Hate Crimes Make Asians in American Safer? | Pro/Con” The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 4, 2021.

“How Harvard Admissions Can Be a Barometer of Our Deepest Divides.” CNN Opinion, September 27, 2019 (with Jennifer Lee).

“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).

Personal profiles
“Asian Americans of New York and New Jersey: Van C. Tran.” WNET/WLIW21. March 1, 2020.

“For Professor Van C. Tran, Joining the Graduate Center is about Values.” CUNY Graduate Center News, December 19, 2019.,-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.

“Public Lives: From Hardware to Harvard in a Few Hard Years.” New York Times, June 22, 2004.

“A Vietnamese Immigrant’s Success Story.” NPR, June 5, 2004.

Research coverages
“The Myth of the Asian-American Advantage.” Columbia Magazine, Summer 2019.

“Affirmative Action, Little Free Library, Plastic Recycling.” BYU Radio, Top of Mind with Julie Rose, October 7, 2019.

 “Asian-Americans Face Barriers in Workplace Despite Doing Better at University.” Business Standard, March 21, 2019.

“The ‘Bamboo Ceiling’ and the Future of Affirmative Action. Inside Higher Ed, March 4, 2019.

 “Can Affirmative Action Increase Asian-Americans’ Representation in Professional Jobs?” KPCC/AirTalk, February 26, 2019.

“How Are Those 27 Million Latino Voters Doing?” Bloomberg News, November 4, 2016.

“Professor Highlights Mounting Challenges of the Latino Community after Donald Trump’s Election.” The Tartan (Carnegie Mellon University), February 19, 2017.

“Hispanos y Republicanos.” El Pais, October 22, 2015.

Media commentaries 

What does it mean to save a neighborhood.” New York Times, December 2, 2021.

Failure to plan.” Crain’s New York, January 28, 2022.

The ‘Third Rail of American Politics’ Is Still Electrifying.”New York Times, November 3, 2021.

Asians in the U.S. are the fastest growing racial group. What's behind the rise.” NBC News, August 13, 2021.

“‘Not going away’: More than 9K anti-Asian hate incidents since COVID pandemic began, report says.” USA Today, August 12, 2021.

“How hate incidents led to a reckoning of casual racism against Asian Americans.” NBC News, June 23, 2021.

“Andrew Yang and the complexities of representation.” Vox, June 22, 2021.

“Andrew Yang once said identity politics could ‘lose elections.’ He’s changed his mind. NBC News, June 9, 2021.

“Are comments that Yang isn't a ‘real New Yorker’ racist? Experts weigh in.” NBC News, May 28, 2021.

“New York Daily News changes drawing after backlash over Andrew Yang cartoon.” NBC News, May 26, 2021.

“Why over 85 Asian American, LGBTQ groups opposed the anti-Asian hate crimes bill.” NBC News, May 14, 2021.

“Anti-Asian hate incident reports nearly doubled in March, new data says.” NBC News, May 11, 2021.

“‘A historic surge’: Anti-Asian American hate incidents continue to skyrocket despite public awareness campaign.” USA Today, May 6, 2021.

“New report finds 169 percent surge in anti-Asian hate crimes during the first quarter.” NBC News, April 28, 2021.

“Declining immigration threatens New York’s COVID comeback.” The City, April 20, 2021.

“Why So Many Asian Americans Are Learning Remotely.” NPR, April 9, 2021.

“Asian Americans Most Likely to Be Learning Remotely.” NPR, April 8, 2021.

“New York, Retrograde.” Asian American Writers Workshop, The Margins, Open City. January 25, 2021.

“How many people are living in that bedroom? In Sunset Park, maybe too many.” The Brooklyn Ink, October 23, 2018.

“‘Crazy Rich Asians’, le film américano-asiatique qui bouscule Hollywood.” Swiss Public Radio, September 27, 2018.

“Trump’s “zero-tolerance” immigration policy.” Arirang TV/The Point: World Affairs, June 24, 2018.

“This group is getting ahead in America.” CNN Business, June 22, 2018.

“Brooklyn’s Sunset Park, built and rebuilt by immigrants, sees change once again.” The Los Angeles Times. April 20, 2018.

“What happens to New York’s municipal ID card under the Trump administration.” New York Magazine, December 4, 2016.

“A Puerto Rican enclave in Brooklyn confronts the realities of rising prices and gentrification.” Public Radio International, August 29, 2016.

“Brother, sister, roommate, neighbor.” The New York Times, March 18, 2016.

“How do you explain where you came from when your grandparents were immigrants?” Yes Magazine, January 13, 2016.

“First Generation? Second? For immigrants and their children, a question with meaning.” Public Radio International, January 6, 2016.

“How has the U.S. treated immigrants in the past?” CNN News, November 20, 2015.

“Accidental New Yorkers: Grandparents relocate.” The New York Times, October 2, 2015.

“Hispanics in America: Latinos’ optimism about racism tied to history could change in future.” International Business Times, December 17, 2014.

“After U.S. deportation, a Honduran mother and daughter’s uncertain fate.” Newsweek, July 18, 2014.