Mary Ting Yi Lui

Mary Ting Yi Lui

Mary Ting Yi Lui is a professor of American studies and history at Yale University. Her primary research interests include Asian American history, urban history, women's and gender studies, and public history. She is the author of The Chinatown Trunk Mystery: Murder, Miscegenation, and Other Dangerous Encounters in Turn-of-the-Century New York City (2005), a cowinner of the best history book prize from the Association of Asian American Studies. The book uses a unsolved 1909 murder case to examine race, gender, and interracial sexual relations in the cultural, social, and spatial formation of New York City Chinatown from 1870 to 1920. She is currently working on a new book entitled "Making Model Minorities: Asian Americans, Race, and Citizenship in Cold War America at Home and Abroad," which examines the history of Asian Americans and U.S. cultural diplomacy in Asia in the early years of the Cold War.

Lectures

  • Cold War Cultural Diplomacy and the Making of Asian Americans as Model Minorities
  • Cold War Politics and Asian Migrations to the United States
  • Immigration, Migration, and the Making of the Modern American Metropolis
  • Race and Gender in the Progressive Era American City
  • Reading Race and Gender in Everyday Landscapes