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Edward Chang Edward Taehan Chang

INTS 4025
(951) 827-1825

Edward T. Chang is Professor of Ethnic Studies and founding Director of the Young Oak Kim Center for Korean American Studies at the University of California at Riverside.  He earned his B.A. (1982) in Sociology and Ph.D. (1990) in Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley and M.A. (1984) in Asian American Studies at UCLA. 

Chang is author of eleven books, seven edited volumes, and numerous articles. His latest book is the Korean Americans: A Concise History (2019) and Pachappa Camp: The First Koreatown in the United States (2018). He also published Korean translation of Lonesome Journey by Korea University Press in 2016. Chang co-authored Korean American Pioneer Aviators: The Willows Airmen and the Korean book titled 1920, Opening the Skies of Korea (2013). He also translated the Korean book Unsung Hero: The Story of Col. Young Oak Kim (2011) into English which was published by the YOK Center at UC Riverside.

He has been a visiting professor at Hanyang University, Inha University, Sogang University, and Korea University. He has written for the Los Angeles Times, Korea Daily, and the Korea Times, and his commentary has aired on KBS radio and Radio Korea. His publications have been translated into Korean and Japanese.

Professor Chang has studied and been a voice of the Korean community for more than 25 years. He is a leading expert on the Los Angeles Riots, race relations between Korean and African American communities, and Korean Americans. Professor Chang lectured on the topics of Korean-African American Relations and the Los Angeles civil unrest and its impact on the Korean American community at many universities around the country.  Chang was quoted widely in the press on issues relating to the LA civil unrest and their aftermath.  He served as a field reporter and consultant for LA is Burning: Five Reports from a Divided City, a PBS Frontline special program on the unrest.

Since then, Chang's continued research and speaking on matters relating to building peace in interethnic communities has shown that his interest in this subject goes far beyond one of crisis management and beyond the issues of one urban neighborhood. He has also continued his efforts to motivate the mainstream media to portray race relations in America as an issue that is larger and more complex than simply black and white.

Professor Chang received the "President's Award" from the President of the Republic of Korea for his efforts leading a national campaign to gain support and raise funds for the development and institutionalization of an achievement test (SAT II) on the Korean language for high school students seeking college admission in 1995.

Chang also received numerous awards including the "John Anson Ford Award" from the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission (1995), an "Education Award" from the Asian American Studies Center at UCLA (1995), the "Global Korea Award" from  Michigan State University (1995), and the "Distinguished Korean American Award" from SUNY at Stony Brook.  Chang is a board member of the Council of Korean Americans and Adviser of the Overseas Koreans Foundation. He also serves as “AAPI in California Advisory Committee” of the California State Historic Preservation Office.


  • "Los Angeles Struggles toward Multiethnic Community"
  • "Who African Americans Are"
  • "Ethnic Peace in the American City"
  • "Overseas Korean Times"
  • "Multiethnic Coalition Building in Los Angeles"
  • "Following the Footsteps of Korean Americans"
  •  “Korean Diaspora: Central Asia, Northeast Asia, and North America.”
  • From Informal to Mainstream Economy: Korean Indoor Swapmeets in Los Angeles And Beyond in Eui Young Yu ed. Korean American Economy and Community in the 21st Century. Los Angeles: Korean American Economic Development Center, 2009.
  • An Overview of Korean American History In The History of Korea. Seoul: National Institute of Korean History, 2008: 222-235.
  • The Korean Diaspora and Rethinking Asian-American Theory In The Korean Diaspora and Strategies for Global Networks. Kyoto, Japan: International Research Center for Japanese Studies, 2006: 53-70.
  • Korean American Community in the Multiracial Society. National Institute of Korean History (NIKH). Seoul: Korea, 2007.

Technical articles:

Transportation of Korean Sex Slave Laborers During World War II: Kanfu Ferries East Asia. Vol. 24 No.1, 2007: 69-85 (Co-authored with Min Young Kim).


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