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WGBH Forum Network; Immigrant Entrepreneurs

11/08/2006

Immigrant Entrepreneurs Paul Watanabe, professor, political science, UMass Boston Michael Liu, research associate, I.A.A.S. Ramon Borges-Mendez, research associate, Gaston Institute The United States has just witnessed a bitter debate about the role of immigrants in our society. Lost in the policy discussion of deportation, amnesty, and the 700-mile fence are the voices of the immigrants themselves. Political scientist Paul Watanabe, director of the Institute for Asian American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and his colleagues Dr. Michael Liu and Dr. Ramon Borges-Mendez capture those voices as they examine the successes of immigrant entrepreneurs and the roles that entrepreneurs play in their neighborhoods. The discussion focuses on whether or not economic success paves the way for community building and political engagement. Paul Watanabe is associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Boston and director of that institution's Institute for Asian American Studies (IAAS). He recently directed two research studies, one on immigrant entrepreneurs and the other on immigrant homebuyers, for The Immigrant Learning Center in Malden (MA). Michael Liu is research associate at the Institute for Asian American Studies where he has co-authored numerous census studies of Asian Americans in Massachusetts. Deeply involved in community organizing in Boston's Chinatown, Dr. Liu was the principal investigator for the IAAS study of immigrant entrepreneurs. Ramon Borges-Mendez has served as a research associate for the Mauricio Gaston Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where he also teaches in the Public Policy PhD Program. Dr. Borges-Mendez has written extensively on Latino poverty and community development in the United States and has served as a consultant to numerous national and international research organizations, including the World Bank, the Ford Foundation, and the Brookings Institute.


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WGBH Forum Network
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Immigrant Entrepreneurs
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3238

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IMMIGRANT ENTREPRENEURS PAUL WATANABE, PROFESSOR, POLITICAL SCIENCE, UMASS BOSTON MICHAEL LIU, RESEARCH ASSOCIATE, I.A.A.S. RAMON BORGES-MENDEZ, RESEARCH ASSOCIATE, GASTON INSTITUTE

THE UNITED STATES HAS JUST WITNESSED A BITTER DEBATE ABOUT THE ROLE OF IMMIGRANTS IN OUR SOCIETY. LOST IN THE POLICY DISCUSSION OF DEPORTATION, AMNESTY, AND THE 700-MILE FENCE ARE THE VOICES OF THE IMMIGRANTS THEMSELVES. POLITICAL SCIENTIST PAUL WATANABE, DIRECTOR OF THE INSTITUTE FOR ASIAN AMERICAN STUDIES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS BOSTON, AND HIS COLLEAGUES DR. MICHAEL LIU AND DR. RAMON BORGES-MENDEZ CAPTURE THOSE VOICES AS THEY EXAMINE THE SUCCESSES OF IMMIGRANT ENTREPRENEURS AND THE ROLES THAT ENTREPRENEURS PLAY IN THEIR NEIGHBORHOODS. THE DISCUSSION FOCUSES ON WHETHER OR NOT ECONOMIC SUCCESS PAVES THE WAY FOR COMMUNITY BUILDING AND POLITICAL ENGAGEMENT.

PAUL WATANABE IS ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR IN THE DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS BOSTON AND DIRECTOR OF THAT INSTITUTION'S INSTITUTE FOR ASIAN AMERICAN STUDIES (IAAS). HE RECENTLY DIRECTED TWO RESEARCH STUDIES, ONE ON IMMIGRANT ENTREPRENEURS AND THE OTHER ON IMMIGRANT HOMEBUYERS, FOR THE IMMIGRANT LEARNING CENTER IN MALDEN (MA).

MICHAEL LIU IS RESEARCH ASSOCIATE AT THE INSTITUTE FOR ASIAN AMERICAN STUDIES WHERE HE HAS CO-AUTHORED NUMEROUS CENSUS STUDIES OF ASIAN AMERICANS IN MASSACHUSETTS. DEEPLY INVOLVED IN COMMUNITY ORGANIZING IN BOSTON'S CHINATOWN, DR. LIU WAS THE PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR FOR THE IAAS STUDY OF IMMIGRANT ENTREPRENEURS.

RAMON BORGES-MENDEZ HAS SERVED AS A RESEARCH ASSOCIATE FOR THE MAURICIO GASTON INSTITUTE FOR LATINO COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND PUBLIC POLICY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS BOSTON, WHERE HE ALSO TEACHES IN THE PUBLIC POLICY PHD PROGRAM. DR. BORGES-MENDEZ HAS WRITTEN EXTENSIVELY ON LATINO POVERTY AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT IN THE UNITED STATES AND HAS SERVED AS A CONSULTANT TO NUMEROUS NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH ORGANIZATIONS, INCLUDING THE WORLD BANK, THE FORD FOUNDATION, AND THE BROOKINGS INSTITUTE.

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