Grace J. Yoo

Grace is Professor and Chair of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University.  She received her B.A. in Social Sciences from University of California at Irvine, Masters in Public Health from Loma Linda University, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, San Francisco.  Grace is trained in medical sociology and public health, and her record of accomplishment spans two decades.  Using mixed methodologies and community-based participatory research (CBPR), she is has been involved in leading a myriad of research and evaluation projects and programs focused on health disparities in Asian Americans, women of color and breast cancer; and aging, social support and Korean American families.

Grace has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and co-authored/co-edited four books including Caring Across Generations: The Linked Lives of Korean American Families (NYU Press); Handbook of Asian American Health (Springer Publishing); Encyclopedia of Asian American Issues Today (ABC-Clio) and Koreans in America:  History, Identity and Community (Cognella). Reviews of her work discuss how her research brings voice to an experience unheard and brings attention to a particular health concern. Her book, Caring Across Generations recently received the American Sociological Association Asian/Asian American section Best Book Award. Based on interviews with 138 1.5 and 2nd generation Korean Americans throughout California, the book focused on how adult children of Korean immigrants care for their immigrant parents throughout the life course.