Yu Zhou

Professor of Geography, Department of EarthScience and Geography, Vassar College.

Yu ZHOU (周宇) is a professor of Geography and chair in the Department of Earth Science and Geography, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie New York. She has been teaching at Vassar College since 1995 and served as the director of Asian Studies at Vassar College during 2002-2006. She has done research in the areas of globalization and high-tech industry in China, especially Beijing’s Zhongguancun region. Her book The inside story of China’s high-tech industry: making “Silicon Valley” in Beijing was published by Rowman and Littlefield Publisher in 2008. She has also published many papers in the areas of industrial clusters, Chinese innovation, and regional comparative research on high-tech industries. She has also done research in ethnic business, gender and ethnic communities, and transnational business networks in the Los Angeles and New York. She is a recipient of several major national and international grants including grants from National Science Foundation. She also worked as a World Bank Fellow at China Center of Economic Research in Peking University, Beijing. She has been selected as one of the Public Intellectual Fellows for 2008-2010 selected by National Committee of United States-China Relations. She received her bachelor and master’s degrees from the Department of Geography (later named Urban and Environmental Sciences) at Peking University in 1986 and 1989, respectively. She received her doctor degree in Geography at University of Minnesota in 1995.


Selected Publications  Book

  • The inside story of China’s high-tech industry: making “Silicon Valley” in Beijing.  Rowman and Littlefield Publisher. 2008

Refereed journals

  • Yu Zhou, Jinn-Yuh Hsu, 2011. Divergent engagements: roles and strategies of Taiwanese and mainland Chinese returnees entrepreneurs in the IT industry. Global Networks, 11(3) 398-411.
  • Yu Zhou, Yehua Dennis Wei, 2011, Globalization Innovation adn regional development in China, Gest editorial in the special issue for Environment and Planning A 43: 781-785.
  • Yu Zhou; Yifei Sun; Y. H. Dennis Wei; George C. S. Lin, 2009. De-centering ‘spatial fix’–patterns of territorialization and regional technological dynamism of ICT hubs in China. Journal of Economic Geography 2010. Pp. 1-32
  • Zhou, Yu, “Synchronizing export orientation with import substitution: creating competitive indigenous high-tech Companies in China,” World Development. Vol. 36, No. 11, Nov. 2008, 2353-2370.
  • Zhou, Yu ,  Dec. 2007 China’s High Tech Industry and the World Economy: Zhongguancun Park, Japan Focus, a leading electronic journal of Japan and Asian Studies. http://www.japanfocus.org/products/details/2661.
  • Zhou, Yu and Yifei Sun, 2006: Introduction: Mediating state and market in China’s competitive high technology industry , Special issue of China review.Vol. 6(1): 1-8.
  • Zhou, Yu 2006, State and Commercial Enterprises in China’s Technical Standard Strategies, special issue of China review, Vol. 6(1): 37-66.
  • Zhou, Yu 2005. The making of an innovative region from a centrally planned economy: Institutional evolution in Zhongguancun Science Park in Beijing, Environmental and Planning A 37: 1113-1134.
  • Zhou, Yu and Xin Tong, 2003, Interaction Between Multinational Corporations and Domestic Firms in a High-Tech Service Cluster in Beijing, Economic Geography 79(2): 129-152.
  • Li,Wei Gary Dymski, Yu Zhou, Carolyn Aladaba and Maria Chee, 2002 Chinese American Banking and Community in Los Angeles County: The Financial Sector and Chinatown/Ethnoburb Development, Annals of American Geographers 92(4): 777-796
  • Li,Wei Yu Zhou, Gary Dymski, and Maria Chee, 2001. Banking on Social Capital in the Era of Globalization: Chinese Ethnobanks in Los Angeles, Environment and PlanningA Vol. 33: 1923-1948.
  • Zhou, Yu and Yen-Fen Tseng, 2001, Regrounding the “Ungrounded Empires ”-Localization as the geographical catalyst for transnationalism. Global Network 1(2):131-154.
  • Zhou, Yu 2000. The fall of “the other half of the sky?” -contemporary experiences of Mainland Chinese immigrant women in New York City. Women’s Studies International Forum 23(4): 445-459.
  • Zhou, Yu 1999. Beijing and the development of dual central business districts, Geographical Review (88)3: 429-436.  Brian Godfrey and Yu Zhou, 1999. Ranking world cities: Multinational corporations and global urban hierarchy. Urban Geography 20(3): 268-281.
  • Zhou, Yu 1998. How do places matter: A comparative study of Chinese communities in Los Angeles and New York City. Urban Geography, 19(6): 531-553.
  • Zhou, Yu 1998. “Beyond Enclaves: Location strategies of Chinese producer service firms in Los Angeles.” Economic Geography, 74(3): 228-251.  Zhou, Yu 1996. “Firm Linkages, Ethnic Networks and Territorial Agglomeration: Chinese computer firms in Los Angeles.” Papers in Regional Science, Vol. 75(3): 265-291.

Book chapters

  • Zhou, Yu, “The migration of Chinese professionals: and the development of the Chinese ICT industry.”  Diasporas in the New Media Age: Identity, Politics and Community., edited by Andoni Alonso and Pedro J. Oiarzabal, University of Nevada Press.
  • Zhou Y. (2009). High-Tech Industry. In Kitchin R, Thrift N (eds) International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, Volume 1, pp. 122-127.Oxford: Elsevier  Zhou, Yu 2004, Chinese immigrants in the global economy. Chapter 3 in Migration: A global view. Edited by Maura I. Toro-Morn and Marixsa Alicea, Greenwood’s World View of Social Issues Series. pp.35-52.
  • Zhou, Yu 2002. New York: Caught under the fashion runway—Immigrant enterprises in the garment industry of New York Book chapter in Unravelling the Rag Trade-Immigrant entrepreneurship in seven world cities, edited Jan Roth. Oxford, UK: Berg Publishers. P113-134.
  • Jici Wang and Yu Zhou, 2001. 北京中关村电子信息产业的企业集群分析 (Analysis of Beijing Zhongguancun information technology firms regional cluster), Ch. 6-6 in 创新的空间:企业集群与区域发展 (Innovative spaces: enterprises clusters and regional development). Beijing: Peking University Press. P. 220-233.
  • Tseng Yen-Fen and Yu Zhou. 2001. Immigrant Economy in a Pacific Rim Context: Chinese businesses in Los Angeles. Book chapter in The Chinese Triangle of Mainland-Taiwan-Hong Kong: Comparative Institutional Analyses. Edited by Alvion Y. So, Nan Lin, Dudley Poston, West port, CN: Greenwood.
  • Zhou, Yu 2000 “Bridging the continents: the roles of Los Angeles Chinese producer services in the globalisation of Chinese business.” Book chapter in The Globalisation of Chinese Business Firms, edited by Henry Wai-Chung Yeung and Kris Olds, London: Macmillan Press Ltd. pp167-194.