‘I can’t be openly gay, I am the only child’: A four-city empirical comparative study on how family pressure on LGB Chinese is impacted by family planning and eldercare policies
In general, my research examines laws, policies and cultural norms related to sexual orientation and gender identity, discrimination, gender, sexualities and family. In my PhD thesis, I am exploring the impact of family planning and eldercare policies on LGB Chinese. I have also engaged with different research related to LGBT+ policies and public opinion.
I completed an MPhil in Multi-Disciplinary Gender Studies at the University of Cambridge on a full scholarship from the Women Foundation Hong Kong in 2017, prior to which I received an MPhil (2016) and an honours bachelor’s degree (2014) in Sociology from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Before joining the PhD programme, I worked as a researcher for the Sexualities Research Programme (SRP) at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where I focused on LGBT politics and policies in Hong Kong and Mainland China.
My doctoral thesis explores how family planning and eldercare policies affect lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) individuals, focusing on the pressure they face to marry and take care of their parents. In this four-city empirical comparative study of Beijing, Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Taipei, I employ mixed-methods, conducting both in-depth interviews with LGB Chinese and an online survey to investigate the dynamics and challenges experienced by LGB Chinese individuals in their families
Supervisors: Dr Timothy Hildebrandt, Dr Amanda Sheely