Sexuality and Power
How do people form identity, mobilize community, and construct knowledge based on their sexualities?
I am interested in power issue for a long time. For me, power does not only means a repressive force, but also a generative one. I am especially interested how do these two forms of power conflict and collaborate, and shape individual and community with their dynamics. I am currently working on a project regarding the public health knowledge of the subject "Men who have Sex with Men (MSM)". Before this project, I have published papers regarding gay bar's symbolic role, male nurse's struggle with gender stereotype, and an anti-sex online community's mobilization.
HIV/AIDS in the Social Context
What are the social determinants of the HIV/AIDS among gay, bisexual, and other MSM in China?
My sociology background leads me to study the social contextual factors that might influence sexual minority's HIV related risks. I am currently working on two manuscripts regarding the HIV anticipated stigma and HIV-related outcomes. My latest published study clarified the relationship between migration and HIV risks by comparing differences of HIV-related risky sexual behaviors and healthcare utilization across competing conceptualizations of migratory statues, and highlighted the structural barriers that migrant with rural origins faced in China. I have also worked in projects regarding the LGBT community engagement, use of alternative medicine in HIV and disclosure of LGBT in China.
HIV/AIDS and New Technology
What are the relationships between blooming new technologies uses and HIV/AIDS related behaviors among gay, bisexual, and other MSM in China?
Cooperated with Professor Cao at Shenzhen University, we conducted two studies to reveal the associations between multiple forms of social media engagement and HIV testing among gay, bisexual, and other MSM in China and argued these new platform would be effective in promoting sexual health among this "hidden community". I also participated in studies that examining potential benefits and risks of the emerging "HIV self-testing" method.
HIV/AIDS Control and Prevention with the Community
How can we improve HIV/AIDS control and prevention work among gay, bisexual, and other MSM with the community?
In my two years at UNC Project China, me and my colleagues were actively cooperated with the local LGBT community to improve the public health intervention among the community. We tried to involve more community members in the intervention designs and implementation by using the crowdsourcing method, and have published several papers regarding the process and effectiveness evaluation.