Algorithms, Technology, and Politics
How does an algorithm see and evaluate people? How is this vision constructed? How do people under sociotechnical systems return the gaze?
I have long been interested in the politics of how institutions and technologies produce classifications and quantifications of people. My dissertation project focuses on the emerging Chinese Social Credit Systems (SCSs) that aim to quantify and govern social trust(worthiness). My latest publication under this theme reviews the multiplicity of the Chinese SCS and articulates the relations among different types of SCSs.
Sexuality and Politics
How is sexuality associated with and influenced by power and political structures?
My projects under this theme focus on the politics around sexuality in China. Chinese authoritarianism and modernism produce a hybrid of the Foucauldian reproductive biopower and authoritarian repressive power. I am interested in how do they interact with and/or contradict to each other in producing the sexual subjectivity and citizenship. My latest publication examines how the public health classification "men who have sex with men (MSM)" is made under this hybrid power mechanism and how Chinese gay men is compliant or resistant to this biopolitical subject in China. I also studied how Chinese socio-political structure impacts LGBTQ NGOs' engagements in clinical trials and how the hukou system impact gay men's health outcomes.
HIV/AIDS in the Social Context
What are the social determinants of the HIV/AIDS risks among gay, bisexual, and other sexual minorities in China?
My sociology background leads me to study the non-behavioral social factors that might influence sexual minority's HIV related risks, such as anticipated stigma, gender identity, or sexual orientation. My personal interests also lead me to focus on the role of emerging technologies, such as social media and mobie APP, in the HIV epidemic.