Research Interests

Immigration, life course, home, social and cultural theory

Current Research


  1. Dissertation: The Interaction of Migration and Reproduction: Fertility Process of Chinese Immigrants in Canada.


  1. Habits and Homemaking Across Three Immigrant Cohorts (with Nathanael Lauster)


Research Assistant Experiences

Making Housing Home: Place and Everyday Routines in Vancouver and Nunavut. 2013-2017. Dr. Nathanael Lauster (PI), Dr. Frank Tester.

Designed mixed research methods, conducted in-depth interviews


Student Family Housing in Acadia Park. 2012. Dr. Sophia Woodman (PI).

Organized and facilitated focus groups


Social Policy and the Experiences of Immigrants. 2011 Dr. Dan Zuberi (PI)

Meeting the Needs of Newcomers. 2011. Dr. Dan Zuberi (PI)

Conducted interviews, transcribed and translated interviews

Supervisor: Dr. Nathanael Lauster



Lauster, N., Zhao, J. (Forthcoming) “Labor Migration and the Missing Work of Home-making: Three Forms of Settling for Chinese-Canadian Migrants.” Social Problems.

Zhao, Jing. 2016. “Why Do Chinese Canadians Have Lower Fertility?” Canadian Diversity. Volume13: No.1, 62-65.

Lauster, N., Zhao, J. 2013. “Settlement as Process: Investigating the Everyday Routines of Three Cohorts of Immigrants from Beijing to Vancouver.” Metropolis BC Working Paper 13-08.

Zhao, J., Lauster, N., Graham, A. 2011. “Conclusion: The End of Children?” in Lauster, Nathanael and Graham, Allan. (Eds). The End of Children? Fertility & Childhood in Flux. UBC Press.


Conference Presentations


“How Do Immigrants Cope With Childbearing in The Course of Immigration.” American Sociological Association. Seattle. August 2016.

“Feeling at Home by Settling Abroad.” Canadian Sociological Association. Calgary. June 2016.

“Migration as Dynamic Process.” Canadian Sociological Association. Calgary. June 2016.

“Housing Experiences of Chinese Immigrants in Canada.” Urban Affairs Association. San Diego. March 2016.

“The Childbearing Experiences of Chinese Immigrants in Canada.” Association of Canadian Studies and Association of Canadian Ethnic Studies. Ottawa. October 2015.

“The Interaction of Immigration and Reproduction: Fertility Process of Chinese Immigrants in Canada.” Canadian Sociological Association. Ottawa. June 2015.

“Settling into a New Routine: Immigration and Everyday Acculturation from Beijing to Vancouver.” Urban Affairs Association. San Francisco. April 2013.



Teaching Assistant Experiences

2016 Cultural Consumption

2015 Sociological Theories

2014 Communities Studies

2011 Sociology of Family

2010, 2012 Research Methods

2009, 2012, 2013 Introduction to Sociology