Current Research & Teaching Interests
  • Social Demography
  • Migration and Immigration
  • Family and Life Course
  • Gender
  • Population Health and Well-being
Selected publications

Tong, Yuying and Yiqing Gan. Forthcoming. “The Expanding Search for Work: The Gender Gap in Livelihood Choices among the Rural Chinese, from 1989 to 2015”. Rural Sociology.

Gan, Yiqing and Yuying Tong. 2023. “Discrimination and Mental Health of Highly Educated Immigrants in Hong Kong: The Buffering Role of Group Concentration” Cities.

Tong, Yuying, Yiqing Gan and Chunxue Zhang. 2023. “Whose Preference Matters More? Couple’s Fertility Preferences and Realization in the Context of China’s Two-child Policy”. Journal of Family Issues.

Tong, Yuying, and Dan Chen. 2022. “Is the worth of a college education declining vis-à-vis the transition into homeownership? A gender-differentiated analysis among young adults in Hong Kong from 1991 to 2016.” Research in Social Stratification and Mobility.

Tong, Yuying, and Eric Fong. 2022. “Well‐being of migrants and immigrants: Perspectives in Asia and from Asians in North America.” Journal of Social Issues 78(3): 489-501. [Introduction paper to a special issue]

Tong, Yuying, Tianzhu Nie and Martin Piotrowski. 2022. “Channeling Good Images but Not Substantive Blessings?  Education and Social Contact on Pro-Migrant Attitudes in an Internal Migration Setting” Social Forces

Tong, Yuying* and Jinho Kim*. 2022. Adolescents’ exposure to classmates from non‐immigrant families and adulthood volunteerism. Social Science Quarterly. (*Equal authorship)

Jin, Lei, Xiaohang Zhao and Yuying Tong. 2021. “A Female Advantage? Gender Patterning of Psychological Well-being among Migrants and Returnees in China” Journal of Social Issues.

Tong, Yuying, Dan Chen, Wenyang Su and Niantao Jiang. 2021. “Economic Integration among Mainland Chinese Immigrants During and After the Period of Hong Kong’s Handover: The Disparity between Higher-Educated and Lower-Educated Groups.” Journal of Social Issues

Kim Jinho*, Yuying Tong* and Biyang Sun. 2021. “The Effects of Peer Parental Education on Student Achievement in Urban China: The Disparities Between Migrants and Locals.” American Educational Research Journal. (*Equal first authors)

Chen, Dan and Yuying Tong.  2021. “Marriage for the Sake of Parents? Adult Children’s Marriage Formation and Parental Psychological Distress in China”. Journal of Marriage and Family.

Kim, Jinho and Yuying Tong. 2020. “Revisiting the Relationship Between Perceived Discrimination and Health: Evidence from Sibling Models with Multiple Health Measures.” Social Science Research.

Tong, Yuying, Jenny X. Li, and Binbin Shu. 2020. “Is Children’s Academic Performance Valuable to Parents? Linking Children’s Effort vs. Results and Fathers’ vs. Mothers’ Subjective Well-being” Child Indicators Research

Li, Jenny X., Yuying Tong, and Binbin Shu. 2020. “Migration Arrangements of Couples, Satisfaction with Spousal Contributions, and Happiness of Rural Chinese.” China Review.

Tong, Yuying and Niantao Jiang. 2020. “Much Ado about Nothing? Do Foreign Domestic Workers in Hong Kong Benefit from Capital Accumulation?” American Behavioural Scientist.

Piotrowski, Martin, Rob Clark, Yuying Tong, Wyatt Schmitz and Kumiko Shibuya. 2019. “Familial and Gender Attitudes in East Asia: The Influence of Modernization in Cross-Societal Perspective.” Comparative Sociology. 18(5-6): 620-657.

Tong, Yuying, Feinian Chen and Binbin Shu. 2019. “Spousal Migration and Married Adults’ Psychological Distress in Rural China: The Roles of Intimacy, Autonomy and Responsibility.” Social Science Research.

Tong, Yuying, Feinian Chen and Wenyang Su. 2019. “Living Arrangements and Older Adults’ Labor Force Participation in Hong Kong, 1986-2016.” Social Science & Medicine. 229: 50-59.

Tong, Yuying, Binbin Shu and Martin Piotrowski. 2018. “Migration, Livelihood Strategies and Agricultural Outcomes, a Gender Study in Rural China.” Rural Sociology.

Li, Jenny X. and Yuying Tong. 2018. “Coming Together or Remaining Apart? A Closer Examination of the Contexts of Intergroup Contact and Friendship between Urban Residents and Rural-to-Urban Migrants in China.” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.

Luo, Weixiang, Yuying Tong and Nicole WT Cheung. 2018. “Rural-to-urban Migration and Adolescent Delinquent Behaviors in China.” Eurasian Geography and Economics. 59(2): 246-266.

Tong, Yuying, Martin Piotrowski and Hua Ye. 2018. “The Health-Age Profile across Rural and Urban Sectors: Comparison of Migrants and Non-Migrants in China.” Public Health. 158: 124-134.

Tong, Yuying, Wenyang Su and Eric Fong. 2018. “Labor Market Integration of Non-Chinese Immigrants in Hong Kong from 1991 to 2011: Structure of Global Market or White Privilege?” Chinese Journal of Sociology. 4(1):79-108.

Chen, Huiwei, Mee Kam Ng, Murat Es, Joanna W. Y. Lee, Winnie W.S. Mak, Yuying Tong, Ka Ming Wu and Huiquan Zhou. 2018. “Socio-spatial Polarization and the (re-)distribution of Deprived Groups in World Cities: A Case Study of Hong Kong”. Urban Geography. 39(7): 969-987.

Tong, Yuying, Martin Piotrowski and Yueyun Zhang. 2017. “Resistant to Change? The Time of Transition to Parenthood among Married Adults in China.” Journal of Family Therapy. 39:193–216.

Tong, Yuying and Stephen WK Chiu. 2017. “Women’s Labor Force Participation in Hong Kong, 1991-2011.” Chinese Sociological Review. 49(1): 35-64.

Shu, Binbin and Tong Yuying. 2017. “Impact of Adult Child Migration on Health of Rural Elderly Parents.” (In Chinese) Population Research. 41(2)

Zhang, Yueyun, Tong Yuying and Liu Baozhong. 2017. “The Comparative Study on Adolescents’ Social Competence between Only Child and Child with Siblings.” (In Chinese) Youth Studies. 3: 12-20

Piotrowski, Martin, Yuying Tong, Yueyun Zhang and Luke Chao. 2016. “The Transition to First Marriage in China, 1966-2008: An Examination of Gender Differences in Education and Hukou Status.” European Journal of Population. 32: 129-154.

Luo, Weixiang and Yuying Tong. 2016. “Educational Disparities in Access to Health Insurance in China, 1989-2009.” Chinese Sociological Review. 48(2): 137-161.

Piotrowski, Martin and Yuying Tong. 2016. “Education and Fertility Decline in China during Transitional Times: A Cohort Approach.” Social Science Research. 55: 94-110.

Tong, Yuying, Weixiang Luo and Martin Piotrowski. 2015. “The Association between Parental Migration and Childhood Illness in Rural China.” European Journal of Population. 31(5): 561-586.

Fong, Eric* and Yuying Tong* (*Equal authorship). 2015. “Can Family Financial Resources Buy Friends? Family Financial Resources and Friendship Patterns among Migrant Workers in China.” American Behavioural Scientists. 59: 1083-1099.

Tong, Yuying. 2013. “Acculturation, Gender Disparity and the Sexual Behaviour of Asian American Youth.” Journal of Sex Research.

Piotrowski, Martin and Yuying Tong. 2013. “Straddling Two Geographic Regions: The Impact of Place of Origin and Destination on Return Migration Intentions in China.” Population, Space and Place. 19(3): 329-349.

Tong, Yuying and Martin Piotrowski. 2012. “Migration and Health Selectivity in the Context of Internal Migration in China, 1997-2009.” Population Research and Policy Review. 31(4): 497-543.

Tong, Yuying. 2010. “Foreign-born Concentration and Acculturation to Volunteering among Immigrant Youth.” Social Forces. 89(1): 117-144.

Tong, Yuying and Martin Piotrowski. 2010. “The Effect of Remittances on Return Migration and its Relation to Household Wealth: The Case of Rural Thailand.” Asia-Pacific Population Journal. Dec.: 53-96.

Tong, Yuying. 2010. “Place of Education, Gender Disparity and Assimilation of Immigrant Scientists and Engineers Earnings.” Social Science Research. 39: 610–626.

Piotrowski, Martin and Yuying Tong. 2010. “Economic and Non-Economic Determinants of Return Migration: Evidence from Rural Thailand.” Population (English Edition). 65(2):  333-348.–economic-and-non-economic-determinants.htm

Guo, Guang, Yuying Tong and Tianji Cai. 2008. “Gene by Social Context Interactions for Number of Sexual Partners among White Male Youths: Genetics-Informed Sociology.” American Journal of Sociology. 114 (S1): 33-66.

Guo, Guang, Yuying Tong, Cui-Wei Xie and Leslie A. Lange. 2007. “Dopamine Transporter, Gender, and Number of Sexual Partners among Young Adults.” European Journal of Human Genetics. 15: 279–287.

Guo, Guang and Yuying Tong. 2006. “Age at First Sexual Intercourse, Genes, and Social Context: Evidence from Twins and the Dopamine D4 Receptor Gene.” Demography. 43(4): 747-769.

  • SOCI 3227 Social Demography
  • SOCI 3236 Migration and Policy Reflection on Global Citizenship
  • SOCI 4010 Graduation Thesis I
  • SOCI 4020 Graduation Thesis II
  • SOCI 6010 Guided Studies I
  • SOCI 6020 Guided Studies II
  • UGEC 2033 Challenges of World Population
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