Utilization of Nursing Home Services Among Elderly Chinese Canadians: The Case of Yee Hong in Greater Toronto Area

Professor Weiguo Zhang

Professor Weiguo Zhang

The research investigates and fills in the knowledge gap on service utilization by migrant Chinese seniors from mainland China in comparison with those migrants from Hong Kong, and native born Chinese seniors. Following critical gerontology, this project investigates the effects of the intersection of gender, ethnicity, and migration status on social meanings of aging and choice of care services.

This research is being conducted with close collaboration with the Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care, in Mississauga and Toronto (the largest Canadian non-for-profit organization serving mostly the Chinese residents). Two RAs, one graduate and one undergraduate student have been hired to do literature review, collect and analyze secondary qualitative data (relevant media reports and internet materials), and collect and analyze focus group information.

The literature review and research findings will be used in my teaching of the course SOC356 Population and Society, and SOC334 Aging and Society. Transcriptions of focus group discussions, after taking out all identifiable information, will be archived with the Peel Social Lab for future teaching and research purposes.


From Doing Time to Community-Building:Measuring the Medium-Term Impacts of UTM’s Sociology 450 and Its Walls to Bridges Program

Professor Philip Goodman

Professor Philip Goodman

We are currently researching the impact of an unusual seminar course taught at the University of Toronto Mississauga – in which half the students are third and fourth year Criminology, Law and Society majors at UTM, and half are incarcerated at a Peel region prison or jail. The seminar meets once a week, inside the prison or jail. In particular, we are interested in how this course affects students (inside and outside alike), the university, the prisons/jails and the Peel region community, more generally. This includes, among other things, whether (and if so how) the course builds community across prison walls, whether (and if so how) the course has changed the manner in which prisons/jails and universities think about “their” students or residents, and whether (and if so how) the course facilities other projects and connections that can lead to more, and better, opportunities for prisoners and non-prisoners alike.


Multiculturalism at UTM

Professor Luisa Schwartzman

Professor Luisa SchwartzmanThe project aims to collect interviews with UTM students to understand how students perceive and experience social relations around categories of race, ethnicity and national belonging, as well as other axes of difference and inequality, both on campus and in their lives more broadly. The ultimate goal is to contribute to academic and policy debates on “diversity” in higher education, in a context of a student body such as UTM’s, with a predominantly second or first-generation immigrant population, with students’ who are predominantly not only “visible minorities” but also coming from a variety of national, ethnic and religious backgrounds. I also want to investigate the role that ideas about Canadian multiculturalism inform students’ experiences and identities. So far, we have received ethics approval for this project, have begun to identify and recruit potential interviewees and have begun the interview process.



Social Inequality and Urban Politics

Professor Hae Yeon Choo

Professor Hae Yeon Choo

In the winter of 2017, I will be teaching an undergraduate seminar, Sociology 410. In the seminar, we will discuss theories and empirical studies related to the issue of social inequality, with a focus on urban politics, including the issues of food, housing, immigration, gentrification, speculative urbanization, including perspectives from different disciplines (sociology, anthropology and geography). Based on interviews of residents and storeowners, students are asked to examine the trajectory of people’s mobility in the Peel region and beyond, and how the neighborhood has changed from the residents' perspectives. They will be asked to examine how and to what extent market logics—such as speculation—have become entrenched in everyday life, and how the dynamics of neighborhood change interact with subject-making in gendered and classed ways in the process of urban expansion and class-formation in the case of Canada.