Project Updates

Explore this section of the website to find data as it is being collected.

Social Inequality and Urban Politics (Hae Yeon Choo): At the moment, students involved in Professor Hae Yeon Choo's project "Social Inequality and Urban Politics" are in the midst of writing essays about experiences with, and memories of, food, and will shortly be conducting interviews with local residents and store owners about local experiences with urban politics, food and housing. Please check this section's sub-page -- Social Inequality and Urban Politics -- for frequent updates!

Utilization of Nursing Home Services Among Elderly Chinese Canadians: The Case of Yee Hong in Greater Toronto Area (Weiguo Zhang): Here are some updates on the project from Professor Zhang:

One of my RA Tony Zhang is working on secondary data analysis. He has completed analysis of population census data for the year 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006, and 2011, with focus on population profile of Chinese seniors in Canada. We are planning to conduct data analysis for historical population census that is available for 1911 and 1921.

With support of the RSAF fund, we have been able to interview about 30 Chinese seniors in the GTA (not a component  of PSL proposal). We are planning to conduct 8 focus groups in coming April and early May (part of PSL components but not funded).

I am planning to co-author with the graduate student RA to write a paper on Chinese seniors, in addition to a report on demographic profile of Chinese seniors for the PSL project. The other undergraduate student mainly helps with transcribing the interviews.

Multiculturalism at UTM (Luisa Schwartzman): Here are some updates from Professor Schwartzman on the project:

The goal of the project was to investigate the experiences of university students at the University of Toronto Mississauga with regard to issues surrounding “diversity” and “multiculturalism.” This meant asking UTM students how they understand these concepts, as well as more concrete questions about their life experiences that could provide insight into the role that race, ethnicity, gender, religion and national identity plays in their lives within and outside the university.

I have used the funds for the Peel Social Lab to hire an undergraduate and a graduate student, who helped me define the questionnaire, get the project through ethics review, and for initial help with recruitment and interview of research participants. Then, since the Fall of 2016, used the Research Opportunity Program to add three undergraduate students to the project and, with additional funds from the Peel Social Lab project, I have hired an undergraduate for the Winter semester, and was able to maintain the graduate student in the project. The undergraduate students were an essential component in the project, conducting all the interviews themselves, using the questionnaire and the guidance provided by me, and using their own social networks to help find participants.

So far, we have completed much of the data collection process. We have recruited widely within the university through emailing course instructors, going into classes, and using our research assistants own social networks. We managed to collect about 30 interviews with a diverse set of students (in terms of ethnicity, race, national origin, gender, religion, citizenship status, fields of study and year in the university), ranging from 40 minutes to 2 hours long. Right now the undergraduate students are in the process of transcribing the interviews (we have finished transcribing 15 so far), while the graduate research assistant and I are in the process of reading through the interviews and finding patterns for coding and analysis.

I have sent an abstract of a paper for a special issue of the journal of the journal International Studies in Sociology of Education on the topic of “Migrations, Borders and Education,” which asks for articles connecting themes of international migration with themes of education. The deadline to send the complete paper is May 30, 2017. Thus, the plan is to finish data collection and transcription by March or April, so that the graduate student and I can do the analysis and writing in April and May. By the summer, we will therefore have transcripts available for being stored at the Peel Social Lab repository early this summer (for the overwhelming majority of interviews, respondents have consented this). As I finish the academic article, I also plan to share some of my results with colleagues at the university who may be interested in improving students’ experiences.