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Department of Sociology Graduate Students

Clair (Xiaoqu) Huang


M.A. American Studies, Beijing Foreign Studies University, 2012

B.S. Educational Technology, South China Normal University, 1995


Life Course, Aging, Poverty, Immigration

Research Interests

My past research has focused on aging experiences of the “young old” in China (people in their 50s and 60s in China). More specifically, I was interested in how retirees in cities spend their time and engage in activities that help them redefine self-identity after retirement. I also wanted to explore the interconnection between aging and poverty and the rural/urban differences in terms of aging experiences. I did an ethnographic study in 2014 in a large city in northern China on older people who participated in group dancing in public places. I specifically studied how participants of group dancing managed social stigma attached to this activity as well as how they interacted with each other within their dancing groups. I would love to focus my study in the future on how entries and exits to poverty are related to life course transitions and aging.