Researcher biography

I am a Ph.D. student in anthropology in the School of Social Science, and my doctoral project is titled ‘Even 40 skills are not enough for a man: Changing masculinities, responsibilities, and moral landscapes in Uzbekistan’. My research is focused on gender, morality, and social changes in Central Asia, particularly Uzbekistan, in order to shed light on Uzbek men’s aspiration for and performance of a new self in everyday life. Prior to my study at the University of Queensland, I got two master’s degrees in anthropology from the National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. I also have a bachelor’s degree in education and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the Soochow University in China. I was a high school teacher (2010, 2015), investigative reporter (2011-2013), and HIV/AIDS researcher (2017-2019) back in China. I speak Mandarin, Cantonese, Uzbek, and Uyghur.