The Ending

I am writing this post on October 8th, my Fulbright grant ends on October 23rd, and I leave China on November 14th! So safe to say, many a change will be happening this month. I want to use half of this post to tell you about some of the awesome things that I have been…

Social networks and the influence of gender: Part 3

For the final (and very late) installment, I am going to focus on networks and the way they work during the settling process. While social networks provide a wide variety of important services in the lives of migrants, today I will focus on their role in providing food, housing, job information, social service information, legal…

Social networks and the influence of gender: Part 2

Second installation of the network series! In this part, I’m going to get into the ways networks work with migration. There are two important and distinct stages of social network utilization for migrants, the migration phase and the adaptation phase. In both phases, individuals’ social networks play an indispensable role in the ultimate success of…

Social networks and the influence of gender: Part 1

The exchange of resources and information among rural women in East Africa What this post is all about In this post, I want to tell you all a little bit more about the path that led me to my current project and then to delve into the literature on social networks and their importance in…

July & August- the countdown begins

Time to give the readers what they need! Another update on my life and work here in Shanghai! All I can say, is that the past two months have been wild. My research is chugging along at a great pace, I feel pretty settled with my life here, and the weather has just been making…

A much overdue update

I have been very bad at updating this blog, I admit it. The consequence of my laziness is that I now have even more ground to cover, therefore dooming myself from the start. To avoid this becoming a boring round up post, I think that I am going to break it into three sections: research…

Resilience: A Strengths Based Perspective

For this most recent installment of my WONK Blog, I wanted to pivot to my current work. While I can’t share any definitive findings from the present project as I am still in the early phases of data collection, I will be using this post to describe the theories and orientation I am utilizing, the…

Upheaval

The title of this blog post is apt because my life has been in upheaval since the beginning of March. Some has been good, some has been bad, but I can say for certain that I am looking forward to having my schedule settle down a little bit. So what has been happening? On the…

To Indonesia and Back

This blog post was started sometime around February 7th or 8th, about three days after I arrived back in Shanghai! It is currently March 11th, and I have been agonizing over this post for like a month ( in addition to doing lots of other stuff!). I have now decided to just go ahead and…