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Yijia Zhang

Ph.D Student

Faculty of Arts

Sociology

My recent research explores how Chinese international students and immigrants use the Chinese all-in-one app WeChat to coordinate their activities like ride-hailing and grocery shopping in Vancouver. While my MA fieldwork focused mainly on individual users, I am interested in how ethnic digital platforms shape the stage for business owners and regulators. Broadly, I am interested in the intersection of transnational mobilities, digital media and ethnic economy.