Yang’s research focuses on the sociology of families and intimate relationships, race/ethnicity and migration, and East Asian societies. He uses both quantitative (e.g. survey design, statistical analysis of secondary data, and data mining) and qualitative (e.g. ethnography, focus group, and in-depth interview) methods in his research.

  • Families, Relationships, and Gender
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Migration (Regional and International)
  • East Asian Societies
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods



Hu, Y. (2016). Chinese-British Intermarriage—Disentangling Gender and Ethnicity. London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan. pp. XIII + 267.

  • Nominee for 2017 Philip Abrams Memorial Prize


Refereed Journal Articles

Hu, Y. & Coulter, R. (2017). Living Space and Psychological Well-being in Urban China: Differentiated Relationships across Socio-economic Gradients. Environment and Planning A. 49 (4): 911–929. [PDF]

Hu, Y. (2016). Marriage of Matching Doors: Marital Sorting on Parental Background in China. Demographic Research. 35: 557–580. [PDF]

Hu, Y. (2016). Impact of Rural-to-Urban Migration on Family and Gender Values in China. Asian Population Studies. 12 (3): 251–272. [PDF]

  • Most read article in Asian Population Studies.

Hu, Y. (2016). Sex Ideologies in China: Examining Interprovince Differences. Journal of Sex Research. 53 (9): 1118–1130. [PDF]

Coulter, R. & Hu, Y. (2015). Living Apart Together and Cohabitation Intentions in Great Britain. Journal of Family Issues. [PDF]

  • Abstract published in the supplement of Longitudinal and Life Course Studies, 6 (3).

  • Feature article published in OpenPop.

Hu, Y. (2015). Gender and Children’s Housework Time in China: Examining Behavior Modeling in Context. Journal of Marriage and Family. 77 (5): 1126–1143. [PDF]

Hu, Y. & Scott, J. (2014). Family and Gender Values in China: Generational, Geographic and Gender Differences. Journal of Family Issues. 37 (9): 1267–1293. [PDF]


Other Publications (Recent)

  • Top 3 most read article in The Conversation UK. 

Hu, Y. 2016 (May 12). Why Rice Growers in China Are More Sexually Liberal than Wheat Growers. The Conversation.

Hu, Y. & Coulter, R. 2016 (January 8). Living Apart Together and Cohabitation Intentions in Britain. OpenPop.