Weiguo Zhang

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology (UTM)
Weiguo Zhang headshot

Areas of interest

  • Social Demography
  • Sociology of Families
  • Gender and Family


Main Bio

Weiguo Zhang is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto, Mississauga, and is affiliated with the Asian Institute at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy and the Institute for Life Course and Aging. He received his Ph.D. in Development Studies at the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, The Netherlands, in 1998. Before joining in the Department of Sociology, he worked as a lecturer and social scientist at the Post-Graduate Diploma Program in Population and Sustainable Development, sponsored by the United Nations Population Fund, at the University of Botswana.

Professor Zhang’s primary research interest is to understand social change, particularly the roles of societal institutions and individual behaviour in social change, and how social change affects the nature of people’s lives. Drawing upon empirical research, he examines, on the one hand, how macro state policies, mediated by societal institutions, influence individual behaviour, and on the other hand, how individual behaviour reshapes the characteristics of the society in which they live. His early study focused on Chinese fertility behavior under the changing context brought about by market reforms and the “one-child” family planning policy that began in rural China in the late 1970s. His recent research investigates the effects of the intersection of gender, ethnicity, and migration status on intra-group dynamics and aging experiences of Chinese Canadians. He is currently undertaking a CIHR sponsored collaborative research project on social responses to COVID-19 in Chinese communities in Canada.

Select publications

  • Fan, Jin, Weiguo Zhang, and Hong Mi. 2022. “Intergenerational Proximity to Aging Parents and Depression among Married Persons in China.” Research on Aginghttps://doi.org/10.1177/01640275221107320
  • Lee, Andrea D. Y., Peizhong Peter Wang, Weiguo Zhang, and Lixia Yang. 2022. “COVID-19 Peritraumatic Distress and Loneliness in Chinese Residents in North America: The Role of Contraction Worry.” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 19(13). https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19137639
  • Su, Chang, Lixia Yang, Linying Dong, and Weiguo Zhang. 2022. “The Psychological Well-being of Older Chinese Immigrants in Canada Amidst COVID-19: The Role of Loneliness, Social Support, and Acculturation.” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 19(14). https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19148612
  • Yu, Linke, Mariah Lecompte, Weiguo Zhang, Peizhong Wang, and Lixia Yang. 2022. “Sociodemographic and COVID-Related Predictors for Mental Health Condition of Mainland Chinese in Canada Amidst the Pandemic.” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 19(1). https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19010171
  • Zhang, Weiguo. 2022. “Perceptions and Expectations of Filial Piety Among Older Chinese Immigrants in Canada” Ageing and Society 42(3):497-520. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0144686X20000902
  • Kong, Yujia, Lance Garrett Shaver, Fuyan Shi, Lixia Yang, Weiguo Zhang, Xiaolin Wei, Yun Zhu, Yiran Wang, and Peizhong Peter Wang. 2021. “Attitudes of Chinese Immigrants in Canada Towards the Use of Traditional Chinese Medicine for Prevention and Management of COVID-19: A Cross-Sectional Survey During the Early Stages of the Pandemic.” BMJ Open 11(9).  https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2021-051499
  • Lian, Xuejun, Weiguo Zhang, Yongfang Jia, and Yidan Zhu. 2021. “Fighting COVID-19 in Rural Communities: Coordinated Mobilization and Reconstruction of Community Order in a Village in Northern China.” Journal of Asian Public Policyhttps://doi.org/10.1080/17516234.2021.2007565
  • Na, Ling, Lixia Yang, Linke Yu, Kathryn Bolton, Weiguo Zhang, and Peizhong Wang. 2021. “The Appraisal and Endorsement of Individual and Public Preventive Measures to Combat COVID-19 and the Associated Psychological Predictors Among Chinese Living in Canada.” Open Journal of Public Health 14:592-599. https://doi.org/10.2174/1874944502114010592
  • Zhang, Weiguo, Yidan Zhu, Xueyun Liu, and Yan Qiu. 2021. “Teaching Older Immigrants Active Ageing: Narratives of Peer English Instructors.” International Journal of Lifelong Learning 40(5-6):439-454. https://doi.org/10.1080/02601370.2021.1968972
  • Kong, Yujia, Lance Garrett Shaver, Fuyan Shi, Lixia Yang, Weiguo Zhang, Xiaolin Wei, Yiran Wang, and  Peizhong Peter Wang. 2020. “Belief and Usage of Traditional Chinese Medicine as Preventative Measure against COVID-19 Infection During the Pandemic Among Chinese Immigrants in Canada.” Annals of Epidemiology 52:105. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.annepidem.2020.08.027
  • Kong, Yujia, Fuyan Shi, Lixia Yang, Weiguo Zhang, Xiaolin Wei, Yiran Wang and Peizhong Wang. 2020. “TCM Against COVID-19 Among Chinese Immigrants in Canada.” Annals of Epidemiology, ACE Abstracts.
  • Yang, Lixia, Linke Yu, Weiguo Zhang, Xiaolin Wei, Fuyan Shi, and Peizhong Wang. 2020. “The Perceived Psychological Distress Towards COVID-19 and its Demographic Predictors.” Annals of Epidemiology 52:107. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.annepidem.2020.08.034
  • Zhang, Weiguo. 2020 “Is Death Taboo for Older Chinese Immigrants?” Omega-Journal of Death and Dying 84(4):1061-1080. https://doi.org/10.1177/0030222820927883
  • Zhang, Weiguo, Lei Chai, Jin Fan, Peizhong Wang, Xiaolin Wei, and Lixia Yang. 2020. “COVID-19, Racial Discrimination, and Psychological Distress.” Annals of Epidemiology 52:106. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.annepidem.2020.08.032
  • Zhang, Weiguo. 2019. “Perceptions of Elder Abuse and Neglect by Older Chinese Immigrants in Canada.” Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect 31(4-5):340-362. https://doi.org/10.1080/08946566.2019.1652718
  • Zhu, Yidan and Weiguo Zhang. 2019. “Active Learning for Active Ageing: Chinese Senior Immigrants’ Lifelong Learning in Canada.” Educational Gerontology 45(8):506-518. https://doi.org/10.1080/03601277.2019.166293