My major research question is Why and how people move, and what are the effects and consequences of the residential mobility people experienced.

I am especially interested in the residential mobility of the first generation immigrants at both new and traditional immigrant societies.

I propose 3 different aspects of my research.

Residential Mobility and Immigrant Integration →

My master's thesis entitled Residential Trajectories of Chinese Immigrants in Tokyo: Beyond the Paradigm of Immigrant Enclave examined the residential mobility of first generation Chinese immigrants in Tokyo from the aspect of Immigrant Integration. The study tested predominant theories such as spatial assimilation, place stratification, and the paradigm of immigrant enclave in Japan, which aruges that it is natural for immigrants to keep living in ethnic neighborhoods.

I am continuing my study of Chinese immigrants' residential mobility and integration in Japan from several aspects: neighborhood-level residential trajectory; housing career; and changes in cohabitors.

Neighborhood Identification and Comparison: Ethnic Neighborhoods and beyond →

With an increasing population of immigrants in Japan, especially in metropolitan areas, it is vital to systematically indentify ethnic neighborhoods in different urban contexts. Using public available census data, I am trying to both identify ethnic neighborhoods in Tokyo, and compare neighborhood environments and the difference in spatial contexts between ethnic neighborhoods and non-ethnic neighborhoods.

Neighborhood Effects and Immigrants →

The dicussion of ethnic neighborhoods and ethnic communities put weight on the ethnic effects, such as ethnic capital. The spatial/residential contexts and their effects are largely dismissed. How first generation immigrants affected by neighborhood effects? How spatial/residential contexts affect their social and residential mobility? How and through which process immigrants are incorporated into the urban structure?