Habits of the Online Heart: information sharing and social action in China
Digital Urbanisms on the Margins: Chinese Migrants and Intensive Technology
How does social change happen when people cannot see each other? In any situation where groups of people come to act or think in similar and coordinated ways, information is being shared and disseminated.
Internet as a Social Right: Implications for Social Citizenship
In this project, Digital Urbanism Reshaping Social Connectivity: Intensive Technology in the Lives of Chinese Migrant Families and Youth, I analyze how newly urbanized Chinese migrant families and youth interact with urban digital architectures such as cellular to internet to manage social connections.
China's Internet Policy and Considerations for Migrants
Emerging information technologies such as the Internet challenge us to think about whether access to the technology should be a privilege or a right. In recognition of the emergent social demand for broadband access, this paper urges a reconsideration of Internet access as a social right.
Emerging Communication Practices in a rural village in Oaxaca, Mexico
I received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant to be a visiting scholar at the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) during the summer of 2009. CNNIC is overseen my the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) and Chinese Academy of Science (CAS).
Unreachable Cellphones: Limitations of Collect Calls for Immigrant detainees in Federal Detention Centers
I started conducting ethnography in Bicuhini, Oaxaca, in 2007. After the first visit I became fascinated by how the caseta telefonica, the only landline into the village, played a central role in how families communicated with their loved one in the US.
Hip-Hop as an Educational Tool
Undocumented immigrant detainees in federal detention centers are experiencing great difficulties in reaching their family or relatives in their home country. As cellphone ownership in less evenly developed countries becomes more ubiquitous, many people are only reachable via their cellphones.
Casual Games maintaining Less-Meaningful Ties on Facebook
I co-founded H2Ed (Hip-Hop Education), the first national organization to advocate for the use of hip-hop as an pedagogical tool.
Beijing Youth Voices - Writings from Chinese Students
One of the fun things that I get to do while working at Nokia Research is play Farmville! Apparently Farmville has more players than twitter users - that is craaazy! And now you can buy crops that are sponsored by advertisers!
Hip-Hop Curriculum with Queens Museum's Leadership Through the Arts Program
In 2008, I teamed up with Barbara Cervone from U.S. based-nonprofit What Kids Can Do, Inc. and Adobe Youth Voices to create Beijing Youth Voices, a blog created by six students in Beijing, China.
Subway Ad Campaign for safe sex - APICHA's Young Men Having Sex with Men
The Queens Museum of Arts started an initiative called Leadership Through the Arts Program. I joined the program's Advisory Committee in 2004.
Nicole, a documentary about a legendary gay activist
I sat on APICHA's Adult Committee for their YMSM (Young Men Having Sex with Men) project. We advised youth outreach organizers on how to implement outreach projects to create visibility around issues facing the young men in the Asian Pacific Islander (API) community.
In the early 2000's, I used to make documentaries. I am most proudest of the one I made on legendary gay activist, Nicole-Murray Ramirez. Nicole has been a central figure in the gay rights community since the 1970's.