Dr. Heying Jenny Zhan

Department of Sociology

Georgia State University, USA

Associate Professor



2000 Ph.D., Sociology, University of Kansas, USA

1993 M.A., East Asia Languages and Cultures, University of Kansas

1983 B.A., English Language and Literature, Xiangtan University, Hunan Province, China

Publications (selected)

  1. Zhan, H. J., Luo, B., Zhang, G. (2013). Religiosity and Health: Meanings of faith for Chinese elders with diverse religious backgrounds. Ageing International. 38: 343-363.
  2. Zhan, H. J. (2013). Population Aging and Long-Term Care in China. Generations 37(1): 53-58.
  3. Baozhen Luo & Heying Jenny Zhan. (2012). Filial Piety and Functional Support: Understanding Intergenerational Solidarity among Families with Migrated Children in Rural China. Ageing International 37(1): 69-92.
  4. Zhan, H. Y., Feng, Z. L., Feng, X. T., Chen, Z. Y. (2011). The Role of the Family Institutional Long Term Care—Cultural Management of Filial Piety in China. The International Journal of Social Welfare 20: S121-134.
  5. Feng, Zhanlian, Zhan, H. J., Feng, X. T., Liu, C., Sun, M., and Mor, V.(2011). An Industry in the Making: The Emergence of Institutional Elder Care in Urban China. Journal of America Geriatric Society 59(733-744).
  6. Taylor-Harris, DaVette & Zhan, Heying J. (2011) The Third-Age African American Seniors: Benefits of Participating in Senior Multipurpose Facilities. Paper accepted for publication in The Journal of Gerontological Social Work. 54(4): 351-371.
  7. Zhan, H. J. and Qin, H, L. (2010). Adding life to years—explore predictors of subjective wellbeing among the Chinese oldest old. Journal of Aging in Emerging Economies 2(1): 1-14.
  8. Zhang, Gehui, & Zhan, Heying Jenny. (2009). Beyond the bible and the cross: a social and cultural analysis of Chinese elders’ participation in Christian congregations in the United States. Sociological Spectrum, 29 (2): 295-317.
  9. Zhan, Heying Jenny, Feng, Xiaotian & Luo, Baozhen. (2008). Placing elderly parents in institutions in urban China: A reinterpretation of filial piety. Research on Aging 30(5): 543-571.
  10. Guan, X. P., Liu, G. Y., & Zhan, H. Y. (2007) Institutional and Individual autonomy: Investigating predictors of attitudes towards Chinese private nursing home development in China. International Journal of Aging and Human Development 64 (1): 83-107.
  11. Zhan, Heying, Liu, Guangya, & Guan, Xinping. (2006). Availability and willingness: compare attitudes toward institutional care between Chinese elderly parents and their adult children. The Journal of Aging Studies 20 (3): 279-290.
  12. Zhan, H. J., Liu, G. Y., & Bai, H. G. (2006). Recent development in Chinese institutional elder care: Changing concepts and attitudes. The Journal of Aging and Social Policy 18 (2): 85-108.
  13. Zhan, Heying Jenny. (2005). Joy or Sorrow: Explaining Chinese caregivers’ reward and stress. The Journal of Aging Studies. 20: 27-38.
  14. Zhan, H. J., Liu, G. Y., & Bai, H. G. (2005). Recent Development of Chinese Nursing Homes: A Reconciliation of Traditional Culture. Ageing International 30 (2): 167-187.
  15. Zhan, Heying Jenny. (2005). Social-Economic context of parent care: Explaining Chinese caregivers’ psychological and emotional well-being. Journal of Gerontological Social Work 45: 83-100.
  16. Zhan, Heying, Jenny. (2005). Aging, Health Care, and Elder Care: The Perpetuation of Gendered Inequalities. Health Care for Women International. 26: 639-712.
  17. Zhan, H. J., King, S., Kim, J., Zhang, G., & Whittington, F. (2005). Double-Bind: Aging as a Minority in the U.S.: Chinese and Korean American Elders’ Experience. Hallym International Journal of Aging 6(2): 147-165.
  18. Zhan, Heying Jenny. (2004). Socialization or social structure--A study of one-child generation students’ willingness to accept filial responsibilities in urban China. The International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 59 (2): 105-125.
  19. Zhan, Heying Jenny. (2004). Willingness and expectations: intergenerational differences in attitudes toward filial responsibilities. Marriage and Family Review, Volume 36(1-2): 175-200.
  20. Zhan, Heying Jenny. (2004). Through gendered lens: Explaining Chinese caregivers’ task performance and reward. The Journal of Women & Aging 16(1): 123-141.
  21. Zhan, Heying Jenny and Rhonda J.V. Montgomery. (2003). Gender and elder care in China: The influence of filial piety and structural constraints. Gender and Society 17(2): 209-229.
  22. Zhan, Heying Jenny. (2002). Caregiving burden and the future burden of elder care in China–A life-course perspective. International Journal of Aging and Human Development, Vol. 54: 267-29.
  23. Zhan, Heying Jenny. (1996). Chinese femininity and social control: Gender-role socialization and the state. Journal of Historical Sociology 9: 3, pp.269-289.
  24. Zhan, Heying Jenny and Roger W. Bradshaw (1996). Texts and contexts: The Book of Analects for Women. Journal of Historical Sociology 9: 3, pp.261-268.

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