Dr. Wei Wei Da

Job Title:

 Associate Professor and Coordinator, Family Studies and Human Development


 Full-Time Faculty




 519.432.8353 x28276


 Ursuline Hall 303

Academic Background

  • Ph.D, Sociology, Sydney University in Australia 

Previous Work Experience

  • 2003-2004  – Contracted course instructor, Ryerson University.  
  • 1999 – 2005  – Resources Center Coordinator and Research Associate, Center for Excellence of
  • Research on Immigration & Settlement, University of Toronto 

Representative Publications

  • Da, W.W. & Welch, A. (2016). Educative Childrearing Practices of Recent Chinese Migrants in Australia: Continuity and Changes in Chuing Prudence Chou and Jonathan Spangler edited Chinese Education Models in a Global Age: Transforming Practice into Theory (pp. 231-245. Singapore: Springer. 
    Note: I was asked to translate this chapter from English into Chinese language in 2017 and then the book in Chinese language was published in 2018 by The Psychology Publishing Company Ltd. in Taiwan. 
  • Da, W.W. & Garcia, A. (2015) Later Life Migration: Sociocultural Adaptation and Changes in Quality of Life at Settlement Among Recent Older Chinese Immigrants in Canada 
  • Garcia, C. Alicia and Da, Wei-Wei. (2011). Immigration and Its Effects on the Diet and Physical Activity of Selected Asian Older Adults in Canada. In Ellen R. Judd and Jijiao Zhang edited Labor Migration and Social Mobility in Asia and Pacific Region (87-106). Beijing: Intellectual Property Press. 
  • Garcia, C. Alicia and Da, Wei-Wei. (2011). “Nutrition and Physical Activity of Older Chinese Immigrants. Asian Journal of Gerontology and Geriatrics (Hong Kong), 6(2): 72-81.   
    Da, W.W. (2010) “Support Networking Strategies of female Chinese Immigrants in London, Ontario” Asian and Pacific Migration Journal, 19(4): 525-549. 
  • Landolt, P. & Da, W. W. (2005). “The Spatially Ruptured Practices of Transnational Migrant Families: Lessons from the Case of El Salvador and the People’s Republic of China” Current Sociology 53(4), Monograph 2:625-653. 
  • Da, W. W.  (2004). “A Regional Tradition of Gender Equality: Shanghai men in Sydney. Journal of Men’s Studies, 12(2): 133-149. 
  • Da, W. W.  (2003a). “Transnational grandparenting: Child care arrangements among migrants from the People’s Republic of China to Australia.” Journal of International Migration and Integration, 4(1): 77-101. 

Representative Conferences 

  • Canadian Sociological Conference 
  • International Conferences on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences  
  • The Migration Conference 

Areas of Teaching 

  • Immigrant and Refugee Families 
  • Qualitative Research Methods in Family Studies 
  • Family Practices in a Global World 
  • Family Needs and Resources 
  • Family Resilience  

Research Specialization(s)

  • Immigrant families 
  • Gender relations 
  • Childrearing  
  • Religion  
  • Chinese families overseas 
  • Aging and ethnicity 

Awards and Recognition

Brescia Seed Grant received 

  • 2013 – Continuing research project on Childrearing Experience of Muslim Immigrant Women Living in London, Ontario. Awarded $700. 
  • 2011  – An Exploration of Socio-cultural Adaptation of Muslim Immigrant Women with Young Children Living in London, Ontario. Awarded $2000.00 
  • 2009 – Social-cultural adaptation, health, nutrition and successful aging of Chinese older  
    immigrants in London, Ontario – Co-Principal Investigator, $1000 
  • 2008 – Religious participation and family relation among recent Chinese immigrants in London, Ontario. – Principal Investigator, $2000 
  • 2007 – Social-cultural adaptation, health, nutrition and successful aging of older immigrants in London, Ontario: Part I. Development, Pre-testing and translations of Survey  
    Methodological Tools – Co-Principal Investigator, $2000. 
  • 2006 – Childrearing experience among recent Chinese immigrant families in London Ontario” – Principal Investigator, $1780.