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Mr Jona Barabas

PhD Student


8/F Hub, 8/F., The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus


Jona is a full-time PhD student in Sociology at the University of Hong Kong. A native of northern Scandinavia, he has recently relocated to Hong Kong after spending the past five years shuttling back and forth between scholarly endeavors in Taiwan and Sweden.

Being a relative newcomer to the realm of Sociology, Jona holds previous degrees in Chinese Studies and Educational Science. Writing his master’s thesis about Chinese queer fiction inspired Jona to venture into research about the non-fictional world. Subsequent volunteering at a support-organization for LGBTQ+ individuals in Taipei resulted in his current ambition to document the experiences of gender variant people navigating family life in Taiwan.


Master of Arts, Chinese Studies
Uppsala University

Visiting Student, Anthropology and Cinema Studies
National Taiwan University

Bachelor of Arts/Science, Educational Science
Luleå University of Technology

Bachelor of Arts, Chinese Studies
Uppsala University

Visiting Student, Business Administration
National Taiwan University

Visiting Student, Chinese Language
Communication University of China

Research interests

Gender and Sexuality
Queer Culture

Selected publications

Barabas, J. (2018). “What do my emotions matter if mother is sad?”: Filial Piety and Heteronormative Obligations in Beijing Story. Asia in Focus (5), 41-50.

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