Mr Jona Barabas

PhD Student

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


Jona Barabas is a full-time PhD student in Sociology at the University of Hong Kong. Born and raised in the Scandinavian wilderness, Jona has spent the past decade shuttling back and forth between his homeland and various locations in East Asia. Writing his master’s thesis on the topic of queer Chinese literature inspired Jona to undertake his current research project, which aims to document how gender diversity is perceived and navigated in Taiwanese families.


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.