Jhang, J. (2019). “She did not come out, but we’ve come to terms” -- Family reconciliation of

challenged expectations when a young adult child is gender and sexual minority/tongzhi:

Multiple perspectives. Unpublished doctoral dissertation. The University of Texas at Austin.


Jhang, J. (2019). Examining cultural discourses in Taiwanese gender and sexual minority/tongzhi

family-of-origin relationships. Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review, 33, 115–142.


Jhang, J. (2018b). Scaffolding in family relationships: A grounded theory of coming

out to family. Family Relations. 67(1), 161-175. DOI: 10.1111/fare.12302


Jhang, J. (2018a). [Review of Celebrity health narratives and the public health, by Christina S. Beck,

Stellina M.A. Chapman, Nathaniel Simmons, Kelly E. Tenzek and Stephanie M. Ruhl]. Health 

Communication, 33(2), 225-228. DOI: 10.1080/10410236.2016.1250193


Bock, M. J., Pain, P., & Jhang, J. (2017). Covering Nipples: News Discourse and the Politics and

Framing of Breastfeeding. Feminist Media Studies. 19(1), 53-69. DOI: 10.1080/14680777.2017.1313754

Current/Future Projects 


The social causes and impact of low birth rate


Infodemics and human relationship


Community health, mental health

Research Areas

Interpersonal Communication 人際傳播

Family communication 家庭傳播

Health communication 健康傳播

LGBTQ and gender studies​ 同志與性別研究

Conflict and communication 衝突與溝通

Language and social interaction 語言與社會互動

Grounded theory 紮根理論

Qualitative research methods 質性研究方法

Discourse studies 論述研究
Conversation analysis 對話分析

Awards and Honors

  • 2020 | Sandra Petronio Family Communication Dissertation Award, National Communication Association

  • 2019 | Doctoral Honors Seminar (competitively selected), National Communication Association,

  • 2019 | Program Director Scholarship, North America Taiwan Studies Association

  • 2018 | Scholarship, Global Island: Taiwan and the World workshop, University of Washington, Taiwan Studies Program

  • 2018 | Travel funding to The National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation Conference

  • 2017 | National Communication Association Student Caucus Travel Award, National Communication Association

  • 2017 | Student Travel Grant, 2017 International Communication Association Preconference— Digital Asia: Recent Research and Practice. San Diego, CA.

  • 2016 | Health Communication Scholar Program Research Grant, Moody College of Communication, UT Austin

  • 2016 | Outstanding Ph.D. Student of the Year, Department of Communication Studies, UT Austin

  • 2015 | Top Student Paper Award in the Language and Social Interaction Division, National Communication Association

  • 2015 | National Communication Association Student Caucus Travel Award (The LGBTQ Caucus), National Communication Association

  • 2014-2015 | Graduate School Continuing Scholarship, UT Austin

  • 2013-2014 | The Pic-Wagner Fellowship, UT Austin

  • 2010-2012 | Full Scholarship Grantee, Alliance for Language Learning and Educational Exchange (ALLEX) Scholarship Program

Research Engagement

  • 2021-Present | Researcher, Dr. Chan Chang-Chuan The Sixth Naphtha Cracker research public writing project

  • 2021-Present | Researcher, Mental Health Association in Taiwan 

  • 2021-Present | Taiwan-UK Sex/Gender/Sexuality Minorities Health Research Network (TUSHRN) Taskforce   

  • 2018 -2021 | Regional Expert, Franklin & Marshall Global Barometer of Gay Rights/ Transgender Rights (F&M GBGR/GBTR), Franklin & Marshall College

  • 2016-2019 | Researcher, The Health Communication Scholar Program, Department of Asian Studies, UT Austin

  • 2015-2017 | Assistant Researcher, The News as Cultural Research Group, School of Journalism, UT Austin

  • 2012-2013 | Research Assistant, Interdisciplinary Project on Computational Linguistics and Chinese Dialectics, Chang Gung University, Taipei, Taiwan

Academic Learning

  • ​2021-2022 | Selected invitee, 科技部人文社會科學研究中心:知識x社會x未來:跨領域年輕學者論壇

  • 2021 | Selected invitee, 台大風險中心參與式前瞻工作坊

Invited Talks

June 2022 Taiwan Ireland Association

  • Topic: “Rethinking family: Taiwan as an extended case“ 


Spring 2022  Department of Cultural Resources and Leisure Industries, National Taitung University, Taitung, Taiwan

  • Topic: “Twenty years into the 'Act of Gender Equality in Employment'"

Fall 2021 Research Institute of The Humanities and Social Sciences, Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan

  • Topic: “Taiwan Studies in North America“

Fall 2021 Language Center, Chung Yuan Christian University, Taoyuan, Taiwan

  • Topic: “Mental health and studying abroad"

  • Topic: “TOEFL exam preparation"

  • Topic: “Studying abroad--application package"

Fall 2021 Graduate Program of Ethnicity and Culture, National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University, Hsin-Chu, Taiwan

  • Topic: “Families in Post Same-Sex Marriage Taiwan" 

Spring 2021 Communication Studies Department, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California (online)

  • Topic: “Internationalizing the study of family and interpersonal communication”


Spring 2021  Department of Cultural Resources and Leisure Industries, National Taitung University, Taitung, Taiwan

  • Topic: “Empowering diversity in the workplace”


Fall 2020  Austin Asian American Film Festival-Prismatic Taiwan (talk given online)

  • Topic: “Family relationship and communication in Small Talk (2016)”


Fall 2020  Association for Taiwan Literature, Chung Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan

  • Topic: “Current Trends in Taiwan Studies-North America Perspective”


Fall 2020 Department of Mass Communication, Providence University, Taichung, Taiwan

  • Topic: “Identity issues in same-sex marriage movement in Taiwan”


Spring 2020 Department of Cultural Resources and Leisure Industries, Taitung, Taiwan

  • Topic: “Gender Issues in the workplace”


Fall 2019 College of Communication, National ChengChi University, Taipei, Taiwan

  • Topic: “Field observation and in-depth interviews: What are these?”


Fall 2019 Graduate Society of Applied Linguists, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

  • Topic: “She did not come out but we’ve come to terms”— family reconciliation of challenged expectations when a young adult child is a gender and sexual minority/ tongzhi”


Spring 2017 Department of Psychology and Counseling, Ming Chuan University, Taoyuan, Taiwan

  • Topic: “The daily lives for the sexual and gender minorities: Family relationship, and work”


Fall 2016 Department of Psychology and Counseling, Ming Chuan University,  Taoyuan, Taiwan

  • Topic: “A counselor’s guide to understanding the basics of the sexual and gender minorities”


Fall 2016 Department of Mass Communication, Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan

  • Topic: “The endless possibilities that blossom when LGBTQ+ intersects with communication studies”


Fall 2016 Institute of Communication Studies, National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan

  • Topic: “Media communication: LGBTQ+ and gender”


Fall 2016 Department of Speech Communication, Shih Hsin University, Taipei, Taiwan

  • Topic: “What has been communicated in speech communication?”


Fall 2016 Department of Mass Communication, Providence University, Taichung, Taiwan

  • Topic: ”Sex and gender in communication studies: Binary and fluidity”

Spring 2015 Workshop: Cigarette smoking among sexual minority populations, Department of 

Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia (talk given online)

  • Topic: “LGBTQ+ substance use and abuse in Taiwan”


Spring 2013 The Teaching Excellence Seminar-English Subject, Ching Hua High School, Taoyuan, Taiwan

  • Topic: “Communicative pedagogy: What is it, why is it important, and how to use it”