Presenter Bios

Mingjie is a PhD candidate in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at University of Waterloo. She received her Bachelor in Tourism Management from South China Normal University (2010) and Master of Science from Peking University (2013). Her research interests focus on understanding vacation experiences from Children's perspective.

Currently Mark is the Chair and Professor of the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at the University of Waterloo. He joined the Department in 1992. Prior to arriving in Canada, he received a Ph.D. in Recreation Resource Development (1987) from Texas A&M University.

Luke is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies and Director of Campus Athletics Research Network (CARN) at the University of Waterloo. He received his Ph.D. in Recreation and Leisure Studies from University of Waterloo. Luke’s research interests include consumer behavior related to sport events.

Abstract

This research is proposed to examine Chinese family vacations in the single child policy context. Family vacations are considered to play a beneficial role in strengthening family functioning as well as improving individual’s wellbeing. However, extant understandings of family vacations are limited due to the absence of voices from non-Western cultures. Based on a post-positivist orientation, this study will conduct an empirical study in three major cities in Mainland China. Using middle school students as the sample of Chinese single children, this study intends to describe representations of Chinese single children’s family vacations; to evaluate single children’s perceptions of the quality of their family vacation experiences; and to examine the influence of family vacation (i.e., family interaction, quality of experiences) on Chinese single children’s subjective wellbeing.

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A study of Chinese single children's family vacation and wellbeing

This research is proposed to examine Chinese family vacations in the single child policy context. Family vacations are considered to play a beneficial role in strengthening family functioning as well as improving individual’s wellbeing. However, extant understandings of family vacations are limited due to the absence of voices from non-Western cultures. Based on a post-positivist orientation, this study will conduct an empirical study in three major cities in Mainland China. Using middle school students as the sample of Chinese single children, this study intends to describe representations of Chinese single children’s family vacations; to evaluate single children’s perceptions of the quality of their family vacation experiences; and to examine the influence of family vacation (i.e., family interaction, quality of experiences) on Chinese single children’s subjective wellbeing.