Wen-shan Yang is currently a research fellow at the Institute of Sociology and also serving as the Director of the Program for Historical Demography, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan. He received his Ph.D. in social demography from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a past president of Taiwanese Population Association (2005-2007). In the past several years, his research focuses on the marriage squeeze problems, the adaptation and assimilation of foreign brides to the Taiwanese society, and quality of life issues among the general and elderly population in Taiwan. He has published articles in many international research journals, including Social Sciences & Medicine, American Journal of Epidemiology, Lancet, Japanese Population Studies, Asian Journal of Social Science, Taiwanese Journal Population (Chinese), etc. His main research interests lie in areas of gender inequality in health, Taiwanese historical demographic transition and lowest-low fertility and elder health care in Taiwan. In 2010, he and his colleague Melody Chia-wen Lu published an edited volume on Asian Cross-border Marriage Migration: Demographic Patterns and Social Issues by Amsterdam University Press; and in 2011 he and Theo Englen, John R. Shepherd published another edited volume on Death at the opposite ends of the Eurasian continent: Mortality trends in Taiwan and the Netherlands 1850-1945 by Aksant.


Given Name  Wen-shan 
Surname  Yang 
Country(s) of nationality  Taiwan 
Country of residence  Taiwan 
Mailing address

Institute of Sociology Academia Sinica Nankang, Taipei 115 Taiwan

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Telephone (Home) 886-2-26666055
Telephone (Office) 886-2-2652-5117
Highest degree Ph.D.
Year: 1989
Institution: University of Texas at Austin
Discipline: Sociology with concentration in social demography
Current employment/position Institute of Sociology/Academia Sinica/Research Fellow


Previous employment 
1. Carnegie Mellon
2. Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta
3. Sun Yat-sen Institute for Social Sciences and Philosophy, Academia Sinica

Other honorary or professional positions

1. Engelen, Theo, John R. Shepherd and Wen Shan Yang (eds), 2011. Death at the Opposite Ends of the Eurasian Continent. Life at the Exremes Vol. IV. Amsterdam, the Netherlands: Aksant Academic Publishers.
2. Wen-shan Yang and Melody Li (eds.). 2010. Asian Cross-border Marriage Migration: Demographic Patterns and Social Issues. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
3. Meng-zhu Zhang, Wen-shan Yang and Ying-Chang Chuang. 2011 ―A Historical and Demographical Analysis of Concubine Marriage in Hsin-chu Area during Japanese Colonial Rule in Taiwan.‖ Journal of Social Science and Philosophy. 23: 117-158.
4. Chun-Hao Li, Wen-shan Yang and Ying-Chang Chuang. 2011. ―Can We Trust Japanese Colonial Taiwan Demographic Data?—An Empirical Study from the Demographic Indirect Estimation Techniques.‖ In Theo Engelen and John Shepherd (eds.) Death at the opposite ends of the Eurasian continent. Mortality trends and characteristics in Taiwan and the Netherlands 1850-1945. Aksant: Amsterdam.
5. Sun-Chen Hung, Wen-shan Yang and Pei-Chih Yen, 2010. "More Than Lost in Translation? An Exploratory Study of Social Worker's Experience Working with Vietnamese Wives in Taiwan", International Journal of Social Work. (SSCI)
6. An-Chi Tung and Wen-shan Yang. 2006. ―Women‘s Job Security and Fertility Decisions: A Case Study of Taiwan.‖ The Journal of Population Studies 39: 39-55.