Xuemei Cao is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at the University at Albany, State University of New York. She is broadly interested in immigration, family, aging, networks and qualitative research methods. Her dissertation research explores how older Chinese immigrants’ involvement in different types of organizations shape their local and transnational ties in later life. Previously, she engaged in projects that examine the community life of older adults and family relations of Asian immigrants in the US. She holds a MA in sociology and BA in journalism from Sun Yat-sen University, China.