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Hsin-Yu Chen

Graduate Student

Office: 815 Ford Building

Hsin-Yu is an international student from Taiwan, currently pursuing a PhD in Recreation, Park and Tourism Management. She holds a Master of Science in Recreation and Leisure Service Administration and received a graduate certificate in Event Management at Florida State University. After experiencing cultural differences first-hand, she became interested in studying cross-cultural relationships and comparison. Her research is focused on how people’s perception of, and preference for, skin color differs between cultural backgrounds, and how these cultural values relate to our daily lives, including sun-seeking and sun-protecting behaviors, and indoor versus outdoor leisure activity preferences. More specifically, her research explores the role of skin color in both cultural and racial contexts, and how people’s attitudes toward skin color influence human behavior in general, and leisure behavior in particular.