Rongtian Tong

MAIS, 2023
Rongtian Tong


Rongtian is a graduate student in International Studies at the Jackson School of International Studies. His research interest(s) primarily focuses on culture. He majored in International Business, with a minor in Sociology, for his undergraduate degree. Prior to becoming a student at the University of Washington, he worked as a researcher at Shanghai International Studies University in the field of Intercultural Communication.

Research Interest

Cross-cultural Psychology, Cultural Anthropology, International Studies, China Studies


Kulich, S., Weng, L., Tong, R., & DuBois, G. (2020). Interdisciplinary History of Intercultural Communication Studies: From Roots to Research and Praxis. In D. Landis & D. Bhawuk (Eds.), The Cambridge Handbook of Intercultural Training (Cambridge Handbooks in Psychology, pp. 60-163). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/9781108854184.006

English, A., Zhang, Y.B., & Tong, R. (2021). Social support and cultural distance: Sojourners’ experience in China. International Journal of Intercultural Relations.

English, A., Talhelm, T., Tong, R., Li, X., & Su, Y. (2022). Historical rice-farming explains faster mask use during early days of China’s COVID-19 outbreak. Current Research in Ecological and Social Psychology.

Steppat, M., & Tong, R. (in press). Prefigurations of intercultural thinking: Explorations in ancient sources. In Steve J. Kulich & Michael Steppat (Eds.), Social Histories and the Foundations of Intercultural Studies (Intercultural Research, Vol. 11). New York, NY: Peter Lang Publications. (Abridged version available in JICIR: