Gender Studies Programme - Media Coverage




Title:Hong Kong must not neglect older people living with HIV

An article based on a recent paper Prof. Suen Yiu Tung published in the Journal of Aging Studies was published in South China Morning Post on 1 December. The article is about the needs of older people living with HIV.


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Hong Kong must not neglect older people living with HIV

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Title:Hong Kong’s LGBT community struggles for acceptance in sports and fitness industries, Chinese University survey shows

Professor Suen Yiu-tung, Associate Professor of Gender Studies Programme, CUHK, was interviewed by South China Morning Post about the right to sports participation for #LGBTQ people on 18 November.

Less than a year before Hong Kong co-hosts the Gay Games, new research findings by my team released today reveal that among the 884 lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer plus (LGBQ+) respondents in Hong Kong:
• 30% of them had experienced assault during PE classes.
• 47.4% of them said that homophobia in the sports sector are common or very common.
• One-fourth of them said they had experienced bullying because of being perceived as a sexual minority in sports or fitness settings.
• Among the respondents who said they had participated in a sports team before (42.6% of the respondents, n = 377), 57% of them had not come out to anyone at all.

There has been much debate in Hong Kong about the city hosting the Gay Games in 2023, the first time the event will be held in Asia. Over the past two decades, academic studies, and studies by sports agencies and government health departments, around the world have documented that homophobia, biphobia and transphobia remain rampant in sports settings for LGBTQ+ adolescents in school, as well as for LGBTQ+ adults in both leisure and competitive settings.

This study is the first to provide empirical evidence that a substantial proportion of LGBQ+ people in Hong Kong often feel unsafe or are actively excluded in sports settings.

Homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in sports settings have harmful consequences. They adversely affect LGBTQ+ people’s participation and performance in sports. They make it difficult for LGBTQ+ athletes to come out to their coach and team members. They do not only hinder authentic relationships from being built, but also drastically affect LGBTQ+ people’s performance as they have to divert their attention from performing at their absolute best to hiding who they are and questioning themselves. Homophobia, biphobia and transphobia make some LGBTQ+ people give up sports altogether.

Everyone should have the right to sports participation, health and well-being, including LGBTQ+ people.


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Hong Kong’s LGBT community struggles for acceptance in sports and fitness industries, Chinese University survey shows

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Date: 2022-11-06

Title: 內蒙女官員因外表打扮捱批:中國女性在當前政治風氣下為何左右為難

Dr. WONG Yuk Ying Sonia, lecturer of Gender Studies Programme, CUHK, was interviewed by BBC News Chinese about gender stereotyping in patriarchal society on 6 November.


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Date: 2022-08-31

Title: 中學生抵抗校園性別定型,平機會、法庭成為捍衛選擇權的新戰場

Prof.WONG Wang Ivy, director of Gender Studies Programme, CUHK, was interviewed by Initium Media about the gender stereotyping on Hong Kong school campuses. She indicated that no matter the reason, setting rules on one's appearance based on their gender is already a type of gender stereotype. She also expressed that the differences in gender stereotypes between cultures have been ignored, and more discussion should be made as gender rules have been changing over the years.


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Date: 2022-06-08

Title: LGBTQ+ rights in Hong Kong and mainland China

Assistant Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Suen Yiu Tung, discusses LGBTQ+ rights in Hong Kong and China, particularly in business and at the workplace. Suen has been engaged in LGBTQ+ research in Hong Kong for a whole decade and sees clear shift in terms of public opinion on LGBTQ+ issues and more business involvement in the city. He speaks to David Ingles, Yvonne Man and Rishaad Salamat on "Bloomberg Markets Asia". (Source: Bloomberg)


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Date: 2021-09-30

Title: Single Sex Education - is it right for my child?

Do children do better academically or is that just a myth? Do they flourish in the classroom away from the opposite sex or does it make them awkward and unprepared for the real world?

The BBC radio programme featuring Prof. Ivy Wong about single sex education is now available for replay.


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Date: 2021-07-10

Title: When will Hong Kong fully protect its LGBT community from discrimination?

To mark the 30th anniversary of the decriminalisation of same-sex sexual acts between consenting male adults in private in Hong Kong, Prof. Suen Yiu Tung of Gender Studies Programme published an opinion piece on the South China Morning Post reviewing the state of the LGBT+ community in recent 30 years in Hong Kong.


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South China Morning Post

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Date: 2021-06-23

Title: Gay Games

Prof. Suen Yiu Tung, Assistant Professor of Gender Studies Programme, CUHK spoke in the RTHK programme Backchat about Gay Games this morning.


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RTHK's Backchat: Gay Games

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Date: 2021-06-20

Title: As Hong Kong debates the Gay Games, why are they needed at all?

Prof. Suen Yiu Tung of Gender Studies Programme published an opinion piece on the South China Morning Post on the Gay Games on 20 June.


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Date: 2021-06-19

Title: Gender and sexual inclusion through Gay Games 11

Prof. Suen Yiu Tung, Assistant Professor of Gender Studies Programme, CUHK was invited to The Pulse of RTHK to discuss the topic of Gender and Sexualities Inclusivity in Hong Kong on 19 June 2021, especially on Gay Games Hong Kong 2022.


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RTHK's The Pulse: Gender and sexual inclusion through Gay Games 11

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Date: 2021-06-05

Title: 文學告白Brunch #6|黃鈺螢談女性詩歌:以溫柔、美麗、感性或愛去作為抵抗,用我的現實令你不舒服

Dr. Sonia Wong, lecturer of the Gender Studies Programme of CUHK, shared the power of poems written by female poets on the Youtube Channel "yatsionce" (一時ONCE).


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文學告白Brunch #6|黃鈺螢談女性詩歌:以溫柔、美麗、感性或愛去作為抵抗,用我的現實令你不舒服

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Date: 2021-05-19

Title: WUN Research Group Hosts Gender and (Im)Mobility Conference

Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) posted a news report on the International Conference: Gender and (Im)mobility in Uncertain Times organized by the WUN research group led by Prof. Jing SONG, Assistant Professor of Gender Studies Programme at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

“We realised that our research focus on gender and mobility has been greatly reshaped by the new global socioeconomic changes and the pandemic, and that we now needed to talk about immobility as well as mobility,” said Prof. Jing SONG.



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Date: 2021-05-19

Title: 走進人間的比丘尼:台灣佛教中女性的社會參與

Ming Pao recently interviewed Prof. Han Ling, Assistant Professor in Gender Studies Programme at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, on the social participation of Buddhist Women in Taiwan. Professor Han gave a lecture on  "The Intersection of Humanistic Buddhism and Social Sciences" on May 20, 2021.


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Date: 2021-05-13

Title: The Largest-scale Survey on the Social and Legal Marginalization of Transgender People in Hong Kong so far

In the lead-up to the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (upcoming on 17th May 2021), Prof Suen Yiu Tung and his team launched the results of a survey of 234 transgender people in Hong Kong between 2019 and 2020, the largest survey on the population in Hong Kong so far. The results of the survey document the social and legal marginalization that transgender people face in Hong Kong. The survey results were also discussed in the context of ongoing policy debates about legal gender recognition.


Chinese News Coverage:

1. 明報:中大調查:逾四成跨性別受訪者出入境遭負面對待 有抑鬱症狀

2. 東方: 研究指近8成受訪跨性別人士有自殺念頭 倡設性別身份反歧視法

3. 商業電台:中大調查發現過半跨性別人士曾遭歧視

4. 立場新聞: 研究指近 8 成跨性別人士有自殺念頭 促政府訂性別承認法、反歧視法

5. 眾新聞: 跨性別平權W案後無寸進 中大調查:51%受訪者面對歧

6. HK01: 調查發現近八成跨性別人士曾想過自殺 學者促跟進性別承認法

7. 頭條新聞:中大調查發現 逾半跨性別人士曾遭歧視

8. AM730: 八成跨性別港人想過自殺 專家倡精神健康支援

9. 經濟一週:中大調查|過半跨性別港人曾遭歧視

10. 香港商報: 中大調查:本港近八成跨性別受訪者表示曾遭歧視

English News coverage:

11. RTHK News: Transgender people face broad discrimination: survey

12. SCMP: Three-quarters of transgender people in Hong Kong have considered suicide, Chinese University survey reveals

13. Hong Kong Free Press: Half of transgender people in Hong Kong face discrimination, CUHK research shows

14. The Standard: Half of transgenders face discrimination: survey

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15. RTHK Hong Kong Today (13 May)

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Date: 2020-10-07

Title: The Hong Kong Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) Released Findings of the "Research on Public Attitudes towards Female Political Leadership"

On October 7, the Hong Kong Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) released the findings of the "Research on Public Attitudes towards Female Political Leadership", which were reported widely by local media. Commissioned by EOC, the research was conducted by the research team of the Gender Research Centre (GRC) of the Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Prof. Song Jing, Assistant Professor of Gender Studies Programme leads this research project and serves as the principal investigator.

The study showed that over 60% respondents, composed of the public and politicians, believed that domestic responsibility was an obstacle for female politicians. It is also highlighted that female leaders "received unwanted public attention with a focus on their body shape,  appearance and private lives. The research also provides practical suggestions to eliminate the difficulties female leaders face in participating politics and increase the representation of female politicians, such as introducing family-friendly policies, including flexible working hours and parental leave.


Media Coverage:

The Standard: Women making strides, but some barriers remain

The Standard: Female politicians viewed through deep-rooted stereotypes, survey finds

RTHK English News: Female politicians plagued by gender bias: study

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东网:身材外表被公众品评 平机会指女政治领袖压力大 

苹果日报:平机会发现过度关注外貌成女性从政障碍 吁避免「好打得」标签应注重表现

香港商报:Facebook Live Broadcast I

香港商报:Facebook Live Broadcast II

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商业电台: 天下为公仆 陈聪:论 愈抛低屋企、愈受到歌颂?



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Title: LGBT Rights in Hong Kong: the Path to Equality Revealed by Two Rulings (香港LGBT同志權益:兩宗裁決所揭示的平權路)

Prof Yiu-tung Suen of the Gender Studies Programme has been interviewed by BBC on the two recent rulings related to LGBT rights in Hong Kong recently.

Prof Suen said in most cases concerning LGBT rights, if the complaints applied for a judicial review on specific benefits and policies, they would normally have the chance to win, according to the current situation. The courts would regard that giving same-sex couples equal treatment has no harm to the heterosexual marriage system.

However, when the case touches the overall system and definition of same-sex couples in a larger scale, the probability of winning is small. Both the two recent cases show this trend.

Media: BBC News (Chinese Version)

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1. 2020/07/22

Changes of Family Life in Contemporary China 當代中國家庭生活的變|China Review 特刊

by Song Jing, Ji Yingchun

Media : WeChat Public Account: Lady Muse 繆斯夫人

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2. 2020/07/12 
How do young couple living together divide housework? Do they seek for more gender equality? 

by Song Jing, Lai Weiwen


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3. 2018/04/30

Sociology Academics speak | Jing Song: Female officials in the Villagers' Committee during Industrialization and Urbanization Process

社會學人說 | 宋婧:工業化與城市化進程中的村委會女幹部

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Date: 2020-06-26

Title: Curiouser and Curiouser (敏感時刻)

Prof. Ivy Wong was interviewed by the RTHK programme "Curiouser and Curiouser (敏感時刻)" on transgender issues. The interview starts at around 32:30 of the programme.

Media: RTHK 

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Date: 2020-06-16

Title: 'Ensure workplace protection for LGBT people in HK'


Prof Yiu-tung Suen of the Gender Studies Programme has been interviewed on the US Supreme Court's landmark decision on 17th June 2020 which rules that LGBT workers are protected from discrimination in the workplace.  

Speaking to the Radio Television Hong Kong, Prof Suen said mandatory workplace protection would be a good place to start given there's public support for the idea and businesses are already taking steps to protect their LGBT employees.

Suen said that research shows that LGBT people in the SAR face unfriendly attitudes from bosses and colleagues and may even be denied jobs, and that this may be more common in sectors like education and healthcare, with interviewees telling him that coming out would be "career suicide". However, his research has shown that support for protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity is quite high, and that earlier this year, a study he carried out showed that opposition to this kind of protection has dropped to "a historical low" of 12 percent. He told RTHK: "The government has to answer why they are not responsive to both the general public, the LGBT community as well as the business community."



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Date: 2020-05-14

Title: Collaboration with WUN on women's mobility in Asia

Prof. SONG Jing of the Gender Studies Programme at CUHK received a grant from the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) Research Development Fund (RDF) in 2018 to conduct a project titled ‘Women’s Mobility: Negotiating Work and Family Spheres in Asia’ which examines women’s mobility as a combined consequence of micro-level individual and family strategies and macro-level migration policies and trends in Asian societies. It has participation from four WUN member universities—The University of Sydney, University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of York and Zhejiang University—and seven non-WUN member universities, including Fudan University and the University of Oxford. For more details, please see the report from Office of Academic Links of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.


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Date: 2020-03-05

Title: Researcher urges same-sex couples law review

Prof. Suen Yiu Tung, Assistant Professor of the Gender Studies Programme, and Founding Director of the Sexualities Research Programme at the Chinese University of Hong Kong was interviewed live on RTHK's 'Hong Kong Today' Programme to talk about the recent verdict that the Housing Authority's rejection of an application for public housing by a same-sex couple was discriminatory and unlawful. And his research, concerning public attitudes toward sexual minorities, was quoted in a number of local outlets such as RTHK, Apple Daily, and Oriental Daily.

The Court of First Instance has handed down a judgment on 4 March 2020 to rule that the Hong Kong Housing Authority’s refusal to recognise same-sex marriages when assessing applications for public rental housing is unlawful and unconstitutional.

Suen Yiu-tung told RTHK on Thursday it would be a waste of public resources for the government to appeal Wednesday's judgment.

The Sexualities Research Programme of the Chinese University of Hong Kong provides some empirical evidence for understanding the social sentiment on the issue. In response to the question ‘If a same-sex couple is in a stable long-term relationship, do you agree with their right to apply for public housing as a family unit?’, 52% of the respondents said they very much agreed/ agreed in 2019, as compared to 39% back in 2016. According to the 2019 survey, only 24% said they disagreed/ very much disagreed with such a right, as compared to 33% back in 2016.

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Photo: Chris Lau

Date: 2020-01-08

Title: Support for laws against LGBT discrimination in Hong Kong rising, Chinese University survey finds

Prof. Yiu Tung Suen of Gender Studies Programme, CUHK brought attention to the waning opposition to legal protections for Hong Kong’s sexual minorities and urge the government to reconsider bringing in protective legislation preventing discrimination against LGBT people.

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South China Morning Post   (as lead story on A1 in printed version)


Hong Kong Free Press 

Apple Daily


The Stand News


The Initium 

The Standard 


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RTHK Today  


Date: 2019-11-18

Title: 點止講女人 More than about Woman

Media: RTHK 五夜講場 - 哲學有偈傾 2019 (Talk on Philosophy)

Dr. Sonia Wong and Dr. Cho Man Kit, lecturers of Gender Studies Programme of CUHK have appeared on the RTHK programme to talk about feminism.

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Date: 2019-10-31

Title:  CUHK Research Revealed Simple Intervention Would Help to Change Children's Bias to Gender Nonconformity

Prof. Ivy Wong's research on children's appraisals of gender nonconformity was reported in a press release by the Society for Research in Child Development and a press conference and press release organized by CUHK.

News clippings in the media: 

SRCD Press release  2019-10-24 New Intervention May Help Ease Young Children's Biases Against Gender-nonconforming Peers

CUHK Press release 2019-10-31CUHK Study Reveals Simple Inventio May Change Young Children's Biased Perception of Peers Breaking Gender Norms 

Child&Family Blog 2019-10 Gender Nonconforming Children, Particularly Boys, Are Less Popular With Peers

HKET TOPICK 2019-10-31中大研究揭兒童對性別非常規化朋輩存偏見 倡培育多元共融意義 2019-10-31 4歲童已對非常規性別行為存偏見 學者倡及早教育 

SCMP 2019-11-01 Gender stereotyping can be reduced at a young age with proper intervention, study conducted on Hong Kong children finds

hk012019-11-01 中大研究:4歲童對「娘娘腔」行為存偏見 倡及早培育多元意義 

etnet 2019-11-01 歧視「娘娘腔」「與異性結伴」 4歲小童已有性別偏見 

Ming Pao 2019-11-01 研究:男生愛洋娃娃女生短髮難交友 4歲童有「非常規性別」偏見

AM730 2019-11-01 幼童歧視不跟從性別規範朋輩 中大專家︰早介入可減偏見 

HKEJ 2019-11-01 研究揭4歲童已具性別定型觀念

HKET 2019-11-01 對「娘娘腔」朋輩 或4歲已存偏見

Sing Tao Daily 2019-11-01 研究:幼童對非常規性別行為存偏見

Sky Post 2019-11-01 歧視「娘娘腔」「與異性結伴」 4歲小童已有性別偏見



Date: 2019-8-7

Title:  自由女 Liberal Women

Media: RTHK  五夜講場 - 學人串社科 2019(Talk on Social Sciences)

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Date: 2019-06-06

Title: Interview with Prof. Suen Yiu Tung by international press on the top appeals court ruling on spousal benefits to a married gay couple

The top appeals court in Hong Kong issued a ruling granting spousal benefits to a married gay couple on 6 June 2019 and attracted international press coverage. Dr. Suen Yiu Tung, Assistant Professor of Gender Studies Programme, CUHK was interviewed by a number of international news agency such as BBC, Bloomberg and Financial Times etc.

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Date: 2019-05-30

Title: Interview with Prof. Suen Yiu Tung by RTHK on LGBT inclusion in Asia in "Backchat"

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Media: RTHK Radio 3  - Backchat


Date: 2019-05-24

Title: Interview with Prof. Suen Yiu Tung by RTHK on passing of same-sex marraige in Taiwan in "Headlines" passing of same-sex marraige in Taiwan in "Headlines"

Media: RTHK - Headlines



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Date: 2019-03-11

Project: Women’s Mobility: Negotiating Work and Family Spheres in Asia 

Academic Lead: Prof. Song Jing

Organization: Worldwide Universities Network



Date: 2019-01-19

Title: Interview with Prof. Suen Yiu Tung by Now Report on same-sex marriage

Media: Now Report

Date: 2019-01-07

Title: Interview with Prof. Suen Yiu Tung by RTHK on 'sexual orientation info needed in next census"

Media: RTHK Newswrap


Date: 2018-09-07

Title: Interview with Prof. Suen Yiu Tung by RTHK on India's historic gay-rights ruling gives people 'hope'

 Media: RTHK Hong Kong Today



Date: 2018/07/05

Title:  Interview with Prof. Suen Yiu Tung by RTHK on same-sex couples win right to spousal visas in Court of Final Appeal in Hong Kong

Media: RTHK Radio 1


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Date: 2018/5/4

Title: Beyond the Binary: Gender Studies Programme

Author: Christine N.

Media: CUHK UPDates


Date: 2017/11/26

Title: City Forum: Whether a Gender Recognition System should be Established? 

Speaker: Prof. Suen Yiu Tung, Assistant Professor, Gender Studies Programme.

Media: RTHK


Date : 2017/11/12

Title : Hong Kong has the 2022 Gay Games. Life for China’s LGBTI people may improve at last

Author : Prof. Suen Yiu Tung

Media : Theguardian

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Title : Sex talk: gender expert on why Hongkongers are getting fewer intimate moments

Author : Rachel Blundy

Media : South China Morning Post

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Title: 在這個戀愛至上的時代,她為甚麼厭倦戀愛?

Interviewee: Dr. Cho Man Kit, Joseph

Media: Initium Media


Date : 2017/2/12

Title: 重回「野戰」 現場拍攝 探究 為何做愛, 不回家(P1) (P2) (P3) (P4)

Interviewee : Dr. Cho Man Kit

Media: Ming Pao

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Date: 2016/12/28

Title: It pays to promote equality for LGBTI groups

Author: Prof. Suen Yiu Tung

Media:China Daily Asia

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Date: 2016/09/26

Title: The way Hong Kong tackles issue of rights for same-sex couples will test its claim to be Asia's World City

Author: Prof. Suen Yiu Tung

Media: South China Morning Post


Date: 2016/08/24

Title: Sexual Orientation and Politics in Hong Kong

Media: Various

Interviewee: Prof Suen Yiu Tung

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Women’s Mobility: Negotiating Work and Family Spheres in Asia

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    2020/07/22宋婧 计迎春缪斯夫人 


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