Gender Studies Programme - SUEN Yiu Tung


SUEN Yiu Tung D.Phil. in Sociology, St. Antony's College, University of Oxford
Position: Assistant Professor
Telephone: 3943 6624
Fax No.: 2603 7223
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Courses Taught:

GDRS1001 (UGEC1209) –Thinking Gender: An Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies

GDRS3007 – Understanding Masculinties and Social Change

GDRS4008 – Gender, Age, Race and Health

GDRS4010 – Thesis

GDRS5030 – Advanced Topics in Gender Studies I

GDRS5040 – Advanced Topics in Gender Studies II

GDRS5084 – Genders and Sexualities in Asia

Research Interest:  Sexualities, LGBT Issues, Gender, Social Policy, Law, Discrimination, Ageing, Health, HIV/AIDS

Prof. Suen (D.Phil. in Sociology, St. Antony's College, University of Oxford) is Assistant Professor of Gender Studies, and Associate Director of the Gender Research Centre, Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Prof. Suen is the Founding Director of the Sexualities Research Programme, the first research programme in Hong Kong dedicated to conducting rigorous, independent research on sexuality issues, with a particular focus on sexual orientation, gender identity, law and social policy.

He was the Principal Investigator of the 'Study on Legislation against Discrimination on the Grounds of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Status' commissioned by the Equal Opportunities Commission, an independent statutory body of the Hong Kong government. The research has been reported in almost all local media outlets, submitted by the Equal Opportunities Commission to the major relevant government units, including the Chief Executive of the HKSAR and Chief Secretary for Administration as well as all members of the Legislative Council.The research has been recognized as having 'made a significant effort to engage those who have strong concerns on LGBT equality', and for the research the Equal Opportunities Commission and the Gender Research Centre were awarded the Community Business LGBT Advocacy Award 2016 which recognises an individual /organisation that has advocated for legal and/or social change and progress around LGBT inclusion in Hong Kong.

Prof. Suen's academic writings can be found published or forthcoming in such journals as Journal of Homosexuality, Sociological Research Online, Sexual and Relationship Therapy, Higher Education Research and Development, Social Theory and Health, and others.
His co-edited book (with Andrew King, Kathryn Almack and Sue Westwood) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Ageing: Minding the Knowledge Gaps is under contract with Routledge (London). He serves on the Editorial Board of Journal of Men's Studies (Sage), and the Associate Editorial Board of Sociological Research Online (Sage).

Prof. Suen serves as the Vice-chairperson and the youngest board member of AIDS Concern Hong Kong, the first non-government organization working on HIV/AIDS issues set up in Hong Kong 25 years ago.

He has been frequently invited to speak in various conferences and events on LGBT issues addressing a wide range of audiences including policy makers, business leaders, lawyers, health care professionals, service providers, secondary school and university students, and social activists.

Selected Publications:
2016 Study on Hong Kong Public and LGB People’s Attitudes towards LGB-friendly Business Organizations. (co-authored with Wong, M.Y., Chan, R.C.H., Yeung, G.K.W.)
2016 Sexual Orientation, Right to Inquire Partner’s Medical Information and Right to Claim Partner’s Ashes in Hong Kong. (co-authored with Yeung, G.K.W., Wong, M.Y., Chan, R.C.H.)
2016  Sexual Orientation and Politics in Hong Kong(co-authored with Yeung, G.K.W., Wong, M.Y., Chan, R.C.H.)
2016  Mental Health of Transgender People in Hong Kong. (co-authored with Chan, R. C. H. and Wong, M. Y.)
2016 Study on Legislation against Discrimination on the Grounds of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Status. Equal Opportunities Commission. (co-authored with Wong, W. C. et al.)
Forthcoming 'Older single gay men’s body talk: resisting and rigidifying the ageing discourse in the gay community' Journal of Homosexuality
Forthcoming 'Male homosexuality in Hong Kong: a 20-year review of public attitudes towards homosexuality and experiences of discrimination self-reported by gay men' in Lin, X. Haywood, C. and Mac an Ghaill, M. (eds.), East Asian Men: Masculinity, Sexuality and Desire. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. (co-authored with Wong, M. Y.)
2015 'What’s Gay About Being Single? A Qualitative Study of the Lived Experiences of Older Single Gay Men' Sociological Research Online 20(3): 7
2015 'Methodological reflections on researching lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) university students in Hong Kong: to what extent are they vulnerable interview subjects?' Higher Education Research & Development 34(4): 722-734
2015 'To date or not to date, that is the question: Older single gay men's concerns about dating' Sexual and Relationship Therapy 30(1): 143-155.
2015 'Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ageing'in Twigg, J. and Martin, W. (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Cultural Gerontology. London: Routledge
2014 'Good Practice in Health and Social Care Provision for Older LGBT people' in Fish. J. and Karban, K. (eds.), Social Work and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Health Inequalities: International Perspectives. Bristol: Policy Press. (co-authored with Westwood, S., King, A., Almack, K., and Bailey, L.)
2012 'Homeshare programme – Critical reflections' Journal of Intergenerational Relationships 10(2): 184-189.
2012 'Taking stock: Exploring trends in the field of men's studies through a content analysis of the American Men's Studies Association (AMSA) Annual Conference programs 1993-2011' Journal of Men's Studies 20(1):73-83 (with Jeffrey Cohen).
2011 'Do older women or older men report worse health? - Questioning the "sicker" older women assumption through a period and cohort analysis' Social Theory & Health 9:71-86.
Administrative Duties

Associate Director

●Gender Research Centre, the Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies

Founding Director

●Sexualities Research Programme, Gender Research Centre, the Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies

Adjunct Assistant Professor (by courtesy)

●Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care


●Task Force on Education and Training, Committee Against Sexual Harassment

Community and Professional Service

Associate Editorial Board

●Sociological Research Online

Editorial Board

●Journal of Men's Studies

Vice-Chairperson, Board of Directors

●AIDS Concern Hong Kong