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Rising Cohabitation, Flexible Intimacy, and Persistent Marriage in China

Poster 20220404

Date: 27 Apr 2022 (Wed)

Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Venue: Video conferencing platform Zoom

Speaker: Prof. Jing Song (Associate Professor, Gender Studies Programme, The Chinese University of Hong Kong)


China has witnessed rising cohabitation and robust marriage at the same time. This talk draws on survey and interview data from Chinese cities in the Pearl River Delta to address two research questions: 1) perceptions of cohabitation and the linkage between cohabitation and marriage; 2) perceptions of family labor division among cohabiting couples. For the first research question, quantitative results suggest generally tolerant perceptions of cohabitation and more divided views about the delinking of cohabitation and marriage. Qualitative analyses illustrate that women embrace flexible intimacy to make the best marriage choice, while men try to link cohabitation and marriage to prove their economic capability and sexual responsibility. For the second research question, most cohabiting couples belong to either “intended egalitarian” unions, or “discordant” unions with a typical “traditional man and egalitarian woman” combination. Under China’s materialistic turn that enhances market risks and the state-supported intimate turn that privatizes family matters, this study illustrates the persisting gender inequalities in private life, the uneven diffusion of egalitarian family ideals, and the mixed traditional expectations and individualistic desires.

Speaker's Biography: 

Jing Song is an Associate Professor in Gender Studies Programme at The Chinese University of Hong Kong and a Researcher (by courtesy) at Shenzhen Research Institute, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She got her BA and MA in sociology at Peking University (China) and PhD in sociology at Brown University (USA). Prof. Song studies gender and family issues with a focus on work and property in urbanization and migration processes, especially women's entrepreneurship, family life, and social status as shaped by state and market. She has published in China Quarterly, Urban Studies, Journal of Rural Studies, Journal of Contemporary China, Work Employment and Society, The China Review, Eurasian Geography and Economics, Housing Studies, Population Space and Place, Journal of Sociology, Journal of Chinese Sociology, Journal of Comparative Family Studies, Asian Anthropology, Chinese Journal of Sociology etc. Her book Gender and Employment in Rural China was published by Routledge in 2017.

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Contemporary Chinese Queer Cinema: From Celluloid Comrades to Digital Video Activism

20211108 Hongwei Bao Poster

Date: 8 Nov 2021 (Mon)

Time: 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Venue: Video conferencing platform Zoom

Speaker: Dr. Hongwei Bao (Associate Professor, Media Studies, University of Nottingham)


This talk charts a brief history of queer representation on contemporary mainland Chinese screen since the 1990s, highlighting some of the key titles, directors and styles. It will particularly focus on the community and activist strand of queer film culture such as activist documentary and queer film festivals. In doing so, it raises crucial questions about the relationship between film aesthetics and gender and sexual politics; it also explores how film culture participates in queer activism and shapes queer identity, community and politics.

Speaker's Biography: 

Dr Hongwei Bao is Associate Professor in Media Studies at the University of Nottingham, UK, where he also directs the Centre for Contemporary East Asian Cultural Studies. He is the author of three research monographs on queer Chinese culture, respectively titled Queer Comrades, Queer China and Queer Media in China. He serves on the editorial boards of British Journal of Chinese Studies and Chinese Independent Cinema Observer, as well as the international advisory boards of Queer Asia book series (Hong Kong University Press), Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art and Refeng Xueshu. He also writes and edits a column titled Queer Lens for the Chinese Independent Film Archive.

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Gender Constitutionalism and Reproductive Rights in Asia

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Date: 29 Oct 2021 (Fri)

Time: 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Venue: Video conferencing platform Zoom

Speaker: Prof. Mara Malagodi (Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, The Chinese University of Hong Kong)


This lecture explores the challenges and opportunities of gender constitutionalism in order to explain the extent to which constitutional law and litigation have provided an adequate venue to advance the equality claims of women and sexual and gender diverse people in the Asian context. In particular, the focus on the constitutional framing of sexual and reproductive rights seeks to illuminate questions about the relationship between gender constitutionalism and national identity. A comparative analysis of the constitutional treatment of sexual and reproductive rights in several Asian jurisdictions reveals a spectrum of approaches, which reflect a combination of nationalist, cosmopolitan, and pragmatic responses to demands for change in these areas. This set of questions will be explored in a comparative perspective and through an in depth case-study, that of Nepal — one of the few jurisdictions in the world in which reproductive rights are explicitly enshrined in the text of the constitution.


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Effects of general and sexual minority-specific COVID-19-related stressors on the mental health of lesbian, gay, and bisexual people in Hong Kong

Date: 20 Oct 2020 (Tue)

Time: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Venue: Video conferencing platform Zoom

Speaker: Prof Suen Yiu Tung (Assistant Professor, Gender Studies Programme, The Chinese University of Hong Kong)



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The impact of COVID-19 on mental health has begun to be widely recognized, but there is an absence of studies on how the mental health of lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) people have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of 857 LGB people in Hong Kong participated in a community-based survey study. Over one-fourth of them met the criteria for probable clinical depression (31.5%) and generalized anxiety disorder (27.9%). Besides general stressors, we identified sexual minority-specific stressors during the pandemic. 4.2% of the participants indicated that they had frequently experienced family conflict related to sexual orientation. One-third responded that they had largely reduced connection to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender plus (LGBT+) community (34.7%). The results showed that sexual minority-specific COVID-19-related stressors explained significant variance in depressive and anxiety symptoms, above and beyond the contribution of general COVID-19-related stressors. Since LGB people are particularly vulnerable to poor mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic, LGB people-targeting organizations need to understand more about family, space, and privacy concerns in order to provide better support, and LGB safe spaces and shelters may be needed as a policy response.


Speaker's Biography:

Prof Suen Yiu Tung obtained his D.Phil. in Sociology from the University of Oxford where he was a 4-year fully funded Swire Scholar at St. Antony’s College. He read his Msc Sociology also at the University of Oxford at St. Hugh’s College with China Oxford Scholarship. Currently, he is Assistant Professor of the Gender Studies Programme, Associate Director of the Gender Research Centre, and Founding Director of the Sexualities Research Programme, at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His studies inform and are informed by critical current debates on sexual orientation and gender identity laws and policies, particularly with a view to provide empirical evidence which has been largely absent in Asia. His research is multi-disciplinary in nature. He has spearheaded and chaired a number of international conferences in collaboration with organizations such as the European Union and the United Nations Development Programme.


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The New Normal: Rethinking Everyday Life During a Pandemic (SocSci Viewpoint – COVID-19 Talk Series)

Date: 29 May 2020 (Friday)

Time: 4:00pm – 4:45pm

Venue: Video conferencing platform Zoom


Dr. WONG Yuk-Ying Sonia (Lecturer, Gender Studies Programme,CUHK)


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Amidst the panic and casualties, the suspension of the “normal” under the pandemic is exposing many of the foundations of our society, offering us a unique opportunity to rethink about everyday life – from personal priority, family relations to more general notions of work, study and gender, are we finding new ways of being together with each other and ourselves?

Introduction to the SocSci Viewpoint – COVID-19 Talk Series:

The world has been changing quickly over the past few months due to the pandemic. The outbreak affects all of us, especially those who are in more vulnerable situations. The Faculty is going to host the “SocSci Viewpoint – Covid-19 Talk Series” through 
the video conferencing platform Zoom. Scholars from different disciplines in the Faculty will give their views on various aspects of the pandemic.  

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Gaymi: Emergent Masculinities and Straight Women's Friendships with Gay Male Best Friends in Jinan, China

Date: 22nd Feb 2019 (Friday)

Time: 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Venue: CKB109


Prof. Chris Tan (Associate Professor at Institute of Social Anthropology, Nanjing University, China)



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China’s economic liberalization in 1978 created new gendered and sexual subjectivities. This essay examines a new Internet meme gaymi (“gay confidante”) and its discursive construction of gay men as genteel embodiments of a women-friendly “emergent masculinity” (Inhorn and Wentzell, 2011). We argue that firstly, the gaymi discourse actually centers on the women who desire gay male companionship, because it ironically articulates the desires of these women and not those of the men. Secondly, strong links possibly exist between the rise of the gaymi and the popularity of the Korean Wave in China. Hence, the gaymi gestures at intra-Asian cultural globalization. 



Chris K. K. Tan is Associate Professor at the Institute of Social Anthropology at Nanjing University, China. His current research focuses on the intersections between affect and communicative technologies, especially the cell phone, in China. He previously published in such journals as Urban Studies, Anthropological Quarterly, and Journal of Homosexuality. He is currently working on a monograph manuscript about national belonging among gay men in Singapore.


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Gender and Sexuality Politics in South Korea and Hong Kong: ‘MeToo’ Movement

Date: 12 Sept 2018 (Wed)

Venue: Room 109, Chen Kou Bun Building, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Time: 12:00pm-2:00pm


Prof. Jesook Song (Department of Anthropology, The University of Toronto)

Prof. Raees Baig   (Department of Social Work, The Chinese University of Hong Kong)


Prof. Sealing Cheng (Department of Anthropology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong)


2018 9 12 Jesook Raees Dialogue Poster v.4This event would invite reflexive discussions of the ways in which “MeToo” movements evolved in Hong Kong and South Korea. In other words, how globally circulating discourse is mobilized and spins off in local contexts would produce particular dynamics in each society and history, brining potentially divergent implications in local feminist and queer activisms.

At the same time, however, considering its different evolvement and impacts in local contexts, it would be important, politically, historically and theoretically, to think of interconnected aspects of the “MeToo” movements in South Korea and Hong Kong. This kind of efforts to understand local context in depth while staying with the inter-connected geopolitics is built on a critical feminist thinking, which includes a relational approach carved by Gillian Hart, a feminist geographer, which is distinct from comparative approach and transnational feminism such as scholarly works by Lisa Yoneyama and Eunjung Kim. 

The dialogue between Jesook Song and Raees Baig will invite us to make sense of the diverging and converging currents in the ‘MeToo’ movements in South Korea and Hong Kong.

Jesook Song is Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto. Her books include South Koreans in the Debt Crisis: The Creation of a Neoliberal Welfare Society (Duke University Press, 2009), New Millennium South Korea: Neoliberal Capitalism and Transnational Movements (edited volume, Routledge, 2010), Living on Your Own: Single Women, Rental Housing, and Post-Revolutionary Affect in Contemporary South Korea (SUNY Press, 2014). She also co-edited Korea through Ethnography, a special issue of the Journal of Korean Studies (November 2012), and published articles in journals such as Anthropological Quarterly, Critique of Anthropology, Feminist Review, Gender, Place, and Culture, Journal of Youth Studies, positions, and Urban Geography.

Raees Baig is an Assistant Professor of the Department of Social Work, CUHK, and the Co-director of the Gender Research Centre, CUHK. Her research areas include gender, minority rights and migration; with a specific focus on women’s rights under transnational migration. Prior to her engagement in the academia, she worked in local human rights group focusing on minority rights and joined the UN Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights as a Senior Minority Fellow. She is currently serving in the board of various international human rights organization and local women’s rights group and has conducted gender mainstreaming trainings for the social workers and NGOs for the Hong Kong SAR Government.

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講者簡介:蘇熠慧,北京大學社會學系博士畢業,2010-2011年美國加州大學洛杉磯分校聯合培養博士,現為上海財經大學社會學系副教授,副系主任。研究方向為勞動社會學、性別社會學。研究內容主要集中在兩個方面,一是從交叉性視角關注勞動分工和性別不平等問題,二是關注職業教育體系變遷下的學生工問題, 曾在《社會學研究》,《社會》,《婦女研究論叢》發表論文若干。博士論文獲北京大學優秀博士論文獎,2014年余天休優秀博士論文獎。

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  2016-2017 Public Lectures

Date Topic Speaker Details
9/9/2016  In Conversation with Conchita, Winner of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest Gender, Media, and ‘Normalities’  -- Poster
17/3/2016  Having a Social Impact: How Researchers Can Engage with the Public  M. V. Lee Badgett Poster
20/3/2017  Untapped opportunities and the business case for LGBTI inclusion  M. V. Lee Badgett Poster
23/5/2017  Women, Work, and Marriage: Challenges of Gendered Social Mobility in Urban China  Arianne M. Gaetano Poster

 2015-2016 Public Lectures

Date Topic Speaker Details
28/10/2015 The Undue Emphasis on Women's Appearance in the Media Madeline Di Nonno


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5/12/2015 Making the Difference on a World Scale: Social Justice, Class and Gender in Contemporary Education Raewyn Connell  Poster
16/12/2015  Fate and Indeterminacy in the Sensory Circuit of 21st Century Taiwan Queer Romance 台灣酷兒電影感官迴路中的命定與未知 Mon Ya-feng 毛雅芬 Poster
14/1/2016 Consent in the Dark: Good Sex, Universities, and the State Carole S. Vance Poster
9/3/2016 Translocal peasant family reproduction and agrarian change in China: toward an analytical framework Tamara Jacka Poster
10/3/2016  Improving Women's Substantive Representation: a Comparison of Theoretic Determinants and Empirical Evidence from Chinese Villages Tamara Jacka Poster
 25/4/2016 Health and Social Activism of Self-Identified Gay Men in Postsocialist China Tiantian ZHENG Poster

2011 Public Lecture Series sponsored by Lee Hysan Foundation

Date Topic Speaker Details
Jan 26 2011 當亂倫創傷遇上精神分析──原初幻想或建構的真實? Peng, Jen-Yu Poster
Apr 27 2011 Women and the Modern Domicile in Turkey in the Mid-20th Century Meltem Ö. Gürel Poster
Jul 27 2011 與邢丹文對談:攝影、現實及生存的關係 XING Danwen Poster
Nov 2 2011 Walking with the Unmourned TRINH T. Minh-ha Poster
Oct 31 2011 The Politics of Forms and Forces
Nov 4 2011 The Boundary Event
Nov 1 2011 Workshop: "D-Story, D-Film" –
(Cinematic, Digital,Transcultural)
Screening of the film NIGHT PASSAGE followed by discussion

2010 Public Lecture Series sponsored by Lee Hysan Foundation

Date Topic Speaker Details
Jan 27 2010 I ( ) Graffiti Herng-Dar Bih, PhD

Article: 台灣街頭塗鴉文化
Article: 我愛塗鴉 (彩色版)

Apr 28 2010 The Gendered Grammar of Occidentalism:
Modes of Addressing Violence Against Women in Turkey
Meltem Ahiska, PhD PosterFlyer
Jul 28 2010 From Feminist Fieldwork to Collaborative Praxis: Lessons
from the Sangtin Movement in India
Richa Nagar, PhD PosterFlyer
Oct 25 2010 Gender-, Race- and Genre-bending in Contemporary
U.S. Theatre
Dorinne Kondo Flyer
Oct 27 2010 Seamless: A Play Reading with Commentary
Oct 26 2010 Gender, Race and the Trope of Performance in
Anthropology and Cultural Studies
Oct 29 2010 Gender, Race, and Corporeal Epistemologies

2009 Public Lecture Series sponsored by Lee Hysan Foundation

Date Topic Speaker Details
Jan 14 2009 Is there Sexism in Science? Li-ling Tsai, PhD Poster Poster
Apr 22 2009 Queer Like You: Sexual Culture and the Bounds of Normality Helen Hok-Sze Leung, PhD Poster
Jul 15 2009 Social Transformation and the Metamorphosis of the Family Hsia Lin-Ching, Ed. D. Poster
Oct 23 2009 Gender and Sexuality in the New Global Capitalism:
Are We Heading for Another Feudal Age?
Raewyn Connell, PhD,
Oct 28 2009 The Role of Men and Boys in Achieving Gender Equality Poster
Oct 22 2009 Researching Corporate Masculinities: A Discussion of Method Poster
Oct 29 2009 Southern Theory and the Critique of Gender Poster