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CHOI Susanne Y. P.

DPhil (Oxford University)

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Susanne Choi Yuk Ping received her D.Phil. in Sociology at Nuffield College, University of Oxford. She  was a Fulbright scholar at Harvard University in 2013. Her current research interests include migration, gender, family, sexuality,  service work, and right wing populism. She has written extensively on issues such as migrant labour, cross-border marriages, spousal violence, health issues and violence against female sex workers, gay and lesbian nominal marriages, and domestic division of labour in Chinese societies. Her lead--authored book Masculine Compromise (published by University of California Press) explores how men's rural to urban migration shapes gender and family dynamics in post-socialist China. Susanne is the recipient of the Chinese University's Young Scholar's Research Excellence Award, Research Excellence Award, Exemplary Teaching Award, Vice-Chancellor's Exemplary Teaching Award, and Research Mentorship Award. Her book Masculine Compromise also received the 2108 Best Book Award from International Sociological Association's  RC31 (Sociology of Migration). Since 2015, Susanne has served as an appointed member of Hong Kong's Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) and an elected convener of the equality watchdog's policy, research and training work. She also leads EOC's anti-sexual harassment working group. 

Current Research & Teaching Interests
  • Gender
  • Migration
  • Family
  • Sexuality
  • Social Movement
  • Hong Kong Studies

Book Monograph
2016 Choi, S.Y.P. & Y.Peng. Masculine Compromise: Migration, Family and Gender in China. University of California Press. (Recipient of the International Sociological Association RC31 2018 Best Book Award) 
Selected Journal Articles
2020 Choi, S.Y.P. RRS. Lai., JCL. Pang.  Gender Irrelevance: How Women and Men Rationalise Their Support for the Right. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. Vol 45 (2): 473-495. 
2019 Lai, RRS. & Choi, SYP. Premarital Sexuality, Abortion and Inter generational  Dynamics in China. Modern China.
2019 Chiu, JTY. & Choi, SYP. The decoupling of Legal and Spatial Migration of Female Marriage Migrants. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.  (published online before print,
2018 Choi, S.Y.P.  Masculinity and Precarity: Male Migrant Taxi Drivers in South China. Work, Employment and Society, 32 (3): 493-508. 
2018 Choi, S.Y.P.  Migration, Masculinity and Family. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.
2018 S.Y.P., Yeoh, B. and Lam, T. Situated Agency in the Context of Research on Children, Migration and Family in Asia. Population, Space and Place.
2018 Chiu, J.T.Y. and Choi, S.Y.P. Frequent Border-Crossing Children and Cultural Membership. Population, Space and Place.
2016 Choi, S.Y.P. Gender pragmatism and subaltern masculinity in China: Peasant men’s responses to their wives’ labour migration. American Behavioral Scientist, 60(5-6), 565-582.
2016 Choi, S. Y. P. & Cheung, A.K.L. Age Different and disadvantaged: Age and financial stress in cross-border marriages. Journal of Family Issues.
2016 Cheung, A.K.L. & Choi, S.Y.P. Non-traditional wives with traditional husbands: Gender ideology and husband-to-wife physical violence in Chinese society. Violence against Women.
2016 Choi, Susanne YP. & Luo Ming. Performative Family: Homosexuality, Marriage and Intergenerational Dynamic in China.  British Journal of Sociology.  67 (2), 260-280. 
2015 Lui C.W. & Choi, S.Y.P. Not just mum and dad: The role of children in exacerbating gender inequalities in childcare. Journal of Family Issues. 36(13): 1829-1853. 
2015 Choi, S.Y.P. & Y.Peng. Humanized Management? Capital and Labour at a Time of Labour Shortage in South China. Human Relations. 68(2) 287–304(Equal Author)
2014 Choi, S.Y.P., Cheung, A.K.L., Cheung, Y.W., David, R. Bring the subjective back in: Resources and husband-to-wife physical assault among Chinese couples in Hong Kong.  Violence against Women, 20(12):1428-46.
2014 Cheung, Y.W., Choi, S.Y.P., Cheung, A.K.L. Strain, self-control and spousal violence: A study of husband-to-wife violence in Hong Kong. Violence and Victims, 29,   280-299.
2013 Peng Yinni. & Choi, S.Y.P. Technologies of power and resistance: Mobile phone use among factory migrant workers in south China.  The China Quarterly, 215, 553-571. 
2012 Choi, S. Y. P., Cheung YW., Cheung A.KL. Social Isolation and Spousal Violence: Comparing Marriage Migrants with Local Women. Journal of Marriage and Family, 74:444-461.
2012 Choi, S.Y.P., & David, R. Lustration Systems and Trust: Evidence from Survey Experiments in the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland.  American Journal of Sociology, 117:4.  (Equal author)
2011 Choi, S.Y.P. State Control, Female Prostitution and HIV Prevention in China. The China Quarterly, 205:96-114.
2011 Choi, S.Y.P. Heterogeneous and Vulnerable: The Health Risks Facing Transnational Female Sex Workers. Sociology of Health and Illness, 33:1-17.
2009 David, R. & Choi, S.Y.P. Getting equal without getting even: Retributive desires and Transitional Justice in the Czech Republic. Political Psychology, 31(2), 161-92.
2008 Choi, S.Y.P. & Ting, K. F. Wife Abuse in South Africa: An imbalance theory of family resources and power. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 23, 834-85.
2008 Sung, J.J.Y., Choi, S.Y.P., Chan, F.K.L., Ching, J.Y.L., Lau, J.T.F., & Griffiths, S. Obstacles to colon cancer screening in Chinese: A study based on health belief model. American Journal of Gastroenterology, 103, 974-981.
2008 Choi, S.Y.P., Chen, K.L. & Jiang, Z.Q. Client perpetrated violence and condom failure among female sex workers in south western China. Sexually Transmitted Diseases (The Official Journal of the American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association), 35(2), 14-146. 
2007 Choi, S.Y.P., Cheung, Y.W. & Jiang, Z.Q. Ethnicity and risk factors in needle sharing among intravenous drug users in Sichuan Province, China. AIDS Care, 19(1):1-8. 
2007 Choi, S.Y.P.& Holroyd E.  The Influence of Power, Poverty and Agency on Condom Negotiation among Female Sex Workers in Mainland China. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 9(5):489-503. (Most cited article of the journal as at April 2014)
2006 David, R & Choi, S.Y.P. Forgiveness and transitional justice in the Czech Republic. Journal of Conflict Resolution, 50(3), 339-367.  
2006 Choi, S.Y.P.,Cheung, Y.W. & Chen, K.L. Gender and HIV Risk Behaviour among Intravenous Drug Users in Sichuan Province, China. Social Science & Medicine. 62, 1672-1684.
2005 David, R. & Choi, S.Y.P.  Victims on transitional justice: Lessons from the reparation of human rights abuses in the Czech Republic’. Human Rights Quarterly 27(1), 392-435.
2005 Chiu, S., Choi, S.Y.P. & Ting, K. F. 'Getting Ahead in the Capitalist Paradise: Migration from China and Socio-economic Attainment in Colonial Hong Kong'. International Migration Review, 39 (1):203-227.
Edited Volumes
2018 Choi, SYP., Yeoh, B. and Lam, T. (eds.) Children, Migration and Family in Asia. Population, Space and Place.
2017 Choi, S.Y.P. & Fong, E. (eds.) Migration in Post-Colonial Hong Kong. New York: Routledge.
2016 Fong, E., Verkuyten, M., Choi, S.Y.P.(eds.) Migration and identity: Perspectives from Asia, Europe, and North America. American Behavioral Scientist, 60(5-6), 559-790.
  • SOCI 1201
    Hong Kong Society: Identities and Boundaries
  • SOCI 3208
    Gender and Society
  • SOCI 6004
    Advanced Qualitative Methods
Administrative Duties
  • Executive Committee, Gender Research Centre, HKIAPS, CUHK
Appointed Member
  • Task Force on Gender and Family Friendly Policy
  • Panel against Sexual Harrassment

Community and Professional Service
Appointed Board Member
  • HKSAR Equal Opportunities Commission (May 2015-April 2019)
Elected Convenor
  • Policy, Research and Training Committee, Equal Opportunities Commission, HKSAR (May 2015-April 2019)
Elected Convenor
  • Working Group on Anti-Sexual Harassment Campaign, Equal Opportunities Commission, HKSAR (May 2015-April 2019)
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (Jan 2017- Jan 2020)
Elected Associate Board Member
  • Sociology (October 2015-Sept 2018)
  • International Advisory Board, Asian Population Studies (July 2015-June 2018)
Elected Associate Board Member
  • Work, Employment and Society (Jan 2015-Dec 2017)