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Professor CHIU Tuen Yi, Jenny

Professor CHIU Tuen Yi, Jenny








Assistant Professor


Tel: (852) 2616 7655
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WYL108, Dorothy Y L Wong Building
Department of Sociology and Social Policy
Lingnan University, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong

Professor CHIU Tuen Yi, Jenny is a sociologist specializing in migration, gender, marriage, family, and ageing. She obtained her Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She has joined Lingnan University since August 2019. Prior to that, she was Research Assistant Professor at The University of Hong Kong (2019) and Postdoctoral Fellow at the Asia Research Institute (ARI) at National University of Singapore (NUS; 2017-2018). From 2014-2015, she was a Visiting Fellow at Harvard-Yenching Institute, Harvard University.

Her current research projects include 1) Intergenerational Migration Decision-Making, 2) Transborder Mobilities of Older Adults, and 3) Transnational ageing and Chinese Grandparenting Migrants, 4) Cross-Border Marriage Migration, and 5) Social Innovation in Higher Education. She is also interested in intimate partner violence and family care issues. She has published articles in Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, International Migration Review, Population, Space and Place, Annals of the American Association of Geographers, Geoforum, Social Science Research, Current Sociology, Asia Pacific Viewpoint, Violence Against Women, Gender, Place, and Culture and Citizenship Studies. Methodologically, she is interested in exploring the integration of qualitative and visual methods.

  • Migration and Mobilities
  • Transnational Ageing
  • Cross-border Marriages and Families
  • Intergenerational Relations
  • Gender, Marriage, and Family
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Social Innovation in Higher Education
  • Qualitative and Visual Methods

Ph.D. (CUHK); Post-Doc (NUS)

Click here to see a full list of publications.


Refereed Journal Articles


Chiu, T.Y. & Ho, E.L.E. (2022) Temporariness and Post-migration Adaptation of Older Migrants: The Case of Chinese Grandparenting Migrants in Singapore, International Migration Review. Advanced online publication.*

Chiu, T.Y. (2021) Discretionary Maternal Citizenship: State Hegemony and Resistance of Single Marriage Migrant Mothers, Citizenship Studies, 25(7), 936-954.*

Chiu, T.Y. & Yeoh, B.S.A. (2021) Marriage migration, Family and Citizenship in Asia. Citizenship Studies, 25(7), 879-897.*

Ho, E.L.E., Zhou, G., Liew, L.A., Chiu, T.Y., Huang, S., & Yeoh, B.S.A. (2021) Webs of care: Qualitative GIS research on ageing, mobility and care relations in Singapore. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 111 (5), 1462-1482.

Ho, E.L.E., Zhou, G., Liew, L.A., Chiu, T.Y., Huang, S., & Yeoh, B.S.A. (2021) Shared Spaces and “Throwntogetherness” in Later Life: A Qualitative GIS Study of Non-migrant and Migrant Older Adults in Singapore. Geoforum, 124: 132-143.

Cheung, A.K.L., Chiu, T.Y. & Choi, S.Y.P. (2021) Couples’ self-control and marital conflict: Does similarity, complementarity, or totality matter more? Social Science Research. Advance online publication.

Cheung, A.K.L., Chiu, T.Y. (2021) Husband-to-wife Sexual Coercion in Cross-border Marriage: A Power Perspective. Current Sociology, 69(1), 77-98.

Chiu, T.Y. & Ho, E.L.E. (2020) Transnational care circulations, changing intergenerational relations and the ageing aspirations of Chinese grandparenting migrants in Singapore. Asia Pacific Viewpoint, 61(3), 423-437.

Ho, E.L.E. & Chiu, T.Y. (2020) Transnational ageing and “care technologies”: Mainland Chinese grandparenting migrants, Population Space and Place, 26(7), e2365.

Chiu, T.Y. & Choi, S.Y.P. (2020). The decoupling of the legal migration and spatial migration of female marriage migrants. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. doi: 10.1080/1369183X.2019.1585018.

Chiu, T.Y. (2020). Everyday Mixed Status: Spillover Effects of State Power in Cross-Border Families. Gender, Place and Culture. doi: 10.1080/0966369X.2019.1615411

Chiu, T.Y. & Choi, S.Y.P. (2019). Frequent Border-crossing Children and Cultural Membership. Population, Space and Place.

Chiu, T.Y. (2017). Migration as a Multifaceted System: Intersectionality of Intimate Partner Violence in Cross-border Marriages. Violence Against Women23(11), 1293-1313.

 *This work is partly supported by LU Research Seed Fund 102373




Selected Book Chapters

Ho, E.L.E. & Chiu, T.Y. (2022) Mainland Chinese grandparenting migration as middling transnationalism: Family, life stage and lifecourse, book chapter for Rethinking Privilege and Social Mobility in Middle-Class Migration, edited by S. Robertson & R. Roberts (Eds.), pp. p. 213-231. London: Routledge.

Luo, M. & Chiu, T.Y. (2019). Intimate Partner Violence against Female Homosexuals in China: Culture, Gender, Family and the State, in K. Zaleski, A. Enrile, E. Weiss & X. Wang (Eds.) Women’s Journey to Empowerment in the 21st Century. NY: Oxford University Press.

Chiu, T.Y. & Choi, S.Y.P. (2015). “Spousal violence and in-law conflict in Asia: The case of China, Taiwan and Hong Kong” in S. Quah (Ed.), Routledge Handbook of Families in Asia (pp. 318-331). UK: Routledge.

Choi, S.Y.P., Yeung, W.Y. & Chiu, T.Y. (2013). “Transborder families living in Shenzhen: Current Situation and Challenges” in K.F. Ting (Ed.), Cross-border Families Forum Issue one (pp. 41-50). Hong Kong: The Hong Kong Council of Social Service. (In Chinese)

Chiu, T.Y. & Choi, S.Y.P. (2013). “Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Violence against Women: Trends, Risk Factors and Related Policies” in S.Y.P. Choi & F. M. Cheung (Eds.), Women and Girls in Hong Kong: Current Situations and Future Challenges (pp.111-138). Hong Kong: The Commercial Press (H.K.) Ltd. (In Chinese)

Chiu, T.Y. & Choi, S.Y.P. (2012). “Intimate Partner Violence against women” in S.Y.P. Choi & F. M. Cheung (Eds.), Women and Girls in Hong Kong: Current Situations and Future Challenges (pp.135-167). Hong Kong: The Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies.



Book Review

Chiu, T.Y. (2021). Marriage and Marriageability: The Practices of Matchmaking between Men from Japan and Women from Northeast China. By Chigusa Yamaura. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 2020. 203 pp. ISBN: 9781501750144 (cloth). The Journal of Asian Studies, 80(4), 1168-1169.




Selected Conference Presentations

 ‘Marrytocracy-based’ immigration system and the implications for single cross-border families between mainland China and Hong Kong. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Society for Hong Kong Studies 2022. 24-25 June 2022 (virtual).

Maternal Citizenship through Discretion: The Hidden Pathway for Single Migrant Mothers to Family Reunification. Paper presented at the Hong Kong Sociological Association (HKSA) Annual Meeting. 8 January 2022, Hong Kong (virtual).

Multi-generational parenting dynamics: Chinese grandparenting migrants in Singapore. Paper presented at “Contested Asian Parenting in Intra-Asia Migration”. 16-17 November 2021, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore (virtual conference).

Chiu, T.Y. & Ho, E.L.E. Temporariness and Post-migration Adaptation of Chinese Grandparenting Migrants in Singapore. Paper Presented at the International Workshop on “Transnational Relations, Ageing and Care: Asian Connections and Beyond”, 9-10 January 2020, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore.

“Uncertainty as Precarity or Hope? Migrant Mothers in Non-normative Cross-border Families between Mainland China and Hong Kong”. The 11th International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) conference, 16-19 July 2019, Leiden University, the Netherlands.

“Discretionary Citizenship and the Restrictive Immigration Regime: The Hidden Pathway for Non-citizen Mothers to Family Reunification”. International workshop on “Marriage migration, Family and Citizenship in Asia”, 31 January and 1 February 2019, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore.

“Cross-Border Marriages between Mainland China and Hong Kong: What’s gendered and what’s not”. The 22nd Biennial Conference of the Asian Studies Association of Australia, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia, 3-5 July, 2018.

“A Comparative Study on Gender Dynamics in Cross-Border Marriages between Mainland China and Hong Kong”. ISA RC06-41 Joint Conference in Singapore 2018, Singapore, 17-19 May, 2018.

“Employment Incongruence: Interpersonal, Institutional, and Structural Barriers in the Marriage Migration Context”. The 10th International Convention of Asia Scholars, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 20-23 July, 2017.

“Being Mixed-status, Being Transborder: Challenges and Strategies of Families between Mainland China and Hong Kong”. AAS-in-ASIA Conference 2017 on “ASIA IN MOTION: Beyond Border and Boundaries” by the Association for Asian Studies, Korea University, Seoul, South Korea, 24-27 June, 2017.




LU Research & Knowledge Transfer Fund Award 2022 (RGC Grant)

Research Excellence Award for Junior Academic Staff (2019/20)





Migration Decision-Making and the Changing Intergenerational Care Relations in Hong Kong: A Comparative and Intergenerational Approach (PI; HKD$669,600; Early Career Scheme, Hong Kong Research Grants Council; 2023–2024)

Mobile Ageing: Transborder Mobilities and the Agency of Older Adults in Hong Kong (PI; HKD$80,000; Direct Grant, LU Research Committee; 2021–2023)

The Integration of Social Innovation and Service Learning in Higher Education: A Mainstreaming Approach to Nurturing Youth Changemakers (PI; HKD$50,000; Faculty Research Grant, LU Research Committee; 2022–2023)

International workshop on “Marriage Migration, Family and Citizenship in Asia” 31 Jan - 1 Feb 2019. Conference Grant, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore (Co-organized with Raffles Professor Brenda Yeoh, NUS; SG$25,000)

Gendered Resistance and Transcendence: Cross-border Marriage Migration between Mainland China and Hong Kong. Research Grant (Research Fieldwork). Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore (PI; SG$5,000; 2017)

Academic Year:  2023 - 2024

1st Term:


Ageing, Adaptation & Change

2nd Term:


Mass Communication



Qualitative Research Methods










Research postgraduate students supervised before:

  • Mr. LAU Ho Wing, Kayson (Mphil Student, 2020-2022, as Chief supervisor)

Recipient of the Best Mphil Thesis Award 2022, Hong Kong Sociological Association, for his thesis ‘Aging in Place’ or ‘Stuck in Place’? The Aging in Place Experiences of Older Adults in a Gentrifying Neighborhood in Hong Kong

  • Dr. SAM Sarah Tara (PhD Student, 2019-2022, as Co-supervisor)