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Professor Lai Yuen Shan, Ruby

Prof. Lai Yuen Shan, Ruby








Assistant Professor


Tel: (852) 2616 7229
Fax: (852) 2456 0737
Email: [email protected]




WYL228, Dorothy Y L Wong Building
Department of Sociology and Social Policy
Lingnan University, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong

Prof. Ruby Lai obtained her Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She joined Lingnan University in August 2019. Her research interests revolve around gender, family, reproductive politics, and ethnicity. She teaches Hong Kong Society and Asia Pacific Comparative Development and Policy Symposium.

  • Gender and Family
  • Reproductive Politics
  • Ethnic Minorities
  • Hong Kong Society

BA (CUHK); M.Phil. (CUHK); PhD (CUHK)

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Book Monograph

Lai, Y. S. (2023). Premarital Abortion in China: Intimacy, Family and Reproduction. Oxon and New York: Routledge. 



Journal Articles

Lai, Y. S. 2024. Political polarization and intimate distance: Negotiating family conflicts during a high-risk protest movement. Current Sociology.

Lai, Y. S. 2023. Home as a Site of Resistance/Repression? The Intersection of Family, Politics, and the Hong Kong 2019 Protest Movement. The Sociological Review

Lai, Y. S. 2022. Every Medicine Is Somewhat Poisonous”: Understanding the Reluctance to Use Oral Contraceptives Among Unmarried Women Seeking Abortion in China. Contraception

Lai, Y. S. 2021. From# MeToo to# ProtestToo: How a Feminist Movement Converged with a Pro-democracy Protest in Hong Kong. Politics & Gender17(3), 500-507.

Choi, S. Y. P. and Lai, Y. S. 2021. Sex Work and Stigma Management: The Role of State Policy and NGO Advocacy. China Quarterly, 247, 855-874.

Choi, S. Y. P. and Lai, Y. S. 2020. Birth Tourism and Migrant Children’s Agency: The ‘Double Not’ in Post-Handover Hong Kong, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies48(5), 1193-1209.

Choi, S. Y. P., Lai, Y. S. and Pang, C. L. 2020. ‘Gender Irrelevance': How Women and Men Rationalise Their Support for the Right. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. 45(2), 473-496.

Lai, Y. S. and Choi, S. Y. P. 2019. Premarital Sexuality, Abortion, and Intergenerational Dynamics in China. Modern China, 47(3), 239-265.


Book Chapter

Lai, Y. S. 2023. The Transformation of Abortion Law in China. Research Handbook on International Abortion Law, edited by Mary Ziegler. Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.





Selected Conference Presentations

Lai, Y. S. The Spatiality of Motherhood: Migrant Mothers Living in Subdivided Units in Hong Kong. Paper presented at the 24th Annual Conference of the Hong Kong Sociological Association, Hong Kong, December 2, 2023.

Lai, Y. S. Deliberative Harmony? Negotiating Family Conflicts during High-Risk Social Movements. Paper presented at the XX ISA World Congress of Sociology, Melbourne, June 25 - July 1, 2023.

Lai, Y. S. and Chan, C. Y. Repressive Home Space and Well-being: A mixed-method study of Families living in Informal Cubicle Apartments in Hong Kong. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the British Sociological Association, Manchester, UK, April 13-15, 2023.

Lai, Y. S. Compressed Home and Spatial Strategies: Doing Family in a Cubicle Apartment. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Association for Asian Studies, Honolulu, Hawai'I and Virtually, March 24-27, 2022.


Other Publications


Lai, Y. S., Cheng, M. C., Tam, V and Chan, C. (2018). Out of the Shadow: Stories of Fathers with Autistic Children (開門有光十個自閉孩子與爸爸). Hong Kong: Joint Publishing. (In Chinese)

Lai, Y. S. (2017). Colours of Justice: The Biography of Fermi Wong, the Founder of Hong Kong Unison (公義的顏色:王惠芬與少數族裔的平權路). Hong Kong: Joint Publishing. (In Chinese) (Recipient of the 2019 Hong Kong Publishing Biennial Awards (Social Science))


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Academic Year:  2023 - 2024

1st Term:


Family and Society



Sexuality and Society

2nd Term:


Hong Kong Society













Chief Supervisor:  Mr. KWONG Ho Wang (MPhil Student)