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    Assistant Professor
BA (UChicago); MPhil, PhD (Oxon)
  Office: Rm. 114, Dorothy Y L Wong Building
Lingnan University
Tuen Mun, Hong Kong
  TEL: (852) 2616 7635
  FAX: (852) 2465 1429

Samson Yuen is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science. He studies comparative politics, focusing on authoritarian and hybrid regimes with specialization in the Greater China region (Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan). His research interests include local governance, civil society, NGOs, contentious politics and identity politics. His works are published or forthcoming in Political Studies, Journal of Contemporary China, China Information, China Perspectives and Twenty-First Century. He also wrote for The Diplomat, Initium Media, Mingpao, The Stand News, Hong Kong Economic Journal, and Hong Kong Economic Journal Monthly. Prior to joining academia, he worked as a management consultant.

He holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago and an M.Phil. in Politics from Oxford University, where he continued to obtain his D.Phil. in Politics.

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Journal articles:

Yuen, Samson, and Sanho Chung. Forthcoming. "Explaining Localism in Post-handover Hong Kong: An Eventful Approach," China Perspectives.

Yuen, Samson, and Edmund Cheng. 2018. "Rethinking Contentious Politics in Hong Kong: Change and Continuity," Hong Kong Studies, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 7-25.

Yuen, Samson. 2018. "Contesting Middle-class Civility: Place-based Collective Identity in Hong Kong's Occupy Mongkok," Social Movement Studies.

Yuen, Samson. 2018. "Negotiating Service Activism in China: The Impact of NGOs' Institutional Embeddedness in the Local State," Journal of Contemporary China.

Kan, Karita and Samson Yuen. 2018. "Visceral Politics: Food and Risk in China-Taiwan Relations," China Information.

Yuen, Samson, and Edmund W. Cheng. 2017. "Neither Repression nor Concession? A Regime's Attrition against Mass Protests." Political Studies, vol. 65, no. 3.

Cheng, Edmund W. and Samson Yuen. 2015. "The Umbrella Movement: Contentious Politics on China's Periphery," Twenty First Century Bimonthly, 147, pp. 22-32.

Yuen, Samson. 2015. "Friend or Foe? The Diminishing Space of China's Civil Society", China Perspectives, vol. 3, pp. 51-56.

Yuen, Samson. 2015. "Becoming a Cyber Power: China's Cybersecurity Upgrades and its Consequences", China Perspectives, vol. 2, pp. 53-58.

Yuen, Samson. 2015. "Hong Kong After the Umbrella Movement: An Uncertain Future for the 'One Country Two Systems'", China Perspectives, vol. 1, pp. 49-53.

Yuen, Samson. 2015. 佔領運動的青年參與──後佔領青年政策應如何制定?[Youth participation in Hong Kong's Occupy Movement: How to formulate post-Occupy youth policy?], 社聯政策報 [Policy Bulletin, The Hong Kong Council of Social Service], 18, March 2015.

Siu-yau Lee, and Samson Yuen. 2015. 如何「自力更生」?──由小販政策和領匯私有化說起 [How is Self-reliance Possible? An Analysis of Hawker Policy and the Privatization of the Link REIT], 本土論述2013﹣2014 [Journal of Local Discourse 2013-2014], March 2015.

Yuen, Samson. 2014. "Taming the 'Foreign Tigers' China's Anti-Trust Crusade against Multinational Companies", China Perspectives, vol. 4, pp. 53-59.

Yuen, Samson. 2014. "Disciplining the Party. Xi Jinping's Anti-Corruption Campaign and its Limits", China Perspectives, vol. 3, pp. 41- 47.

Yuen, Samson. 2014. "Under the Shadow of China: Beijing's Policy towards Hong Kong and Taiwan in Comparative Perspective", China Perspectives, vol. 2, pp. 69-76.

Yuen, Samson. 2014. "China's New Rural Land Reform? Assessment and Prospects", China Perspectives, vol. 1, pp. 61-65.

Yuen, Samson. 2013. "Debating Constitutionalism in China: Dreaming of a Liberal Turn", China Perspectives, vol. 4, pp. 67-72.

Edited works:

Cheng, Edmund W. and Samson Yuen. 2018. 社運年代: 香港抗爭政治的軌跡 [The Epoch of Social Movement], Hong Kong: Chinese University of Hong Kong Press.


Research Grants Council Early Career Scheme, "Dynamics of participation: A study of youth political participation in post-handover Hong Kong", 2019-2021, Principal Investigator

Public Policy Research Scheme, Hong Kong Baptist University, "Mapping the Networks and Impacts of Civic Engagement: Community Actors, Social Capital, and Urban Governance in Hong Kong", 2018-2020, Co-Investigator

Research Development Fund, The Open University of Hong Kong, "Explaining identity shift in post-handover Hong Kong", 2017-2018, Principal Investigator


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Academic Year:  2019-2020:

1st Term:
  CCC8012 The Making of Hong Kong
      SSC3215 Taiwan: Society and Politics
2nd Term:
  CCC8012 The Making of Hong Kong
      POL3217 Modern Political Ideologies