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Dr. Lai Yuen Shan, Ruby

Professor LAI Yuen Shan, Ruby

Assistant Professor




Tel: (852) 2616 7229
Fax: (852) 2456 0737


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.

Areas of Interest 

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


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

Selected Publications

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Journal Articles

Choi, S. Y. P. and Lai, Y. S. (2021). Sex Work and Stigma Management: The Role of State Policy and NGO. China Quarterly. DOI:

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

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. DOI:

Lai, Y. S. and Choi, S. Y. P. (2019) Premarital Sexuality, Abortion, and Intergenerational Dynamics in China. Modern China. DOI:



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))


Working Papers

Lai, Y. S. Abortion Care in China: Evaluating the Abortion Services in Three Types of Service Providers.


Conference Presentations

Lai, Y. S. Medicalization and Abortion: Evaluating Three Types of Service Providers in China. Paper presented at the IV ISA Forum of Sociology, Porto Alegre, Brazil, February 23-27, 2021.

Lai, Y. S. & Choi, S.Y. P. Navigating the “Double Minority” Status: Exploring How Ethnic Minorities Negotiate with China’s Rule in Post-Colonial Hong Kong. Paper presented at the First Annual Meeting of Society for Hong Kong Studies, Hong Kong, June 22, 2019.

Lai, Y. S. The “Perfect Abortion” Paradox: The Sales and Experiences of Private Abortion Services in China. Paper presented at the XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology, Toronto, Canada, July 15 to 21, 2018

Lai, Y. S. The Intimate Trial: Couple Interactions during Premarital Abortion in North China. Paper presented at the 112th American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada, August 12-15, 2017

Lai, Y. S. Premarital Abortion among Female Migrants in China: Modes of Parental Influence. Paper presented at the 111th American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, August 20-23, 2016

Teaching Subjects

Academic Year:  2022 - 2023

1st Term:


The Making of Hong Kong



Family and Society

SSC3319 Junior Research Project


2nd Term:


The Making of Hong Kong



Hong Kong Society



Risk, Society and Modernity

SSC3319 Junior Research Project

Chief-supervisor: Mr. KWONG Ho Wang (Mphil Student)
Co-supervisor:  Mr. KAMELSKI Tobias (PhD Student)