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LAI Yuen Shan, Ruby

Prof. Ruby Lai  

Research Assistant Professor
BA (CUHK); M.Phil. (CUHK); PhD (CUHK)

  Office: WYL228, Dorothy Y L Wong Building
Department of Sociology and Social Policy
Lingnan University, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong
  TEL: (852) 2616 7229
  FAX: (852) 2456 0737

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.


  Research | Top

Gender and Family
Reproductive Politics
Ethnic Minorities
Hong Kong Society


Publications | Top

Journal Articles | Top

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:


Books | Top

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 | Top

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


Conference Presentations | Top

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 | Top

Academic Year:  2020 - 2021:
1st Term:
Family and Society
Junior Research Project
2nd Term
SOC3212 Hong Kong Society
  SOC4213 Risk, Society and Modernity
SSC3319 Junior Research Project


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