Dr Ting-Fai Yu
Lecturer in Gender Studies
School of Arts and Social Sciences
Dr Ting-Fai Yu is a cultural anthropologist whose work has focused on the intersection between sexuality, social inequality and critical methodologies in Asian studies. He received his PhD in gender studies (emphasis in anthropology) from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2017. Prior to working at Monash University, Malaysia, he was a Fellow at the International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden University, in the Netherlands.
Dr Yu’s research is situated in the intellectual movement known as “queer Asia” and participates in the ongoing debate over the conceptual frames and methodological inventions towards localising queer studies in Asian contexts. His doctoral thesis is an ethnographic study of the role of class in the subjective production of Hong Kong gay men. Specifically, it examines how inequality is legitimised and reproduced in their lives in the absence of an everyday class discourse. Drawing on the cultural studies of class and theories about cultural practices resulting from East Asian modernisation, it looks at how class is manifested through other categories of social difference (i.e. age, generation, race, culture), and analyses these manifestations as historical symptoms caused by Hong Kong’s progressive transition from an impoverished colonial entrepôt to a first-world economy between the 1960s and 1980s.
Dr Yu is currently writing a monograph based on his doctoral thesis while working towards his next project which examines the historical configurations of class difference in East Asian queer practices and formations.
PhD (Gender Studies), The Chinese University of Hong Kong
MA (Gender Studies), The Chinese University of Hong Kong
BA Hons. (Music), Hong Kong Baptist University
Association of Asian Studies, Member
Australian Sociological Association, Member
European Association for Social Anthropologists, Member
Hong Kong Sociological Association, Member
Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Society, Member
Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong, Member
Dr Ting-Fai Yu’s research is situated in the intellectual movement known as “queer Asia” and participates in the ongoing debate over the conceptual frames and methodological inventions towards localising queer studies in Asian contexts.
His research interests include contemporary queer practices and formations, cultural studies in Asia, social movements, human rights, social class, and the historical legacies of East Asian modernisation.
Dr Ting-Fai Yu has taught gender studies, anthropology and media studies subjects at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the University of Melbourne.
At Monash University Malaysia, Dr Yu teaches two introductory units (Introduction to Gender Studies & Introduction to Sexuality Studies) as well as coordinates the Workplace Learning Internship unit.
Yu, Ting-Fai. 2019. “Reconfiguring Queer Asia as Disjunctive Modernities: Notes on the Subjective Production of Working-class Gay Men in Hong Kong.” Journal of Homosexuality (Online First). https://doi.org/10.1080/00918369.2018.1560126
Yu, Ting-Fai. 2018. “Class as a Method to Localise Queer Studies in Hong Kong.” Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography 28(2): 309-312.
Yu, Ting-Fai. 2018. “Contextualising the National Anthem Law in Mainland China and Hong Kong: Football as a Field of Political Contention.” China Perspectives 2018/3: 79-82.
Yu, Ting-Fai. 2017. “The Imprisonment of Occupy Student Leaders: Public Reactions and Debates over Hong Kong’s Judicial Independence.” China Perspectives 2017/4: 59-62.
Yu, Ting-Fai. 2017. “Borderlands: Towards an Anthropology of the Cosmopolitan Condition, by Michel Agier.” Transitions: Journal of Transient Migration 1(2): 269-271.
Yu, Ting-Fai. 2017. “Rethinking Sexual Citizenship, by Jyl J. Josephson.” H-Citizenship, H-Net Reviews.
Yu, Ting-Fai. 2017. “Tongzhi Living: Men Attracted to Men in Postsocialist China, by Tiantian Zheng.” WagRev: Women and Gender in Chinese Studies Review 12.
Areas of Research & Supervision
Potential areas of supervision include 1) gender, sexuality and queer studies, 2) cultural studies in Asia, and 3) qualitative research on class and social inequality
Fellowship, International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden University, 2018.
Global Scholarship Programme for Research Excellence, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2016.