Dr. Chee, Wai Chi

BA (First Class Honors), PGDE (Distinctions in course work and practice-teaching), MA (Dean’s List), PhD (CUHK)

Academic & Professional Experience

2017-presentAssistant Professor, Department of Education Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University
2014-2017Research Assistant Professor, School of Modern Languages and Cultures, The University of Hong Kong
2013-2014Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Research Interests

  • Migration and education
  • Youth development and wellbeing
  • Globalization
  • Religion
  • Culture and identity

Research Grants


Apr 2020-Oct 2020    PI of “Understanding the Sociopolitical Participation of Ethnic Minority Youth in Hong Kong” (HK$306,866, Public Policy Research [PPR] Funding Scheme, Project Number: SR2020.A2.013)

Oct 2018-Dec 2019    PI of “Enhancing Intercultural Competence of Pre-service Teachers” (HK$92,782, Pilot Project Scheme supported by Community of Practice on Internationalization of Teaching and Learning [CoP-ITL])

Nov 2017-Oct 2018    PI of “A Study of Low-Income Mainland-Hong Kong Cross-Border Families” (HK$44,000, Funding Programme of Research Projects, Equal Opportunities Commission, Reference No.: R-20 17/18-106r)

Dec 2015-Nov 2018    PI of “A Longitudinal Study of Mainland Chinese and South Asian Teenage Immigrant Students in Hong Kong” (HK$301,022, Research Grants Council General Research Fund, Project Number: 17608715)


Jul 2018-Jun 2019     PI of “Can China Attract the Best International Students in Higher Education from around the World?” (HK$49,989, Faculty Research Grant Category I, Ref. FRG1/17-18/052, 2018-2019)

Nov 2017-Nov 2018  PI of Start-up Grant (HK$100,000, Hong Kong Baptist University, RC-STARTUP/17-18/26)

Jul 2016-Nov 2016    PI of “A Study on Highly-Skilled Mainland Chinese Returnees in China’s First-Tier and Second-Tier Cities” (HK$38,997, Seed Funding for Basic Research for Resubmission of GRF/ECS Proposals, The University of Hong Kong, 01/07/2016-30/11/2016)

Nov 2014-Jul 2016    PI of “Mainland Chinese Students in Hong Kong and U.S. Higher Education – A Comparative Perspective” (HK$119,966, Seed Funding Programme for Basic Research, The University of Hong Kong, 01/11/2014-31/07/2016)

Teaching Grant

Jan 2021-Jun 2021    PI of “Catering for Learner Diversity in a Multicultural Classroom” (HK$42,000, Service-Learning Mini-Grants, Hong Kong Baptist University)

Academic & Professional Activities/ Consultancy/Community Services

  • Co-chair, Committee on International issues, (Im)migration, Transnationalism, and Citizenship in Educational Contexts, Council on Anthropology and Education, American Anthropological Association, 2012-2016
  • Organizer and advisor, Ethnic Minority Students Mentoring Programme, HKU, 2016-2017
  • Committee Member, New Asia Educational & Cultural Association Limited
  • Member, American Anthropological Association
  • Member, European Association of Social Anthropologists
  • Member, International Society for the Study of Chinese Overseas
  • Member, East Asian Anthropological Association
  • Member, The Comparative Education Society of Hong Kong
  • Member, Society for Hong Kong Studies
  • Associate Member, Association for Learning and Technology
  • Member, Community of Practice for Service-Learning in Hong Kong Higher Education
  • Member, Community of Practice – Internationalisation of Teaching and Learning

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles and Book Chapters

2021. “How Family Policies Redefine Families: The Case of Mainland China-Hong Kong Cross-Border Families.” International Journal of Social Welfare, 00: 1-12. Link

2020. McHale, Timothy S.,Wai-chi Chee, Carolyn R. Hodges-Simeon, David T. Zava, Graham Albert, Ka-chun Chan, and Peter B. Gray. “Salivary Aldosterone and Cortisone Respond Differently to High- and Low-Psychological Stressful Soccer Competitions.” Journal of Sports Sciences. Link

2020. McHale, Timothy S., Peter B. Gray, Carolyn R. Hodges-Simeon1, David T. Zava, Graham Albert, Ka-chun Chan, and Wai-chi Chee. “Juvenile Children’s Salivary Aldosterone and Cortisone Decrease during Informal Math and Table-Tennis Competitions.” Adaptive Human Behavior and PhysiologyLink

2020. Chee, Wai-chi, and Cori Jakubiak. “Introduction: The National as Global/The Global as National: Citizenship Education in the Context of Migration and Globalization (Special Issue).” Anthropology & Education Quarterly51(2): 119-122. Link

2020. “Local and Global, But not National: Citizenship Education of South Asian Migrant Students in Post-Colonial Hong Kong.” Anthropology & Education Quarterly, 51(2): 146-164. Link

2020. Chee, Wai-chi, and Rizwan Ullah. “Home-Based Parental Involvement amongst Pakistani Families in Hong Kong.” Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 40(2): 127-142. doi: 10.1080/02188791.2019.1687085Link

2019. “Opportunities, Challenges, and Transitions: Educational Aspirations of Pakistani Migrant Youth in Hong Kong.” In Suzanne Naafs and Tracey Skelton, eds. Realities and Aspirations for Asian Youth: Education, Training, Employment, pp. 92-104. Routledge. (This book was originally published as a special issue of the journal Children’s Geographies.) Link

2019. 抽離式多元文化主義。載於朱耀偉(主編),《香港關鍵詞:想像新未來》(197-204 頁)。香港: 中文大學出版社。(In Chinese)“Disengaging Multiculturalism.” In Stephen Chu, ed. Hong Kong Keywords: Imaging New Future, pp. 197-204. Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press. Link

2018. McHale, Timothy, Peter Gray, Ka-chun Chan, David Zava, and Wai-chi Chee. “Salivary Steroid Hormone Responses to Dyadic Table Tennis Competitions Among Hong Kongese Juvenile Boys.” American Journal of Human Biologyhttps://doi.org/10.1002/ajhb.23190Link

2018. McHale, Timothy, Wai-chi Chee, Ka-chun Chan, David Zava, and Peter Gray. “Coalitional Physical Competition: Acute Salivary Steroid Hormone Responses among Juvenile Male Soccer Players in Hong Kong.” Human Nature 29(3): 245-267. doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12110-018-9321-7Link

2018. McHale, Timothy, Peter Gray, Ka-chun Chan, David Zava, and Wai-chi Chee. “Acute Salivary Steroid Hormone Responses in Juvenile Boys and Girls to Non-physical Team Competition.” Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology 4(3): 223-247. doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s40750-018-0089-0Link

2018. “Experienced Efficacy and Experimented Efficacy: The Westernization of Chinese Medicine through the Eyes of a Practitioner.” The Asian Review of Histories 6: 136-156. Link

2017. “Opportunities, Challenges, and Transitions: Educational Aspirations of Pakistani Migrant Youth in Hong Kong.” Children’s Geographies 16(1): 92-104. doi: 10.1080/14733285.2017.1380782. Link

2017. “Model of and Model for Ethnic Minorities: Individualization of the Model Minority Stereotype in Hong Kong.” In Stephen Chu, ed. Hong Kong Culture and Society in the New Millennium: Hong Kong as Method, pp. 193-211. Singapore: Springer. Link

2017. “Trapped in the Current of Mobilities: China-Hong Kong Cross-Border Families.” Mobilities 12(2): 199-212. DOI: 10.1080/17450101.2017.1292777. Link

2017. “‘Lose at the Starting Line, Win at the Finishing Line’: The Narratives Behind Beating Academic Adversity.” Social Indicators Research Online First: 1-13. DOI: 10.1007/s11205-017-1574-8. Link

2016. Mathews, Gordon, and Wai-chi Chee. “Detaining the Immigrant Other in Hong Kong.” In Rich Furman, Douglas Epps, and Greg Lamphear, eds. Detaining the Immigrant Other: Global and Transnational Issues, pp. 105-116. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Link

2015. “The Perceived Role of Religion in the Educational Attainment of Pakistani Immigrant Secondary Students in Hong Kong.” Asian Anthropology 14(1): 33-42. DOI: 10.1080/1683478X.2015.1025592. Link

2013. “In the Name of God: South Asian Muslims in a Chinese Temple Fair in Hong Kong.” In Chiara Formichi, ed. Religious Pluralism, State and Society in Asia, pp. 93-112. New York: Routledge. Link

2013. “The Making and Unmaking of ‘Ideal Immigrant Students’: Working Class South Asian Teenagers in Hong Kong.” In Lesley Bartlett and Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher, eds. Refugees, Immigrants, and Education in the Global South: Lives in Motion, pp. 211-225. New York: Routledge. (2014 Jackie Kirk Outstanding Book Award, Comparative and International Education Society) Link

2012. “Envisioned Belonging: Cultural Differences and Ethnicities in Hong Kong Schooling.” Asian Anthropology 11(1): 89-105. DOI:10.1080/1683478X.2012.10600858. Link

2012. “Negotiating Teacher Professionalism: Governmentality and Education Reform in Hong Kong.” Ethnography and Education 7(3): 327-344. OI:10.1080/17457823.2012.717201. Link

2011. “Neoliberalism and Multicultural Education: How Market Force Creates a Cultural Niche for Ethnic Minority Students.” Multicultural Education Review 3(1): 75-98. DOI:10.1080/2005615X.2011.11102880. Link

2010. “When the Cultural Model of Success Fails: Mainland Chinese Teenage Immigrants in Hong Kong.” Taiwan Journal of Anthropology 8(2): 85-110.

Book Reviews

2014. Review of ‘Tibetanness’ Under Threat? Neo-Integrationism, Minority Education and Career Strategies in Qinghai, P.R. China. By Adrian Zenz. Asian Anthropology 13(2): 153-155. DOI:10.1080/1683478X.2014.967030. Link

2013. Review of Media, Social Mobilization, and Mass Protests in Post-Colonial Hong Kong: The Power of a Critical Event. By Francis L. F. Lee and Joseph M. Chan. Journal of International and Global Studies 5(1): 123-125. Link


2019. “A Study of Low-Income Mainland-Hong Kong Cross-Border Families” Research Report. Link

2017. “Celebrating Cultural Diversity in a Multi-ethnic School.” In Siumi Maria Tam and Wai-man Tang, eds. What Are We Celebrating? Multicultural Festivals in Hong Kong, pp. 156-167. Hong Kong: Wheatear Publishing Co Ltd. Link

2015. “Celebrating Cultural Diversity in a Multi-ethnic School in Hong Kong.” Hong Kong Discovery 91: 56-61.

2014. “跨境媽媽” (Cross-Border Mothers)。《明報月刊》(Mingpao Monthly),四月號 (April Issue),頁43-48 。  


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):