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 。