Wai-chi Chee


Assistant Professor

Academic Qualifications

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

Academic & Professional Experience

2017-present      Assistant Professor, Department of Education Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University

2014-2017          Research Assistant Professor, Hong Kong Studies, School of Modern Languages and Cultures, The University of Hong Kong

2013-2014          Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Research Interests


Research Grants

2015-2018    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)


Academic & Professional Activities/ Consultancy/Community Services

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles and Book Chapters

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

(2016 Impact Factor: 2.043; Ranking: 25/78 [Geography]; 13/31 [Transportation])

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 Impact Factor: 1.743)

2016 (with Gordon Mathews). “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. DOI:10.1080/17457823.2012.717201. Link

(2016 Citescore 0.68 - values from Scopus)

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


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。