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Dr Isabella Ng Fung-sheung

Dr Isabella Ng Fung-sheung

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Dr Isabella Ng Fung-sheung is an Assistant Professor and Associate Head (Teaching and Learning) of the Department of Asian and Policy Studies (APS) of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (FLASS) at The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK). She received her PhD in Gender Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London. She obtained her MPhil in Journalism and BA in English Literature in Hong Kong Baptist University and MA in Comparative Literature in the University College London. She focuses her research on Gender and Development in Asia, Feminist Geography, Feminist Research methods, anthropology of migration; migrants and diaspora (Hong Kong and Southeast Asia), rural villages in Hong Kong and China and media studies, by drawing mainly on her training in anthropological research methods.

Prior to joining the Department, she taught in the University of Macau and the Community College, City University of Hong Kong. She also worked as a reporter for Time magazine, covering Greater China region. She has covered stories ranging from the Indonesian pogrom and Bali bombings, Hong Kong and Macau Handovers, Shanghai’s makeover, the notorious New York snakehead Sister Ping and got the exclusive feature of the Macau Dragonhead Broken Tooth.

She is also the founder of Hong Kong Society for Asylum-Seekers and refugees, which fights for the rights of the asylum-seekers and refugees in Hong Kong and support their need.

  • PhD (SOAS University of London‚ UK)
  • MA (University College London‚ UK)
  • MPhil (Hong Kong Baptist University)
  • BA (Hong Kong Baptist University)
  • Anthropology of Migration
  • Feminist research methodology
  • Feminist Geography
  • Gender
  • Media studies
  • Public Anthropology
  • Migration
  • Media, Power and Politics in International Communication
  • Gender and Development
  • Social Theories

Scholarly Books, Monographs and Chapters:


Ng, I. (2019). Hong Kong Rural Women under Chinese Rule: Gender Politics, Reunification and Globalisation in Post-colonial Hong Kong (1st ed.). Routledge.

Ng, I.F.S., Chou, K.L. and Wong, W.W.F. (2016). Perceived Discrimination and Integration Among New Arrivals from Mainland China: Implications for Higher Education Development for Hong Kong. In K.H. Mok (Ed.), Managing International Connectivity, Diversity of Learning and Changing Labour Markets: East Asian Perspectives (pp. 187-200). Singapore: Springer.

Ng, I.F.S. (2016). Love Knows No Bounds: Redefining Ambivalent Physical Boundaries and Kinship in the World of ICTs. In S. Schultermandl and M. Friedman, Click and Kin: Transnational Identity and Quick Media (pp. 197-213). Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

伍鳳嫦(2014):拜祭儀式與世代變遷:新界圍村研究,輯於張少強、梁啟智和陳嘉銘編,《香港 . 城市 . 想像》,(94-108),香港,匯智出版社。

Journal Articles:

Ng, I., Chung, J.W.Y., Choi, S.F.Y., and Yan, V.C.M. (2023). Self-perceived mental health and factors associated with the mental health of Hong Kong’s asylum-seekers and refugees – A mixed methods study. Heliyon. 9(2). DOI:10.1016/j.heliyon.2023.e13481

Ng, I. (2023). An unusual refuge: A case study of a South African multi-ethnic cluster in a Hong Kong rural walled village. Journal of Rural Studies. 98, 1-10. DOI: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2023.01.019

Isabella Ng, Sharice Fung-Yee Choi & Alex Lih-Shing Chan (2021) Resistance to ‘Framing’? The Portrayal of Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Hong Kong’s Online Media, Journalism Practice, DOI: 10.1080/17512786.2021.2000477

Ng, I., & Zhang, H. (2021). Navigating the ethnic boundary: From ‘in-between’ to plural ethnicities among Thai middle-class migrant women in Hong Kong. Journal of Sociology.

Isabella Ng (2020) Criminalizing the innocents: social exclusion of asylum-seekers and refugees in Hong Kong, Journal of Asian Public Policy, 13(3), 319-332, DOI: 10.1080/17516234.2019.1630790

Ng, I., Choi, S.F. & Chan, A.L. Framing the Issue of Asylum Seekers and Refugees for Tougher Refugee Policy—a Study of the Media’s Portrayal in Post-colonial Hong Kong. Int. Migration & Integration 20, 593–617 (2019).

Ng, I.F.S. (2017). When [inter]personal becomes transformational: [Re-]examining life course-related emotions in PhD research. Area, DOI: 10.1111/area.12325.

Lee, S.Y., Ng, I.F.S. and Chou, K.L. (2016). Exclusionary attitudes towards allocation of welfare benefits to new immigrants in Hong Kong. Asian and Pacific Migration Journal, 25 (1), 41-61.

Lee, S.Y., Ng, I.F.S. and Chou, K.L. (2015). Exclusionary attitudes towards allocation of welfare benefits to new immigrants in Hong Kong. Asian and Pacific Migration Journal, Online First, 1-22.

Wong, W.K.F., Ng, I.F.S. and Chou, K. L. (2015). Factors contributing to social support among female migrants in Hong Kong: A longitudinal study. International Social Work, Nov 2015.

Ng, I.F.S., Lee. S.Y., Wong, K.F.W. and Chou, K.L. (2015). Effects of perceived discrimination on the quality of life among new Mainland Chinese immigrants to Hong Kong: A longitudinal study. Social Indicators Research, 120(3), 817-834.

Chou, K.L., Ng, I.F.S. and Yu, K.M. (2014). Lifetime abstention of sexual intercourse and health in middle-aged and older adults: Results from Wave 2 of the National Epidemiologic Survey on alcohol and related conditions. Archives of Sexual Behavior Tonite, 43, 891-900.

Ng, I.F.S., Cheung, C.H.K. and Chou, K.L. (2013). Correlates of eating disorder in middle-aged and older adults: Evidence from 2007 British National Psychiatric Morbidity Survey. Journal of Aging and Health, 25(7), 1106-1120.

Ng, I.F.S. (2011). To whom does my voice belong? (Re) Negotiating multiple identities as a female ethnographer in two Hong Kong rural villages. Gender, Technology and Development, 15(3), 437-456.

Fung, T., Brossard, D. and Ng, I.F.S. (2011). There is water everywhere: How news framing amplifies the effect of ecological worldviews on preference for flooding protection policy. Mass Communication and Society, 14(5), 553-577. (SSCI)