Dr Ting-Fai Yu

Lecturer in Gender Studies
School of Arts and Social Sciences

+603 5514 4972
Room 2-6-13

Dr Ting-Fai Yu is an anthropologist whose research focuses on sexuality, ethnicity and mobility in East and Southeast Asia. He received his PhD in Gender Studies (Discipline: Anthropology) from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2017. Prior to Monash University, Malaysia, he was a Research Fellow at the International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden University, in the Netherlands.

Dr Yu’s research has explored how cultural identities are transformed across Sinophone communities (Hong Kong, Taiwan, the People’s Republic of China, Malaysia) and how intersectionality (especially between race, class and sexuality) operates in different Asian contexts. His doctoral thesis is an ethnographic study of the role of class in the subjective production of Hong Kong gay men, examining how inequality is legitimised and reproduced in their lives in relation to a historically specific condition of class formation. His current research examines Chinese Malaysian students’ educational mobility to Taiwan and the People’s Republic of China, providing a perspective on the reconfiguring of Chineseness in Malaysia amid changing Chinese geopolitics.


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

Professional affiliations

Asian Studies Association of Australia, Member

Association of Asian Studies, Member

Australian Sociological Association, Member

European Association of Taiwan Studies, Member

Research Interests

Dr Ting-Fai Yu’s research has explored queer cultures and identities, race, class and mobility in East and Southeast Asia.

He is a Review Editor for the open-access journal Feminist Encounters: A Journal of Critical Studies in Culture and Politics.


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.

Journal Articles

Yu, Ting-Fai. 2020. “Queer Migration across the Sinophone World: Queer Chinese Malaysian Students’ Educational Mobility to Taiwan.” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/1369183X.2020.1750946

Yu, Ting-Fai. 2020. “Spatialities of Queer Globalization: Middle- and Working-class Hong Kong Gay Men’s Subjective Constructions of Homophobia.” Sexualities. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1363460720936466

Yu, Ting-Fai. 2020. “Reconfiguring Queer Asia as Disjunctive Modernities: Notes on the Subjective Production of Working-class Gay Men in Hong Kong.” Journal of Homosexuality 67(6): 863-884.

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.

Book Reviews

Yu, Ting-Fai. 2019. “The Cosmopolitan Dream: Transnational Chinese Masculinities in a Global Age, edited by Derek Hird and Geng Song.” Feminist Encounters: A Journal of Critical Studies in Culture and Politics 3(1-2). DOI: https://doi.org/10.20897/femenc/5927

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.
URL: http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=46906

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.
URL: http://www.wagnet.ox.ac.uk/wagrev/journals/issue12.html

Areas of Research & Supervision

Potential areas of supervision include 1) gender, sexuality and queer studies, 2) critical race and migration studies, and 3) cultural studies in Asia.


Fellowship, International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden University, 2018.

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