Dr Cassini S K Chu

Honorary Lecturer

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Cassini specializes in gender and sexuality. Her book, Compensated Dating: Buying and Selling Sex in Cyberspace, investigates Compensated Dating practitioners’ self-identity, desire and their dynamic relationships. In addition to the stories of female providers, her book explores the life-experiences of male clients, which is under-reported in the current literature of compensated dating in Asia. Through her interviews and ethnographic work, her book unfolds how modern intimacy entwines in the on-line and off-line worlds.

Courses taught


The University of Hong Kong

Chinese University of Hong Kong

Brown University (USA)

Research interests

Gender and sexuality
Sex work
Deviant behaviors
Girlhood studies

Honours and recognitions

The Best Thesis Award  —  Hong Kong Sociological Association 2015

Selected publications

Chu, C. S. K. (2018).  Compensated Dating: Buying and Selling Sex in Cyberspace: Palgrave Macmillan

Chu, C. S. K., & Laidler, K. J. (2015). Becoming a Male Client in Compensated Dating. Deviant Behavior, 1-19

Chu, C.S. K.  (2018). From Cyber-Ethnography to In-Depth Interviews: Learning About Girls Who Sell Sex and Men Who Purchase Sex in Compensated Dating. SAGE Research Methods Cases.