Prof Eric W C Fong

Chair Professor in Sociology
Associate Dean (T & L), Faculty of Social Sciences
+852 3917 7439

9.16, 9/F., The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus


Eric Fong joined the University of Hong Kong in 2020 from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he served as chair of the Department of Sociology and the inaugural Director of the Research Centre on Migration and Mobility. Prior to returning to Hong Kong in 2016, Fong had been a professor of sociology at the University of Toronto for more than 20 years. He was also Changjiang Chair Professor at Xi’an Jiaotong University.

Fong formerly served as President of the Canadian Population Society and the North America Chinese Sociologist Association, as well as Chair of the International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association. Fong publishes widely on race and ethnic residential patterns and immigration. His latest book with Brent Berry, Immigration and the City, was published by Polity Press in 2017.

Courses taught


University of Chicago

Research interests

Race and Ethnicity
Urban sociology

Current research

Migrant Domestic Workers in Hong Kong
Chinese migration in Asia
High-skilled migration in Hong Kong and mainland

Selected publications

The Challenge of Retaining Highly Educated Migrants in Tourism Destinations: Case Comparison of Macau and Hong Kong “ Cities (Yun-Tzu Chang and Eric Fong)

“Income Differences of Chinese Sub-ethnic Groups in Canada.” Population Research and Policy Review (Eric Fong and Pui Kwan Man)

“Compressed Modernity in Taiwan: Fathers Becoming the Sole Influencer on National Identity” China Quarterly (Yun-Tzu Chang and Eric Fong)

Forthcoming. “Negative Sentiment Towards Recent Migrants in a Post-Colonial City: A case study in Hong Kong.” International Migration Review. (Eric Fong and Biyang Sun)

Forthcoming. “Support or Burden? Mental health and transnational family contact among female migrant domestic workers in Hong Kong” Population, Space, and Place. (Yingtong Lai and Eric Fong)

Forthcoming. “Taking Care of Elderly Parents or Children: How are they related to the decision to hire foreign domestic helpers?” Journal of Family Issue. (Eric Fong and Kumiko Shibuya)

Forthcoming. “Peer Effects on the Educational Outcomes of Immigrant Youth: Heterogeneity by Generation and School Context” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. (Jinho Kim, Josefina Flores Morale, and Eric Fong)

2022. Segregation. Polity Press. (Eric Fong, Kumiko Shibuya, and Brent Berry)

2022. “Migration from Muslim-Majority Countries: A tale of two patterns.” Population Research and Policy Review 41:1853-1872 (Shafei Guo and Eric Fong)

2022. “The Intention to Migrate from More Developed to Less Developed Areas: Evidence from Hong Kong” Asian Population Studies 18(2): 129-149. (Yingtong Lai, Kumiko Shibuya, and Eric Fong)