Prof Eric W C Fong

Professor, Chair and Head
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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

Eric Fong, Kumiko Shibuya and Brent Berry. 2022. Segregation in Multi-ethnic Cities. Polity Press.

Eric Fong, Yuan Yue, and Rebecca Ga. 2021. “Homeownership and Happiness among Migrants in China.” Journal of Housing and Built Environment 36: 153-170

Eric Fong, Binbin Shu. 2021. “Is Ethnic Representation in an Industrial Cluster Related to Earnings of Co-Ethnic Employers and Employees?” Canadian Review of Sociology 58(2): 250-270

Kumiko Shibuya, Eric Fong, Binbin Shu. 2020. “Religion Affiliation and Employment of Canadian Immigrant Youth: A focus on Eastern religions.” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 46(17): 3559-3579

Yiqing Gan and Eric Fong. 2020. “Living Separately but Living Close: Coresidence of adult children and parents in urban China” Demographic Research 43: 315-328

Eric Fong and Kumiko Shibuya. 2020. “Migration Patterns in East Asia” Annual Review of Sociology 46: 511-531

Kumiko Shibuya, Hua, Guo, Eric Fong. 2020. “Unemployment Patterns of Local-Born and Migrant Youth in a Postcolonial Society: A Double Cohort Analysis” The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 688(1): 20-37