Prof Eric W C Fong

Professor, Chair and Head
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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

Forthcoming. “Migration Patterns in East and Southeast Asia: Causes and Consequences” Annual Review of Sociology (Eric Fong and Kumiko Shibuya)

Forthcoming. “Religious Affiliation and Employment of Canadian Immigrant Youth: A focus on Eastern religions” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (Kumiko Shibuya, Eric Fong, Binbin Shu)

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

Forthcoming. “Acculturation of Rural/Urban Migrants in Urbanizing China: A Multidimensional and Bicultural Framework” Population, Space and Place (Zhongshan Yue, March Feldmen, Shuzhuo Li, Eric Fong)

2019. “Mainland Immigrants in Hong Kong : Social Mobility Over Twenty Years.” Journal of Asian Public Policy 12(2):160-173 (Eric Fong and Hua Guo)

2019. “Life Satisfaction and Internal Migration Experience: Migrant Workers in Guangzhou, China” Asian Population Studies 15(3):302-318 (Zhongshan Yue, Eric Fong, Yue Yuan, Shuzhuo Li)