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Dr Benny C H Lu

Post-doctoral Fellow

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I received my PhD in Sociology from Goldsmiths College, University of London. My main research interest concerns the intersection between class and gender. Particularly interested in how the marginal is able (or unable) to respond to neoliberal logic and making values (material and symbolic) of their own, my doctoral research, for example, investigated living experiences of Money Boys (male-to-male sex workers) in urban Shanghai.

From 2015 to June 2017, I was a postdoctoral fellow in the Gender Studies Programme of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) where I joined a research on new migrant economies and gender identities in Taiwan. I also offered a MA course “ Gender and  Media Representations” as well as some guest lectures on global migration, feminist ethnography, sex work and same-sex marriage debates in Taiwan.

In August 2017, I was funded by The Leibniz Science Campus  Eastern European- Global Area (EEGA) Germany, to conduct a research of new Chinese migration and sinophone politics in East Germany. I joined HKU in September 2017 for the CRF project of new labour politics in China chaired by Professor Pun Ngai.

I become a book review editor in 2017 for a new feminist journal “Feminist Encounters: A Journal of Critical Studies in Culture and Politics”
( http://www.lectitopublishing.nl/about-the-journal)

edited by Professor Sally Munt ( Sussex University, UK)



PhD  Sociology
Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK

 MA  Sociology
National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan 

BA  Journalism and Communications
Catholic Fu Jen University, Taiwan

Research interests

Class and Culture
Gender and Sexualities
Neo-liberalism and Value
Global migration
Sex Work

Current research

“Social Media and Migrant Labor Protection in Mainland China” (CRF)
” New Chinese Migrants in Post-socialism Germany”

Selected publications

2017. ” Rethinking Queers Values:  Money Boys and Value Struggles.” In Situations: Cultural Studies in the Asian Context East Asia.

2016. “Dutiful Sons and Debt: The Case of Money Boys” In We need to Talk about Family: Essays on Neoliberalism, Family and Popular Culture. edited by Tracey Jensen et al., Cambridge: Cambridge Scholar Press.

2013. “Evaluating Class and Sexuality: Money Boys in Contemporary China” PhD Thesis Goldsmiths College, University of London. (Advisor: Prof. Bev Skeggs)

2010. What is Melancholism in Asia? A Response.” In The Cultural Politics of Melancholia” edited by Liu Renpeng et. Al. Taipei: Shenglo (憂鬱的文化政治)”  (In Chinese)

2009. Book Review “Ronald C. Keith China from the Inside Out: Fitting the People’s Republic into the World” In Europe-Asia Studies.

2008. Book Review “Lisa Rofel Desiring China: Experiments in Neoliberalism, Sexuality and Public Culture” In Gradual Journal of Social Sciences.