Prof Pun NgaiHonorary Professor
Pun Ngai received her PhD from University of London, SOAS in 1998. She is the winner of 2006 C. Wright Mills Award for her book, “Made in China: Women Factory Workers in a Global Workplace” (Duke University Press, 2005). Made in China is widely used as required reading in major universities in America, Europe and Asia. Together with Dying for Apple: Foxconn and Chinese Workers (co-authored with Jenny Chan and Mark Selden, 2016), these two texts have been translated into German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish and Chinese. Two of her Chinese books were also awarded Hong Kong Book Prize 2007 and 2011 as the top ten popular book, widely read in Hong Kong and Mainland China.
She published extensively and cross- disciplinary in journals in the areas of sociology, anthropology, labor Studies, China Studies and cultural Studies. Her articles appeared in Sociology, Sociological Review, British Journal of Sociology of Education, Current Sociology, Global Labor Journal, Work, Employment and Society, The China Quarterly, Modern China, and The China Journal, Positions, Public Culture Cultural Anthropology, Dialectical Anthropology and Information, Communication and Society.Pun, Ngai, & Koo Anita. (2019). Double contradiction of schooling: Class reproduction and working class agency at vocational schools in China. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 40, 50–64.
University of London, SOAS (UK)
The University of Hong Kong
Chinese University of Hong Kong
The research term currently works on a Collaborative Research Fund (CRF), “Social Media and Migrant Labor Protection in Mainland China” (2016-2019) UST and CUHK. This project aims to synergize macro theories of traditional social sciences which look at capital, state and class formation at the abstract level with micro theories of media and cultural studies that focus on life-world, every day practices, and new forms of communication and resistance. Inspired by the theory of digitally networked action, and informed by globalization and state theory, this project inspires to create an innovative paradigm to merge rich sociological debates with media studies so as to explore new forms of working class youth culture and novel platform of labor rights protection. Moving beyond traditional models of trade unionism and labor NGOs, this project contributes to a new exploration of attempting vocational schools as sites of learning, communicating and organizing, and preparing students to be proper working-class subjects.
Pun Ngai (2019) “The new Chinese working class in struggle”, Dialectic Anthropology, published online doi.org/10.1007/s10624-019-09559-0
Pun, Ngai, & Koo Anita. (2019). Double contradiction of schooling: Class reproduction and working class agency at vocational schools in China. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 40, 50–64.
Pun Ngai, Rutvica Andrijasevic, and Devi Sacchetto (2019) “Transgressing North-South divide: Foxconn Production Regimes in China and the Czech Republic”. Critical Sociology, Published first online https://doi.org/10.1177/0896920518823881
Devi Sacchetto, Rutvica Andrijasevic and Pun Ngai (2019) “One firm, two countries, one workplace model? The case of Foxconn’s internationalization”, The Economic and Labour Relations Review (paper accepted)
Benny Lu, Anita Koo and Pun Ngai (2019) “Transgressing neoliberal value: constructing a micro-foundation of social values of working-class youth in vocational schools”, Sociological Review. 2019, Vol. 67(5) 1050–1065.
Bryant Hui, Pun Ngai, Anita Koo and Jack Qiu (2019) “Having Less but Giving More: Work Experience and Prosocial Behavior of Chinese Working-Class Youth”, paper accepted by Youth and Society.
Pun, Ngai, Tommy Tse, and Kenneth Ng. “Challenging digital capitalism: SACOM’s campaigns against Apple and Foxconn as monopoly capital.” Information, Communication & Society 22.9 (2019): 1253-1268.
Pun Ngai and Anita Koo (2018) “In Dialogue with Paul Willis’s Learning to Labour: Class Reproduction and the Difference of Working-Class Culture at Contemporary Vocational Schools” (Paper accepted by British Journal of Sociology of Education)
Translated in Italian by Ferruccio Gambino and Devi Sacchetto. pp145–74 in Cina, La Società Armoniosa: Sfruttamento e Resistenza Degli Operai Migranti (China, the Harmonious Society: Exploitation and Resistance of Migrant Workers). Sociologia/Attualità Internazionale. Milano: Jaca Book.
Translated in German by Georg Egger, Daniel Fuchs, Thomas Immervoll, Lydia Steinmassl. pp106–29 in Arbeitskämpfe in China: Berichte von der Werkbank der Welt (Labor Disputes in China: Reports of the Workshop of the World). Wien: Promedia Verlag
Pun Ngai and Yuen-Tsang, Woon-ki Angelina (2011), “The challenges of corporate social responsibility (CSR) multi-stakeholder practices: searching for a new occupational social work model in China”, China Journal of Social Work, 4:1, 57–
Translated in German by Andrea Ben Lassoued. “Foxconn-Report: Suizid als Protestform junger chinesischer Wanderarbeiterlnnen.” (Suicide as a Form of Protest for Young Chinese Migrant Workers.” Clean IT. 34pp.
Pun Ngai (2009), Chinese Migrant Women Workers in a Dormitory Labour System. Asia Insights. 1, June, 9–13.
Pun Ngai and Chris King-chi Chan (2008), “The Subsumption of Class Discourse in China”, Boundary 2, Vol 35, No 2, 75–
Pun Ngai and Yu Xiaomin (2008), “When Wal-Mart and the Chinese dormitory labour regime meet: a study of three toy factories in China”, China Journal of Social Work, Volume 1, Issue 2 July 2008, 110–129.
Pun, Ngai (2002), “Am I the only survivor? Global Capital, Local Gaze and Social Trauma in China”, Public Culture 14(2): 341-347.