Mr Shaoyu Tang

PhD Student

8.25, 8/F., The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus


Shaoyu Tang is a full-time PhD student at HKU sociology. He is supervised by Professor Sylvia Martin and Professor Victor Shin (co-supervisor). Before coming to HKU, he studied chemical engineering and Chinese literature at Sichuan university and was trained to be an interdisciplinary scholar in humanities and social science at New York University XE center.

Shaoyu has a quite broad research interest in many anthropological fields. He studied indigenous knowledge and grassland degradation on Tibetan Plateau and has served as a core volunteer for a local grassroots conservation NGO there for years. His Master’s project interrogates the changing values and morals of China’s middle-class urban youth through closely examining their usage of the word success (Chenggong) in everyday lives. In doctoral work ahead, he intends to picture the changing landscape of China’s cultural and affective politics with an ethnographic focus on the rising comedy industry.


MA in Interdisciplinary studies, New York University

BE in Chemical Engineering, Sichuan University

BA in Chinese Literature (double major), Sichuan University

Research interests

Affect and emotion

Cultural politics

Performance and creative work

Comedy/Humor in use

Popular culture

Experimental Ethnography

Honours and recognitions

2020 Global Research Initiative Fellowship, New York University

Selected publications

(In Chinese)

Tang, Shaoyu, Gaerrang, and Yeh, Emily, “Tibetan Cultural Interpretation of the “Rat Disaster” in the Pastoral Area of the Tibet Plateau: The Demonization and Sanctification of Rodents,” Journal of Tibetology, vol. 18, pp. 128-138, Jun 2018.  (唐邵宇,嘎尔让,叶婷. 2018.《青藏高原牧区“鼠灾”的藏文化诠释——鼠类动物的神圣化与妖魔化》.藏学学刊(第18辑),P128-138)