Dr Ling Tung Tsang

Part-time Lecturer, Demonstrator

3917 2054

9.10, 9/F., The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus


I obtained my PhD in Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). My PhD research investigates Chinese sportsmen’s identities and their processes of identification, further intersecting with the contexts of masculinity and race in their everyday lives. Based on in-depth interviews with and observations of Chinese male provincial badminton sportsmen located in North, Central and South China, the project has drawn on findings to argue that Chinese male athletes’ identities, perhaps even applicable to Chinese people in China at-large, are not merely constructed in accordance with discourses associated with collective Chinese cultural doctrines, but also predicated on individualized values that align with post-structural and late-modern thinking.

Before joining HKU Sociology, I taught courses relevant to media and culture at HKU Space International College, and had been a guest lecturer in the Faculty of Social Science at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. I was also a Visiting Fellow in Sociology at Harvard University, and presented my research at conferences as well as workshops in United Kingdom and New Zealand.

Aspiring to be a cultural sociologist, I am going to focus on developing my research interests not only in East Asia, but also sites in other parts of the world especially connected to East Asian diaspora.

Courses taught


The London School of Economics and Political Science

MSocSc (Media, Culture and Creative Cities)
The University of Hong Kong

The University of Hong Kong

Research interests


Collectivism and individualization


Race and ethnicity


Sociology of sport

Selected publications

Journal articles:

Li, X., Tsang, L.T., & Tse, T. [equal authorship] (2023).  Pluralising China-as-method: Decolonising Cultural Mediations in the Global South. Global Media and China, 8(4), 443–441. https://doi.org/10.1177/20594364231216265 [ISSN: 2059-4372]

Tsang, L.T. (2023). Multiplicity, diversity and individualization behind shuttlecock play: Chinese sportsmen’s masculinities in today’s ChinaGlobal Media and China, 8(4), 462–479.
https://doi.org/10.1177/20594364231176967 [ISSN: 2059-4372]

Shin, V., Tsang, L.T., & Tse, T. (2020). Bridging Structural and Micro-level Factors in Cultural Labor Studies: A Multilevel Analysis of Performing Arts Administration Professionals in Hong KongSocial Transformations in Chinese Societies16(1), 15–37. https://doi.org/10.1108/STICS-03-2019-0007 [ISSN: 1871-2673]

Tse, T., Shin, V., & Tsang, L.T. (2020). From Shanzhai chic to Gangnam style: Seven practices of cultural-economic mediation in China and KoreaJournal of Cultural Economy13(5), 511–530. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17530350.2020.1719867 [ISSN: 1753-0350]

Tse, T., & Tsang, L.T. (2018). Reconceptualising prosumption beyond the ‘cultural turn’: Passive fashion prosumption in Korea and ChinaJournal of Consumer Culture21(4), 703–723.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1469540518804300 [ISSN: 1469-5405]

Book chapters:

Tse, T., & Tsang, L.T. (2020). Reconceptualising prosumption beyond the ‘cultural turn’: Passive fashion prosumption in Korea and China (reprinted). In M. Barnard (Eds.), Fashion Theory: A Reader (2nd edition) (pp. 517–531). Oxon; New York, NY: Routledge.

Tse, T., & Tsang, L.T. (2017). From Clicks-and-Bricks to Online-to-Offline: The Evolving E-tail/Retail Space as Immersive Media in Hong Kong and Mainland China. In A. Petermans and A. Kent (Eds.), Retail Design: Theoretical Perspectives (pp. 87­–113). Oxon: Routledge.