Wai Fong Chau


Research title: Rich Chinese Migration

Research Summary

Having grown up in the north shore of the lower reaches of the Yangtze River and educated in mainland China, Hong Kong and the UK, I developed a strong interest in Politics at my secondary school. With many years of experience of studying, working and living in Hong Kong, London and Glasgow, I am dedicated to studying China and modern Chinese politics from a comparative perspective. With the mass exodus of China's rich in tandem with the rapid economic growth within past two decades, I became interested in rich mainland Chinese migration research with a particular focus on exploring underlying social and political motivations. Besides, the research aims to investigate how collective push-pull factors have influenced rich mainland Chinese’s decision to migrate. In addition, an objective of this research is to identify the multiple-aims characteristics of rich mainland Chinese migration by arguing that rich Chinese emigration is a combination of investment-led, education-led and lifestyle emigration. Data will be mainly collected via semi-structured in-depth interviews, coupled with online surveys. Apart from that, I have keen interests in Chinese politics, party politics in Hong Kong and the role of media in prodemocracy movement in Hong Kong. 

Additional Information

PhD Candidate in Comparative Politics/Researcher in Chinese Migration/Writer/Cross-cultural Communicator

Doctor of Philosophy in Politics 10/2019-9/2023 (Currently studying)
MSc Political Communication/the University of Glasgow/9/2018-9/2019 (Merit)

BA (Hons) Journalism and Public Relations, Greenwich University   9/2010-6/2012 (Upper-Second)