Dr NG, Fung Sheung Isabella   伍鳳嫦
Associate Head / Assistant Professor
Department of Asian and Policy Studies
Phone No: (852) 2948 6343
Email: ifsng@eduhk.hk
Contact
ORCiD
0000-0002-1666-8422
Phone
(852) 2948 6343
Email
ifsng@eduhk.hk
Scopus ID
56183637800, 55828165800
Research Interest

Anthropology of Migration

Feminist research methodology

Feminist Geography

Gender

Media studies

Public Anthropology

Teaching Interest

Cross cultural Communication

International Communication

Introduction to Communication

Introduction to Social Theories and Concepts

Sociology of Bodies

Gender and Development

Professional Profile

Isabella NG is the Assistant Professor in the Department of Asian and Policy Studies. She receives her PhD in Gender Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London. She obtained her MPhil in Journalism and BA in English Literature in Hong Kong Baptist University and MA in Comparative Literature in the University College London. She focuses her research on Gender and Development in Asia, Feminist Geography, Feminist Research methods, anthropology of migration; migrants and diaspora, rural villages in Hong Kong and China and media studies, by drawing mainly on her training in anthropological research methods.

Prior to joining HKIED, she has taught in the University of Macau and the Community College, City University of Hong Kong. She also worked as a reporter for Time magazine, covering Greater China region. She has covered stories ranging from the Indonesian pogrom and Bali bombings, Hong Kong and Macau Handovers, Shanghai's makeover, the notorious New York snakehead Sister Ping and got the exclusive feature of the Macau Dragonhead Broken Tooth.

She is also a founder of the society Hong Kong Society for Asylum-Seekers and refugees, which fights for the rights of the asylum-seekers and refugees in Hong Kong and support their need. She She has provided expert input on asylum-seekers and refugees issues to EU and OHCHR. She is also a board member of the U.S NGO CivicSight.

Research Interest

Anthropology of Migration

Feminist research methodology

Feminist Geography

Gender

Media studies

Public Anthropology

Teaching Interest

Cross cultural Communication

International Communication

Introduction to Communication

Introduction to Social Theories and Concepts

Sociology of Bodies

Gender and Development

Selected Output

Scholarly Books, Monographs and Chapters
Ng, Isabella (2019). Hong Kong Rural Women under Chinese Rule – Gender Politics, Reunification and Globalization in Post-Colonial Hong Kong. Abingdon, Oxon; New York, N.Y.: Routledge, Taylor and Francis.
Isabella F.S Ng., Kee Lee Chou and Winky K.F. Wong (2016). Perceived Discrimination and Integration Among New Arrivals from Mainland China: Implications for Higher Education Development for Hong Kong. Ka Ho Mok, Managing International Connectivity - Diversity of Learning and Changing Labour Markets -East Asian Perspectives (169-188). Singapore: Springer.
Ng, Isabella (2016). Love Knows No Bounds: (Re)Defining Ambivalent Physical Boundaries and Kinship in the World of ICTs. M.Friedman & S. Schultermandl, Click and Kin: Transnational Identity and Quick Media (197-213). Toronto, Buffalo, London: University of Toronto Press.
伍鳳嫦(2014):拜祭儀式與世代變遷:新界圍村研究,輯於張少強、梁啟智和陳嘉銘編,《香港 . 城市 . 想像》,(94-108),香港,匯智出版社。

Journal Publications
Ng, I., & Zhang, H. (2021). Navigating the Ethnic Boundary: From ‘in-between’ to Plural Ethnicities among Thai Middle-class Migrant Women in Hong Kong (do: https://doi.org/10.1177%2F1440783321998756). Journal of Sociology, retrieved from https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1440783321998756, Online Publication, 1-17.
Ng, I. (2019). Criminalizing the Innocents: Social Exclusion of Asylum-seekers and Refugees in Hong Kong (doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/17516234.2019.1630790). Journal of Asian Public Policy, Retrieved from https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17516234.2019.1630790, online, 1-14.
Ng, I., Choi, F.Y., & Chan, L.S. (2019). Framing the Issue of Asylum Seekers and Refugees for Tougher Refugee Policy — A Study of the Media’s Portrayal in Post-colonial Hong Kong. Journal of International Migration and Integration, 20(2), 593-617.
Ng, I (2017). When [inter]personal becomes transformational: [Re]examining life-course related emotion in PhD research. DOI: 10.1111/area.12325. Area, online, 1-6.
Lee, S.Y., Ng, F.S.I., Chou, K.L. (2016). Exclusionary Attitudes towards Allocation of Welfare Benefits to New Immigrants in Hong Kong. Asian and Pacific Migration Journal, 25 (1), 41-61.
Wong, W.K.F., Ng, I.F.S., Chou,K.L. (2015). Factors contributing to scoial support among female marriage migrants in Hong Kong: A Longitudinal study (DOI: 10.1177/0020872815607955). International Social Work, xxx, 1-15.
Ng, F. S. I., Lee. S.Y., Wong, K. F. W. & Chou, K. L. (2015). Effects of perceived discrimination on the quality of life among new mainland Chinese immigrants to Hong Kong – a longitudinal study. Social Indicators Research, 120(3), 817-834.
Chou, K.L., Ng, I. F.S & Yu, K.M. (2014). Lifetime Abstention of Sexual Intercourse and Health in Middle-aged and Older Adults: Results from Wave 2 of the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions. Archives of Sexual Behavior Tonite, 43, 891-900.
Ng, I.F.S., Cheung, K.C.H., & Chou, K.L. (2013). Correlates of eating disorder in middle-aged and older adults: Evidence from 2007 British National Psychiatric Morbidity Survey. Journal of Aging and Health,, 25(7), 1106-1120.
Chou, K.L., Yu, K.M., & Ng, I. (2013). Exclusionary Attitudes towards Allocation of Welfare Benefits to New immigrants in Hong Kong. Social Policy and Administration / International Journal of Social Welfare, submitted, **-**.
Ng, I (2011). To Whom Does My Voice Belong? (Re)Negotiating Multiple Identities as a Female Ethnographer in Two Hong Kong Rural Villages. Gender, Technology and Development, 15(3), 437-456.
Fung, T.K.F., Brossard, D. Ng, I. (2011). There is Water Everywhere: How news Framing Amplifies the Effect of Ecological Worldviews on Preference for Flooding Policy. Mass Communication and Society, 14(5), 553-577.

Project

Cultivating Students’ Global Perspectives through Course Design with an Emphasis on the Affective Aspect of Learning
The global challenges of our century underscore the need for students to be able to value diverse cultures and perspectives, empathise and work with others dramatically different from themselves and solve problems that transcend national borders. While the academic departments at EdUHK are being strongly encouraged to enhance their courses to cultivate students’ global perspectives, some lecturers remain uncertain about how to achieve this goal meaningfully. This TDG addresses an urgent need of . . .
Project Start Year: 2020, Principal Investigator(s): BUCHTEL, Emma Ellen Kathrina 蒲安梅, CHATELIER, Stephen Eric, YU, Kwan Wai Eric 余君偉 (NG, Fung Sheung Isabella 伍鳳嫦 as Co-Investigator)
 
Diversity, Equity and Social Inclusion Research Group
This proposal builds on and extends the achievements over the last two years by the Intercultural Studies Strategic Research Group in establishing a culture of collaborative research and high quality research outcomes: i) Successful grant applications on diversity: 5 of 6 GRF/ECS applications since 2017 successful (83% success rate); ii) Quality outputs: 1 co-edited book (Springer), 9 A*, 6 A journal articles by members on diversity (2 co-authored; three won awards) iii) Research collaboration: . . .
Project Start Year: 2020, Principal Investigator(s): HALSE CHRISTINE MARGARET , HUE, Ming Tak 許明得 (NG, Fung Sheung Isabella 伍鳳嫦 as Co-Investigator)
 
Enhancement of Programme Innovation through Interdisciplinary Blended Learning Approach: Innovative Use of Visual Methods in Social Policy Research
From the curriculum design perspective, inquiry-oriented learning through the completion of a research project/capstone project could help students consolidate both generic skills and interdisciplinary knowledge and come up with innovative solutions for problem solving. In response to the call of promoting PEER & I in EdUHK, there is a need to introduce new initiative for strengthening students’ ability of generating innovative ideas into courses on research methods. Since the digital turn in th . . .
Project Start Year: 2020, Principal Investigator(s): HUANG KAI WAI 黃佳威, KWAN, Chung Yin, Tommy 關仲然 (NG, Fung Sheung Isabella 伍鳳嫦 as Co-Investigator)
 
Investigating Hong Kong Students' Aspirations for the Future
In recent months, school students have organized school strikes, class boycotts, human protest chains, joined front-line protests, been arrested (30% under 18 years) and shot (2 students; 14 & 18 years), with more than 300 school students involved in the PolyU siege. For other students, the protests disrupted their schooling and their relationships with family, peers and teachers. The longer-term impact on their aspirations, futures and sense of belonging/connectedness to Hong Kong is unknown.Th . . .
Project Start Year: 2020, Principal Investigator(s): HALSE CHRISTINE MARGARET (NG, Fung Sheung Isabella 伍鳳嫦 as Co-Investigator)
 
Framing Consent/Dissent: A Comparison between the Media Portrayal of the Rohingya Crisis between the Local Burmese Media and the International Media
The project intends to examine how the local Burmese media depict the Rohingya crisis; and look into how the international media depict the Rohingya criss and to compare how they differ in framing the issue
Project Start Year: 2019, Principal Investigator(s): NG, Fung Sheung Isabella 伍鳳嫦
 
In Local Exclusivity Lies Global Inclusion – The Relational Ontology of Asylum-Seekers and Refugees and Local Community in a Post-Colonial Hong Kong Village
The project examines the relationship between the local community and the asylumseekers and refugees in post colonial Hong Kong, in particular how the local community receives and interacts with this marginalized group, a currently understudied topic. With the backdrop of the negative news coverage in 2016 on the marginalized group and a polling that contradicts the media as over 60% of Hong Kong people are “neutral” towards the existence of the asylum-seekers and refugees, the reality in Hong K . . .
Project Start Year: 2019, Principal Investigator(s): NG, Fung Sheung Isabella 伍鳳嫦
 
The Mental Gealth and QOL of Asylum-seekers and Refugees and Factors Affecting their Current Health Status
The project attmepts to examine the current mental health status and the quality of life of the asylum-seekers and refugees in Hong Kong. It also seeks to understand factors that affect their current mental state and the quality of life in the host country, a currently understudied topic. The project is a pilot study to look into how forced migration could affect the health problems of a displaced population and how policy could facilitate an improvement in such aspect.
Project Start Year: 2019, Principal Investigator(s): NG, Fung Sheung Isabella 伍鳳嫦
 
Cultivating Students’ Critical Thinking and Creativity through Web-based and Classroom-based Inquiry
Critical thinking and creativity are long-standing objectives in EdUHK strategic plans and within her generic intended learning outcomes (GILOs). Given considerable uncertainty existing in the process of conducting inquiry, students are required to make their own decisions in every stage of doing it, which intrinsically involves the application and development of both creative and critical thinking that are described as the “heartbeat” of inquiry. Inquiry learning was originally adopted in the s . . .
Project Start Year: 2018, Principal Investigator(s): WAN, Zhihong 萬志宏, LEE, Chi Kin John 李子建 (NG, Fung Sheung Isabella 伍鳳嫦 as Co-Investigator)
 
Surviving as Stateless When the Global Local Collide- Space, Place, the Locals, the Asylum-seekers and Refugees in Postcolonial Hong Kong - A Livelihood Perspective
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Project Start Year: 2018, Principal Investigator(s): NG, Fung Sheung Isabella 伍鳳嫦
 
Framing consent? – An investigation of Hong Kong news media’ framing effect on Hong Kong people about Ethnic minority illegal migrants
In this project, we will analyze the way that local media present the question, of why illegal immigrants like the asylum seekers and refugees as a problem, and how to fix it.
Project Start Year: 2016, Principal Investigator(s): NG, Fung Sheung Isabella 伍鳳嫦
 
Integration of Female Mainland Migrants in Hong Kong: Wise Intervention and Peer Support Group
The project investigates how Peer Support Group could help the female mainland migrant integrate and how news media portray the female mainland migrant.
Project Start Year: 2015, Principal Investigator(s): NG, Fung Sheung Isabella 伍鳳嫦
 
New Media for an active, engaging, reflective and experoental learning;
This project aims to adopt new media in the curriculum for experiential and reflective learning in the context of understanding the political, social, economic and cultural dynamics in Hong Kong. By asking students to apply different forms of new media such as face timing, Skype, blogging, video-recording on their projects, students will be able to understand the process of civic engagement in a pro-active and engaging manner. Students will put their projects on the department website and can a . . .
Project Start Year: 2013, Principal Investigator(s): NG, Fung Sheung Isabella 伍鳳嫦