Research Interests:
East Asian development (State-business relations, democratization, labor conditions); Social and political movements

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Research Projects

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Associate Professor
CHU, Yin Wah (朱燕華)
Ph.D. (University of California, Davis)
ywchu@hkbu.edu.hk

Yin-wah Chu joined the Department in 2007 to teach courses on globalization and East Asian social and economic development. Her research centers on two major areas: the political economy of development and social and political movements, both pertaining to countries and societies in East Asia. Specifically, she has examined business networks in Hong Kong and the developmental states of South Korea and Taiwan, analyzing their changing contours and assessing their effectiveness in tackling the societies’ continuous political-economic challenges, thus allowing them to articulate with the global economy and achieve rapid economic transformations. At the same time, she has examined the democratic transitions of South Korea and Taiwan, analyzing the contrasting sub-ethnic and social class dynamics in the processes, thus evaluating the relative merits of the political contingency and social-structural approaches. She has also examined labor and environmental movements in Hong Kong and, more recently, the issues of urban development and land expropriation resistance in China.

Resistance to Land Expropriation in Rural and Peri-urban China: opportunity, mobilization, and meanings among selected cases of Guangdong, Henan, Sichuan and Zhejiang, GRF, Research Grants Council, Hong Kong, Amount: HK$874,104, 2017-2018, PI: Yin-wah Chu.

Land expropriation protests in China: structures, processes, and meanings of selected cases in rural and peri-urban Guangdong and Sichuan, GRF, Research Grants Council, Hong Kong, Amount: HK$539,540, 2013-14, PI: Yin-wah Chu.

The Asian Developmental State: Reexaminations and New Departures, Conference and seminar grants, Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, Asia/Pacific Region, Amount: US$20,000, 2012-2013, Project Director: Yin-wah Chu.

Globalization, Democratization, and the Reconfigured Developmental State: South Korea and Taiwan, GRF, Research Grants Council, Hong Kong, Amount: HK$504,280, 2008-2011, PI: Yin-wah Chu; Co-I: Jenn-huang Wang.

The Experiments with Democracy in East and Southeast Asia: two decades after, Conference and seminar grants, Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, Asia/Pacific Region, Amount: US$17,000, 2007-2008, Co- Project Directors: Siu-lun Wong, Yin-wah Chu.

Families in Flux: values, relations, and beliefs in the Hong Kong Families, CERG, Research Grants Council, Hong Kong, Amount: HK$900,000, 2003-2005, PI: Benjamin Leung; Co-Is: Chun-hung Ng, Thomas Wong, Yin-wah Chu, Anita K. W. Chan.

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Journal Articles

So, A.Y. & Chu, Y.W. (2017). The cultural contradiction of state neoliberalism in China. In Korean. Asia Review (Seoul National University Press). 6/2. 121-142.

So, A.Y. & Chu, Y.W. (2016). State neoliberalism: the Chinese road to capitalism in comparative perspective. In Korean. Asia Review (Seoul National University Press). 5/2. 89-108.

Chu, Y.W. (2014). La reconstitution de l’alliance développementaliste en Corée du Sud et à Taïwan (Developmental alliance in South Korea and Taiwan: challenges and reconstitutions). Critique Internationale. 63. 41-58.

Chu, Y.W. (2012). Studies of Japanese society and culture: sociology and cognate disciplines in Hong Kong. Japanese Journal of Political Science. 13/2. 201-221.

Chu, Y.W. (2009). Eclipse or reconfigured? South Korea’s developmental state and challenges of the global knowledge economy. Economy and Society. 38/2/. 278-303.

Ng, C.H., Wong, T.W.P., Chu, Y.W. & Chan, A.K.W. (2008). Introduction: doing families in Hong Kong: values, relations and strategies. Social Transformations in Chinese Societies. 4. 3-16.

Chu, Y.W. (2008). Deconstructing the global city: unravelling the linkages that underlie Hong Kong’s world city status. Urban Studies. 45/8. 1625-1646.

Chu, Y.W. (2007). From destitute to xiao kang (well-being), maybe da guo (great nation): explorations of Chinese capitalisms and capitalist actions. Social Transformations in Chinese Societies. 3. 3-12.

Chu, Y.W. (2006). Chinese business networks and Chinese entrepreneurship: myths and partial truths – a review essay. Social Transformations in Chinese Societies. 2. 191-207.

McNally, C.A. & Chu, Y.W. (2006). Exploring late capitalist development in greater China: a synthesis. Asian Perspective. 30/2. 31-64.

Chu, Y.W. & Tang, J.T.H. (2005). The Internet and civil society: environmental and labor organizations in Hong Kong. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. 29/4. 849-866.

Chu, Y.W. (2003). Democratic transition and authoritarian rule: Taiwan and South Korea compared. In Chinese. Modernization Research (Peking University). 2. 81-97.

Chu, Y.W. (1999). Ideology and organization in the oppositional movements of Taiwan and South Korea. Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change. 21. 35-59.

Chu, Y.W. (1998). Labor and democratization in South Korea and Taiwan. Journal of Contemporary Asia. 28/2. 185-202.

Chu, Y.W. (1996). Democracy and organized labor in Taiwan: the 1986 transition. Asian Survey. 36/5. 495-510.

Chu, Y.W. (1992). Informal Work in Hong Kong. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. 16/3. 420-41.

Books

Chu, Y.W. & So, A.Y. (Forthcoming 2019). What is Development Sociology? Cambridge: Polity.

Chu, Y.W. (Editor). (2016). The Asian Developmental State: reexaminations and new departures. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

So, A.Y. & Chu, Y.W. (2016). The Global Rise of China. Cambridge: Polity.

Chu, Y.W. & Wong, S.L. (Editors). (2010). East Asia’s New Democracies: deepening, reversal, non-liberal alternatives. London: Routledge.

Chu, Y.W. (Editor). (2010). Chinese Capitalisms: historical emergence and political implications. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Chu, Y.W. & Chang, W.A. (Editors). (2001). Economy and Society: a social-cultural analysis of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Mainland China. In. Chinese. Taipei: Sheng-Chih.

Book Chapters

Chu, Y.W. (Forthcoming 2019). China’s new urbanization plan: crafting China’s new cities or more of the cliché? Handbook of Emerging 21st Century Cities, K. Archer & K. Bezdecny (eds.), pp. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Chu, Y.W. (Forthcoming 2018). Technology-based development and heightened integration with the mainland: CY Leung’s economic ambition. The CY Leung Administration: a critical review, J. Cheng (ed.), pp. Hong Kong: City University of Hong Kong Press.

So, A.Y. & Chu, Y.W. (2017). Interrogating the China Model of Development. The Essential Guide to Critical Development Studies, H. Veltmeyer and P. Bowles (eds.), pp. London: Routledge.

Chu, Y.W. (2016). The Asian developmental state: ideas and debates. The Asian Developmental State: reexaminations and new departures, Y.W. Chu (ed.), pp. 1-25. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Chu, Y.W. (2016). Democratization, emergence of the knowledge-based economy, and the changing developmental alliances in South Korea and Taiwan. The Asian Developmental State: reexaminations and new departures, Y.W. Chu (ed.), pp. 117-137. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Chu, Y.W. & So, A.Y. (2014). Can Hong Kong design a new growth engine?: A study of the absence of economic policies of the Donald Tsang regime. A Critical Evaluation of Donald Tsang, J.Y.S. Cheng (ed.), pp. 199-227. Hong Kong: City University of Hong Kong Press.

Chu, Y.W. (2012). Labour and Democratization in South Korea and Taiwan. Democratization (Volume Three: Civil Society, Human Rights, and Culture in Democratization), J. Grugel (ed.) New York: Sage Publications.

So, A.Y. & Chu, Y.W. (2012). The transition from neoliberalism to state neoliberalism in China at the turn of the 21st century. Developmental Politics in Transition: the neoliberal era and beyond, K.S. Chang, B. Fine, & L. Weiss (eds.), pp. 166-187. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Chu, Y.W. (2012). Globalization, semi-democracy, and land rights protests in post-1997 Hong Kong. From Unity to Multiplicities: social movement transformation and democratization in Asia, H.Y. Cho, A. Aeria, & S.W. Hur (eds.), pp. 293-316. Petaling Jaya, Malaysia: Strategic Information and Research Development Center.

Chu, Y.W. (2010). Deconstructing the global city: unravelling the linkages that underlie Hong Kong’s world city status. Economic Dynamism in the Sinospheres and Anglospheres, T.C. Ho (ed.), pp. 137-181. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press.

Chu, Y.W. & Wong, S.L. (2010). Introduction. East Asia’s New Democracies: deepening, reversal, non-liberal alternatives, Y.W. Chu & S.L. Wong (eds.), pp. 1-21. London: Routledge.

Chu, Y.W. (2010). Chinese capitalisms: an introduction. Chinese Capitalisms: historical emergence and political implications, Y.W. Chu (ed.), pp. 1-15. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Chu, Y.W. & So, A.Y. (2010). State neoliberalism: the Chinese road to capitalism. Chinese Capitalisms: historical emergence and political implications, Y.W. Chu (ed.), pp. 46-72. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Chu, Y.W. (2010). Chinese capitalisms: concluding thoughts on their historical emergence, political implications, and unique characteristics. Chinese Capitalisms: historical emergence and political implications, Y.W. Chu (ed.), pp. 227-244. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Chu, Y.W. (2004). Informal work in Hong Kong. The Economy of Hong Kong in Non-economic Perspective, K.Y. Law & K.M. Lee (eds.), pp. 362-373. Hong Kong: Oxford University Press.

Chu, Y.W. 2004. Hong Kong: from laissez faire to experiments in developmental support. Developmental States: relevancy, redundancy or reconfiguration? L. Low (ed.), pp. 149-161. New York: Nova Science.

Chu, Y.W. (2003). Networking for domination: the interconnectivity among business and government actors in the information technology industry of Hong Kong. Capital and Knowledge in Asia: Changing Power Relations, H. Dahles & O.D. van den Muijzenberg (eds.), pp. 23-39. London: RoutledgeCurzon.

Chu, Y.W. (2002). Nurturing IT entrepreneurs: roles of the transnational corporations, government, and culture in the late 20th century Hong Kong. Entrepreneurs and Institutions in Europe and Asia 1500-2000, F. de Goey and J.W. Veluwenkamp (eds.), pp. 193-212. Amsterdam: Aksant.

Chu, Y.W. (2002). Women and work in East Asia. Transforming Gender and Development in East Asia, E.N. Chow (ed.), pp. 61-80. New York: RoutledgeCurzon.

Chu, Y.W. (2001). The social and cultural analysis of economic life. [In Chinese]. Economy and Society: a social-cultural analysis of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Mainland China, Y.W. Chu & W.A. Chang (eds.), pp. 1-21. Taipei: Sheng-Chih.

Chu, Y.W. (2001). Family firms in Hong Kong: present situations and future prospects. [In Chinese]. Economy and Society: a social-cultural analysis of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Mainland China, Y.W. Chu & W.A. Chang (eds.), pp. 75-86. Taipei: Sheng-Chih.

Chu, Y.W. (1997). Country paper: Hong Kong. Role of Women in Informal Sector Development, pp. 130-143. Tokyo: Asian Productivity Organization.

Awards & Achievements

Visiting Scholar. China Institute, SOAS, UK (2017).

Visiting Scholar. Center for Chinese Studies, University of California, Berkeley, USA (Summer 2017).

Chinese New Year 2017 Editor's Choice. New York Palgrave Macmillan. The book, The Asian Developmental State, as one of ten "must-read publications from China's most distinguished authors across the humanities, social sciences and business."

Visiting Fellowship. College of Humanities and Social Sciences, National Tsinghua University, Taiwan (August 2009).

Visiting Fellowship. Institute for Far Eastern Studies, Kyungnam University, Republic of Korea (July 1992).