CHEUNG, Adam K.L. 張家樂

Associate Professor

PhD (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Research Interests:

Family sociology; Social demography; Gender roles and inequalities; Deviance and control

Adam Cheung joined the Department of Sociology in 2018. Prior to joining the Hong Kong Baptist University, he worked at the Education University of Hong Kong and National University of Singapore. His research interests include gender ideology, division of household labor, marital relations and domestic violence in Hong Kong and other Asian societies. His current research project examines how do couples negotiate the division of household labor at different life-stages, and to what extent, hiring a domestic helper at home change the family dynamic. In particular, he is interested in how young husbands and wives interact with a live-in domestic helper at home. Besides, he has other on-going and past research projects investigating the factors and patterns of domestic violence, parental involvement, and the rise of solo-living in Hong Kong, Mainland China and Korea.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

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From Jan-2022 to Dec-2024 "Loving my political opponents: Political disagreements and marital quality in Hong Kong" General Research Fund, Research Grants Council, Hong Kong. As PI. HKD $987,755.
From Jan-2018 to Dec-2021 "A Stranger/Helper at Home: An Integrated Framework on Hiring Domestic Help and Family Relations in Hong Kong" Early Career Scheme, Research Grants Council, Hong Kong. As PI. HKD $726,086.
From Dec-2020 to Present "Masculinities of Young Men in Hong Kong" UGC Research Matching Grant Scheme. As Co-PI. HKD $474,130.
From Oct-2019 to Dec-2020 "Masculinities of Young Men in Hong Kong" The Women's Foundation. As Co-PI. HKD $474,130.
From Sep-2017 to Aug-2018 "Family Policies, Social Norms and Fertility Decisions: A Survey Experiment" Public Policy Research Funding Scheme, Policy Innovation and Co-ordination Office. As Co-I. HKD $764,750.
From Sep-2017 to Sep-2018 "Gender Difference in STEM Aspiration and Educational Choices in Hong Kong" The Women's Foundation. As Co-PI. HKD $424,000.

Journal Articles (Peer-reviewed)

  1. Cheung, AKL, Lui, L, & Mu, Z (2024). Political efficacy and fertility intentions: A survey experiment study in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore. Social Science Research, 120(103014), DOI: 10.1016/j.ssresearch.2024.103014
  2. Cheung, AKL, & Lui, L (2024). The Personal is Political: Political Attitudes, Affective Polarization and Fertility Preferences in Hong Kong. Population Research and Policy Review, 43(2), DOI: 10.1007/s11113-024-09868-5
  3. Cheung, AKL (2023). Couples’ housework participation, housework satisfaction and fertility intentions among married couples in Hong Kong. Asian Population Studies, Online First Version, DOI: 10.1080/17441730.2023.2252633
  4. Lui, L & Cheung, AKL (2023). Finishing the “unfinished revolution”?: College-educated mothers' resistance to intensive mothering. Gender, Work & Organization, Online First Version, DOI: 10.1111/gwao.13065
  5. Cheung, AKL & Lui, L (2023). Outsourcing domestic work: A double-edged sword formarital relations among dual-earner couples. Family Relations, Online First Version, DOI: 10.1111/fare.12912 
  6. Cheung, AKL (2023). Employers’ resources and experiences of employing live-in foreign domestic workers. Chinese Sociological Review, 55(2), 210-235, DOI: 10.1080/21620555.2022.2104703
  7. Cheung, AKL, & Kim, EHW (2022). Domestic Outsourcing in an Ultra-Low Fertility Context: Employing Live-in Domestic Help and Fertility in Hong Kong. Population Research and Policy Review, 41, 1597-1618, DOI: 10.1007/s11113-022-09709-3
  8. Cheung, AKL, & Lui, L (2022). Does live-in domestic help reduce unpaid household labor? The paradox of intensive parenting and domestic outsourcing. Current Sociology, 70(6), 921-942, DOI: 10.1177/00113921211012744.
  9. Cheung, AKL, Chiu, TY & Choi, SYP (2022). Couples’ self-control and marital conflict: Does similarity, complementarity or totality matter more? Social Science Research, 102638, DOI: 10.1016/j.ssresearch.2021.102638 
  10. Cheung, AKL (2022). Outsourcing for how long? Factors and duration of employing foreign live-in domestic helpers. Journal of Family Issues, 43(11), 3030-3056, DOI: 10.1177/0192513X211041982
  11. Cheung, AKL (2021). Re-examining the middle-class thesis: Class profiles of families employing migrant domestic workers in Hong Kong. Asian and Pacific Migration Journal, 30(4), 450-465, DOI:10.1177/01171968211069697
  12. Lui, L & Cheung, AKL (2021). Family Policies, Social Norms and Marital Fertility Decisions: A Quasi-Experimental Study. International Journal of Social Welfare, 30(4): 396-409, DOI: 10.1111/ijsw.12488.
  13. Cheung, AKL & Chiu, TY (2021). Husband-to-wife sexual coercion in cross-border marriage: A relationship power perspective. Current Sociology, 69(1), 77-98.  Doi: 10.1177/0011392118824358.
  14. Cheung, AKL & Yeung, WJJ (2021). Socioeconomic development and young adults’ propensity of living in one-person households: Compositional and contextual effects. Demographic Research, 44(11): 277-306. 
  15. Cheung, AKL & Park, H (2021). Parental Academic Involvement in Cross-border marriage, Native and Immigrant Families: The Roles of Family Resources and Parental Expectations. Journal of Family Issues, 42(9), 2133-2158, DOI: 10.1177/0192513X20968603.
  16. Kim, EHW & Cheung, AKL (2019). The Gendered Division of Household Labor over Parenthood Transitions: A Longitudinal Study in South Korea. Population Research and Policy Review, 38(4), 459-482.
  17. Cheung, AKL & Kim, EHW (2018). Domestic Labor, Attitudes, and Women's Marital Satisfaction: A Longitudinal Study in Korea. Journal of Family Issues, 39(16), 3931-3955.
  18. Cheung, AKL & Lui, L (2017). Hiring Domestic Help in Hong Kong: The Role of Gender Attitude and Wives' Income. Journal of Family Issues, 38(1), 73-99.
  19. Choi, SYP & Cheung, AKL (2017). Dissimilar and Disadvantaged: Age Discrepancy, Financial Stress, and Marital Conflict in Cross-Border Marriages. Journal of Family Issues, 38(18), 2521-2544.
  20. Cheung, AKL & Choi, SYP (2016) Non-Traditional Wives With Traditional Husbands: Gender Ideology And Husband-To-Wife Physical Violence In Chinese Society. Violence Against Women, 22(14), 1704-1724.
  21. Cheung, AKL & Park, H (2016) Single Parenthood, Parental Involvement and Students' Education in Hong Kong. Marriage and Family Review, 52(1-2), 15-40.
  22. Kim, EHW & Cheung, AKL (2015) Women's Attitudes Toward Family Formation and Life Stage Transitions: A Longitudinal Study in Korea. Journal of Marriage and Family, 77(5), 1074-1090.
  23. Cheung, AKL & Yeung, WJJ (2015). Temporal-spatial patterns of one-person households in China, 1982-2005. Demographic Research, 32, 1209-1238. 
  24. Yeung, WJJ & Cheung, AKL (2015). Living alone: One-person households in Asia. Demographic Research, 32, 1099-1112.
  25. Cheung, AKL (2014). Hiring Domestic Help and Family Well-being: A Propensity Score Analysis. Journal of Comparative Family Studies, 45(4): 475-495.
  26. Choi, SYP, Cheung, AKL, Cheung, YW & David, R (2014). Bring The Subjective Back In: Resource and Husband-to-wife Physical Assault among Chinese Couples in Hong Kong. Violence Against Women, 20(12): 1428-1446.
  27. Cheung, YW, Choi, SYP & Cheung, AKL (2014) Strain, Self-control and Spousal Violence: A Study of Husband-to-Wife Violence in Hong Kong. Violence and Victims, 29(2):280-299.  
  28. Choi, SYP, Cheung YW & Cheung, AKL (2012). Social Isolation and Spousal Violence Against Wife: Comparing Female Marriage Migrants with Local Women. Journal of Marriage and Family, 74(3):444-461.
  29. Cheung, AKL & Choi SYP (2010) Gender, Resources, and Wife Abuse in Hong Kong. Social Transformations in Chinese Societies, 6(1):36-60


Book chapters and other published works (Peer-reviewed)

  1. Cheung, AKL (2021). Structured Questionnaire. In F. Maggino (eds) Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research. Springer. 
  2. Cheung, AKL (2021). Probability Proportional Sampling. In F. Maggino (eds) Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research. Springer. 
  3. Cheung, AKL (2014). Probability proportional sampling. In Alex C. Michalos (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-being Research. Dordrecht: Springer.
  4. Cheung, AKL (2014). Structured questionnaires. In Alex C. Michalos (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-being Research. Dordrecht: Springer.
  5. Cheung, AKL & Choi, SYP (2013). Economic Insecurity and Husbandto-Wife Physical Assault in Hong Kong: The Role of Husband’s Power Motive. In Wei-Jun Jean Yeung and Mui-Teng Yap (Eds.) Economic Stress on Human Capital Development and Family Well-being in Asia. Dordrecht: Springer.
  6. Choi, SYP & Cheung, AKL (2013). One Marriage, Two Stories: Gender and Marital Satisfaction in Hong Kong. In Wei Guoying and Ma Yinan (Eds.) Essays from Asian Women’s Forums: Gender Equality and Women Development. Beijing: The Peking University Press.


Other research outputs (Non-peer-reviewed)

  1. Chan, AKW, & Cheung, AKL (2018). Gender Differences in Choosing STEM subjects at Secondary School and University in Hong Kong. Hong Kong: The Women’s Foundation.
  2. Chan, AKW, & Cheung, AKL (2021). Exploring the Masculinities of Young Men in Hong Kong. Hong Kong: The Women’s Foundation.

PhD Supervision

I am interested in supervising quantitative-oriented PhD projects related to topics in family sociology and demography, with a particular focus on Asian societies. Specifically, I am keen on exploring research areas such as family relations, parenting, and housework arrangements within these societies. Interested applicants should submit their research proposals along with their applications.


Awards & Achievements (Selected)

2016 Research Output Prize of the Dean’s Research Fund, FLASS, The Education University of Hong Kong
2013 (Honorable mention, 2nd place) Early Stage Family Scholar Award, Committee on Family Research (RC06) International Sociological Association
2012 Lee Wong Lai Lin Scholarship for Sociological Studies of Family and Gender Issues, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
2010 Global Scholarship Programme for Research Excellence, GNOOC Grants, The Chinese University of Hong Kong