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SIU, Kaxton Y.K. 蕭裕均

Associate Professor

Ph.D. (The Australian National University)

Research Interests:

Comparative labor studies; Migration studies; Urban sociology; Youth studies; Chinese society; Hong Kong society; Vietnamese society; Japanese society; Cambodian society

Dr. Kaxton Siu researches comparative labor studies, migration studies, urban sociology, and youth studies. He also specializes in Chinese society, Hong Kong society, Vietnamese society, Japanese society, and Cambodian society. He has published extensively in international peer-reviewed journals, such as Politics and Society, Journal of Social Issues, The China Journal, Critical Asian Studies, Youth and Society, Journal of Youth Studies, Journal of Contemporary Asia, and British Journal of Social Work. Dr. Siu’s book, Chinese Migrant Workers and Employer Domination: Comparisons with Hong Kong and Vietnam, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2020. His latest book written in collaboration with Prof. Stephen WK Chiu, Hong Kong Society: High-Definition Stories beyond the Spectacle of East-Meets-West, has been published in 2022 in Palgrave Macmillan’s Hong Kong Studies Series. He is currently working as principal investigator on two research projects that investigates Chinese investors in Vietnam and Cambodia and their impact on industrial relations systems and labor standards, and Chinese and Vietnamese industrial trainees in Japan. Since 2022, Dr. Siu is serving as one of the associate directors of David C. Lam Institute for East-West Studies (LEWI), Hong Kong Baptist University. Dr. Siu received his PhD from the Australia National University. He obtained his MPhil and BSc from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

External Grants

 

Principal Investigator, “Chinese Investors in Vietnam and Cambodia and their Impact on Industrial Relations Systems and Labour Standards”, Research Grant Council/ General Research Fund (2020-21), Hong Kong SAR Government, HK $994,823 (US$127,541).

 

Principal Investigator, “Industrial Trainees from China and Vietnam in Japan: An Entry Point into the Key Issues of International Labour Migration and Skill Transfer”, Research Grant Council/ General Research Fund (2017-18), Hong Kong SAR Government, HK$660,203 (US$84,575).

 

Principal Investigator, “Exit, Voice, and the Family/Work Dynamics of Married Migrant Factory Workers in China and Vietnam”, Research Grant Council/ Early Career Scheme (2015-16), Hong Kong SAR Government, HK$488,700 (US$62,654).

 

Internal Grants

 

Principal Investigator, “Opportunity or Trap? A Pilot Study Comparing Migration Experiences and Outcomes of Chinese and Vietnamese Interns/Trainees in Japan”, Department of Applied Social Sciences, Departmental General Research Fund (2017-18), The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, HK$88,680 (US$11,330).

 

Principal Investigator, “Risk Perception, Preparedness, Behaviour and Experience of Natural Disaster of Vulnerable Housing Groups in Hong Kong: A Case Study of Rooftop Dwellers”, Department of Applied Social Sciences, Departmental General Research Fund (2015-16), The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, HK$99,200 (US$12,718).

 

Principal Investigator and supervisor, “Risk Perception, Preparedness, Behaviour and Experience of Natural Disaster of Vulnerable Housing Groups in Hong Kong: A Case Study of Rooftop Dwellers”, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences Summer Research Studentship (2015-16), The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, HK$20,400 (US$2616).

 

Principal Investigator, “A Pilot Study to Explore Response Strategies and the Family/Work Dynamics of Married Migrant Factory Workers in China and Vietnam”, Start-Up Grant (2015-16), The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, HK$199,956 (US$25,635).

 

Co-Investigator, “Comparing Perceptions of Vocationalism and School-to-Work Experiences between Non-engaged Youth and Vocational Training Recipients in Hong Kong.” Direct Grant (2014-2015), Social Science Faculty, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, HK$31,000 (US$3975).

(For complete list of publications, please view Staff CV.)

Publications

 

Books

 

Stephen WK Chiu and Kaxton Siu. (2022) Hong Kong Society: High Definition Stories beyond the Spectacle of East-Meets-West, Hong Kong Studies Reader Series, Palgrave Macmillan. [ISBN: 978-981-165-706-1]

 

Kaxton Siu. (2020) Chinese Migrant Workers and Employer Domination: Comparisons with Hong Kong and Vietnam, Series in Asian Labor and Welfare Policies, Palgrave Macmillan. [DOI: 10.1007/978-981-32-9123-2; ISBN: 978-981-329-122-5].

 

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

 

Kaxton Siu and Anita Koo (in press). "Temporary labor migration and skill transfer in Japan: Migration experiences and outcomes of technical intern trainees from Vietnam and China." Journal of Social Issues.

https://doi.org/10.1111/josi.12468 [Impact Factor: Q1 and Ranked 10th out of 44 in the Social Issues Category in Journal Citation Reports 2020].

 

Kaxton Siu and Jonathan Unger (2020) Work and Family Life among Migrant Factory Workers in China and Vietnam, Journal of Contemporary Asia, 50:3, 341-360. [Impact Factor: Q1 and Ranked 3rd out of 80 in the Area Studies Category in Journal Citation Reports 2020].

 

Jonathan Unger and Kaxton Siu (2019), “The Changing Conditions and Strategies of Chinese Migrant Factory Workers across Three Decades: Urbanization, Employment and Family Strategies”, Labor History, 60(6), 765-778 [Impact Factor: Q1 and Ranked 47th out of 288 in the History Category in Journal Citation Reports 2020].

 

Kaxton Siu. (2017) “Labor and Domination: Worker Control in a Chinese Factory”, Politics and Society, 45(4), 533-557 [Impact Factor: Q1 and Ranked 32nd out of 149 in the Sociology Category in Journal Citation Reports 2020].

 

Ivan Franceschini, Kaxton Siu and Anita Chan. (2016) “The ‘Rights Awakening’ of Chinese Migrant Workers: Beyond the Generational Perspective.” Critical Asian Studies, 48(3), 422-442 [Impact Factor: Q1 and Ranked 17th out of 80 in the Area Studies Category in Journal Citation Reports 2020].

Julian Groves, Wai-Ip Ho and Kaxton Siu, “Exploring the Sacred-secular Dialect in Everyday Social Work Practice: An Analysis of Religious Responses to Managerialism among Outreach Social Workers in Hong Kong.” British Journal of Social Work, 46(5), 1411. [Impact Factor: Q1 and Ranked 9th out of 88 in Social Work Category in Journal Citation Reports 2020].

 

Kaxton Siu, “Continuity and Change in the Everyday Lives of Chinese Migrant Factory Workers.” The China Journal, Vol. 74, pp. 43-65, 2015. [Impact Factor: Q1 and Ranked 1st out of 80 in the Area Studies Category in Journal Citation Reports 2020]

 

Kaxton Siu and Anita Chan, “Strike Waves in Vietnam, 2006-2011.” Journal of Contemporary Asia, Vol. 45, No. 1, pp. 71-91, 2015. [Impact Factor: Q1 and Ranked 2nd out of 80 in the Area Studies Category in Journal Citation Reports 2020].

 

Julian Groves, Kaxton Siu and Wai-Ip Ho, ‘The “Post-80s Generation,” “Young Night Drifters,” and the Construction of “Generic” Youth Subject in Hong Kong.’ Journal of Youth Studies, Vol. 17, No. 6, pp. 829-46, 2014. [Impact Factor: Q2 and Ranked 34th out of 110 in the Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary Category in Journal Citation Reports 2020].

 

Julian Groves, Wai-Ip Ho and Kaxton Siu, “Youth Studies and Timescape: Insights from an Ethnographic Study of ‘Young Night Drifters’ in Hong Kong's Public Housing Estates.” Youth and Society, Vol. 44, No. 4, December 2012, pp. 548-66. [Impact Factor: Q1 and Ranked 25th out of 110 in the Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary Category in Journal Citation Reports 2020].

 

Anita Chan and Kaxton Siu, “Analyzing Exploitation: The Mechanisms Underpinning Low Wages and Excessive Overtime in Chinese Export Factories.” Critical Asian Studies, Vol. 42, Number 2, June 2010, pp. 167-90 [Impact Factor: Q1 and Ranked 17th out of 80 in the Area Studies Category in Journal Citation Reports 2020].

 

Book Chapters in English

 

Kaxton Siu. (2016). “Continuity and Change of the Everyday Lives of Migrant Factory Workers”, in Key Papers on Chinese Economic History Since 1949 (Vol. 4), Dillon, M. ed. Leiden/Boston: Brill: 1030-1053.

 

Anita Chan and Kaxton Siu. (2015) “Strikes and Living Standards in Vietnam: The Impact of Global Supply Chain and Macroeconomic Policy.” In Labour Market and Industrial Relations in Vietnam, edited by Ingrid Artus, Uwe Blien, Judith Holland & Phan thi Hong Van. Munich: Nomos Bloomsbury.

 

Kaxton Siu, “China and Vietnam: The Working and Living Conditions of Garment Workers in Comparison.” In Chinese Workers in Comparative Perspective, edited by Anita Chan. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2015, pp. 105-31.

 

Anita Chan and Kaxton Siu, “Chinese Migrant Workers: Factors Constraining the Emergence of Class Consciousness.” In China’s Peasants and Workers: Changing Class Identities, edited by Beatriz Carrillo and David S.G. Goodman. London: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2012.

 

Anita Chan and Kaxton Siu, “Made in China: Work and Wages in Walmart Supplier Factories.” In Walmart in China, edited by Anita Chan. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2011, pp. 71-94.

 

Kaxton Siu, “The New Labour Protest Movement in Hong Kong: the Experience of the Student-Worker Mutual Aid Campaign.” In Globalization and After, edited by Samir Dasgupta and Ray Kiely. London: Sage, 2006, pp. 392-409.

 

Journal Articles and Book Chapters in Other Languages

 

陈佩华、萧裕均。2016。〈中国制造:沃尔玛中国供应厂的工作与工资〉。陈佩华编《沃尔玛在中国》。中国:復旦大学出版社。页70-96。

李越民、蕭裕均、趙永佳。2016。〈脫出主流升學軌跡的青年:他們何時懂得計劃人生〉。趙永佳、葉仲茵、李鏗編《躁動青春:香港新世代處境觀察》。香港:中華書局。

 

Anita Chan and Kaxton Siu, “Die Entwicklung des Klassenbewusstseins chinesischer Wanderarbeiterinnen und Wanderarbeiter 1980-2010” (The Formation of Class Consciousness among Female and Male Chinese Migrant Workers between 1980 and 2010), in Wolfram Adolphi (ed.), Schönes Neues China (China’s Great Contradictions) (Karlesruhe, Germany: Das Argument Buch-Verlag, 2012), pp. 191-205. The paper also appeared in the journal Das Argument: Zeitschrift für Philosophie und Sozialwissenschaften, No. 296, 2012.

 

Kaxton Siu, “A Brief History of the Struggle for Standard Work Hours in Hong Kong.” Hong Kong Journal of Social Sciences, No. 41, Autumn/Winter, 2011, pp. 17-40 (in Chinese).

 

Anita Chan and Kaxton Siu, “Sweating of Labor in Wal-Mart Supplier Factories.” Open Times, Issue 6, 2009 (in Chinese).

 

External Services

 

Associate Editor, Social Transformation in Chinese Societies, Official Journal of Hong Kong Sociological Association