LI, Yao Tai 李耀泰

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. (University of California, San Diego)

Research Interests:

Race and ethnicity; International migration; Culture and identity; Group dynamics; Social network; Research methods

My research interests include Race and Ethnicity, Identity, Migration, Social Media, Social Networks, and Contentious Politics. My Ph.D. dissertation investigates identity politics overseas, social interactions between Chinese migrants and non-Asian Australians, contested Chinese culture across borders, and the integration experiences of both long-term and temporary Chinese migrants in Australia. In a secondary line of the research, currently I am undertaking a three-year project (funded by Hong Kong research grants council), titled: Examining the Everyday Interaction and Boundary Making/Unmaking between Mainland Skilled Professionals and Locals in Hong Kong; and another two-year funded project, titled: Shaping Discrimination? Tracking Print Media and Social Media Portrayal of Mainlanders in Hong Kong since 1997. I am also conducting research on contentious politics in Hong Kong (through various perspectives such as urban sociology, cultural politics and contentious repertoires, and data activism) and other timely research related to the COVID-19 pandemic (by adopting big data analytics to examine social media discourse).

2020-2023 Early Career Scheme, Research Grants Council, Hong Kong. Project Title: “Examining the Everyday Interaction and Boundary Making/Unmaking between Mainland Skilled Professionals and Locals in Hong Kong.” 
2019–21 Initiation Grant for Faculty Niche Research Areas (FNRA-IG), Hong Kong Baptist University. Project Title: "Shaping Discrimination? Tracking Print Media and Social Media Portrayal of Mainlanders in Hong Kong since 1997."
2019 Start-up Grant (Tier-2), Hong Kong Baptist University. Project Title: "Hierarchical Hiring Practices: The Coexistence of Ethnic Preference and Ethnic Discrimination in Hong Kong's Financial Job Market."
2018–19 Faculty Research Grant II, Hong Kong Baptist University. Project Title: "New Forms of Discrimination? Re-examining the Online Discourses of Discrimination on Airbnb."
2017 Start-up Grant, Hong Kong Baptist University
2014 Next Generation Sociologists Grant, ISA World Congress of Sociology
2011–13 Fulbright Graduate Study Grants
(For complete list of publications, please view Staff CV.)


2021 Li, Yao-Tai and Katherine Whitworth. “Reclaiming Hong Kong through Neighborhood-making: A Study of the 2019 Anti-ELAB Movement.” Urban Studies (Forthcoming)
2021 Li, Yao-Tai and Katherine Whitworth. “Contentious Repertoires: Examining the Persuasive Functions of Text and Images on the Lennon Walls in Hong Kong’s Anti-ELAB Movement of 2019.” Journal of Contemporary Asia (Forthcoming) 
2021 Li, Yao-Tai and Jenna Ng. “‘Moral Dilemma of Striking’: A Medical Worker’s Response to Job Duty, Public Health Protection, and the Politicization of Strikes.” Work, Employment and Society (Online first) 
2021 Li, Yao-Tai and John Chung-En Liu. “‘Hong Kong, Add Oil!’: Examining Post-it Notes on the Lennon Walls in the 2019 Hong Kong Movement.” Contexts 20(1): 68–69. 
2021 Ho, Jing-Mao, Yao-Tai Li, and Katherine Whitworth. “Unequal Discourses: Problems of the Current Model of World Health Development.” World Development 137: 105176. 
2021 Li, Yao-Tai and John Chung-En Liu. “Auditing Ethnic Preference in Hong Kong’s Financial Job Market: The Mediation of White Privilege and Hong Kong Localism.” International Sociology 36(1): 71–90. 
2020 Li, Yao-Tai. “‘I Was Discriminated against Because I Was Seen as PRC-Chinese’: The Negotiation between Ethnicity and Nationalism among Taiwanese Migrants in Australia.” British Journal of Sociology 71(5): 1016–1030. 
2020 Li, Yao-Tai. “One Person, Three Identities? Examining Re-politicization of Ethnic, National, and Australian Identities among 1.5-generation Taiwanese Immigrants in Australia.” Journal of Sociology (Online first)
2020 Li, Yao-Tai and Yunya Song. "Taiwan as Ghost Island? Ambivalent Articulation of Marginalized Identities in Computer-mediated Discourses." Discourse & Society 31(3): 285–306.
2020 Li, Yao-Tai. "Disharmonious Chinese Ethnic Business: Intergroup Stereotypes among Chinese Migrant Employees in Australia." Ethnic and Racial Studies 43(4): 732–750.
2020 Li, Yao-Tai. "Maintaining Transnational Ties and the Convertibility of Working Holiday Makers' Experiences in Australia." Current Sociology 68(3): 316–332. 
2019 Li, Yao-Tai. "'It's Not Discrimination': Chinese Migrant Workers' Perceptions of and Reactions to Racial Microaggressions in Australia." Sociological Perspectives 62(4): 554–571.
2017 Li, Yao-Tai. "Constituting Co-Ethnic Exploitation: The Economic and Cultural Meanings of Cash-In-Hand Jobs for Ethnic Chinese Migrants in Australia." Critical Sociology 43(6): 919–932.
2016 Li, Yao-Tai and Katherine Whitworth. "When the State Becomes Part of the Exploitation: Migrants’ Agency within the Institutional Constraints in Australia." International Migration 54(6): 138–150.
2016 Li, Yao-Tai. "'Playing' at the Ethnic Boundary: The Boundary Making/Unmaking among Ethnic Chinese Groups in Australia." Ethnic and Racial Studies 39(4): 671–689.
2015 Li, Yao-Tai. "Shaping A Stranger: City Culture and Its Effects on Taiwanese Sojourners in China." City, Culture, and Architecture 1(1): 51–62.
2015 Li, Yao-Tai. "Regulating the Market Risks: The Coalitions between Occupational Unions and CSOs in Taiwan." Development and Society 44(2): 295–317.