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I am a 2nd year PhD student in Sociology at Warwick. I graduated with a BA (Hons) in Liberal Studies Education at Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd) in 2014, and I did an MA in Sociology at Warwick in 2014-2015. I studied the relations between students' direct and indirect sports participation and their social class background, and how sport acts as a form of cultural capital in the university context. After my master studies, I worked as project research assistant and guest lecturer in the Department of Social Sciences at The Education University of Hong Kong.

Research Interests

I am interested in the Sociology of Sports, Social Class, Hong Kong Studies, Race and Ethnicity. My current research focuses on nationalism, national identity and football, using the case of naturalized players in Team Hong Kong as an example. I will explore how non-ethnic Chinese Chinese nationals make sense of their shift of national identity and how Chineseness and Hong Kongness is negotiated and re-imagined in this specific socio-political context. My doctoral research is supervised by Prof. John Solomos and Dr Alexander Smith.


Ho, L, & Chiu, A 2016, '‘Indigenous’ or ‘All Stars’: Discourses on ‘Team Hong Kong’ in a FIFA World Cup Tournament', International Journal Of The History Of Sport, 33, 11, pp. 1226-1241.

Conference presentations

"Black and White Chinese on the pitch: Chinese national identity in Hong Kong’s naturalized football players", Nations and Nationalisms: Theories, Practices and Methods, Loughborough University Nationalism Network (LUNN)
in collaboration with ASEN, Loughborough, United Kingdom, Sep, 2018.