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Dr To, Sin Chi Sandy 杜先致

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Dr To, Sin Chi Sandy 杜先致

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Lecturer

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To, Sandy

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I joined the HKU Sociology in 2012, after obtaining my PhD from the University of Cambridge in the same year. My PhD thesis, and subsequent book, China’s Leftover Women: Late Marriage among Professional Women and its Consequences, explored the marriage views and partner choices of 50 single Chinese professional women in Shanghai who are known as ‘shengnus‘ or ‘leftover women’.

I devised 4 different types of women (i.e.: Traditionalists, Maximizers, Satisficers, and Innovators) who adopted different ‘partner choice strategies’ in face of different gendered constraints in their courtship process. My study is the first one that investigates the marriage views and partner choices of shengnuwomen from a grounded theory perspective, and has been featured widely in the international media, including: BBC Radio 5, Deutsche WelleDaily MailTIME.comThe Telegraph, The ScotsmanIrish IndependentSouth China Morning PostHong Kong Economic JournalWen Wei Po, China DailyRTHK Radio 3 etc. A summary of my study can be found in the University of Cambridge research archive. For a short video abstract see here; for Chinese subtitles version see here.

Professional Qualifications
YearAwarding InstitutionQualification
2012University of CambridgePh.D. in Sociology
2008University of Hong KongM.Phil. in Sociology
2005University of WarwickM.A. in English and Comparative Literature
2002University of Hong KongB.A. (First Class Hons) in English and Comparative Literature
Biography

I joined the HKU Department of Sociology in 2012 after obtaining my PhD from the University of Cambridge in the same year. My PhD thesis explored the marriage views and partner choices of 50 single Chinese professional women in Shanghai who are known as 'sheng nus' or 'leftover women'. I devised 4 different types of women (i.e.: Traditionalists, Maximizers, Satisficers, and Innovators) who performed different 'partner choice strategies' in face of different gendered constraints in their courtship process. My study is the first one that investigates the sheng nu phenomenon from an academic angle, and has been featured widely in the international media, e.g., BBC Radio 5, Deutsche Welle, Daily Mail, TIME.com, The Telegraph, The Scotsman, Irish Independent, South China Morning Post, Hong Kong Economic Journal, Wen Wei Po, China Daily, RTHK Radio 3 etc. A summary of my study can be found in the University of Cambridge research archive. 

My work has appeared in academic journals such as Symbolic Interaction and Sage Open, and my latest book is 'China's Leftover Women: Late Marriage among Professional Women and its Consequences' (Routledge, 2015). 

 

 
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