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Dr To, Sin Chi Sandy 杜先致

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Part-time Lecturer (2012-16)

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Dr To, Sin Chi Sandy 杜先致

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Part-time Lecturer (2012-16)

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To, Sandy

Short Biography:

I received my PhD in Sociology from the University of Cambridge in 2012.  I joined the HKU Department of Sociology as a Teaching Consultant and Part-time Lecturer from 2012 to 2016.  I have also taught at the Open University of Hong Kong and The Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education (HKAGE).  

My PhD thesis at the University of Cambridge explored the marriage views and partner choices of 50 single Chinese professional women in Shanghai, China known as 'shengnüs' or ‘leftover women’.  I devised a typology of 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.  Click here for a brief synopsis in the Cambridge research website.

My journal article 'Understanding Sheng Nü (“Leftover Women”): the Phenomenon of Late Marriage among Chinese Professional Women' is one of the most highly cited academic articles on the topic.  The video abstract was winner of the WeShareScience ‘Social Media Prize 2015’ and ‘Symbolic Interaction Research Prize 2015’. Click here to view on YouTube.  

In 2015, my book China’s Leftover Women: Late Marriage among Professional Women and its Consequences was published in the Routledge Women in Asia Series. 

   

Being the first study that investigated the popular phenomenon of 'leftover women' from a grounded theory perspective, it has been, and continues to be featured widely in the international media.  

Selected TV appearances: 

RTHK 'Women's Talk' 五夜講場 - 講女時間, 24 Aug, 2017, 'Do Women Have An Expiry Date?' 女人保鮮期 

Selected news articles: 

South China Morning Post, 4 Mar 2013, ‘Unlucky in love….or just left out of the market’. 

Hong Kong Economic Journal 信報, 11 May 2013, ‘“Leftover women report” reveals the challenges women face from an academic angle’ 〈港大《剩女報告》學術角度揭「脫剩枷鎖」〉

Daily Mail UK, 28 Feb 2013, ‘“Chinese men want wives who are easier to control”: How China's high-flying single women are rejected because male suitors are intimidated by their successes’.

Wen Wei Po 文匯報 , 25 Apr 2013, ‘Leftover women are not picky, they go matchmaking and conceal their achievements’ 〈剩女單身非挑剔、密密相親瞞學歷〉

The Telegraph, 30 Jan 2014, Blowing the lid off Chinese New Year's dirty “little woman” secret'.

Deutsche Welle, 27 Sep 2013, ‘Successful women lose out in China’s marriage market’

TIME Magazine, 6 Aug 2013, ‘It’s the Chinese Sex and the City, so where’s the sex?’

HKU Bulletin, Oct 2016, ‘‘Leftover Women’ Speak Out’.

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 received my PhD in Sociology from the University of Cambridge in 2012.  I joined the HKU Department of Sociology as a Teaching Consultant and Part-time Lecturer from 2012 to 2016.  I have also taught at the Open University of Hong Kong and The Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education (HKAGE).  

My PhD thesis at the University of Cambridge explored the marriage views and partner choices of 50 single Chinese professional women in Shanghai, China known as 'shengnüs' or ‘leftover women’.  I devised a typology of 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.  Being the first study that investigated the popular phenomenon of 'leftover women' from a grounded theory perspective, it has been, and continues to be 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.  

My journal article 'Understanding Sheng Nü (“Leftover Women”): the Phenomenon of Late Marriage among Chinese Professional Women' is one of the most highly cited academic articles on the topic.  The video abstract was winner of the WeShareScience ‘Social Media Prize 2015’ and ‘Symbolic Interaction Research Prize 2015’.

In 2015, my book China's Leftover Women: Late Marriage among Professional Women and its Consequences was published in the Routledge Women in Asia Series. 

 

 

 
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