About me

Created using Voyant Tools, the word cloud above represents the most frequent words in my corpus of published work.


I am a London-born and raised HK Chinese to a Hakka father and Punti mother. Among the “official identities” prescribed to me include: ‘British Citizen’, ‘PRC citizen’, ‘Hong Kong Resident’, and ‘Indigenous inhabitant of the New Territories’. After graduation from university, I started my career as a teacher and journalist in Japan before joining the dotcom craze in the late 1990’s as an online editor in a start-up. After the bursting of the dotcom bubble I came to Hong Kong in 2001 and continued my teaching while further pursuing my studies.

Presently, I am an Associate Professor at the School of Journalism & Communication, Chinese University of Hong Kong. Concurrently, I am the Programme Director for the MSc in New Media and Director of the Centre for Communication and Public Opinion Survey (CCPOS). I currently serve as Associate Editor for Social Science Computer Review and Editorial Board member of Asian Journal of Communication, International Journal of Communication, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Media and Communication and Telematics and Informatics.

Research interests

Influenced largely by my international experiences, work during the dot-com era and reflections on my own personal identity, much of my research examines the uses and impact of communication technologies on individuals and society, focusing on the areas of news, collective action, political engagement and quality of life. My body of research is listed in the “Research” page and relates to my five key areas of interest:

  1. Digital technology use and political/civic engagement
  2. Digital news media and society
  3. Communication technology use and well-being
  4. Antecedents of collective action and protest
  5. Social identity, communication and intergroup relations

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