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Dr. Sin Wen Lau

Dr Sin Wen Lau

Lecturer Chinese Programme

I am a socio-cultural anthropologist. I studied at the Australian National University where I obtained my doctoral degree in Anthropology and my Masters degree in East Asian Studies. My intellectual journey was supported through awards from the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, the Australian Federal Government, the Australian National University, and Peking University. Before moving into academia, I was based in Shanghai as a Consultant for a research firm where I applied my research skills in the design of market solutions for multinational companies.

Teaching:

CHIN241  : Contemporary Chinese Society
ASIA202/302  : Global China
CHIN231  : Intermediate Chinese I
CHIN232  : Intermediate Chinese II

If you are a research student, please get in touch. I welcome applications from students interested in studying the socio-cultural dimensions of Chinese society and the Chinese diaspora. In addition, I am particularly keen to work with students with an interdisciplinary interest.

Research interests:

Anthropology of China, Chinese Diaspora, Globalisation, Religion (Chinese Christianity), Gender, Migration

Publications:

In order to check my publications, please click on https://otago.academia.edu/SinWenLau

Contact details:

Office: Arts 3S3
Tel: +64 3 479 8683
Email: sinwen.lau@otago.ac.nz

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Publications

Lau, S. W. (2017). Centring home in mobility: Overseas Chinese Christians and the construction of a node of religious belonging in China. Asian Studies Review, 41(4), 611-628. doi: 10.1080/10357823.2017.1368448

Chen, S.-W. S., & Lau, S.-W. (2016). Post-socialist femininity unleashed/restrained: Reconfigurations of gender in Chinese television dramas. M/C Journal, 19(4). Retrieved from http://journal.media-culture.org.au/index.php/mcjournal/article/view/1118

Fountain, P., & Lau, S. W. (2013). Anthropological theologies: Engagements and encounters. Australian Journal of Anthropology, 24(3), 227-234. doi: 10.1111/taja.12048

Lau, S. W., & Cao, N. (Eds.). (2014). Religion and mobility in a globalising Asia: New ethnographic explorations. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 132p.

Lau, S. W. (2014). Mobility, Christianity and belonging: Reflections of an overseas Chinese expatriate wife in Shanghai. In S. W. Lau & N. Cao (Eds.), Religion and mobility in a globalizing Asia: New ethnographic explorations. (pp. 88-101). Routledge.

Other Research Output

Lau, S. W. (2013, March). Shifting the house of the Lord into being: Structuring place, mobility, and religion in Shanghai. Department of Religion and the Department of Anthropology, Syracuse University, USA. [Research Presentation].

Lau, S. W. (2013, October). Reforming religion as a local mode of migrant incorporation: Singaporean Christian business people in Shanghai. School of Humanities and Social Science, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong, China. [Research Presentation].

Lau. S. W. (2012, January). Shifting around the house of the Lord: Structuring time, space and self in Shanghai. Religion Cluster, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. [Research Presentation].

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Edited Book - Research

Lau, S. W., & Cao, N. (Eds.). (2014). Religion and mobility in a globalising Asia: New ethnographic explorations. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 132p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Cao, N., & Lau, S. W. (2014). Religion and mobility in a globalising Asia: An introduction. In S. W. Lau & N. Cao (Eds.), Religion and mobility in a globalizing Asia: New ethnographic explorations. (pp. 1-7). Routledge.

Lau, S. W. (2014). Mobility, Christianity and belonging: Reflections of an overseas Chinese expatriate wife in Shanghai. In S. W. Lau & N. Cao (Eds.), Religion and mobility in a globalizing Asia: New ethnographic explorations. (pp. 88-101). Routledge.

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Journal - Research Article

Lau, S. W. (2017). Centring home in mobility: Overseas Chinese Christians and the construction of a node of religious belonging in China. Asian Studies Review, 41(4), 611-628. doi: 10.1080/10357823.2017.1368448

Chen, S.-W. S., & Lau, S.-W. (2016). Post-socialist femininity unleashed/restrained: Reconfigurations of gender in Chinese television dramas. M/C Journal, 19(4). Retrieved from http://journal.media-culture.org.au/index.php/mcjournal/article/view/1118

Fountain, P., & Lau, S. W. (2013). Anthropological theologies: Engagements and encounters. Australian Journal of Anthropology, 24(3), 227-234. doi: 10.1111/taja.12048

Lau, S. W. (2013). Mobility, Christianity and belonging: Reflections of an overseas Chinese expatriate wife in Shanghai. Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, 14(1), 71-84. doi: 10.1080/14442213.2012.741143

Lau, S. W. (2007). Bodily offerings of belonging: Chinese-Australians in Perth. Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, 8(2), 137-149. doi: 10.1080/14442210701291819

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Journal - Research Other

Cao, N., & Lau, S. W. (2013). Reconstituting boundaries and connectivity: Religion and mobility in a globalising Asia [Introduction]. Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, 14(1), 1-7. doi: 10.1080/14442213.2013.750573

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Lau, S. W. (2012, June). ‘This is not a village, you know!’: Making sense of sites, pathways and spatial practices in Shanghai. Verbal presentation at the Doing Asian Cities: A Workshop on Urban Aspirations, Singapore.

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Other - Edited Journal

Cao, N., & Lau, S. W. (Eds.). (2013). Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, 14(1) [Special issue: Reconstituting Boundaries and Connectivity: Religion and Mobility in a Globalising Asia]. [Guest Editors].

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