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Dr Sin Wen Lau

Dr Sin Wen Lau

Senior Lecturer – Chinese Programme

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

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

  • CHIN 241 Contemporary Chinese Society
  • ASIA 202/302 Global China
  • CHIN 231 Intermediate Chinese I
  • CHIN 232 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

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Publications

Lau, S. W. (2020). Overseas Chinese Christians in contemporary China: Religion, mobility, and belonging. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill, 154p.

Chen, S.-W. S., & Lau, S. W. (2020). From nation builders to global connectors: Children and China’s BRI propaganda. Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/10304312.2020.1827368

Chen, S.-W. S., & Lau, S. W. (2020). Good Chinese girls and the model minority: Race, education, and community in Girl in Translation and Front Desk. Children's Literature in Education. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10583-020-09415-8

Lau, S. W., & Chen, S.-W. S. (2018). Children's agency and the notion of guai in Chinese reality television. In I. E. Castro & J. Clark (Eds.), Representing agency in popular culture: Children and youth on page, screen, and in between. (pp. 205-230). Lexington Books.

Chen, S.-W. S., Lau, S. W., & Chang, L. Y.-c. (2018). "We are all useful people": Useful children and the notion of guai in transnational Chinese cinema. In D. Olson (Ed.), The child in world cinema. (pp. 409-430). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Authored Book - Research

Lau, S. W. (2020). Overseas Chinese Christians in contemporary China: Religion, mobility, and belonging. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill, 154p.

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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

Lau, S. W., & Chen, S.-W. S. (2018). Children's agency and the notion of guai in Chinese reality television. In I. E. Castro & J. Clark (Eds.), Representing agency in popular culture: Children and youth on page, screen, and in between. (pp. 205-230). Lexington Books.

Chen, S.-W. S., Lau, S. W., & Chang, L. Y.-c. (2018). "We are all useful people": Useful children and the notion of guai in transnational Chinese cinema. In D. Olson (Ed.), The child in world cinema. (pp. 409-430). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

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

Chen, S.-W. S., & Lau, S. W. (2020). Good Chinese girls and the model minority: Race, education, and community in Girl in Translation and Front Desk. Children's Literature in Education. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10583-020-09415-8

Chen, S.-W. S., & Lau, S. W. (2020). From nation builders to global connectors: Children and China’s BRI propaganda. Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/10304312.2020.1827368

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

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

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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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].

Fountain, P. M., & Lau, S. W. (Eds.). (2013). Australian Journal of Anthropology, 24(3) [Special issue 25: Anthropological theologies: Engagements and encounters]. [Guest Editors].

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