PhD Candidate, Cultural and Social Anthropology
Cologne University, Germany
Lai Pik Chan is a doctoral researcher in the Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology of the University of Cologne. She completed her Bachelor degree in Comparative Literature in the University of Hong Kong, and her Masters degree in Professional Language and Intercultural Studies in the University of Leeds.
Lai Pik is a member of the interdisciplinary research project ‘Chinese immigration law and policy: perspectives of lawmakers, administrators and immigrants’ which is a sub-project of ‘Immigration and the Transformation of Chinese Society’. The project team is located at the University of Cologne and also includes Björn Ahl, Michaela Pelican, and Jasper Habicht.
Lai Pik’s PhD project focuses on foreign English teachers in Shenzhen, a coastal sub-provincial city in the Guangdong Province in China. Geographically bordering Hong Kong, and being China’s first Special Economic Zone, Shenzhen aspires to become an ‘international city’ and places strong emphasis on the internationalisation of education. The project aims to understand foreign teachers’ role in this context and how they contribute to China’s modernising discourses. The project also seeks to investigate how China’s immigration policy, talent recruitment policy and education policy affect the employment of different types of foreign teachers in China.
“The Identification of Mainland-born Hongkongese.” Paper presentation at the 6th Asian Political and International Studies Association Congress 2012: Policy and Politics in Changing Asia, The City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 30 November, 2012.