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Dr. Wai Hei Samson Yuen (袁瑋熙 博士)
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Tel: 3411-5647
Assistant Professor


Current Courses:

  • Introduction to Political Economy
  • International Political Economy
  • Political Movements

Previous Teaching Experience:

  • Hong Kong Politics
  • Taiwan Politics
  • Introduction to Political Science
  • Modern Political Ideologies

Samson Yuen is Assistant Professor at the Department of Government and International Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University. He studies contentious politics, civil society, and food politics, with a particular focus on the Greater China region. He has published articles in Mobilization, Political Studies, Communist and Post-Communist Studies, Social Movement Studies, Island Studies Journal, Journal of Contemporary Asia, Journal of Contemporary China, China Information, Modern China, among others. He is a co-editor of An Epoch of Social Movements (Chinese University Press, 2018). He holds a BA in Economics from the University of Chicago, an MPhil in Comparative Government and a DPhil in Politics from Oxford University.

Current Research Projects
  • Youth Political Participation in Hong Kong
  • Taiwan's Food Politics
  • Pandemic Politics
Research Interests
  • Contentious Politics
  • Civil Society
  • Food Politics
  • Politics in Hong Kong and China

Yuen, Samson and Edmund Cheng. (Forthcoming). "Deepening the State: The Dynamics of China's United Front Work in Post-Handover Hong Kong." Communist and Post-communist Studies.

Yuen, Samson and Edmund Cheng. (Forthcoming). "Between high autonomy and sovereign control in a subnational island jurisdiction: The paradox of Hong Kong under 'One Country, Two Systems'." Island Studies Journal.

Yuen, Samson and Brian Leung. (Forthcoming). "Networked Countermobilisation: United Front and Pro-regime Grassroots Organisations in Post-handover Hong Kong," Journal of Contemporary Asia.

Yuen, Samson. (Forthcoming). "Native-Place Networks and Political Mobilization: The Case of Post-handover Hong Kong," Modern China.

Yuen, Samson. (Forthcoming). "Delivering Services in China's Fragmented Local State: The Procurement of Social Work NGOs in Guangzhou," China Review.

Tang, Gary , Eva P. W. Hung, Ho-Kong Christopher Au-Yeung, and Samson Yuen. (2020). "Politically Motivated Internet Addiction: Relationship among Online Information Exposure, Internet Addiction, FOMO, Psychological Well-being, and Radicalism in a Massive Political Turbulence," International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

Lee, Francis L. F., Samson Yuen, Gary Tang and Edmund W. Cheng. (2019). "Hong Kong's Summer of Uprising: From Anti-Extradition to Anti-Authoritarian Protests," China Review 19(4): 1-32.

Cheng, Edmund and Samson Yuen. (2019). "Memory in Movement: Collective Identity and Memory Contestation in Hong Kong's Tiananmen Vigils," Mobilization: An International Quarterly, 24(4): 419-437.

Yuen, Samson, and Sanho Chung. (2019). "Explaining Localism in Post-handover Hong Kong: An Eventful Approach," China Perspectives3: 19-29.

Yuen, Samson, and Edmund Cheng. (2018). "Rethinking Contentious Politics in Hong Kong: Change and Continuity," Hong Kong Studies 1(1) 7-25.

Yuen, Samson. 2018. "Contesting Middle-class Civility: Place-based Collective Identity in Hong Kong's Occupy Mongkok," Social Movement Studies 17(4): 393-407.

Yuen, Samson. 2018. "Negotiating Service Activism in China: The Impact of NGOs' Institutional Embeddedness in the Local State," Journal of Contemporary China27(111): 406-422.

Kan, Karita and Samson Yuen. (2018). "Visceral Politics: Food and Risk in China-Taiwan Relations," China Information 32(3): 443-462.

Yuen, Samson, and Edmund W. Cheng. (2017). "Neither Repression nor Concession? A Regime's Attrition against Mass Protests." Political Studies 65(3): 611-630.

Cheng, Edmund W. and Samson Yuen. (2015). "The Umbrella Movement: Contentious Politics on China's Periphery," Twenty First Century Bimonthly 147: 22-32.

Yuen, Samson. 2015. "Friend or Foe? The Diminishing Space of China's Civil Society", China Perspectives, vol. 3, pp. 51-56.

Yuen, Samson. (2015). "Becoming a Cyber Power: China's Cybersecurity Upgrades and its Consequences", China Perspectives 2: 53-58.

Yuen, Samson. (2015). "Hong Kong After the Umbrella Movement: An Uncertain Future for the 'One Country Two Systems'", China Perspectives 1: 49-53.

Yuen, Samson. (2014). "Taming the 'Foreign Tigers' China's Anti-Trust Crusade against Multinational Companies", China Perspectives 4: 53-59.

Yuen, Samson. (2014). "Disciplining the Party. Xi Jinping's Anti-Corruption Campaign and its Limits", China Perspectives 3: 41- 47.

Yuen, Samson. (2014). "Under the Shadow of China: Beijing's Policy towards Hong Kong and Taiwan in Comparative Perspective", China Perspectives 2: 69-76.

Yuen, Samson. (2014). "China's New Rural Land Reform? Assessment and Prospects", China Perspectives 1: 61-65.

Yuen, Samson. (2013). "Debating Constitutionalism in China: Dreaming of a Liberal Turn", China Perspectives 4: 67-72.

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