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Dr. Chan Sin Yui Sharon 陳鮮叡博士
BSocSc (Hons) LU, MPhil LU, PhD HKU


Dr Sharon Chan is currently a lecturer of the Department of Social Sciences and is a new member of the teaching team for the Bachelor of Social Sciences with Honours in Ageing Society and Services Studies Programme. She has garnered more than 10 years of teaching experience in both undergraduate and taught master programmes from local universities and has been actively involved in service-learning programmes within higher education settings.

Inspired by the loss of her best friend, Dr Chan became aware of the importance of knowledge related to death and dying, and it is from this personal experience that she developed her primary research interest in Chinese funeral rituals and practices. Having designed and participated in activities related to death education and end-of-life community care in the past few years, Dr Chan extends her ongoing research interest in life-and-death education and various facets of death, loss, and bereavement. 

Teaching Areas & Research Interests

  • Applied sociology
  • Death and dying
  • Service-learning and civic engagement
  • Practical skills in social services

Academic & Professional Experience

  • Centre Fellow, Public and Social Policy Research Centre, Hong Kong Metropolitan University (2021 - current)
  • Centre Fellow, Asia-Pacific Institute of Ageing Studies, Lingnan University (2016 - 2019)
  • Co-investigator, Project title: “Farewell and Solace: A Pictorial Account of Hong Kong Chinese Funeral Rituals”, The Lord Wilson Heritage Trust (HK$90,000) (2017 - 2018)


Selected Publications


  • Pang, S. M. A., Chan, S. S. Y., & Chan, R. H. Y. (Eds.). (2018). Farewell Solace: A Pictorial Account of Hong Kong Chinese Funeral Rituals (《逝者善終、生者善別:圖解華人喪葬禮俗》). Hong Kong: Pang Shuk Man (Publisher).

Book Chapters

  • Chan, S. S. Y., & Chow, A. Y. M. (2017). A Cultural Sociological Review on Chinese Funeral Rituals. In Neil Thompson and Gerry Cox (Eds.), Handbook of the Sociology of Death, Grief and Bereavement. Oxford: Routledge.
  • Chan, A. C. M., Ma, C. H. K., Chan, S. S. Y., Chiu, P. Y. N., & Yeung, S. S. S. (2012). Digital Classroom Project: Impact of Service-Learning and Information and Communication Technology on Student Learning in Hong Kong. In J. A. Hatcher & R. G. Bringle (Eds.), Understanding Service-Learning and Community Engagement: Crossing Boundaries Through Research (pp.101-125). Charlotte, N.C.: Information Age Publishing, Inc.

Selected Professional & Community Services

  • [Public Workshop] Ng, Y. N., Chen, P. H., & Chan, S. S. Y. (September 2020). Pet Loss and Decision-Making to put down a Pet: The Story of Ah Sang as a Community Pet (《為阿生送行:寵物的離世和抉擇》). HOBBYHK, Hong Kong.
  • [Public Workshop] Chan, S. S. Y., Chen, P. H., & Ng, Y. N. (November - December 2019). The Letter that Never Came Last: Reflective Last-Letter Writing Workshop (《一封不遲來的信 — 遺書體驗工作坊》). HOBBYHK, Hong Kong.
  • [Public Seminar] Chan, S. S. Y. (July 2018). History of Hong Kong Chinese Funeral Industry (《我看香港殯儀業發展》). I-Gen Series (跨代及創新學習系列). Jockey Club “We Care, We Serve & We Learn @ Tuen Mun Programme.
  • [Public Seminar] Chan, S. S. Y. (June 2018). The Grand Finale for the Deceased: Hong Kong Chinese Funeral Rituals from the Bereaved Family Members’ Perspective (〈先人的最後一場「大龍鳳」: 本港華人喪親家屬眼中的喪禮儀式〉). Hong Kong Sociological Association Public Lecture Series 2018, Hong Kong.
  • [Conference Presentation] Ng, Y. N., & Chan, S. S. Y. (2020). Framing the Performance of Politicized Collective Identity in Suicide Protests: Hong Kong Protestors’ Suicide Notes as a Case Study. AAS-in-Asia 2020 – Asia at the Crossroads: Solidarity through Scholarship, Online from Kobe Japan.
  • [Conference Presentation] Chan, S. S. Y., & Chow Y. M. A. (2018). Funeral as a Drama for the Bereaved Family Members: A Dramaturgical Analysis of Chinese Funeral Rituals in Hong Kong. Remember Me: The Changing Face of Memorialization, Hull, UK.
  • [Conference Presentation] Chan, A. C. M., Ma, C. H. K., Chan, S. S. Y., Chiu, P. Y. N., & Yeung, S. S. S. (2009). Promoting Intergenerational Relationships and Reading Cultures through Service-learning: Strategies, Effectiveness and Lessons Learned. The 6th Pan-Asian Initiative on Service Learning cum 2nd Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Service-Learning, Hong Kong.
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