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Dr. Shum Chun Tat Terence 岑俊達博士
BSc Essex, MSc LSE, MSSc CityU, PhD CityU
Assistant Professor
School of Arts and Social Sciences


Dr Terence Shum is Assistant Professor at Department of Social Sciences and Deputy Director of Public and Social Policy Research Centre. He is a development anthropologist whose ethnographic interests lie in Asia, particularly with migrants in Hong Kong, China and Thailand. His research interests include a number of migration and development issues such as refugees, borders, identity, inequality, ageing and care, multiculturalism, and globalisation. 

Dr Shum has successful records in obtaining research grants from Hong Kong Research Grants Council. He is the author of Asylum-seeking Journeys in Asia: Refugees in Hong Kong and Bangkok (Routledge, 2019). His current writing project is entitled The African diaspora in Hong Kong: migration journeys, identity and home (Springer, under contract). 

He is the secretary of Hong Kong African Association which aims to promote African cultures and racial harmony in Hong Kong, and the co-founder of Cedar Learning Center, Bangkok which provides education to refugee children in Bangkok, Thailand.

Teaching Areas & Research Interests

  • Migration and refugee studies
  • Borders, culture and identity
  • Ageing, care and development
  • Multiculturalism and globalisation

Academic & Professional Experience

Selected Research Grants:

Principal Investigator, Project title: 'The waste trade and the informal street economy: Negotiating identity, value, and social integration among Pakistani migrants in Hong Kong'. Faculty Development Scheme, Hong Kong Research Grants Council (UGC/FDS16/H08/21) (HK$719,874) (1 January 2022 - 31 December 2023). 

Principal Investigator, Project title: 'Towards a multicultural active ageing policy: a qualitative study of quality of life among South Asian older adults in Hong Kong'. Public Policy Research Funding Scheme, the Policy Innovation and Co-ordination Office of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (2020.B16.003.20D) (HKD$357,159) (2021-2022).

Principal Investigator, Project title: 'Food and music: negotiating diasporic culture, identity and integration among South Asians in Hong Kong'. Faculty Development Scheme, Hong Kong Research Grants Council (UGC/FDS16/H04/19) (HK$690,698) (1 January 2020 - 31 December 2021).

Principal Investigator, Project title: ‘Asylum-seeking journeys among refugees in Hong Kong: processes, meanings and impacts’. Faculty Development Scheme, Hong Kong Research Grants Council (UGC/FDS25(16)/H05/16) (HK$ 626,726) (1 January 2017 - 30 June 2019).

Principal Investigator, Project title: ‘Transnational migration and reconstructing “home”: the African diaspora in Hong Kong’. Faculty Development Scheme, Hong Kong Research Grants Council (UGC/FDS25/H02/15) (HK$567,907) (1 January 2016 - 30 June 2018).

Selected Consultancy Projects: 

Consultant, Stop Trafficking of People (STOP HK), research project entitled "Disrupting trafficking in the Hong Kong sex industry through research and advocacy", 2019-2020.

Consultant, Quality Education Fund project awarded to Tung Wah Group of Hospitals, Hong Kong S.A.R. (Title: “Divergent Blue Planet South Asian Moral & Civic Education Teaching Kit (Activity Version)”), 2016-2017. 

Selected Conference Presentation and Invited Talks

Shum, T.C.T. (2022) "Ageing in a multicultural society: a qualitative study of quality of life among the South Asian older adults in Hong Kong" In The Asian Conference on Aging & Gerontology (AGen 2022) The International Academic Forum, Tokyo, Japan, 29-31 March 2022 (Zoom). 

Shum, T.C.T. (2021) "Performing diaspora: food, music and social integration among the South Asian diaspora in Hong Kong" In The Migration Conference 2021, London, 6-10 July 2021 (Zoom).

Shum,T.C.T. (2021) "Culinary sociality: food culture, identity and inter-group relations of the South Asians in Hong Kong" In IV ISA Forum of Sociology, Porto Alegre, Brazil, 23-28 February 2021 (Zoom).

Shum, T.C.T. (2020) "Migration and diversity in Hong Kong" In Point of Displacement Festival, The Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia, 20 June 2020 (Zoom).

Shum, T.C.T. (2019) "Multifaceted belonging: food, identity and integration strategies among African diaspora in Hong Kong" In The Royal Geographical Society - IBG Annual International Conference, London, U.K., 27-30 August 2019.

Shum, T.C.T (2019) “Emotional encounters in prolonged displacement: emotional well-being of refugees and anxiety refugee governance structure in Hong Kong” In 1st Annual Meeting of the Society for Hong Kong Studies, The University of Hong Kong, 22 June 2019.

Shum, T.C.T. (2019) “Minority culture and multiculturalism: a study of ethnic minorities cultural governance in Hong Kong” In International Conference of Cultural Governance in Asia, City University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Shue Yan University, 10-11 May 2019.

Shum, T.C.T. (2019) “Asylum-seeking journeys: transnational migration, embodiment and emotional encounters among refugees in Hong Kong” In IMISCOE Spring Conference: Transforming Mobility and Immobility: Brexit and Beyond, University of Sheffield, U.K. 28-29 March 2019.

Shum, T.C.T. (2018) “Embodied bordering in the journeys to asylum: an ethnographic research on refugees in Hong Kong” In Global Migrations Conference 2018, Centre for Global Migrations, University of Otago, New Zealand, 20-22 February 2018.

Shum, T.C.T. (2017) “Exploring the effectiveness of ethnic minority policies: a study of African migrants in Hong Kong” In APPAM International Conference: Public Policy and Governance Beyond Borders, Brussels, Belgium, 13-14 July 2017.

Shum T.C.T. (2017) Keynote speech “Education for urban refugee children: international standards and local responses from Hong Kong and Thailand” In the 17th Doha Forum 2017, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Qatar, 14-15 May 2017. 


Selected Publications


  • Shum, T.C.T. and Kwong, C.C.L. (Eds.) (under contract; in progress) Housing and ageing policies in global and China context: Trends, development and policy issues, Singapore: Springer.
  • Shum, T.C.T. (under contract; in progress) The African diaspora in Hong Kong: Migration journeys, identity and home, Singapore: Springer.
  • Shum, T.C.T. (2019) Asylum-seeking journeys in Asia: refugees in Hong Kong and Bangkok, London: Routledge. [Reviewed in Journal of Refugee Studies,]
  • Velath, P. M., Chew, V., Ghimire, R. and Shum, T.C.T. (2013) Urban refugees in Asia Pacific, resiliency and coping strategies, Thailand: Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network.
  • Man, H., Chan, J., Chan, D., Lam, J., Shum, T., Yim, M.M. and Wong, M. F. (2011) Asylum seekers pastoral care and policy avocation in Hong Kong (尋求庇護者在港的牧養與政策獻議) (In Chinese), Hong Kong: Hong Kong Christian Institute.

Book Chapters

  • Chan, Y. W. and Shum, T.C.T. (2011) “The Vietnamese minority: boatpeople settlement in Hong Kong.” In Chan, Y. W. (ed.) The Chinese/Vietnamese Diaspora-Revisiting the Boatpeople, New York: Routledge. pp. 65-75.

Journal Articles

  • Shum, T.C.T. (2022) "Performing culinary diaspora: Food practices and culinary encounters of South Asians in Hong Kong" Journal of Intercultural Studies.
  • Shum, T.C.T. (2022) "Stuck in transit: asylum-seeking habitus and onward migration aspirations of Sri Lankan Tamil asylum-seekers in Bangkok" Migration and Development.11(3):974-993.
  • Shum, T.C.T. (2021) “Conceptualizing religious asylum: Security, religiosity and subjective well-being of Christian asylum-seekers in Hong Kong” Asian and Pacific Migration Journal, 30(4):405-427.
  • Shum, T.C.T. (2020) "Culinary diaspora space: food culture and the West African diaspora in Hong Kong” Asian and Pacific Migration Journal, 29(2):283-311.
  • Shum, T.C.T. (2019) “Conceptualising integrative exchanges: marginalisation, music and identity of African diaspora in Hong Kong” Migration and Development, 8(1):37-54.
  • Shum, T.C.T. (2018) “Street-level multiculturalism: cultural integration and identity politics of African migrants in Hong Kong”. Cultural Diversity in China, 3(1): 37-57.
  • Shum, T.C.T. (2014) "Refugees’ transnational mobility: a study of asylum seeking in Hong Kong and urban Thailand". Refugee Survey Quarterly, 33(4): 50-80.
  • Shum, T.C.T. (2011) "Refugee protection and spaces: seeking asylum in Hong Kong". The Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration, 1 (2): 17-20.

Selected Professional & Community Services

  • Editorial Board Member, Social Sciences
  • Ad-hoc reviewer: Palgrave MacMillan; Social Transformations in Chinese Societies; Asian Journal of Social Science; Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies; Journal of Refugee Studies
  • Research Fellow (External), Centre for Governance and Citizenship, The Education University of Hong Kong. (2016 - 2017)
  • Consultant, Quality Education Fund project awarded to Tung Wah Group of Hospitals, Hong Kong S.A.R. (2016-2017)
  • Academic Consultant, Stop Trafficking of People (STOP), Hong Kong
  • Member, RC 31 Sociology of Migration, International Sociological Association
  • Member, Society for Hong Kong Studies
  • Secretary, Hong Kong African Association
  • Co-founder, Cedar Learning Centre, Bangkok, Thailand

Modified Date: 25 Nov, 2022
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