Faculty of Social Sciences
Professor John P Burns
Dr Travis SK Kong

PhD (Essex), MA (Essex)

Associate Dean (Undergraduate Education)

Tel: (852) 3917 2055
Fax: (852) 2559 8044
Email: travisk@hku.hk


Brief Biography

Travis Kong is Associate Dean (Undergraduate Education) of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Hong Kong. He coordinates and oversees the smooth running and development of the undergraduate BSocSci curricula and other joint degree programmes (e.g., BEd & BSocSci). His main duties fall into different aspects such as curriculum development, quality monitoring, admissions, students advising/monitoring and other teaching and learning matters. Graduated from the Department of Sociology, University of Essex (UK), he specializes in identity, sexuality and masculinity. His main research areas are male homosexuality and commercial sex in Hong Kong and China. He is the Editor (together with Feona Attwood and Roisin Ryan-Flood) of Sexualities: Studies in Culture and Society. As the recipient of the Social Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award for 2013-2014, he has always adopted a learner-centred approach which underscores active participation and interaction, everyday (mediated) experiences, critical thinking, and creativity. He continues to provide advice in teaching and learning to junior staff and colleagues across departments. He is the director of a master's programme in Media, Culture and Creative Cities (http://www.mccc-hku.com/). Kong is also a cultural activist who has served various local NGOs as consultant, advisor or board member (e.g., AIDS Concern, Chi Heng Foundation, Videotage). He is the recipient of Prism Award of Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (2014) which acknowledges his long term service to and research on the LGBTQ community in Hong Kong. His expertise in identity, media and culture, his pedagogy in the learner-centred interactive approach, as well as his knowledge exchange with socially disadvantaged communities in Hong Kong are all important to his role of Associate Dean.


1996-2000 University of Essex, UK
PhD in Sociology (Pass without correction)
1993-1994 University of Essex, UK
MA in Sociology (Pass with distinction)

Academic Career

2014-present The University of Hong Kong
Faculty of Social Sciences

Associate Dean (Undergraduate Education)

2006-present The University of Hong Kong
Department of Sociology
Associate Professor (2012-present)
Assistant Professor (2006-2012)



Travis Kong commits himself as a sociologist who critically applies Western theories to Chinese contexts and offers new understandings of Chinese sexuality, gender, desire, identity and intimacy that are compatible to local discourses. His research areas cover Chinese homosexuality and masculinity, commercial sex, social impacts of HIV/AIDS, and transnational Chinese intimate cultures. He is the author of Chinese Male Homosexualities: Memba, Tongzhi and Golden Boy (Routledge, 2011) and《男男正傳:香港年長男同志口述史》 (香港:進一步多媒體有限公司), a book about older gay men living in Hong Kong. To date, his articles have appeared in books, encyclopedias, and journals, e.g., Body & Society, Sexualities, Gender, Work and Organization, Deviant Behavior, Critical Asian Studies, The Lancet, and AIDS Care.

Kong is the Editor of Sexualities: Studies in Culture and Society, one of the leading international journals in the field of sexuality (http://sexualities.sagepub.com/). He also serves as a member of the international editorial board of journals such as darkmatters: in the ruins of imperial culture (UK), Journal of Sociology (Australia), Journal of Homosexuality (US), and Korean Journal of Sociology (South Korea).


Selected publications

Kong, T.S.K. (2016) ‘Sex and Work on the Move: Money Boys in Post-Socialist China’, Urban Studies, published online first 13 July 2016. DOI: 10.1177/0042098016658411

Kong, T.S.K. (2016) ‘The Sexual in Chinese Sociology: Homosexuality Studies in Contemporary China’, Sociological Review, published online first 4 April 2016. DOI: 10.1111/1467-954X.12372

Kong, T.S.K. (2015) ‘Buying Sex as Edgework: Hong Kong Male Clients in Commercial Sex’, British Journal of Criminology,published online first 25 May 2015. DOI: 10.1093/bjc/azv040

Kong, T.S.K. (2015) ‘Romancing the Boundary: Client Masculinities in the Chinese Sex Industry’, Culture Health & Sexuality Aug Issue 17 (7): 810-824.

Kong, T.S.K, Lau, S.H.L., and Li, E. C.Y. (2015) ‘The Fourth Wave? A Critical Reflection on the Tongzhi Movement in Hong Kong’, in M. McLelland and V. Mackie (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Sexuality Studies in East Asia. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 188–201.

Kong Shiu-ki 江紹祺 (2014)《男男正傳:香港年長男同志口述史》 [Oral History of Older Gay Men in Hong Kong], Hong Kong: Stepforward Multimedia, Ltd. (234 pages) (In Chinese)

Kong, T.S.K. (2014) ‘Male Sex Work in China’, in V. Minichiello and J. Scott (eds.) Male Sex Work and Society. New York: Harrington Press, pp. 314–341.

Kong, T.S.K. (2012) ‘A Fading Tongzhi Heterotopia: Hong Kong Older Gay Men’s Use of Spaces’, Sexualities Dec issue 15(8): 896–916.

Altman, D., Aggleton, P., William, M., Kong, T., Reddy, V., David Harrad, D., Reis, T., Parker, R. (2012) ‘Men Who Have Sex with Men: Stigma and Discrimination’, Lancet July Issue 380: 439–445.

Kong, T.S.K. (2012) ‘Sex Entrepreneurs in the New China’, Contexts Summer Issue11 (3): 28–33.

Kong, T.S.K. (2012) ‘Reinventing the Self under Socialism: The Case of Migrant Male Sex Workers in China’, Critical Asian Studies June Issue 44 (3): 283–308.

Kong, T.S.K., Joe Laidler, K., and Pang, H. (2012) ‘Relationship Type, Condom Use and HIV/AIDS Risks among Men Who Have Sex with Men in Six Chinese Cities’, AIDS Care April Issue 24(4): 517–528.

Kong, T.S.K. (2012) ‘Chinese Male Bodies: A Transnational Study of Masculinity and Sexuality’, in B. Turner (ed.) Routledge Handbook of Body Studies. London: Routledge, pp. 289–306.

Kong, T.S.K. (2011) Chinese Male Homosexualities: Memba, Tongzhi and Golden Boy. London: Routledge. [xxiv+296 pages]

Kong, T.S.K. (2011) ‘Transnational Queer Labour: The “Circuits of Desire” of Money boys in China’, English Language Notes 49(1): 139–144.

Kong, T.S.K. (2011, second edition) ‘Sexualizing Asian Male Bodies’, in S. Seidman, N. Fischer, and C. Meeks (eds.) Introducing The New Sexuality Studies. New York: Routledge, pp. 84–88.

Kong, T.S.K. (2010) ‘Outcast Bodies: Money, Sex and Desire of Money Boys in Mainland China’, in Yau Ching (ed.) As Normal as Possible: Negotiating Sexuality and Gender in Mainland China and Hong Kong. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press. pp. 17–35.

Kong, T.S.K. (2009) ‘More than a Sex Machine: Accomplishing Masculinity among Chinese Male Sex Workers in the Hong Kong Sex Industry’, Deviant Behavior 30 (Nov): 715–745.

Kong, T.S.K. (2009) ‘Where is My Brokeback Mountain?’, Social Transformations in Chinese Societies (Special Issue: Doing Families in Hong Kong), 4: 135–159.

Kong, T.S.K. (2008) ‘Risk Factors Affecting Condom Use among Male Sex Workers Who Serve Men in China: A Qualitative Study’, Sexually Transmitted Infections 84: 444–448.

Wong, W.C.W., and Kong, T.S.K. (2007) ‘To Determine Factors in an Initiation of a Same-sex Relationship in Rural China: Using Ethnographic Decision Model’, AIDS Care 19(7): 850–857.

Kong, T.S.K. (2006) ‘What It Feels Like for a Whore: The Body Politics of Women Performing Erotic Labour in Hong Kong’, Gender, Work and Organization 13(5): 409–434.

Wong, W.C.W., Zhang, J.B., Wu, S.C., Kong, T.S.K., and Ling, D.C.Y. (2006) ‘The HIV-related Risks among Men Having Sex with Men in Rural Yunnan, China: A Qualitative Study’, Sexually Transmitted Infections 82: 127–130.

Kong, T.S.K. (2005) ‘Queering Masculinity in Hong Kong Movies’, in L.K. Pang and D. Wong (eds.) Masculinities and Hong Kong Cinema. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press. Pp. 57–80. [# citations: 15 (GS); reviewed]

Kong, T.S.K. (2004) ‘Queer at Your Own Risk: Marginality, Community, and the Body Politics of Hong Kong Gay Men’, Sexualities 7(1): 5–30.

Kong, T.S.K. (2002) ‘The Seduction of the Golden Boy: The Body Politics of Hong Kong Gay Men’, Body & Society 8(1): 29–48.

Kong, T.S.K., Plummer, K., and Mahoney, D. (2002) ‘Queering the Interview’, in J.F., Gubrium, and J.A., Holstein (eds.) Handbook of Interview Research: Context & Method. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. Pp. 239–258.



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