Impact

Hope-based Research

A Journey of Hope: Impact of Hope-based Research 希望之旅:「希望為本」研究之影響

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(Video in English only with bilingual subtitles) People often feel helpless and depressed when facing life-altering situations such as a terminal diagnosis, incarceration and even a global pandemic. While many clinical psychologists mainly provide their patients with symptom treatments that focuses on “now”, Prof Samuel HO Mun-yin, Head of CityU’s Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences, has dedicated over two decades to his hope-based treatments that focus on the future. Prof Ho has established Chinese Hope Scales to measure the cognitive style of hope; these instruments have been widely adopted by practitioners in hospitals and NGOs. Based on his research findings, Prof Ho has developed five hope storybooks and two treatment manuals for hope-based interventions, and was involved in the development of a gender-responsive treatment facility in the largest women’s prison in Hong Kong. His work has also gained recognition overseas these years. He was invited to provide training and consultation to over 400 clinicians in Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and the UK.

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Language Ideologies of International Students in a Hong Kong EMI University

Language Ideologies of International Students in a Hong Kong EMI University

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To dissect the language-related experiences and beliefs of international students, Dr Matthew SUNG of CityU’s Department of English launched a research project at an EMI university in Hong Kong. From the perspectives of language policy and critical sociolinguistics, he zoomed in on their ideologies about the roles, the varieties, and the monolingual and multilingual uses of English in the EMI university context.

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Ghost Marriage and Corpse Trading Crime in Rural China

Ghost Marriage and Corpse Trading Crime in Rural China

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Professor LO Tit-wing of CityU’s Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences led a research project to go beyond social culture and folklore to investigate the criminal business processes in this emerging economic market. He studies the nature and substance of ghost bride-induced crime while looking into the criminal business processes of ghost bride-induced crimes from an economic perspective.

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First Ever Online Racial Discrimination Study in Hong Kong

First Ever Online Racial Discrimination Study in Hong Kong

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Funded by the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC), Dr WANG Yuan of CityU’s Department of Media and Communication led a research project titled “A Study of Online Media Representation of Ethnic Minorities and Online Racial Discrimination in Hong Kong.” It analysed how online news articles and their reader comments portray ethnic minority groups in Hong Kong during the COVID-19 pandemic and whether this portrayal involves racial bias, stereotypes, or discrimination.

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Pandemic Fatigue? CityU’s Survey Reveals Half of the Citizens Support “Living-with-COVID”

Pandemic Fatigue? CityU’s Survey Reveals Half of the Citizens Support “Living-with-COVID”

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Professor Christine HUANG Yi-hui, Chair Professor at the Department of Media and Communication, led a local survey together with Dr Crystal JIANG Li, Dr Vincent WANG Xiaohui and Dr Nancy DAI Yue. Survey results showed that the majority of the respondents supported the “Live-with-COVID” policy, but there were different stances on COVID policies depending on personal backgrounds.

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Privacy Concerns in the Context of Online Political Participation

Privacy Concerns in the Context of Online Political Participation

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Dr Chris SHEN Fei and his doctoral student at CityU’s Department of Media and Communication have conducted a research study across 10 Asian cities. The findings are presented in the article The relationship between online political participation and privacy protection: evidence from 10 Asian societies of different levels of cybersecurity, published in Behaviour and Information Technology.

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Understanding Political Polarisation in the New Media Age

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The distribution of public opinion signals social preferences. People make many decisions in their daily lives based on their perception of the opinion climate. Similarly, policymakers formulate policy proposals based on their understanding of public opinion. With digital and social media becoming an integral part of people’s daily lives for information and communication, the proliferation of digital technologies is changing not only how public opinion can be represented, but also how it can be studied. By adopting a big data-based approach, Dr Chris SHEN Fei, Department of Media and Communication, specialising in the social and political impact of new media technologies, has proposed ways of understanding public opinion through online textual mining.

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New Methodology for Assessing Spatial Inequality Quantitatively

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Spatial inequality in basic service provision can negatively affect living standards, economic security, and human rights, and have wide policy implications. Thus, the issue needs to be considered when developing strategic planning for smart city development. Professor ZHANG Xiaoling and her team presented a new methodology to evaluate the distribution of resources in metropolitan cities based on small-area-level analysis, and proved the effectiveness of this methodology using New York City as an empirical case.

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Recent progress on innovative urban infrastructures system towards sustainable resource management

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To address various emerging challenges and capture opportunities for urban transition from an infrastructure system innovation perspective, this Special Issue (“Urban infrastructures system for sustainable resource management”) of the journal highlighted recent progress on characterizing the sustainability of infrastructure system towards sustainable urban development and resource management.

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Establishing the Innovative Spectrum Policies to support the 5G, IOT, and AI Ecosystem : Case of Taiwan

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Since many companies or organizations in Taiwan have expressed the need to build 5G enterprise application networks, the government in Taiwan has committed to establish innovative spectrum policies to support the vertical application model to develop the 5G enterprise network to accelerate the digital transformation. This presentation will discuss the stakeholders’ views with regard to the 5G vertical application domains.

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