Helen F. Siu is a Professor of Anthropology at Yale University. She has conducted decades of fieldwork in South China, exploring the cultural nexus of power, the nature of the socialist state, and the refashioning of identities. Lately, she has been exploring the rural-urban divide in China, cross-border dynamics in Hong Kong, inter-Asian connections, and China-Africa encounters. Siu is the founding Director of the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Hong Kong, and she serves in numerous research committees in Asia, the United States, and Europe. She received a Ph.D. from Stanford University.

Last Updated: April 3, 2017



Hong Kong in Protest

David Schlesinger, Ho-fung Hung & more
On June 16, an estimated 2 million people took to the streets to protest the Hong Kong government’s handling of a proposed extradition bill. This followed two massive demonstrations against the bill earlier in the month, including one where police...



Is Hong Kong on Its Way to Becoming Just Another City in the P.R.C.?

Antony Dapiran, Suzanne Sataline & more
On March 26, the roughly 1,200-person Hong Kong Election Committee chose Carrie Lam as chief executive—Hong Kong’s fourth leader since the United Kingdom returned the territory to Chinese rule in 1997. Unpopular with Hong Kong’s pro-democracy...