Dr Liangni Sally Liu staff profile picture

Contact details +64 (09) 414 0800  ext. 43699

Dr Liangni Sally Liu PhD (Asian Studies & Chinese), MA (Asian Studies), BA Honours (Chinese), BA (Chinese and Asian Studies)

Lecturer in Chinese

School of Humanities

Before Dr Liangni Sally Liu commences the lecture position in Massey University, she worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore (2013~2014) and the Research office of Auckland University of Technology (2011~2013). She completed her PhD at the School of Asian Studies, University of Auckland in 2011. Her research interest is in the areas of migrant transnationalism, especially Chinese migratory transnationalism. She also has broader research interests in issues that relate to ethnic relations and the media influence on ethnic relations. As an early career academic, Dr. Liu has already published a number of book chapters, and scholarly papers in a variety of highly-ranked international journals.

More about me...View less...


Contact details

  • Ph: extn 43699
    Location: AT3.41, Artrium
    Campus: Albany


  • PhD - University of Auckland (2011)
  • MA (1st Class Honours ) - University of Auckland (2006)
  • BA Honours (1st Class Honours) - University of Auckland (2005)
  • BA - University of Auckland (2003)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

My research interests during the last eight years have been largely in the areas of migrant transnationalism, especially Chinese/Asian transnational migration. In a broader sense, however, I have a passion for research and theory in the area of human movement mobility, migrants’ integration issues and sexuality and interaction with host country societies. I also have an ongoing interest in issues that relate to ethnic relations between migrant minorities and mainstream/or indigenous people and media influence on ethnic relations.

Research Opportunities

  • Multigenerational Chinese transnational families in New Zealand (NZ)  (01/07/2015) This project explores the transnational migratory mobility and trajectories associated with inter-generational family relation among new PRC migrant families in NZ for the first time.
  • Migration, expatriation, sexuality and reality in a global city – Singapore  (01/09/2015) This project aims to explore how and to what extent expatriation/migration and its associated mobility influence expatriates’ views and experience of sexual relationships in Singapore.


21st Century Citizenship

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Demography (160300): Migration (160303): Other Studies in Human Society (169900): Race and Ethnic Relations (160803): Sociology (160800): Studies In Human Society (160000): Studies of Asian Society (169903)


Chinese migration, transnationalism, ethnic relations, migration and sexuality

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 2 2

Current Projects

Project Title: Floating families? New Chinese migrants in NZ and their multi-generational families

A substantial Chinese migrant community from the People's Republic of China (PRC) has formed in New Zealand (NZ) in the three decades since the passing of the Immigration Act 1987, which reversing a long-standing bias towards European and Pacific Island migrants. A significant but unknown proportion of these are multi-generational families renowned for their transnational connections and spatial mobility. The building of multi-generational family units is a long-established and well recognised pattern of Chinese migration; however, the ability to sustain family unification is shaped both by immigration policy and transnational migratory mobility. The intersection between transnational migration and the intergenerational experiences of migration has not yet been studied. This research will provide the first understanding of how PRC Chinese migrants adapt to NZ society as extended and multi-generational families. A novel three-generation framework encompassing migrants, their children and parents is used to investigate how migratory mobility and intergenerational dynamics configure migratory trajectories of individual family members and shape migrants' family life and sense of identity and belonging.The findings will provide insights into the debate on cultural diversity that is rooted in changing demographic structures and contribute theoretical advances to our understanding of transnationalism as an evolving process across multiple generations.
Read Project Description Hide Project Description

Date Range: 2017 - 2020

Funding Body: Royal Society of New Zealand

Project Team:

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
CoSupervisor 2 0

Current Doctoral Supervision

CoSupervisor of:

  • Yu Wang - PhD
    “Home” in the Third Space: a Cultural Study of Well-educated Chinese Women Immigrants in NZ
  • Roosevelt Vilar Lobo de Souza - PhD
    Human Values: Testing its Function, Changes Across the Life Span, and Structure

Media and Links


  • 08 May 2015 - Newspaper
    Study reveals come-and-go migrants
    a report on my research results in New Zealand Herald

Massey Contact Centre Mon - Fri 8:30am to 5:00pm 0800 MASSEY (+64 6 350 5701) TXT 5222 contact@massey.ac.nz Web chat Staff Alumni News Māori @ Massey