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Dr Liangni Sally Liu PhD, MA, BA(Hons), BA

Senior Lecturer

School of Humanities

Dr. Liangni Sally Liu (刘良妮)is a Senior Lecturer (tenured)in the School of Humanities, Massey University, New Zealand. She was previously a Postdoctoral Fellow in the “Asian Migration Cluster” of the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore (2013-2014), and a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Research Office, Auckland University of Technology (2010-2013). Dr. Liu’s primary research interest is in Chinese transnational migration. Her broader research interests include international migration, immigration policy, migratory mobility associated with migrant sexuality, ethnic relations between migrants and mainstream/indigenous people, and the media influence on ethnic relations. Her research work has been published widely in the forms of book chapters and research article in high-ranked peer-reviewed journals. Her first monograph entitled Chinese transnational Migration in the Age of Global Modernity: The Case of Oceania was published by Routledge in January 2018. One of her research project entitled “Floating families? New Chinese migrants in New Zealand and their multi-generational families” is funded by the Marsden Fund (Fast-Start), the Royal Society of New Zealand from 2017 to 2020.

My research interests during the last seven years have been largely in the areas of migrant transnationalism, especially Chinese/Asian migratory transnationalism. In a broader sense, however, I have a passion for research and theory in the area of human movement mobility, Chinese migration literature, migrant integration issues, migrant 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.

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Professional

Contact details

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

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy - University of Auckland (2011)
  • Master of Arts (First Class Honours) - University of Auckland (2006)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) - University of Auckland (2005)
  • Bachelor of Arts - 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.

Thematics

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)

Keywords

Chinese migration, transnationalism, migratory mobility, new Chinese immigrants, New Zealand, ethnic relations, migration and sexuality

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 2 4

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.
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Date Range: 2017 - 2020

Funding Body: Royal Society of New Zealand

Project Team:

Research Outputs

Journal

Liu, L., Didham, R., & Lu, J. (2017). Mapping Chinese return migration from New Zealand – A quantitative data analysis from a comparative perspective. Diaspora. 19(2/3), 195-227
[Journal article]Authored by: Liu, L.
Liu, L. (2016). Intergenerational dimensions of transnational Chinese migrant families in New Zealand. Journal of Chinese Overseas. 12(2), 216-250
[Journal article]Authored by: Liu, L.
Liu, L. (2015). Examining trans-Tasman migration of new immigrants to New Zealand from the People’s Republic of China: A quantitative survey. Asia Pacific Viewpoint. , 1-18
[Journal article]Authored by: Liu, L.
Liu, LS., & Lu, J. (2015). Contesting Transnational Mobility among New Zealand's Chinese Migrants from an Economic Perspective. Journal of Chinese Overseas. 11(2), 146-173
[Journal article]Authored by: Liu, L.
Liu, L. (2014). A search for a place to call home: Negotiation of home, identity and sense of belonging among New Zealand’s new Chinese migrants from the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Emotion, Space and Society. 10, 18-26
[Journal article]Authored by: Liu, L.
Liu, L. (2014). PRC Chinese transnational migration in the case of New Zealand: Returnees and trans-tasman migrants. The International Journal of Diasporic Chinese Studies. 6(1), 41-71
[Journal article]Authored by: Liu, L.
Bedford, R., & Liu, L. (2013). Parents in New Zealand’s family sponsorship policy: A preliminary assessment of the impact of the 2012 policy changes. New Zealand Population Review. 39, 25-49 Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10292/7891
[Journal article]Authored by: Liu, L.
Liu, L. (2009). The representation of Maori in local Chinese language news media in New Zealand. Journal of Intercultural Studies. 30(4), 403-429
[Journal article]Authored by: Liu, L.
Liu, L. (2009). Home is calling? Or home is on the move? – Return Chinese migrants of New Zealand as transnationals. New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies. 11(2), 164-171
[Journal article]Authored by: Liu, L.
Liu, L., & Lu, J. (2008). Looking at the other: Chinese and Maori Youth Perspectives. Asian and Pacific migration journal : APMJ. 17(2), 221-230
[Journal article]Authored by: Liu, L.
Liu, L., & Ip, M. (2008). Gendered factors of Chinese multi-locality migration: The New Zealand case. Sites: A Journal of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies. 5(2), 31-56
[Journal article]Authored by: Liu, L.
Liu, L. (2005). New Zealand’s Changing Attitudes towards Asian Immigration, 1999- 2004. Asian and Pacific migration journal : APMJ. 14(4), 467-485
[Journal article]Authored by: Liu, L.
Liu, L. (2004). The changing status of Chinese women migrants in New Zealand. Asian and Pacific migration journal : APMJ. 13(4), 511-521
[Journal article]Authored by: Liu, L.

Book

Liu, LS.(2018). Chinese transnational migration in the age of global modernity: The case of oceania.
[Authored Book]Authored by: Liu, L.
Liu, LS., & Wu, X. (2017). New Chinese migrants from China to New Zealand: Pathways, mobility, multigenerational families and policy implications. In New Chinese Migrations: Mobility, Home, and Inspirations. (pp. 54 - 73).
[Chapter]Authored by: Liu, L.
Liu, LS. (2017). New Chinese immigration to New Zealand: Policies, immigration patterns, mobility and perception. In Contemporary Chinese Diasporas. (pp. 233 - 259).
[Chapter]Authored by: Liu, L.
Liu, L. (2015). Quantitative analysis of transnationalism of Chinese migrants from the people's republic of China in New Zealand - results from an online survey. In C. Todd (Ed.) Immigration Policy: Political Influences, Challenges and Economic Impact. (pp. 61 - 89). New York, United States of America: Nova Publishers
[Chapter]Authored by: Liu, L.
Liu, L. (2011). New Zealand Case Study of PRC Transnational Migration: Returnees and Trans-Tasman Migrants. In M. Ip (Ed.) Transmigration and the New Chinese: Theories and Practices from the New Zealand Experience. (pp. 57 - 101). Hong Kong: Centre of Asian Studies, the University of Hong Kong
[Chapter]Authored by: Liu, L.
Liu, L. (2009). Maori issue reports in Contemporary Chinese Language Media. In M. Ip (Ed.) The Dragon and the: Maori and Chinese in New Zealand. (pp. 275 - 299). Auckland: University of Auckland Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Liu, L.

Conference

Liu, L.Capturing the momentum - Some strategies for applying for Marsden fast-start. . Palmerston North, New Zealand
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Liu, L.
Liu, L. (2016). Gendered expatriation, sexuality and reality in a globalized city - Singapore. 14th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities. Vol. 14 (pp. 6 - 6). Louisville, Kentucky, United States of America: The 14th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Liu, L.
Liu, LS.(2016). Intergenerational Dimensions of Transnational Chinese Migrant Families in New Zealand - A Research Gap Identified. Paper presented at the meeting of Journal of Chinese Overseas
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Liu, L.
Liu, L. (2015). Mapping Chinese return migration from New Zealand - A meta-data analysis from a comparative perspective. International Symposium - The Formation and Development of New Chinese Diasporas: A Transnational, Cross-Regional, and Interdisciplinary Comparative Study. (pp. 8 - 9). Singapore: International Symposium - The Formation and Development of New Chinese Diasporas: A Transnational, Cross-Regional, and Interdisciplinary Comparative Study
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Liu, L.
Liu, L. (2014). Intergenerational dimensions of transnational Chinese migrant families in New Zealand: From a policy perspective. http://www.cclc.soh.ntu.edu.sg/Eng/AcadAct/Int_Conf/NewHorizons/Pages/Panel6L.aspx. (pp. 74 - 74). Singapore: International Conference on New Horizons of Diasporic Chinese Studies: Evolving Themes, Changing Frameworks, Future Directions
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Liu, L.
Liu, L. (2014). Intergenerational dimensions of transnational Chinese migrant families in New Zealand: A response to New Zealand's family reunion immigration policy change. AAS-IN-ASIA Conference - Asia in Motion: Heritage and Transformation. (pp. 34 - 34). Singapore: AAS-in-Asia (The Association for Asian Studies) Conference - Asia in Motion: Heritage and Transformation
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Liu, L.
Liu, L., & Bedford, R. (2013, November). Elderly Chinese migrants and their families in New Zealand: From a policy perspective. Presented at NZASIA 2013 New Zealand Asian Studies Society. Auckland, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Liu, L.
Liu, L.Return migration from New Zealand to China – Motivations, trajectories and identity. . Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Liu, L.
Liu, L., & Ip, M.Diasporas and Transnationalism: The New Zealand Case. . Monash University, Kuala Lumpur Campus, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Liu, L.
Liu, L.Back to China: Return Chinese Immigrants to New Zealand as Transnationals. . Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Liu, L.
Liu, L.Home is calling? Or home is on the move? – New Chinese immigrants of New Zealand as Transnationals. . University of Western Sydney, Parramatta, Sydney, Australia
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Liu, L.
Liu, L.Exploring research methods of examining New Chinese migrant studies. . University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Liu, L.
Liu, L., & Ip, M.Examining Female Factor in Chinese Transnationalism: The New Zealand Case. . National Taiwan Universit, Taipei, Taiwan
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Liu, L.
Liu, L.Chinese language media – Views on the treaty and Maori. . University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Liu, L.
Liu, L.Chinese lay media reports on Maori – A study of perceptions of Maori among new Chinese migrants. . University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Liu, L.

Other

Liu, L. (2014, July). Impact of New Zealand's Family Sponsorship Stream on Chinese immigrants and implications for welfare states. In East Asian Institute Research Seminar Series, National University of Singapore.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Liu, L.
Liu, L. (2013, August). A search for a place to call home.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Liu, L.
Liu, L. (2012, August). Finding home in a transnational social space: Sense of home among New Zealand’s new Chinese migrants from the People’s Republic of China (PRC).
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Liu, L.

Consultancy and Languages

Languages

  • English
    Last used: English
    Spoken ability: Excellent
    Written ability: Excellent
  • Chinese
    Last used: Chinese
    Spoken ability: Excellent
    Written ability: Excellent

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 1 0
Co-supervisor 3 0

Courses Coordinated

  • 241.103 Ancient Chinese World pre-republic (1912)
  • 241.107 China under Transformation: Economy, Society and Diplomacy
  • 241.207 Chinese Diaspora
  • 241.208 Contemporary Chinese Society in Literature and Film
  • 241.395 Individual Research Project in Chinese Studies

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Liping Chen - Doctor of Philosophy
    How New Chinese Immigrant Families Adapt to New Zealand's Education System for Their Children

Co-supervisor of:

  • Songmei Zhao - Doctor of Philosophy
    Threatened languages: what will be left on linguistic landscapes?
  • Guanyu Ran - Doctor of Philosophy
    The making of a virtual home: Multigenerational Chinese migrant families in New Zealand
  • Roosevelt Vilar Lobo De Souza - Doctor of Philosophy
    A cross-cultural investigation of the Functional Theory of Human Values: Examining its structure and prediction of external outcomes

Media and Links

Media

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

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