TING Kwok Fai 丁國輝

Research Projects

  • ‘CUHK’ Hong Kong Quality of Life Index – Socio-Cultural Sub-Index
  • SHEK Tan Lei Daniel, LEE Paul Siu Nam (School of Journalism and Communication), MAK Wing Sze Winnie (Psychology), TING Kwok Fai (Sociology), MA Ngok (Government & Public Administration)
    1 May 2008
    CUHK Research Committee Funding (Direct Grants)

    The CUHK Hong Kong Quality of Life Index, which aims to assess and monitor the quality of life in Hong Kong, is a composite index incorporating both objective and subjective measure. This index, developed by the Faculty of Social Science of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, employs data collected in representative sample survey and official statistics. A wide range of life domains is covered and the year 2002 is taken as the base year of study. Index scores over the last four years demonstrate that in general the quality of life in Hong Kong has improved continuously since 2003. Generally, scores of the composite index and the three sub-indices on sectorial performance are somewhat higher than those of the previous years. It is noteworthy that Hong Kong has made noticeable progress and performs as well as many economically advanced societies in certain life domains. Yet, the well-begin of the people relies on further improvement in others.
    As part of the CUHK Hong Kong Quality of Life Index, The socio-cultural sub-index consists of indicators relating to different disciplines of study. For example, mortality rate and notification rate of notifiable infectious disease measure the aspect of physical health. Stress index and general life satisfaction measure psychological well-being of Hong Kong people. Press freedom and press criticism indices reflect the cultural and media aspects of Hong Kong society. As for government performance index and overall crime rate, they reveal the political and judicial aspects in Hong Kong. (SS07863)

  • Who Gets Ahead (or Stays Behind): Life Chances and Social Mobility in Hong Kong
  • LUI Tai Lok, TING Kwok Fai
    11 April 2006
    Public Policy Research Funding Scheme

    One of the most important benchmarks for assessing the performance of a modern liberal government is its ability of providing its people with an environment that, irrespective of their family and social background, they can attain personal success within the institutionalized channels by hard work and the will to achieve. It is the ordinary people.s expectation that the government should work on shaping a social environment wherein chances for social mobility are available, access to opportunities of mobility is equal, and competition for personal achievement is guided by meritocratic principles. The proposed research is an attempt i) to gauge the openness of Hong Kong society by means of social mobility analysis; ii) to examine the effects of education on status attainment and social mobility; iii) to probe how the family plays its part, if any, in preparing and assisting its members in climbing up the social ladder; and iv) to analyze the effects of social mobility experience on people.s perception and evaluation of economic, social and political changes since 1997. This project would generate the necessary information on the conditions of Hong Kong society for assessing the work of the government in realizing the promises of an open society. (SS05685)

Research Publications

  • "Getting Ahead in the Capitalist Paradise:Migration from China and Socioeconomic Attainment in Colonial Hong Kong" (co-authored with CHIU Wing Kai Stephen and CHOI Yuk Ping). The International Migration Review vol.39 no.1. ProQuest Social Science Journals, 2005. p.203-227.

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