LUI Tai Lok 呂大樂

Research Projects


  • Crossing the Divide of Culture and Industry: An Exploratory Study of the Creative Industry in Hong Kong
  • LUI Tai Lok
    1 November 2003
    CUHK Research Committee Funding (Direct Grants)

    The proposed project is an attempt to study the creative industry in Hong Kong. Through an intensive case study of local collectible toy designers and their creative activities, the investigator looks into the formation of creative ideas, the interface between creativity and business, social and economic networking in the facilitation of creative design, manufacturing and business packaging, and the social structuring of a creative and innovative milieu. The findings of the proposed research would cast light on the existing debates about the significance of networking and clustering to innovation and the prospects of turning culture into marketable products. By unpacking the creative and innovative processes through ethnographic interviews, this study would also be relevant to the discussion of the significance of an ‘industrial atmosphere’ to economic success. (SS03691)


  • The Middle Class in Asia: Its Ups and Downs in Three Chinese Cities
  • LUI Tai Lok
    15 November 2002
    CUHK Research Committee Funding (Direct Grants)

    The proposed project is an attempt to develop a comparative study of the middle class in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Taipei. Largely an extension of the investigator’s previous study of social classes in East Asia, this project probes current socio-economic and political changes and their impacts on the middle class in these three Chinese cities. It is an examination of the changing fortunes of the middle class and the changing moral and political outlooks of the middle class there. (SS02630)


  • Social Class, Mobility Experience and Mobility Strategy
  • LUI Tai Lok
    1 January 2006
    Research Grants Council (Earmarked Grants)

    The proposed project is a qualitative study of social mobility and mobility strategy. The focus will be placed on the mobility experiences of three selected social classes (the working class, small employers and the self-employed, and middle class professionals, managers and administrators) and how they attempt to shape the prospects of the social mobility of their own children by providing them with the necessary resources (economic, cultural and social capital) for attaining high positions in the social hierarchy. Questions about social class and education (the major channel of social mobility in contemporary Hong Kong) will constitute the central issues of this project. The investigator will explore how education assists social mobility and how different social classes adopt different strategies to prepare their children, via the educational channel, for social advancement. This project will be most relevant to our understanding of the mobility experience of Hong Kong people, their perceptions and evaluations of mobility opportunities, why education (particularly the allocation of school places for children) is always a contentious issue of public concern, and how different social classes use education as a means of preparing their children for social mobility. (CU05671)


  • Study on Hong Kong's Middle Class - Their Mentality and Aspirations
  • LUI Tai Lok
    23 May 2005
    Central Policy Unit, HKSAR Government

    The study aims to investigate the mentality of the middle class in the context of recent drastic political and socio-economic changes in Hong Kong. Emphasis is placed on the notion of mentality, suggesting that behind attitudinal changes in the events of political twists and turns as well as economic ups and downs, there exists a deeper and more stable structure of norms, values, perceptions, aspirations and expectations in people’s minds. While people’s short term reactions to various incidents and happenings may well be shaped by media reports and public collective responses, their evaluations of political leaders, government initiatives, social and economic changes, and their own life situations are determined by deeper and more entrenched values. The proposed study of the mentality of the middle class will probe the moral and normative basis upon which middle class people make their evaluations and judgments of social, political, economic and cultural changes since 1997. The findings would inform us about i) what kinds of benchmark and normative rules were drawn by the middle class in their evaluation of the performances of the HKSAR Government since 1997 and ii) what would be their moral and normative framework upon which they make their judgment of future government initiative and their own personal in the face of political and socio-economic changes. (SS04953)


  • 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


  • "Flexibility under Unorganized Industrialism? The Experience of Industrial Restructuring in Hong Kong" (co-authored with CHIU Wing Kai Stephen). Economic Governance and the Challenge of Flexibility in East Asia Maryland, USA: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2001. pp.55-77.



  • "Global Restructuring and Non-Standard Work in Newly Industrialised Economies: The Organisation of Flexible Production in Hong Kong and Taiwan". (co-authored with CHIU Tony Man-yiu) Global Trends in Flexible Labour ed. by Alan Felstead & Nick Jewson. London, UK: Macmillan Press, 1999. pp.166-180.



  • "Governance Crisis in Post-1997 Hong Kong: A Political Economy Perspective" (co-authored with CHIU Wing Kai Stephen). China Review vol.7 no.2, Hong Kong SAR: Chinese University Press, 2007.10.15. pp.1-34.



  • "The Hong Kong Model of Development Revisited" (co-authored with CHIU Wing Kai Stephen). Industrial Policy, Innovation and Economic Growth ed. by Poh-kam Wong and Chee-yuen Ng. Singapore: Singapore University Press, 2001.07. pp.431 - 459.



  • "Hong Kong". Teen Life in Asia ed. by Judith Slater. London, United Kingdom: Greenwood Press, 2004. pp.35-50.



  • "Hong Kong: Garment and Electronics Industry Case Studies" (co-authored with CHIU Wing Kai Stephen). Industrial Policy, Innovation & Economic Growth ed. by Poh-Kam Wong and Chee-Yuen Ng. Singapore: Singapore University Press, 2001.12. pp.460-502.



  • "Hong Kong’s Middle Class " (in Japanese). The Emergence and Features of the Asian Middle Class ed. by Tamio Hattori et al. Japan: Institute of Developing Economies, 2002.



  • Light the Darkness: Story of the Hong Kong Red Cross, 1950-2000. Hong Kong SAR: Hong Kong University Press, 2001.10.
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL HV580.H73 L82 2001 c.3; UL HK Studies HV580.H73 L82 2001; MD Special Coll - Asia HV580.H73 L82 2001 c.2)



  • "The Malling of Hong Kong". Consuming Hong Kong ed. by Tailok Lui and Gordon Mathews. Hong Kong SAR: Hong Kong University Press, 2001.10. pp. 23-45.



  • "Morality, Class, and the Hong Kong Way of Life" (co-authored with WONG Thomas W. P.). Social Development and Political Change in Hong KongHong Kong: Chinese University Press, 2000. pp.3-31.



  • "Rearguard Politics: Hong Kong's Middle Class". The Developing Economies vol.XLI Tokyo, Japan: Institute of Developing Economies, 2003.06. pp.161 - 183.



  • "Research on the East Asian Middle Classes: Some Hong Kong Reflections". The Changing Faces of the Middle Classes in Asia-Pacific ed. by Hsin Huang Michael Hsiao. Taiwai: Center for Asia-Pacific Area Studies and Research Center for Humanities & Social Sciences, Academia Sinica, 2006.04. pp.39-50.



  • "Testing the Global City-Social Polarisation Thesis: Hong Kong since the 1990s" (co-authored with CHIU Wing Kai Stephen). Urban Studies vol.41 no.10, London: Carfax Publishing, 2004.09. pp.1863-1888.



  • "Under fire: Hong Kong's middle class after 1997". The July 1 Protest Rally: Interpreting a Historic Event ed. by Joseph Y. S. Cheng. Hong Kong SAR: City University of Hong Kong Press, 2005.11. pp.277-301.



  • 《中產好痛》,香港:進一步多媒體有限公司,2004。
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL DS796.H745 L85 2004 c.2; UL HK Studies DS796.H745 L85 2004; NA General Education DS796.H745 L85 2004 c.3)



  • 〈中產階級的自我感覺:上海與香港之比較觀察〉,《東亞之階層比較》,東京,日本:中央大學出版部,2005.03,頁213-235。



  • 《去權與充權 : 關於香港低收入住戶的探索性硏究》(與黃洪合著),香港:樂施會,1995。
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL HV4153.A5 L8 1995 c.3; UL HK Studies HV4153.A5 L8 1995 c.2)



  • 《失業、貧窮與政府的承擔》(與王卓祺合編),香港:香港中文大學亞太硏究所,1999。
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL H62.5.H6 H62 no.91; UL HK Studies H62.5.H6 H62 no.91 c.4; NA General Education H62.5.H6 H62 no.91 c.3)



  • 《我們的足球場》,香港:進一步多媒體有限公司,1999。
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL HKS Closed Stack2 GV943.2 .W6 1999; CC GV943.2 .W6 1998)



  • 〈亞洲金融風暴下的香港中產階級〉(與王志錚合著),《市場,階級與政治:變遷中的華人社會》,2000,頁431-458。



  • 《玩具大不同》(與姚偉雄合合著),香港:進一步多媒體有限公司,2002。
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL HK Studies NK4894.3.A25 L82 2005; NA Local Art Archive NK4894.3.A25 L82 2005 c.2)



  • 《城市接觸 : 香港街頭文化觀察》(與大橋健一合編),香港:商務印書館,1989。
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL DS796.H75C52 c.2; UL HK Studies DS796.H75C52; ARL DS796.H75C52 c.4; CC Reserve 1 day DS796.H75C52 c.3)



  • 《城市縱橫 : 香港居民運動及城市政治硏究》(與龔啓聖合著),香港:廣角鏡出版社有限公司:發行華風書局,1985。
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL JS7142 .L8 c.2; UL HK Studies JS7142 .L8)



  • 〈思想「九七前」與「後九七」香港〉,《我們的地方 我們的時間 香港社會新編》 謝均才編,香港特別行政區:牛津大學出版社, 2002,頁449 – 475。



  • 〈香港:跨越全球—地方二元空間〉(與趙永佳合編),《世界城市—國際經驗與上海發展》,中國上海:上海社會科學院出版社,2004,頁126-146。



  • 《香港・文化・研究》(與吳俊雄及馬傑偉合編),香港:香港大學出版社,2006。
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL HK Studies DS796.H75 X528 2006; CC Reserve 4 hours DS796.H75 X528 2006 c.3; CC Reserve 1 day DS796.H75 X528 2006 c.2)



  • 《香港中產階級處境觀察》(與王志錚合著),香港:三聯書店(香港)有限公司,2003。
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL HT690.H6 L825 2003; UL HK Studies HT690.H6 L825 2003 c.2)



  • 《香港四代人》,香港:進一步多媒體有限公司,2007。
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL HN752.5 .L825 2007 c.2; UL HK Studies HN752.5 .L825 2007 c.5; CC General Education HN752.5 .L825 2007 c.6; UC Special Language Collection HN752.5 .L825 2007 c.7; UC Language Collection HN752.5 .L825 2007)



  • 〈香港立法會選舉〉,《論座》,東京,日本:朝日新聞社,2004.12,頁228-231。



  • 《唔該, 埋單 : 一個社會學家的香港筆記》,Hong Kong : Oxford University Press (China) Ltd, 2007。
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL HK Studies DS796.H757 L755 2007 c.2; CC Reserve 4 hours DS796.H757 L755 2007)



  • 《唔該, 埋單!》,香港:閒人行有限公司,1997。
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL DS796.H757 L755 1997; UL HK Studies DS796.H757 L755 1997 c.2)



  • 《荃灣區婦女勞工工作情況調查報告書》(與伍錫康及陳訓廷提交荃灣區議會工商業委員會屬下之工商業問題硏究工作小組合著),香港:香港政府印務局,1987。
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL Gov Document HD6203.Z6 T812; UL HK Studies HD6203.Z6 T812 c.2)



  • 〈從九七香港的政治失序:階級分析的角度〉(與趙永佳合編),《香港、台灣和中國內地的社會階級變遷》,劉兆佳、尹寶珊、李明堃、黃紹倫編,香港:香港中文大學香港亞太研究所,2004.07,頁29-59。



  • 《普及文化在香港》,香港:曙光圖書,1983。
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL DS796.H75P74 c.2; UL HK Studies DS796.H75P74)



  • 《給大學生的16封鼓勵信》(與小思及余少華等合著),香港:中華書局(香港)有限公司,2005。
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL Good Reads LB2397 .J53 2005 c.4; UL HK Studies LB2397 .J53 2005; UC General Education LB2397 .J53 2005 c.3)



  • 《階級分析與香港》(與黃偉邦合編),香港:靑文書屋,1998。
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL HT690.H6 C5 1998; UL HK Studies HT690.H6 C5 1998 c.2)



  • 《階級認同與階級意識 : 香港與台北比較》(與梁懿剛及王志錚合編),香港:主辦者,1998。
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL Oversize HN734 .C65 1998 v.16)



  • 《誰說家長一定是好人》,香港:進一步多媒體有限公司,2002。
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL HK Studies HQ755.8 .L785 2002; NA General Education HQ755.8 .L785 2002 c.2)



  • 《攜改錯液赴考的一代 : 普及文化觀察》,香港:青文書屋,1990。
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL DS796.H75 L83 1990; UL HK Studies DS796.H75 L83 1990 c.3)


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