YANG Peidong


Humanities & Social Studies Education (HSSE)

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BSc Hons. (1st Class) (NTU, Singapore); Post-Graduate Diploma in Social Science Research Methods (Distinction) (Cardiff University, UK); M.Phil Sociology (Cardiff University, UK); D.Phil Education (University of Oxford, UK)


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  • YANG Peidong is a lecturer at Humanities and Social Studies Education Academic Group, National Institute of Education, Singapore. He received his BSc in Maritime Studies (Hons, 1st Class) from Nanyang Technological University, but moved on to train as a social scientist by obtaining a Master of Philosophy in sociology from Cardiff University (UK), and subsequently a Doctor of Philosophy in education from the University of Oxford. Peidong’s main research interests are international educational mobility (particularly international students), migration and its social/cultural consequences, and the sociology/anthropology of education. To a lesser extent, he is also interested in and has written on media/internet-related sociocultural phenomena in contemporary China. In short, Peidong is interested in questions of class, identity, diversity, and social transformation in the larger context of globalization via the empirical lenses of international students, migration/mobility, and media.



     Yang, P. (2016) International Mobility and Educational Desire: Chinese Foreign Talent Students in Singapore. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

     Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

    Tang, L, Shan, D, & Yang, P. (2016) Workers’ rights defence on China’s Internet: An analysis of actors.  Information, Communication and Society. 19(8), 1171-1186

    Yang, P., Tang, L, & Wang, X (2015) Diaosi as infrapolitics: Scatological tropes, identity-making and cultural intimacy on China’s Internet.  Media, Culture & Society. 37(2), 197-214

    Yang, P. (2014) Privilege, Prejudice, Predicament: “PRC Scholars” in Singapore – an Overview. Frontiers of Education in China, 9(3), 350-376

     Yang, P. (2014) “Authenticity” and “Foreign Talent” in Singapore: The Relative and Negative Logic of National Identity.* SOJOURN: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia, 29(2), 408-437                             

    Yang, P. (2014) A Phenomenology of being “Very China”: An Ethnographic Report on the Self-Formation Experiences of Mainland Chinese Undergraduate “Foreign Talents” in Singapore. Asian Journal of Social Science, 42(3-4), 233-261

    Yang, P. (2014) Empire at the Margins: Compulsory Mobility, Hierarchical Imaginary, and Education in China’s Ethnic Borderland. London Review of Education, 12(1), 5-19

    Yang, P. (2013) ‘Union Regimes’: Discipline and punish in three Indian maritime trade unions. International Critical Thought, 3(1), 43-58

    Tang, L., & Yang, P. (2011). Symbolic power and the internet: The power of a 'horse'. Media, Culture & Society, 33(5), 675-691

    Yang, P. (2010). Lads in Waiting: Another Crisis. An Exploratory Study on Indian ‘Fresher’ Seafarers. Global Labour Journal, 1(3), 331-351

    Yang, P. (2009). Ideology and Propaganda in the Official Entertainment: a Curious Gaze at the CCTV Spring Festival Gala 2009. Router: A Journal of Cultural Studies, 8, 230-245 (Taiwan, in Chinese)

    Book Chapters

    Yang, P. (2016). The PRC “Foreign Talent” Scholars and Their Singaporean “Other”: Neo-Occidentalism Amidst Intercultural Contact in the Context of Higher Education Student Mobility. In R. Machart, F. Dervin & M. Gao (Eds.), Intercultural Masquerade: New Orientalism, New Occidentalism, Old Exoticism (pp. 33-49). Heidelberg, New York, Dordrecht, London: Springer.

    Yang, P. (2016). 'Eliteness' in Chinese schooling: towards an ethnographic approach. In C. Maxwell & P. Aggleton (Eds.), Elite Education. International Perspectives (pp. 135-147). Abingdon: Routledge.

    Yang, P. (2014). Observations on Singapore’s SM1, SM2, SM3 Scholarships and PRC Scholars’ Experiences. In H. Wang & L. Miao (Eds.), Blue Book of Global Talent: Annual Report on the Development of Chinese Students Studying Abroad (2014) No.3 (pp. 212-232). Beijing: Social Science Academic Press. (published in Chinese 杨沛东. (2014). 新加坡面向中国学生奖学金项目概况以及奖学金获得者留新经历之简要观察. In 王,辉耀 & 苗,绿 (Eds.), 国际人才蓝皮书 中国留学发展报告(2014No.3 (pp. 212-232). 北京: 社会科学文献出版社.)

    Book Reviews

    Yang, P. (2017). Transnational Students and Mobility: Lived Experiences of Migration, Hannah Soong (2016). Transitions: Journal of Transient Migration, 1(1), 137-139.

    Yang, P. (2016) Figuring out the university and the student in neoliberal times: reviews of Learning under neoliberalism (Hyatt, Shear and Wright 2015) and Figuration work (Nielsen 2015). Social Anthropology, 24(2), 243-248

    • Identity and diversity
    • Globalization
    • Sociology of education

    • International student mobility
    • Migration
    • Sociology/anthropology of education
    • Contemporary China
    • Media and the Internet