Departmental Research Projects
Miss Connie Yim Ming Kwong, BSocSc.(Hons), MPhil
Connie obtained her BSocSc. in Geography (First Class Honours) from the University of Hong Kong. She also completed an MPhil degree in the same university with a thesis titled “Mall as Leisure Space: A Comparative Analysis of Perceptions between Hong Kong Residents and Mainland Visitors in Shopping Malls in Hong Kong”. Before starting her PhD in Durham, she was involved in a research project (Principal Investigator: Dr. J.J. Zhang of the University of Hong Kong) about social impacts of day-tripping and movement of commodities at the Hong Kong-Mainland China border. She is currently a Student Scholar of the Ustinov College Global Citizenship Programme.
Current Research: Everyday Ethics in Volunteer Tourism in Asia
This research is to develop the concept of volunteer tourism through the discussion of ordinary ethics and responsibility in Asia using a case study of the Greater China Region. Volunteer tourism has risen as one of the fastest growing tourism niches in the form of serious leisure. There have been growing discussions on the motivations of volunteer tourists, but a deeper understanding of these motivations framed from their everyday ethical lives is still lacking in the literature. Additionally, previous work has focused almost exclusively on ethical imperatives and versions of tourism founded in and freighted with Euro-American sensibilities. The assumption has been of tourists traveling from the global North to the global South. However, this has been troubled by the rising popularity of tourism in Asia, and also the growing of Asian economies. Asian participation in volunteer tourism has been active but under-researched.
Drawing from the concepts of ordinary ethics and care, this study is to explore the roles of ordinary ethics play in volunteer tourism. It involves an ethnography including participant observations and personal interviews with volunteers traveling from Hong Kong and Taiwan to Cambodia.
- Kwong, Y.M. & Li, Y. In-place or out-of-place? Host–guest encounter under ‘One Country, Two Systems’. Current Issues in Tourism. 2017;1-20.
- Zhang, J.J. & Kwong, Y.M. Reconceptualising host-guest relations at border towns. Annals of Tourism Research. 2017;66:196-199.