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Dr Sylvia Ang is Lecturer in Sociology at the School of Social Sciences, Monash University. Her research with migrants in and from Asia is interested in the production and experiences of difference and inequalities, with a focus on ethnicity, class, gender and postcolonialism. Her work engages with different research methods including in-depth interviews, ethnography, and digital ethnography.

Prior to this position, she was Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation (ADI), Deakin University. From 2018 to 2020, she was Postdoctoral Fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. She completed a Doctor of Philosophy at the School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne.

Sylvia has published in high-quality refereed journals including the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Ethnic and Racial Studies and Mobilities. These outputs have advanced perspectives and approaches in migration studies, ethnic and racial studies, and studies on co-ethnicity, intersectionality and postcolonialism. Her monograph, Contesting Chineseness: Nationality, Class, Gender and new Chinese migrants is published under Amsterdam University Press (2022).

She is currently working on two research projects: 1) the impact of pandemic racism on Asian Australian women’s wellbeing 2) attitudes towards ‘westerners’ among returned Chinese graduates from ‘western’ universities.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Research area keywords

  • Migration
  • Ethnicity
  • Class
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Asia
  • Chinese diaspora

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