LU, Melody Chia-Wen
Assistant Professor

Office: E21-3023
Telephone: (+853) 8822 8842

  Academic Qualifications

M.A. in Development Studies, Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Ph.D in Anthropology/Development Sociology and Chinese Studies, Leiden University, the Netherlands

Research Interests

Gender and Sexuality; Transnationalism; Care and Welfare Regimes in East and Southeast Asia; Mobility in the Casino Industry in Asia; Contemporary Chinese migration to Lusophone Africa.

Research Projects

2014 - 2017

Principal Investigator, Casino and Development in Asia, funded by University of Macau


Co-principal Investigator, Great Migrations: Southeast Asia and New Theorizations of Global Mobilities, funded by National University of Singapore.

2009 - 2011

Principal Investigator, Technologies of Governmentality and Migration Policies in South Korea, funded by the Korea Foundation and International Institute for Asian Studies, the Netherlands.

2010 - present

Principal Investigator, Chinese and Indian Migrant and Trading Networks in rural South Africa and Mozambique and their impacts to local communities

Selected Publications

Melody CW Lu, Juan Zhang, Heng Leng Chee and Brenda SA Yeoh (2015)Multiple mobilities and entrepreneurial modalities among Chinese marriage migrants in Malaysia. Current Sociology,  doi:10.1177/0011392115594466 

Cheryll Alipio, Melody C.W. Lu and Brenda S.A. Yeoh (2015) Editorial, special Section on Asian Children and Transnational Migration, Children’s Geographies, 13(3): 255-262.

Zhang J, M.C.W. Lu and Yeoh B S A (2015) Cross-border marriage, transgovernmental friction, and waiting, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 33(2) 229 – 246.

Chee, Heng Leng, Melody C.W. Lu and Brenda S.A. Yeoh (2014) Ethnicity, citizenship and reproduction: Taiwanese and PRC wives in Malaysia, Citizenship Studies, 18(8): 823-838.

Lu, Melody Chia-Wen and Shin Hyunjoon (2013) Ethnicizing, capitalizing and nationalizing: South Korea and the returning Korean-Chinese, in Xiang Biao, Brenda Yeoh and Mika Toyota (eds.) Return: Nationalizing Transnational Mobility in Asia. Durham: Duke University Press: 170-185.

Lu, Melody Chia-Wen (2013) Guest worker policies, East and Southeast Asia, in Immanuel Ness (ed.) Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing: 1624-1629.

Lu, Melody Chia-Wen (2012) Transnational marriages as a strategy of care exchange: veteran soldiers and their mainland Chinese spouses in Taiwan. Global Networks, 12:02, 233-251.

Lu, Melody Chia-Wen (2011) Appearance and techniques of migration control: examining labour migration regimes in East Asia, in Elspeth Guild and Sandra Mantu (eds.) Constructing and Imagining Labour Migration: Perspectives of Control from Five Continents. Surrey: Ashgate: 87-108.

Yang Wen-Shan and Melody Chia-Wen Lu (eds.) (2010) Asian Cross-border Marriage Migration: Demographic Patterns and Social Issues. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

Lu, Melody Chia-Wen (2005) Commercially arranged marriage migration: case studies of Cross-border marriages in Taiwan. Indian Journal of Gender Studies, 12: 2&3: 275-303.

Previous affiliations

Asia Research Institute (Asian Migration Cluster), National University of Singapore

International Institute for Asian Studies, the Netherlands

Courses Taught


Sociology of Consumption and Leisure

Gender and Society

Understanding Population

Qualitative Research Methods


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