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Doing Intimacy will take a closer, fresher, critical look at the Chinese family dynamics as they are lived. It will examine intergenerational relations as well as gender and sexual relations in the family. Through a multi-sited ethnography in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, this study will compare practices of intimacy and examine whether or how they are by-products of particular sociocultural configurations.

The Deputy Director of the SOAS China Institute, Dr Jieyu Liu, received a grant of almost €1.5 million to lead research of Chinese families in East Asia. This project takes place over 5 years and is due to complete in September 2020.

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Learn more about the Intimacy project and the fieldwork sites in mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong


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List of publications related to the Intimacy project theme