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David Tsoi

University of Illinois Urbana Champaign




David is a first-generation university student who received his bachelor’s degree (2018) and master of philosophy (2021) degrees in cultural anthropology in the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He received several scholarships to support his studies and overseas exchange programs in the US in 2017 and Korea from 2017-2018. They were awarded six years of funding for their doctoral studies. His previous academic work is closely related to social justice for queer sex workers and racial equality.

During their fieldwork for their master of philosophy thesis, they engaged in advocacy work in a local gay sex worker advocacy group. This included organizing a protest against Trump's FOSTA-SESTA bill that threatens the livelihood of sex workers worldwide, hosting a talk to educate local middle-class gay men about queer sex workers, and conducting outreach services for Chinese masseurs and Filipina ladyboys.

His years as a research assistant from 2020-2022 and as a student helper from 2016-2017 focused on South Asian communities in Hong Kong who have historically faced ethnic, economic, and gender inequalities. Their recent research assistant work has two major goals: the identity-formation of local Indians and Pakistanis of different class, religious, and cultural backgrounds in a politically volatile Hong Kong, and; the layers of challenges facing working-class Muslim housewives during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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