TANG, Gary 鄧鍵一博士

MPhil (CUHK)

Associate Professor, Department of Social Science
Associate Director, Centre for Public Policy Research

Tel : (852) 3963 5446
Email : garytang@hsu.edu.hk

ORCID: 0000-0002-5274-9879

Gary Tang obtained PhD of communication at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research interests include political communication, and social media. He is also a Honorary Research Associate at Centre for Catholic Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Research Interests

Political Communication; Social Media

Courses Taught

  • ASI2000 Social Science Research Methods
  • ASI4003 Scientific Development and Social Changes in Asia
  • PPE1005 Public Administration in the Global Perspective
  • GEN1013 Technology and Society


  • 2024-2025 (2 years). Principal Investigator. An Exploration of Civic Resilience of Hong Kong’s Citizens and Society in Times of Political Change. Faculty Development Scheme, Research Grants Council, Hong Kong (UGC/FDS14/H15/23). Award: HK$1,000,002.
  • 2022-2024 (3 years). Principal Investigator. What is the Role of Internet Memes in Political Discussion? Faculty Development Scheme, Research Grants Council, Hong Kong (UGC/FDS14/H12/21). Award: HK$1,060,975
  • 2021-2022 (2 years). Principal Investigator. The Impact of the Anti-Extradition Law Amendment Bill Movement on Conception of Citizenship in Hong Kong. Faculty Development Scheme, Research Grants Council, Hong Kong (UGC/FDS14/H07/20). Award: HK$830,078
  • 2020-2021 (2 years). Principal Investigator. How Does Use of Social Media Affect Public Trust in Police. Faculty Development Scheme, Research Grants Council, Hong Kong (UGC/FDS14/H11/19). Award: HK$603,068
  • 2020 (6 months). Principal Investigator. Examining ‘Mutual Destruction’ Discourse in the Anti-Extradition Bill Movement. Public Policy Research Funding Scheme, Policy Innovation and Co-ordination Office (SR2020.B12.002). Award: HK$346,725.


  • Top Paper Award, Political Communication Division, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Annual Conference 2023. [Dennis Leung and Gary Tang, “Press – Police Relations after Critical Event:  Media Representations of Police Misconduct in Post-Social Movement Hong Kong”.]
  • Social Movement Studies Journal’s 2022 Britta Baumgarten Memorial Prize – Honorable Mentioning. [Samson Yuen and Gary Tang, “Instagram and Social Capital: Youth Activism in a Networked Movement”.]
  • Top Faculty Paper Award, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Annual Conference 2013. [Gary Tang and Francis L. F. Lee, “Facebook Use and Political Participation: The Impact of Exposure to Shared Political Information, Connections with Opinion Leaders, and Network Heterogeneity”.]


Selected Journal Articles

  • Lee, F. L. F., Tang, G., & Chan, C. K. (2023). Media self-censorship in a self-censoring society: Transformation of journalist-source relationships in Hong Kong. Journalism Studies (online first). (SSCI) https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1461670X.2023.2230308
  • Tang, G. (2023). The intervention of the Anti-Extradition Bill movement in the norms of citizenship in Hong Kong. Journal of Asian and African Studies, 58(1), 26-45. (SSCI). https://doi.org/10.1177/00219096221124932
  • Tang, G., & Chung, H. F. (2022). Radicalisation, exhaustion, and networked movement in abeyance: Hong Kong university students’ localist identification after the Umbrella Movement. China Perspectives, 2022(2), 51-63. (SSCI) https://doi.org/10.4000/chinaperspectives.13749
  • Tang, G., Lee, F. L. F., & Tsang, C. K. (2022). The construction of investor-subjects in a housing-led growth society: The case of Hong Kong. The Social Science Journal (online first). (SSCI) https://doi.org/10.1080/03623319.2022.2066879
  • Cheng, E. W., Lee, F. L. F., Yuen, S., & Tang, G. (2022). Total mobilization from below: Hong Kong’s Freedom Summer. The China Quarterly, 251, 629-659. (SSCI) https://doi.org/10.1017/S0305741022000236
  • Yuen, S., Tang, G., Lee, F. L. F., & Cheng, E. W. (2022). Surveying spontaneous mass protests: Mixed-mode sampling and field methods. Sociological Methodology, 52(1), 75-102. (SSCI) https://doi.org/10.1177/00811750211071130
  • Lee, F. L. F., Cheng, E. W., Liang, H., Tang, G., & Yuen, S. (2022). Dynamics of tactical radicalisation and public receptiveness in Hong Kong’s Anti-Extradition Bill Movement. Journal of Contemporary Asia, 52(3), 429-451. (SSCI) https://doi.org/10.1080/00472336.2021.1910330
  • Lee, F. L. F., Liang, H., Cheng, E. W., Tang, G., & Yuen, S. (2022). Affordances, movement dynamics, and a centralized digital communication platform in a networked movement. Information, Communication & Society, 25(12), 1699-1716. (SSCI) https://doi.org/10.1080/1369118X.2021.1877772
  • Yuen, S., & Tang, G. (2021). Instagram and social capital: Youth activism in a networked movement. Social Movement Studies (online first). (SSCI) https://doi.org/10.1080/14742837.2021.2011189
  • Tang, G., & Cheng, E. W. (2021). Affective solidarity: How guilt enables cross-generational support for political radicalization in Hong Kong. Japanese Journal of Political Science, 22(4), 198-214. (SSCI) https://doi.org/10.1017/S1468109921000220
  • Tang, G., & Cheng, E. W. (2021). Postmaterialism and the perceived quality of elections: A study of the moderation effect of a critical event. Social Indicators Research, 155, 335-354. (SSCI) https://doi.org/10.1007/s11205-020-02599-y
  • Lee, F. L. F., Tang, G., Yuen, S., & Cheng, E. W. (2020). Five demands and (not quite) beyond: Claim making and ideology in Hong Kong’s Anti-Extradition Bill Movement. Communist and Post-Communist Studies, 53(4), 22-40. (SSCI) https://doi.org/10.1525/j.postcomstud.2020.53.4.22
  • Tang, G., Hung, E. P. W., Au-Yeung, C. H. K., & Yuen, S. (2020). Politically motivated Internet addiction: Relationships among online information exposure, Internet addiction, FOMO, psychological well-being, and radicalism in massive political turbulence. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(2), 633. (SSCI)  https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/17/2/633
  • Lee, F. L. F., Yuen, S., Tang, G., & Cheng, E. W. (2019). Hong Kong’s summer of uprising: From anti-extradition to anti-authoritarian protests. China Review, 19(4), 1-32. (SSCI)  https://www.jstor.org/stable/26838911
  • Yuen, S., Tang, G., Lee, F. L. F., & Cheng, E. W. (2019). Surveying Hong Kong’s anti-extradition bill protests: A methodology note. Taiwanese Sociology, 37, 163-174.
  • Lee, F. L. F., Liang, H., & Tang, G. (2019). Online incivility, cyberbalkanization, and the dynamics of opinion polarization during and after a mass protest event. International Journal of Communication, 13, 4940-4959. (SSCI)  https://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/view/11666
  • Lee, F. L. F., Tang, G., & Tsang, C. K. (2019). Financialization and generational differences in the correlates of perceived importance of investment in Hong Kong. Social Transformations in Chinese Societies, 15(2), 161-177.  https://doi.org/10.1108/STICS-04-2019-0008
  • Chan, C. K., & Tang, G. (2019). Contested citizenship in global city: Global citizenship, national identities and local identity in post-handover Hong Kong. Social Transformations in Chinese Societies, 15(2), 129-144.  https://doi.org/10.1108/STICS-01-2019-0001
  • Tang, G., & Lee, F. L. F. (2018). Candidate’s Facebook fan page, electoral momentum and vote shares: Evidence from Hong Kong Legislative Council election 2016. Asian Journal of Communication, 28(6), 579-597. (SSCI) https://doi.org/10.1080/01292986.2018.1476564
  • Wong, W., & Tang, G. (2017). Social movement and youth participation in Hong Kong: Importance of co-evolution between government and youth. HKFYG Journal of Youth Studies, 20(2), 96-112. https://bit.ly/3m4zR4v 
  • Tang, G. (2017). Media populism in post-handover Hong Kong: An investigation of media framing of public finance. Chinese Journal of Communication, 10(4), 433-449. (SSCI)  https://doi.org/10.1080/17544750.2017.1394889
  • Tang, G., & Yuen, R. H. Y. (2016), Hong Kong as the ‘Neoliberal Exception’ of China: Transformation of Hong Kong citizenship before and after the transfer of sovereignty. Journal of Chinese Political Science, 21(4), 469-484.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s11366-016-9438-7
  • Tang, G. (2015). Mobilization by images: TV screen and mediated instant grievances in the Umbrella Movement. Chinese Journal of Communication, 8(1), 1-18. (SSCI)  https://doi.org/10.1080/17544750.2015.1086398
  • Tang, G., Cheng, X., & So, C. Y. K. (2014). Newspapermen, news industry and Hong Kong social changes: Case studies of Ming Pao, Hong Kong Economic Journal and Apple Daily. (報人、報業與香港社會變遷:《明報》、《信報》和《蘋果日報》的個案探討) Chinese Journal of Journalism and Communication (國際新聞界) 2014(August), 23-37.  http://cjjc.ruc.edu.cn/CN/abstract/abstract315.shtml
  • Tang, G., & Lee, F. L. F. (2014). Hong Kong journalists’ attitude toward social protests: A belief system perspective. Media Asia, 41(1), 55-70.  https://doi.org/10.1080/01296612.2014.11690000
  • Tang, G., & Lee, F. L. F. (2013). Facebook use and political participation: The impact of exposure to shared political information, connections with public political actors, and network structural heterogeneity. Social Science Computer Review, 31(6), 763-773. (SSCI)  https://doi.org/10.1177/0894439313490625
  • Lee, F. L. F., & Tang, G. (2013). Social transformation, media interactions, and the historical development of audience participation radio talk shows in Hong Kong. (社會變遷、媒體互動,和電台聽眾參與節目在香港的演變) Communication & Society (傳播與社會學刊), 24, 23-60.  http://cschinese.com.cuhk.edu.hk/word/6337182016.pdf

Selected Book Chapters

  • Tang, G., Fung, A. Y. H., Chiu, S. W. K., & Leung, W. (2021). Emigration and “re-emigration”: Comparing intention and motivations of emigration between the youths born in Hong Kong and Mainland China (移民與「再移民」:比較香港與內地出生青年人的移民動機及考慮因素). In S. K. Cheung, G. Tang and C. K, Tsang (Eds.), Hong Kong, fabric, mutation (香港.格局.變異) (pp. 3-22). Hong Kong: Infolink Publishing Ltd.
  • Lee, F. L. F., & Tang, G. (2019). Perceived outcomes and willingness to retreat among the Umbrella Movement participants. In N. Ma and E. W. Cheng (Eds.), The Umbrella Movement: Civil resistance and contentious spaced in Hong Kong (pp. 101-124). University of Amsterdam Press. https://doi.org/10.1515/9789048552542-007
  • Tang, G. (2019). Public opinion (民意). In S. Chu (Ed.), Hong Kong keywords (香港關鍵詞) (pp. 257-264). Hong Kong: Chinese University Press.
  • Tang, G. (2018). Social media and social mobilization. In T. L. Lui, S. W. K. Chiu, & R. Yep (Eds.), Routledge handbook of contemporary Hong Kong (pp. 185-198). London: Routledge.
  • Tang, G. (2018). Who can mobilize for a protest? Television and new media (誰動員群眾?電視機與新媒體). In E. W. Cheng & S. Yuen (Eds.), An epoch of social movements: The trajectory of contentious politics in Hong Kong (社運年代:香港政治抗爭的軌跡) (pp. 177-188). Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press.
  • Fung, A. Y. H., & Tang, G. (2017). Youth and social change in the Post-1997 Hong Kong. (九七後香港青年與社會變遷). In S. W. K. Chiu & F. M. C. Cheung (Eds.), The 20th year of the HKSAR (香港特區二十年) (pp. 487-499). Hong Kong: Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies.
  • Lee, F. L. F., & Tang, G. (2014). Economic development, political change, and post-material turn of Hong Kong youth. (經濟發展,政治轉變,和香港青年人的後物質轉向). In S. K. Cheung, K. C. Leung & K. M. Chan (Eds.), Hong Kong, city, imagination (香港.城市.想像) (pp. 243-252). Hong Kong: Infolink Publishing Ltd.
  • Tang, G., & Shen, S. (2013). Media and the Internet. In C. Ogden (Ed.), Routledge handbook of China’s governance and domestic politics (pp. 243-252). New York: Routledge.
  • Ma, K. W., Ng, C. H., & Tang, G. (2013). The coming of the era of tribalization of Hong Kong popular culture (迎接香港普及文化的部落時代). In S. K. Cheung, K. C. Leung & K. M. Chan (Eds.), Hong Kong, discourse, media (香港.論述.傳媒) (pp. 39-56). Hong Kong: Oxford University Press.

Books and Monographs

  • Chan, C. K., Tang, G., & Lee, F. L. F. (2022). Hong Kong media: Interaction between media, state and civil society. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-19-1820-9
  • Cheung, S. K., Tang, G., & Tsang, C. K. (Eds.) (2021). Hong Kong, fabric, mutation (香港.格局.變異). Hong Kong: Infolink Publishing Ltd.

Other Publications

  • Tang, G., & Kwok, B. (2022). Does the design of pictorial warnings matter? A report on the effectiveness of pictorial warnings on cigarette package. Hong Kong: Centre for Public Policy Research, The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong; Information Design Lab, School of Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
  • Hung, E. P. W., Tang, G., & Au-Yeung, C. H. K. (2019). The situation of women in the business sector 2019: Research report (2019年工商界婦女在社會及家庭角色:專題研究報告). Hong Kong: The Chinese Manufacturer’s Association of Hong Kong.
  • Tang, G. and Yuen, R. (2015). Social Innovation in the District Council: Research Report (香港區議會社會創新指標研究計劃:研究報告). Hong Kong: Roundtable Community.
  • Tang, G. (2014). Online media: The growing arena of public opinion in Hong Kong. Asian Politics & Policy, 6(1), 155-158. https://doi.org/10.1111/aspp.12093

Selected Presentations

  • Tang, G., Yuen, S. and Leung, D. K. K. (2023), “After State Repression: The Mediating Effect of Perceived Fairness of the Judiciary on Dutiful Citizenship.” American Sociological Association 118th Annual Conference, Philadelphia, USA, August 17-21.
  • Tang, G. and Tse, H. (2023), “Duty or Choice? Comparing Citizenship Norms between Chinese Immigrants and Locally Bred Hong Kong Citizen.” Society for Hong Kong Studies Annual Conference, Hong Kong, June 16-17.
  • Tang, G. (2020), “Rumour-Mediated Radicalization: Circulation of Rumour on Telegram and LIHKG and Its Role in Sustaining Radical Protests.” International Communication Association the 70th Annual Conference, May 20-27. (virtual conference)
  • Tang, G. and Chung, H. F. (2019), “Impact of Perceived Consequence of Social Movement on Political Efficacy and Change in Political Participation.” American Sociological Association 114th Annual Conference, New York City, USA, August 10-13.
  • Tang, G. and Lee, F. L. F. (2017), “Predicting Electoral Performance by Candidates’ Facebook Fan Page: Evidence from Hong Kong Legislative Council Election 2016.” International Communication Association 67th Annual Conference, San Diego, USA, May 25-29.