Ho, Sik-ying Petula

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Petula Ho
Petula Ho Sik -ying

A scholar whose research work focuses on issues of gender and sexuality, Petula Sik Ying Ho teaches at the University of Hong Kong’s Department of Social Work and Administration. She obtained her B.Soc.Sc.,. and M. Soc. Sc., Phil. from the University of Hong Kong, while she studied for her doctorate degree at the University of Essex. In recent years, Ho has expanded upon her academic work by branching into documentary filmmaking to explore the integration of arts and scholarship. Beginning in 2007, she has made several series of short films, based on interviews with individuals from various sectors of society. These include 22 Springs, The Invincible (2008-2009); Whatever Will Be, Will Be: Mothers Daughters of Hong Kong (2010-2011), , Hong Kong Calling Tokyo (2011-2013), and The “Kong-lo” Chronicles (2010-2014).


Feature Films:

RoleTitle (English)Title (Chinese)Year
Director  Hong Kong calling Tokyo:2011-2013
The Fairy Spa – Physical and Spiritual Beauty神仙水療:身心靈美容院
Cosmopolitan Japanese Women – educated in France, Australia, UK, US (Trailer)日本的大都會女性:在法國、澳洲、英國、美國留學的她們
Art in the Blood – Opera singers & Jazz dancers骨子裡的藝術:歌劇與爵士舞的她們
Japanese Women with Alternative Sexualities另類性/別的她們
Three wishes of Rose (Trailer)玫瑰三願
DirectorCross Border Men2010-2011
The prince and the pauper (Trailer)山寨王子
Love and punish – A father-daughter dialogue (Trailer)愛與罰: 父女心經
DirectorWhatever will be will be: Mother Daughters of Hong Kong:2010-2011
Love and punish (Trailer)愛與罰
I love Tin Shui Wai (Trailer)我愛天水圍
New women (Trailer)新女性
Twins Café (Trailer)雙生茶檔
The making of an iron man (Trailer)鐵人前傳
The cancer alliance (Trailer)癌之聯盟
An athlete and her mother (Trailer)欖球媽媽
A family Sonata Part 2家之奏鳴曲
Transpacific Mother Part 2太空媽打
Love endures all things Part 2愛是恆久忍耐
Jolene and Mrs. Mok – abMother Part 2愛媽媽悲媽媽
Miss Chung and Mrs. Chung – abMother Part 2愛媽媽悲媽媽
Director22 Springs : The Invincible(4 DVDs with 30 short films):香港廿二春:師奶列傳2007
Prologue (Trailer)N/A
Marriage as a package tour (Trailer)我跟團 我唔跟團
Ugly Betty (Trailer)闖世界
Betty in Paris Betty (Trailer)闖巴黎之時裝治單思
Betty in Italy Betty (Trailer)闖米蘭之全院滿座
The comfort of strangers (Trailer)陌路同情
Conference as feminist ethnography點止開會咁簡單
Good morning, class! (Trailer)老師早晨
Gateway 57因緣57
Love endures all things (Trailer)愛是恆久忍耐
Daughters Work, Sons Study (Trailer)同一生產線上
Giving is better than receiving (Trailer)施比受更為有福
I do not need 3 wishes (Trailer)玫瑰不要三願
Has your heart been touched? (Trailer)心動
What do I know of those? (Trailer)教我如何面對它?
Trigger finger (Trailer)彈弓手
Of women, dogs and ai (love) (Trailer)師奶俠侶
Ending on a happy note (Trailer)幸福休止符
Waiting to die (Trailer)生難死不難
Hello Mimi (Trailer)N/A
Forever sexy, forever slim (Trailer)索靚瘦
A happy couple who will not get married (Trailer)而家幾好
abMother (Trailer)愛媽媽悲媽媽
My daughter is an artist (Trailer)原來我女兒是梵古
My son, not my son (Trailer)那人那女那狗
Love in a dream (Trailer)愛夢呢喃
Transpacific Mother (Trailer)太空媽打
A family sonata (Trailer)家之奏鳴曲
Virgin Mary (Trailer)萬福瑪利亞
24 (Trailer)24



Aura – Petula Ho Sik Ying: “I Choose to Live a Life at The Margin”
SCMP – Tackling the taboos of sex and desire in Hong Kong
SCMP – When signing petitions is no longer enough
HKU Bulletin: Sex With Chinese Characteristics

Daisy’s Digital Anthology – ã€Œç‚ºreview自己前半生,你可以去到幾盡?」讀《我係何式凝,今年五十五歲》


Personal website: http://sikyingho.socialwork.hku.hk/


Books by Petula Ho:

Ho, Petula Sik Ying. Sex and Desire in Hong Kong. Ed. Tsang, Adolf Ka Tat. Hong Kong: Hong Kong : Hong Kong University Press, 2012. Print.

Journal articles by Petula Ho:

Ho, Petula. “Eternal Mothers or Flexible Housewives? Middle-Aged Chinese Married Women in Hong Kong.” Sex Roles 57.3 (2007): 249-65. Print.

Jackson, Stevi, Petula Sik Ying Ho, and Jin Nye Na. “Reshaping Tradition? Women Negotiating the Boundaries of Tradition and Modernity in Hong Kong and British Families.” Sociological Review 61.4 (2013): 667-87. Print.

Ho, Petula. “Researching with a Broken Arm: Finding Sisterhood in Injury.” Sexualities 16.1 (January 2013): 78-93.

Ho, Petula and Ding Yu. “Beyond Sex Work in the Pearl River Delta: Accumulating Sexual Capital as a Life Advancement Strategy.” Sexualities 16.1 (January 2013): 43-60.

(With Wong, A.) The Ethics and Poetics of Package Tour – Marriage in Hong Kong Unpacked. Sexualities

(With Yan, E.) Defining Sexuality: Older Men and Women Looking Back on their Sexual Experiences. Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy

Politics of Iconogenesis. Asian Journal of Women’s Studies (in press)

Hong Kong men’s stories of intra-national cross border romances. Asian Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development(Accepted for Publication)

(With Zhang, H.P., & Yip, P) Does similarity breed marital and sexual satisfaction? Journal of Sex Research(Accepted for Publication)

(With Pei, Y. X) Gender, self and pleasure: The analysis of young women’s discourse on masturbation in contemporary Shanghai. Culture, Health and Sexuality. 11(5), 515-528.

Not So Great Expectations: Sex and Housewives in Hong Kong. Journal of Sex Research, 45(4), 338-349.

Squaring the ‘charmed’ circle: Normality and happiness of married women in Hong Kong. Asian Journal of Women Studies, 14 (2), 30-58.

豁出高潮:香港師奶情慾再表述 [Re-visiting Orgasm And Desire: The Representations of Sinai’s In Hong Kong] 日本情色:華人慾望-媒介擬想 [Envisage: A Journal Book of Chinese Media Studies], 5, 83-106.

Eternal mothers or flexible housewives: Middle-aged Chinese married women in Hong Kong. Sex Roles: A Journal of Sex Research: 57, 249-265.

Desperate housewives – The case of “Si-nai” in Hong Kong. Affilia, Journal of Women and Social Work: 22 (3), 255-270.

(with Tsang, A. K. T) Lost in translation: Sex & sexuality in elite discourse and everyday language. Sexualities, 10 (5), 623-644.

(with Wang, X. Y.) Violence and desire in Beijing: A young Chinese woman’s strategies of resistance in incest and dating relationships. Violence Against Women, 13(12), 1319-1338.

Money in the private chamber – Hong Kong Chinese women’s way of planning for their retirement. Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work, 22, 84-98.

(with Wang, X. Y.) My sassy girl: Women’s aggression in dating relationships in Beijing. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 22, 623-638.

(with Pei, Y. X., & Ng, M. L.) Studies on women’s sexuality in China since 1980 – A critical review. Journal of Sex Research. 44 (2), 1-11.

(with Wu, W., Fore, S., & Wang, X.) Beyond virtual carnival and masquerade: In-game marriage on the Chinese Internet. Games and Culture, 2(1), 59-89.

The (charmed) circle game: Reflections on sexual hierarchy through multiple sexual relationships. Sexualities, 9(5), 549-566.

(with Pei, Y. X.) Iron girls, strong women, beautiful women writers and super girls: A discourse analysis of the gender performance of women in contemporary China. Lilith: A Feminist History Journal, 15, 61-71.

(with Tsang, A. K. T.) Beyond the vagina-clitoris debate: From naming the sex organ to the reclaiming of the body. Women’s Studies International Forum, 28, 523-534.

(with Wong, D. H. W., Cheng, S. L., & Pei, Y. X.) The real deal or no big deal – Chinese women in Hong Kong and the orgasmic experience. Issues in Contemporary Culture and Aesthetics, 1, 177-187.

(with Tsang, A. K. T.) The things girls’ shouldn’t see: Relocating the penis in sex education in Hong Kong. Sex Education, 2(1), 61-73.

(with Tsang, A. K. T.) Social work doctoral education in Hong Kong – A post-colonial snapshot. Journal of International and Comparative Social Welfare, XVIII (1&2), 113-122.

Breaking down or breaking through: An alternative way to understand depression among women in Hong Kong. The Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work, 10(3), 89-106.

(with Chan, C., & Chow, E.) A Body-Mind-Spirit model in health: An Eastern approach. Social Work in Health Care, 34(3/4), 261-282.

(with Tsang, A. K. T.) Negotiating anal intercourse in inter-racial gay relationships in Hong Kong. Sexualities, 3(3), 299-323.

Developing a social constructionist therapy approach in working with gay men and their families in Hong Kong. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, 9(4), 69-97.

Male homosexual identity in Hong Kong: A social construction. Journal of Homosexuality, 29(1), 71-88.

(with Ma, J., & Cheung, L.) Integration of adult learning theory with social skills training in field instruction. Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work, 1(1), 59-70.