Jeffrey Chih-yu Twu

Jeffrey Chih-yu Twu

Dissertation Review Committee

Research Interest

Research Sub-interest

Borders and Boundaries, Infrastructure, Nationalism, Territories and Identities, Political Ecology


South China; Hong Kong


Jeffrey Chih-yu Twu is a PhD candidate at the Department of Anthropology, where he researches border conflicts and nationalist movements in contemporary Hong Kong. His dissertation looks at the history of border transformations on the ground, especially in relation to changes in ecological, human, and political landscapes across Hong Kong’s riverine boundary with China. Paying close attention to escalating turmoil between China and its former British enclave, Jeffrey tries to interpret alternating spurts of optimism and resignation that dominate the Hong Kong society today. These debates on the Special Administrative Region’s future autonomy and identity, Jeffrey argues in his dissertation, may be more fruitfully understood in relation to the outsized role played by Hong Kong’s narrow frontier with China. An ethnography of “fictional” state boundary lines and their tangible ramifications, Jeffrey’s dissertation investigates how emerging narratives of Hong Kong nationalism/nativism on the ground must rely on – and give shape to – cartographic inventions inscribed from above.


Columbia University, MPhil in Anthropology, 2015
Columbia University, MA in Anthropology, 2014
National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan, BA in Foreign Languages and Literatures, 2007