About Katherine

Katherine Chen is Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics and Director of the English Language Center, University of Macau.

She holds a BA (Hons) and MPhil from the University of Hong Kong, and an MA and PhD from the University of Michigan.

Emails: khychen at um.edu.mo or khychen at gmail.com

Some papers are available for download at Academia.edu


© 2019 Katherine Chen


I see language as a window to the understanding of human social relationships. My specialities in ethnography, conversation and discourse analysis give me insight into researching language in social context in Asia. My research has focused primarily on transnationalism, identities and ideologies in these contexts:

Photo of three generations of women in my family in Indonesia and Singapore retaining the Baba-Nyonya (峇峇娘惹) cultural tradition wearing both cheongsam and Nyonya attire.