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Xiao Ma

Educational and Research Staff Member

X. Ma MA
+31 71 527 2171

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Fields of interest

  • Foreigners in China
  • Migration from South Korea
  • Education and Mobility


PhD research

Education, Mobility and Nationalism of South Korean families in Beijing

My PhD project explores how middle class migrants from South Korea in China manage education for their pre-college children and plan the relocation of family remembers tactically, so as to reproduce social status and pursue upward mobility back in the globalizing and transforming Korean society.

PhD supervision: prof.dr. Frank Pieke, dr. Koen De Ceuster.



Sep 2009- Jul 2011, M.A. in Sociology, Department of Humanities and Development Studies, China Agricultural University, China
Sep 2005- Jul 2009, B.A. in Social Work, Department of Humanities and Social Science, Dalian Maritime University, China

Conferences and Presentations
Oct 2012, European Science Foundation (ESF) Exploratory Workshop on“ Immigrant China”, Presented Paper “Community, Network and the State: South Korea Town in China”, Angers, France.

Sep 2012, Bielefeld University International Summer School 2012, “The Transnational Social Question: Implications for Concepts and Methods”, Presented Paper “Formation and Re-construction of Community: Korean migration in China since 1860s”, Bielefeld, Germany.

Aug - Sep 2012, International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) Summer School, “World Wide Asia: Asian Flows, Global Impacts”, Submitted paper “Korean Diaspora, Community and Nationalism”, in Leiden, the Netherlands.

Nov 2011, Leiden University Institute for Area Studies PhD & Postdoc Seminar, Presented paper Koreatown in China: Urban Migrants and the Production of Cultural Interaction. 

Project Participation
Mar 2014 - Mar 2015, Participated Project “Social Position of Foreign Residents in Beijing”, funded by the Vaes-Elias Foundation and the Modern East Asia Research Centre (MEARC), led by Prof. Frank Pieke, Leiden University.

Jul 2010 - Sep 2010, Participated China Agricultural University 985 Project “Re-research on lost-land peasants in four villages in Beijing suburbs”, led by Prof. Rong Zhang, China Agricultural University.

Oct 2010 - Dec 2010, Participatory Research and Study Programme of “the livelihood troubles of villagers and countermeasures in Zhangbei, Hebei Province”, funded by Canadian International Advanced Department.

Dec 2009, Participated Project "The Effect of Financial Crisis on Re-poverty of Farmers", funded by National Ministry of Education, China. 

Mandarin (native), English



Li Qian, Zhang Rong, and Ma Xiao. 2013. Fracture and Reconstruction:
A Study of Lost-land Peasants’ Social Relations in the Process of Citizenization. Journal of Yantai University (Philosophy and Social Science Edition). (4):103-108.

Ma Xiao, Zhang Rong. 2011. Sociological Inquiry into Protection of Agricultural Heritage through the Development of Tourism. Journal of Anhui Agricultural Sciences. (2): 936-938.

Li Shan, Ma Xiao. 2010. Problems of Innovative City Constructions of Dalian and Countermeasures. Journal of Dalian Maritime University (Social Sciences Edition). 9(4): 18-21.

Educational and Research Staff Member

  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
  • Leiden Institute for Area Studies
  • SAS China

Work address

Matthias de Vrieshof
Matthias de Vrieshof 3
2311 BZ Leiden
Room number 0.10



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