Yon Hsu received her Ph.D. in Communication Studies from Concordia University in Montreal in 2003. She completed her Postdoctoral research funded by the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation in 2004 at CCBS. In 2005, Yon was the co-investigator who developed the multidisciplinary approach to the application of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council research workshop on Meditating Acts of Citizenship held in 2006. While currently working as a communication officer in the private sector, she continues to pursue her research interests in the areas of intercultural communication, politics and ethics.
Yon’s first ongoing project involves co-authoring textbook on a sociology of media (contracted to Oxford University Press). This project accentuates socio-political questions, such as democracy, citizenship and national/multiculturalism, in media and communication. By combining a unique access to the manufacturing Industry in China with a strong interest in theories, her second project explores the media representation of Chinese workers in light of Emmanuel Levinas’s work on “face” and ethics.
2008 The Municipal Making of Transnational Networks- A Case Study of Montreal's Twinning with Shanghai. In Pierre Yves Saunier and Shane Ewen (eds).Another Global City: Historical Explorations into the Transnational Municipal Moment: 1850-2000. New York: Palgrave.
2008 Acts of Chinese Citizenship The Tank Man and Democracy-to-Come.” In Engin Isin and Greg Nielsen (eds). Acts of Citisenship. London: Zed.
2002 Public Culture and the Dialogics of Democracy: A Comparison of the Montreal and Toronto Amalgamation Debates. Canadian Review of Urban Studies.Vol.11. Issue 1. pp.111-140. With Greg Nielsen and Louis Jacob.
Visiting Scholar UTMB Health Institute for the Medical Humanities, Galveston, Texas
Ph.D. Dissertation: "Spaces, Places and States of Mind: a pragmatic ethnography of liminal critique", 2013 Concordia University SIP
Concordia University Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Prizes 2014
Distinguished Canadian Dissertation Award in the Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences category 2014