Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

Cheng, YE  (accepted) Educational friction: embodied experiences of im/mobilities among Singaporean private degree students. Journal of Intercultural Studies.

Cheng, YE (2018) Liberal arts educated citizen: experimentation, subjectification, and ambiguous contours of youth citizenship. Area. Early view:

Cheng, YE (2018) Educated non-elites’ pathways to cosmopolitanism: the case of private degree students in Singapore, Social & Cultural Geography, 19, 2, 151-170.

Danicar, M.; Yeoh, BSA and Cheng, YE (2017) Crossing borders of state and religious power: reproductive mobilities in Singapore. Asia Pacific Viewpoint, 58, 2, 203-215.

Cheng, YE (2016) Critical geographies of education beyond ‘value’: moral sentiments, caring, and a politics for acting differently, Antipode, 48, 4, 919-936.

Cheng, YE (2016) Learning in neoliberal times: private degree students and the politics of value coding in Singapore, Environment and Planning A, 48, 2, 292-308.

Cheng, YE (2015) Biopolitical geographies of student life: private higher education and citizenship life-making in Singapore, Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 105, 5, 1078-1093.

Cheng, YE; Yeoh, BSA and Zhang, J (2015) Still ‘breadwinners’ and ‘providers’: Singaporean husbands, money, and masculinity in transnational marriagesGender, Place & Culture, 22, 6, 867-883.

Cheng, YE (2014) Time protagonists: student migrants, practices of time, and cultural construction of the Singapore-educated personSocial & Cultural Geography, 15, 4, 385-405.

Cheng, YE (2014) Telling stories of the city: walking ethnography, mobile encounters, and affective materialitiesSpace and Culture, 17, 3, 211-223. 

Yeoh, BSA; Chee, HL; Vu, TKD and Cheng, YE (2013) Between two families: the social meaning of remittances for Vietnamese marriage migrants in SingaporeGlobal Networks, 13, 4, 441-458.

Cheng, YE (2012) Transnational masculinities in situ: Singaporean husbands and their international marriage experiences, Area, 44, 1, 76-82.

Chapters in Books/Edited Volumes

9789811301933 Yang, PD and Cheng, YE (2018) Educational mobility and transnationalization, in Gleason, N. (ed) Higher Education in the Era of Fourth Industrial Revolution. Singapore: Palgrave. [open access]
Image result for Labouring and Learning,Geographies of Children and Young People Cheng, YE (2016) Learning to labour in Singapore: cultural politics of education and human capital formation, in  Tatek, A. and Waters, J. (eds) Labouring and Learning, Vol. 10 of Skelton, T. (ed) Geographies of Children and Young People, Singapore, Springer.
Image result for handbook of gender and development Yeoh, BSA; Huang, S and Cheng, YE (2015) Transnational domestic work and the politics of development, in Coles, A.; Gray, L. and Momsen, J. (eds) The Routledge Handbook of Gender and Development, London, Routledge, pp. 298-308.
48910414-81b6-4167-ab18-8c407ce83e2c_1.495f3f76ba9395bcf07f41b28b0cf62c.jpg Yeoh, BSA and Cheng, YE (2013) Singapore: from post-colonial plural society to globalizing city-state, in P. Spoonley and E. Tolley (eds) Diverse Nations, Diverse Responses: Approaches to Social Cohesion in Immigrant Societies, Canada, McGill-Queen’s University Press, pp. 193-214.
Image result for Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration Yeoh, BSA and Cheng, YE (2013) Family migration, in I. Ness and P. Bellwood (eds) Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration, US, Wiley-Blackwell.

Book Reviews

Cheng, YE (2018) Passing through Shanghai: ethnographic insights into the mobile lives of expatriate youths, By Marie Sander, Reviewed in Children’s Geographies, 16, 2, 220-221.

Cheng, YE (2014) Geographies of alternative education: diverse learning spaces for children and young people, By Peter Kraftl, Reviewed in Children’s Geographies, 12, 3, 369-370.

Cheng, YE (2011) Translocal geographies: spaces, places, connections – By Katherine Brickell and Ayona Datta, Reviewed in Localities, 1, 261-266.


Cheng, YE (2017) Is private higher education in Singapore a ‘second chance’ option? Channel News Asia. 17 September.

Manuscripts in Progress

Introduction: “Aspiring mobiles”: youth im/mobilities in the Asia-Pacific (with Shanthi Robertson and Brenda Yeoh). Editorial work for Special Issue in Journal of Intercultural Studies. (proposal accepted)

Introduction: Theorizing citizenship in higher education: students as agents of change? (with Mark Holton). Editorial work for Special Issue in Area. (proposal accepted)

Teen lives in Singapore (with Jared Wong). Chapter prepared for ‘Encyclopedia of Teen Lives (ed) K. Wells.

Ethical citizenships crossing ‘campus’ and the ‘urban’: young people negotiating the contours of citizenship and politics. Paper prepared for ‘Youth Politics in Urban Asia’ session at RGS-IBG Conference 2018.

Liberal arts education travels to Asia: transnational education, dissonance, and the ‘new’ educated person (with Jane M. Jacobs)