Pengfei Li received his Ph.D. in Environmental Psychology from The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY). He has been teaching "Social Science Methods," "Urban History," and "Urban Politics" since 2011 in the CUNY system. From 2014 to 2015, Pengfei was a visiting scholar in the Department of Urban Construction at Beijing City University, where he was teaching "The History of Cities" and "Urban Planning." He graduated from Wuhan University with a BA in Philosophy. He then conducted research in Ethics at the University of Notre Dame in 2008. At present, his research project focuses on Beijing’s suburbanization, specifically on how the newly built suburban community and the suburban development process influence suburbanites’ daily lives. His writings on urban planning and philosophy have been widely published in the US and in China, including a comment letter “The housing glut in China” in The New York Times on April 6th, 2015, “The identity of Chinese public space from ancient times to contemporary Society: The sociology of public behaviors” in The Journal of the Scientific Society, and “Production, governance, and lived experience in suburbia” in The People, Place, and Space Reader.
Ian Fong is a scholar dedicated to writing in a way to break the boundaries between the ivory tower and the general public, between art and scholarship, between high and low. Ian received his Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of Hong Kong in 2007 and worked as a lecturer for various institutes in Hong Kong. He is now working on a research project on walking in city, focusing on the visual and literary representations of Shanghai, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Beijing. As a native Hongkonger, his existing research project addresses his academic interest in they hybrid nature of Hong Kong along with his love of the city.
Originally from Macau, Adelina has lived and studied architecture in different parts of the world before settling in Hong Kong to pursue a career in architectural conservation in practice and research. She received her BA in Architecture from the University of Berkeley and has recently completely her MA at the University of Hong Kong. This architectural perspective allows her to add an additional layer to the Hong Kong that she describes during her walking tours. She takes pride and pleasure in discovering off beat areas and perceiving the city through both her lens and that of her clients. She is also a self-proclaimed milk tea and egg tarts connoisseur who is fascinated by the mystical charm of everyday Hong Kong.