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Upcoming seminar: “The Evolution of Triad Societies in Contemporary China”

The Crime and Justice Research Centre is hosting an upcoming seminar on “The Evolution of Triad Societies in Contemporary China” with guest presenter Professor T. Wing Lo from City University of Hong Kong.

Date: Thursday 9 March 2017
When: 3:30-5:00pm (afternoon tea provided)
Venue: C412, Level 4, C Block, QUT Gardens Point Campus, 2 George St, Brisbane

Presentation Abstract: A triad society is a well-established, cohesive branch of Chinese criminal organizations focally aimed at monetary gain. After Hong Kong returned to China in 1997, a process of mainlandization of triad activities has occurred. Consequently, triad societies have changed from a rigid territorial-based and cohesive structure to a greater reliance on flexible and instrumental social networks. They are entrepreneurially oriented and involved in a wide range of licit and illicit businesses based in Hong Kong, which have spread to mainland China. The presentation will highlight:

  • The similarity and differences in the structure and subculture of three major triad societies: 14K, Wo Shing Wo, and Sun Yee On
  • The role of triad societies in political activities
  • The role of triads role in Chinese globalization

About the speaker: Professor T Wing Lo is Head and Professor at the Department of Applied Social Sciences, City University of Hong Kong (CityU). He obtained his MPhil (Criminology) from the University of Hull and PhD (criminology) from the University of Cambridge. Before joining the academia, he had been an outreach social worker for 17 years, where he worked with youth gangs and triad societies. Being a renowned triad expert, he has been frequently invited to give conference speeches and conduct workshops in triad-related issues. In 2010, he addressed the United Nations delegates attending the Palermo Convention on Organized Crime. In 2015, he addressed officials and foreign affairs officers of the US Department of Defence. Being a member of International Advisory Board or Editorial Board of journals and publishers, including the British Journal of Criminology, he has authored and edited numerous books, book chapters, refereed journal papers and policy reports for the governments of Hong Kong, Macau and Singapore.

To register for this event, please RSVP to with your full name and any dietary requirements by Monday 6 March 2017.

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