Zhang Chaoxiong


      PhD in Anthropology, Washington University in St. Louis
      Post-doctoral Fellow, The University of Hong Kong


      Chaoxiong Zhang is a postdoctoral fellow at the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences at The University of Hong Kong. As a cultural anthropologist, she studies illegal drug use, addiction treatment, and public health intervention. In China, drug-related issues have been deeply moralized since the late Qing Dynasty. Her research examines an emerging transition in China’s drug control arena where addiction has been redefined as a kind of chronic brain disease and community-based intervention and treatments have been provided by the Chinese government as alternatives to the highly controversial labor camps/compulsory rehabilitation. She studies how the transition influences the lives of Chinese drug users who are still carrying the historical baggage as national humiliation. In particular, she focuses on the moral experience of drug users in China’s state-run methadone maintenance treatment programs. She is now working on her book manuscript, Inventing a Moralist Self in the People’s War on Drugs: Addiction Treatment Trajectories in Southwest China.


      Room 115, May Hall, The University of Hong Kong
      Tel: (852) 3917-8111
      Fax: (852) 2559-6143


      2020 Chaoxiong Zhang, Priscilla Song, “Translating Guān’ài in the People’s War on Drugs: Enacting Relations of Care in China’s State-Run Methadone Maintenance Treatment Program.East Asian Science, Technology and Society 14 (1): 85–108.

      2016 Ma Yi, Chunhua Du, Thomas Cai, Qingfeng Han, Huanhuan Yuan, Tingyan Luo, Guoliang Ren, Gitau Mburu, Bangyuan Wang, Olga Golichenko, Chaoxiong Zhang* (*Corresponding author). “Barriers to community-based drug dependence treatment: Implications for police roles, collaborations and performance indicators.” Journal of the International AIDS Society 19 (S3): 20879.

      2016 張超雄 Zhang, Chaoxiong. “共有金融:産權、情感和需求共同體: 陝西白水社區發展項目的人類學個案研究” [Common possession finance in Baishui: Property rights, emotion, and commonweath of needs: an anthropological case study of community development programs in Shaanxi province] 開放時代 [Open Times] 2016 (6): 96-106.