The Tour Lab: Team Members
Xu Simin, April
Sock Keng CHER
Sock Keng or 'Cher' as he is often affectionately called, holds a Masters in Political Economy from S Rajaratnam School of Public Policy at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.
An avid researcher, Cher collaborates with the Tour Lab in its series of heritage research in Singapore, most recently on Singapore's first public aquarium, the now defunct Van Kleef Aquarium. He is also developing a longer term project on tourism development in Singapore.
The linguistically gifted Cher speaks basic Japanese, Korean and Hokkein, in addition to writing and speaking English and Mandarin.
WANG Jiao (Jessie)
Wang Jiao or Jessie as she likes to be called, is a Research Masters student in the School of Tourism Management at Sun Yat-Sen University in China.
Jessie is interested in the travel experiences of elderly travellers in China. She has also made contributions to gastronomic and cultural tourism consulting the Tour Lab has been involved in since 2021.
Phiyatida Phruttipong (黄美美)
Phiyatida or 'Ji' as she likes to be called, is a Thai member of the team. generally, she is keen to study the formation, operation and implications of Chinese outbound tourism in Thailand. Currently, she is conducting research on the multi-ethnic and historic district of Kudi Chin in Thailand and the enclave's experience and encounter with tourism. She is an undergraduate student in Sun Yat-Sen University's School of Tourism Management.
Li Shougang (李收港)
Li Shougang is a Chinese member of the team. He loves music and is interested in cultural and economic studies of tourism. He is also an undergraduate student at Sun Yat-Sen University's School of Tourism. The picture showed him sitting in the beautiful Yuelu Mountain Scenic Spot in Changsha. He has contributed to gastronomic and cultural tourism consulting the team is involved in in Shizhu County, Southwestern China.
Ting Ting WU (武婷婷)
Ting Ting hails from China's Anhui. She has keen interests in tourism consumption, heritage tourism and spatial design of tourism destinations and will work at developing some of these niches at the Tour Lab. She is an undergraduate student at Sun Yat-Sen University's School of Tourism Management. She has contributed to gastronomic and cultural tourism consulting the team is involved in in Shizhu County, Southwestern China.
Han Yingtong, Alice (韩颖童)
Han Yingtong or Alice as she likes to be called, is one of the Chinese members of the team. She is interested in cultural study of tourism and would like to investigate topics such as heritage tourism and film tourism. As a history and humanities lover, Alice pays close attention to the workings of culture in tourism. She has also made good contributions to gastronomic and cultural tourism consulting the team is involved in in Shizhu County, Southwestern China.
Another member of the team from Singapore, April Xu Simin is trained in Sociology and Economics and has earned a Second-Upper class Honours degree at the National University of Singapore.
A dedicated researcher with interests in the connections between literature, scenes and tourism, she has published on the deployment of the visual in the engagement of societal ideals in bridal photography. At the Tour Lab, she is working on assemblage theory and China's scenic-spot. The picture shows April touring and experiencing China's Guilin, one of the country's premier scenic-spot.
April speaks basic Japanese on top of writing and speaking English and Mandarin.
Chan, S. and Xu, A. S.M. (2007) Wedding Photographs and the Bridal Gaze in Singapore, New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies, 9(2): 87-103.
Tran Le Van ('Van') 陈俪文
Tran Le Van hails from Vietnam and is interested in the Belt-Road dynamics of tourism between Vietnam and China. She also has keen interests in a range of hospitality subjects. Currently, Van is conducting a fascinating study of hostels in Vietnam's scenic Dalat region and its experience with the viral pandemic. 'Van', as she likes to be called, is also an undergraduate student at Sun Yat-Sen University's School of Tourism. The picture showed Van standing in front of Guangzhou's iconic Canton Tower.
Raymond He (何睿)
Raymond hails from Guangdong Shaoxing. He is well-versed in Chinese culture and history and is keen to investigate a range of topics including cultural tourism, historic hotels, dark tourism and music events and tourism. An accomplished musician and band member, Raymond is familiar with the Chinese music and band scene as well. He has also made contributions to gastronomic and cultural tourism consulting the team is involved in in Shizhu County, Southwestern China.
Pyae Pyae Phyo (黄正敏)
Pyae Pyae or Zhengming joined us from neighbouring Myanmar. At the Tour Lab, she is examining the phenomena of cross-border tourism between Myanmar and China. Specifically, she is working on a visual analysis of the Thingyan (or Water Festival) as it is celebrated and performed in China and Myanmar. She is an undergraduate at Sun Yat-Sen University's School of Tourism Management.
Panida Sirisuwattrakul (Bell) 林淑清
Panida, or 'Bell' as she likes to be called, is one of the Thai members of the team. She has good knowledge of Thai tourism and hospitality and of the Southern Chinese city of Zhuhai. In the Tour Lab, Bell is looking at and examining tourism and hospitality relations between Thailand and Southern China. Specifically, she is currently examining the educational and career aspirations of international students (tourism and hotel specialisations) of Chinese universities and the effects of the viral pandemic. She is an undergraduate student in Sun Yat-Sen University's School of Tourism Management. The picture showed Bell standing in the peaceful and serene rural Thai landscape.
Lu Xiaohan, Christina(卢晓涵)
Xiaohan Lu (Christina) is an undergraduate student in Sun Yat-Sen University's School of Tourism Management. She hails from Shantou, a small coastal city of Guangdong famed for fresh seafood and beef hotpot. Influenced by learning experiences in her Hotel Management Major and her passion for traveling, she has broad interest in studying cultural tourism, theme parks and tourism destination image. She likes making friends with people from different cultural backgrounds as it enables her to learn new things from others and become open-minded to different ideas. In her spare time, she likes undertakes sporting activities such as swimming, running and dancing.
Subinur hails from China's ethnic minority region of Xinjiang. Her familiarity with China's cold Northwest equipped her with good knowledge of snow and ice-based tourism. In addition, she has keen interests in heritage tourism and interactions between tourism, culture and urban governance. Currently an undergraduate student in Sun-Yat-sen University’s School of Tourism, Subinur looks forward to undertaking research in her areas of interest.