Andrew Yu

Thesis title: The Scottish piping culture in former British colonies in the Far East


I am researching Scottish bagpipe developments and Scottish cultural diaspora in the Far East. I am also a professional bagpiper, have been receiving tuition from Willie McCallum of the National Piping Centre. 


BA (Hons), MScR, PGCert


Responsibilities & affiliations

  • Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society - London, the United Kingdom
  • Member of the British Forum for Ethnomusicology - London, the United Kingdom
  • Member of the Royal Society for Asian Affairs-London, the United Kingdom
  • Member of Society for Hong Kong Studies-Hong Kong

Undergraduate teaching

NIL in 2020

Postgraduate teaching

PGSP11247 - Political Issues in Public Policy  (School of Social and Political Science)

SCAN11027 - People First: The Anthropology of International Development (School of Social and Political Science)

Current project grants

The Overseas Research Scholarship (GBP 46,000), September 2018 - August 2021

Past project grants

Hong Kong Government Scholarship Fund (HKD 50,000), June 2014 - June 2017
The Hong Kong St. Andrew's Society Scholarship (HKD 30,000), September 2018 - January 2020

View all 13 publications on Research Explorer

Papers delivered

  • Yu, A. C. K. & Lai, K. Y. (4 July 2018). Understanding Gender Differences in the relationship between Walkability and Sense of Community for Older People in Hong Kong. Social Work, Education and Social Development 2018, Dublin, Ireland.
  • Lai, K. Y. & Yu, A. C. K. (4 July 2018). Quantity and quality of neighbourhood public open space and the Sense of Community of Chinese older adults in Hong Kong. Social Work, Education and Social Development 2018, Dublin, Ireland.
  • Yu, A. C. K. (10 March 2018). The Scottish Piping Development in Hong Kong. International Bagpipe Conference 2018, Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

In the press


  • Celtic Life International (Canada), Winter Edition 2012, Interview with Andrew Yu
  • South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), 15 January 2012, Hounded from Parks for Playing the Bagpipes
  • Hong Kong Free Press (Hong Kong), 6 August 2020, Academic journal reviewer says Hong Kong should be written as ‘Xianggang’ in row over official name
  • CitizenNews (Hong Kong), 6 August 2020, In defense of “Hong Kong”

Radio programs

  • As a guest host on MyRadio, Common Sense Episode 38, 17 May 2016
  • As a guest host on MyRadio, Common Sense Episode 39, 24 May 2016
  • As a guest host on MyRadio, Common Sense Episode 46, 12 July 2016
  • As a guest host on MyRadio, Common Sense Episode 91, 23 May 2017


  • Made in Scotland - Celtic Connections 2019, 2 February 2019, Glasgow 

  • Beyond the Octave Piping Recital, 4 December 2015, Singapore

  • Fine Piping - Traditional & Crossover, 8 June 2012, Hong Kong

  • Yu, A. C. K. (2021). Review of The Craft: How the Freemasons Made the Modern World. Journal of British Studies, xx(x), in-press.
  • Yu, A. C. K. (2021). The Failure of the Welfare Ideology and System in Hong Kong: A Historical Perspective. Human Affairs, 31(1), in-press.
  • Yu, A. C. K. (2021). Policy process model and the systems model in monarchy: The cases of the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia. Open Political Science, 4(1), in-press.
  • Yu, A. C. K. (2020). Was Governor MacLehose a Great Architect of Modern Hong Kong?. Asian Affairs, 51(3), 485-509.
  • Yu, A. C. K. (2019). Harmony and Discord: Development of Political Parties and Social Fragmentation in Hong Kong, 1980-2017. Open Political Science, 2(1), 53-63.
  • Yu, A. C. K. (2019). The feasibility of the universal retirement protection scheme in Hong Kong. The Asia Pacific Journal of Advanced Business and Social Studies, 5(1), 76-84.
  • Yu, A. C. K. (2018). Piping Development in Hong Kong. International Bagpipe Conference, 4, 22-23.
  • Yu, A. C. K. (2018). State Examination System and Mathematics in the Tang Dynasty. Bulletin of the Chinese Association for the History of Science, 23(1), 8-15.