Maurice Poon

School of Social Work

Associate Professor
Undergraduate Program Director

Office: S878 Ross Building
Phone: 416-736-2100 Ext: 20521
Emailmklpoon@yorku.ca

Maurice Kwong-Lai Poon is an associate professor in the School of Social Work at York University and Co-chair of the Advisory Research Committee at Asian Community AIDS Services. His current research focuses on gay Asian diasporic identities and politics, the social construction of violence in gay intimate relationships, and HIV/AIDS issues related to Asian men who have sex with men. He is active in the development of human services for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered Asian community in Toronto.

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Degrees

Ph.D. in Social Work, University of Toronto, Toronto
MSW, Carleton University, Ottawa
BSW, Ryerson University, Toronto
Social Service Worker Diploma , Seneca College, Toronto


Research Interests

Social Work , Sexuality , Race & Ethnicity, Social Justice, HIV/AIDS

All Publications

Book Chapters

Poon, M. K. L. (2011) . Beyond good and evil: The social construction of violence in intimate gay relationships. In J. Ristock (Ed.), Intimate partner violence in LGBTQ lives (pp. 102-130). New York: Routledge.

Journal Articles

Poon, M. K. L., Li, A. T. W., Wong, J. P. H., & Wong, C. (2017) . Queer-friendly nation? The experience of Chinese gay immigrants in Canada. China Journal of Social Work, 10 (1): 23-38.

Wong, J. P. H., & Poon, M. K. L. (2013) . Challenging homophobia and heterosexism through storytelling and critical dialogue among Hong Kong Chinese immigrant parents in Toronto. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 15 (1): 15-28.

Poon, M. K. L., Wong, J. P. H., Sutdhibhasilp, N., Ho, P. T. T., & Wong, B. (2013) . Sexual practices and sex-seeking behaviours among East and Southeast Asian men who have sex with men in Toronto: Implications for HIV prevention. The Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 22 (2): 77-85.

Wong, J. P. H., Li, A. T. W., Poon, M. K. L., & Fung, K. (2013) . An exploratory study on the mental health of immigrants, refugees and non-status people living with HIV/AIDS. International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care, 9 (3): 122-134.

Poon, M. K. L., Wong, J. P. H., Sutdhibhasilp, N., Ho, P. T. T., & Wong, B. (2012) . Drug use and STI/HIV risk among East and Southest Asian men who have sex with men in Toronto. The Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 21 (3/4): 127-133.

Poon, M. K. L. (2011) . Writing the racialized queer bodies: Race and sexuality in social work. Canadian Social Work Review, 28 (1): 145-150.

Poon, M. K. L., Wong, J. P. H., Sutdhibhasilp, N., Ho, P. T. T., & Wong, B. (2011) . Condom use among East and Southeast Asian men attending a gay bathhouse in Toronto. The Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 20 (3): 67-74.

Poon, M. K. L., Wong, J. P. H., Sutdhibhasilp, N., Ho, P. T. T., & Wong, B. (2011) . HIV and STI testing among East and Southeast Asian men who have sex with men in Toronto. The Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 20 (4): 157-166.

Wong, J. P. H., & Poon, M.K. L. (2010) . Bringing translation out of the shadow: Translation as an issue of methodological significance in cross-cultural qualitative research. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 21 (2): 151-158.

Poon, M. K. L., & Ho, P. T. T. (2008) . Negotiating social stigma among gay Asian men. Sexualities, 11 (1/2): 245-268.

Poon, M. K. L., & Sin, R. (2008) . “Without power analysis, there won’t be equality”: Interrogating the idea of love in Asian/Caucasian gay relationships. Gay & Lesbian Issues and Psychology Review, 4 (3): 198-200.

Poon, M. K. L. (2006) . The discourse of oppression in contemporary gay Asian diasporal literature: Liberation or limitation? Sexuality & Culture, 10 (3): 29-58.

Poon, M. K. L., Ho, P. T. T., Wong, J. P. H., Wong, G., & Lee, R. (2005) . Psychosocial experiences of East and Southeast Asian men who use gay internet chat rooms in Toronto: An implication for HIV/AIDS prevention. Ethnicity & Health, 10 (2): 145-167.

Poon, M. K. L. (2004) . A missing voice: Asians in contemporary gay and lesbian social service literature. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services, 17 (3): 87-106.

Poon, M. K. L., & Ho, P. T. T. (2002) . A qualitative analysis of cultural and social vulnerabilities to HIV infection among gay, lesbian and bisexual Asian youth. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services, 14 (3): 43-78.

Poon, M. K. L., Ho, P. T. T., & Wong, J. P. H. (2001) . Developing a comprehensive AIDS prevention outreach program: A needs assessment survey of MSM of East and Southeast Asian descent who visit bars and/or bathhouses in Toronto. The Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 10 (1&2): 25-39.

Poon, M. K. L. (2000) . Inter-racial same-sex abuse: The vulnerability of gay men of Asian descent in relationships with Caucasian men. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services, 11 (4): 39-67.

Professional Journal Articles

Poon, M. K. L. (2004) . Violence in inter-racial same-sex intimate relationships: Cultural and socio-economic factors associated with the vulnerability of gay Asian men in relationships with Caucasian men. Aware: The Newsletter of the BC Institute against Family Violence, 11 (2): 26-30. Available from http://www.bcifv.org/resources/newsletter/index.shtml

Book Reviews

Kujath, J., & Poon, M. K. L. (2016) . Review of Narrating social work through autoethnography, edited by Stanley L. Witkin. China Journal of Social Work, 9 (2): 178-180.


Maurice Kwong-Lai Poon is an associate professor in the School of Social Work at York University and Co-chair of the Advisory Research Committee at Asian Community AIDS Services. His current research focuses on gay Asian diasporic identities and politics, the social construction of violence in gay intimate relationships, and HIV/AIDS issues related to Asian men who have sex with men. He is active in the development of human services for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered Asian community in Toronto.

Degrees

Ph.D. in Social Work, University of Toronto, Toronto
MSW, Carleton University, Ottawa
BSW, Ryerson University, Toronto
Social Service Worker Diploma , Seneca College, Toronto

Research Interests:

Social Work , Sexuality , Race & Ethnicity, Social Justice, HIV/AIDS

All Publications

Book Chapters

Poon, M. K. L. (2011) . Beyond good and evil: The social construction of violence in intimate gay relationships. In J. Ristock (Ed.), Intimate partner violence in LGBTQ lives (pp. 102-130). New York: Routledge.

Journal Articles

Poon, M. K. L., Li, A. T. W., Wong, J. P. H., & Wong, C. (2017) . Queer-friendly nation? The experience of Chinese gay immigrants in Canada. China Journal of Social Work, 10 (1): 23-38.

Wong, J. P. H., & Poon, M. K. L. (2013) . Challenging homophobia and heterosexism through storytelling and critical dialogue among Hong Kong Chinese immigrant parents in Toronto. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 15 (1): 15-28.

Poon, M. K. L., Wong, J. P. H., Sutdhibhasilp, N., Ho, P. T. T., & Wong, B. (2013) . Sexual practices and sex-seeking behaviours among East and Southeast Asian men who have sex with men in Toronto: Implications for HIV prevention. The Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 22 (2): 77-85.

Wong, J. P. H., Li, A. T. W., Poon, M. K. L., & Fung, K. (2013) . An exploratory study on the mental health of immigrants, refugees and non-status people living with HIV/AIDS. International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care, 9 (3): 122-134.

Poon, M. K. L., Wong, J. P. H., Sutdhibhasilp, N., Ho, P. T. T., & Wong, B. (2012) . Drug use and STI/HIV risk among East and Southest Asian men who have sex with men in Toronto. The Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 21 (3/4): 127-133.

Poon, M. K. L. (2011) . Writing the racialized queer bodies: Race and sexuality in social work. Canadian Social Work Review, 28 (1): 145-150.

Poon, M. K. L., Wong, J. P. H., Sutdhibhasilp, N., Ho, P. T. T., & Wong, B. (2011) . Condom use among East and Southeast Asian men attending a gay bathhouse in Toronto. The Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 20 (3): 67-74.

Poon, M. K. L., Wong, J. P. H., Sutdhibhasilp, N., Ho, P. T. T., & Wong, B. (2011) . HIV and STI testing among East and Southeast Asian men who have sex with men in Toronto. The Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 20 (4): 157-166.

Wong, J. P. H., & Poon, M.K. L. (2010) . Bringing translation out of the shadow: Translation as an issue of methodological significance in cross-cultural qualitative research. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 21 (2): 151-158.

Poon, M. K. L., & Ho, P. T. T. (2008) . Negotiating social stigma among gay Asian men. Sexualities, 11 (1/2): 245-268.

Poon, M. K. L., & Sin, R. (2008) . “Without power analysis, there won’t be equality”: Interrogating the idea of love in Asian/Caucasian gay relationships. Gay & Lesbian Issues and Psychology Review, 4 (3): 198-200.

Poon, M. K. L. (2006) . The discourse of oppression in contemporary gay Asian diasporal literature: Liberation or limitation? Sexuality & Culture, 10 (3): 29-58.

Poon, M. K. L., Ho, P. T. T., Wong, J. P. H., Wong, G., & Lee, R. (2005) . Psychosocial experiences of East and Southeast Asian men who use gay internet chat rooms in Toronto: An implication for HIV/AIDS prevention. Ethnicity & Health, 10 (2): 145-167.

Poon, M. K. L. (2004) . A missing voice: Asians in contemporary gay and lesbian social service literature. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services, 17 (3): 87-106.

Poon, M. K. L., & Ho, P. T. T. (2002) . A qualitative analysis of cultural and social vulnerabilities to HIV infection among gay, lesbian and bisexual Asian youth. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services, 14 (3): 43-78.

Poon, M. K. L., Ho, P. T. T., & Wong, J. P. H. (2001) . Developing a comprehensive AIDS prevention outreach program: A needs assessment survey of MSM of East and Southeast Asian descent who visit bars and/or bathhouses in Toronto. The Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 10 (1&2): 25-39.

Poon, M. K. L. (2000) . Inter-racial same-sex abuse: The vulnerability of gay men of Asian descent in relationships with Caucasian men. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services, 11 (4): 39-67.

Professional Journal Articles

Poon, M. K. L. (2004) . Violence in inter-racial same-sex intimate relationships: Cultural and socio-economic factors associated with the vulnerability of gay Asian men in relationships with Caucasian men. Aware: The Newsletter of the BC Institute against Family Violence, 11 (2): 26-30. Available from http://www.bcifv.org/resources/newsletter/index.shtml

Book Reviews

Kujath, J., & Poon, M. K. L. (2016) . Review of Narrating social work through autoethnography, edited by Stanley L. Witkin. China Journal of Social Work, 9 (2): 178-180.