Doing Hong Kong History: New Generation, New Direction

Doing Hong Kong History digital flyer

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Online Event

Co-sponsors: UCLA Asian Pacific Center, UCLA Center for Chinese Studies, UC Davis East Asian Studies, UCI Center for Asian Studies, UCSD International Institute, Pomona College Asian Studies, Pomona College History Department

About the Event:

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Hosted by Angelina Chin, historians Florence Mok, Gary Luk, and Vivian Kong will discuss their research projects on Hong Kong history, each of their challenges and significance, as well as future visions.

This event is organized and hosted by Global Hong Kong Studies at University of California.





About the Host

Angelina Chin

Associate Professor, Chair of History, Pomona College

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Angelina Chin’s teaching and research focus on colonialism, diaspora and feminism in modern East Asia. Her research interests revolve around transformations of urban identity and citizenship, as well as transregional connections in Hong Kong, Taiwan and South China.

Her 2012 book Bound to Emancipate: Working Women and Urban Citizenship in Early Twentieth-Century China and Hong Kong, explored the concept of “women’s emancipation” in South China and the new concerns about such issues as identity, consumption, governance and mobility that the process helped to trigger. She is currently working on a project on postcolonial memory and diasporic nostalgia of Chinese refugees from the 1940s to the 1970s.

About the Speakers

Florence Mok

Assistant Professor of History, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Florence Mok

Florence Mok is a Nanyang Assistant Professor of History at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She is

a historian of colonial Hong Kong and modern China, with an interest in environmental history, the Cold War and state-society relations. She completed her PhD in History at the University of York in 2019. Her doctoral research examined governance and political culture in the 1970s Hong Kong. Florence is one of the founders of the Hong Kong Research Hub (HKRH) at NTU and an Executive Board member of the Society for Hong Kong Studies (SHKS) . She is currently working with Manchester University Press to turn her thesis into a monograph named Covert Colonialism: Governance, Surveillance and Political Culture in British Hong Kong, c. 1966-97. She is also the Series Editor of the 'Cold War in Asia' book series in Amsterdam University Press.

Gary Chi-hung Luk

Gary Luk

Assistant Professor of History, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Gary Luk is a historian of Hong Kong, late imperial and modern China, and the Asian maritime world. His thematic interests include frontiers and borderlands, empires and colonialism, race and ethnicity, and the Chinese diaspora. He is completing a monograph that employs the analytical frameworks of “frontier” and “borderland” to reinterpret the nature of the Opium War (1839-1842) and its significance in Qing frontier history, British imperial and colonial history, and Asian maritime history. He is developing a research project on the making of littoral space and people in nineteenth-century Hong Kong, and another one on the political-cultural representations of the Dan as a littoral “nationality” in twentieth-century China. His future research directions include the Opium War in the Jiangnan region and the Chinese in the Canadian Prairies.

Vivian Kong

vivian kong

Lecturer, Modern Chinese History, University of Bristol

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Vivian Kong received her BA and MPhil from the University of Hong Kong, and completed her PhD at Bristol in 2019. Since her PhD she has worked closely with the Hong Kong History Project at Bristol, and is now the founding co-director of the University’s Hong Kong History Centre. Her research to-date has focused on Hong Kong and its transnational connections, and she has published on migration, identities, and civil society in interwar Hong Kong. She has recently completed her first book, Multiracial Britishness: Global Networks in Hong Kong 1910-45 (forthcoming with Cambridge University Press).

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