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[Media] Dr. Leo Shin spoke to the South China Morning Post on the launch of the Hong Kong Studies Initiative

May 19, 2017

"In Vancouver’s ‘Cantosphere,’ a sense of responsibility and an identity under siege—Artists and academics in Vancouver are carving out a space to examine both the fate of Hong Kong and the diaspora identity"


[CFA] Graduate Research Fellowship for Fieldwork in/related to Asia

May 11, 2017

The IAR is pleased to offer one-time fellowships to graduate students who need to travel to Asia (or significant research collections) for their PhD or MA research theses or to present papers at conferences (following acceptance). Fellowships will be in the range of $500–$3000 per student. *** deadline: May 17 ***


[Webcast] Video of “Hong Kong: 20 Years After—A Symposium” is now available

May 8, 2017

Relive the launch of the UBC Hong Kong Studies Initiative!


[Community] Dr. Miu Chung Yan of the School of Social Work urges all to vote in the upcoming election

May 3, 2017

In a video public service announcement (in Cantonese), Dr. Miu Chung Yan, a HKSI Associate, urges all to vote in the upcoming provincial election.


[Associates] Dr. Shannon Walsh of the Department of Theatre and Film selected as a Wall Scholar

April 29, 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Shannon Walsh, a HKSI Associate, on being selected as a 2017–2018 Wall Scholar of the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies.


[Media] News coverage of “Hong Kong: 20 Years After” and associated events

April 28, 2017

Links to media coverage of the symposium on "Hong Kong: 20 Years After" and associated events.


[Publications] Op-ed by Dr. Leo Shin on the selection of Carrie Lam as the next chief executive

April 24, 2017

Can Carrie Lam heal a deeply divided Hong Kong?


[Associates] Geographer Dr. David Ley retires after 45 years at UBC

April 21, 2017

"For more than 40 years, geographer David Ley has studied the Vancouver housing market, giving him a priceless academic perspective on the city’s struggle with now-epic unaffordability."


[CFP] Hong Kong Keywords: A Workshop (24 June 2017)

April 20, 2017

Initiated for postgraduate students, a single day bilingual workshop on "Keywords: Rethinking Hong Kong Cultures" will be held at the University of Hong Kong. Each participant will present his/her selected keyword related to Hong Kong cultures in Cantonese and/or English. **Abstract due: 15 May 2017**


[Publications] The “National Question” and the Stories of Hong Kong—by Dr. Leo Shin

April 13, 2017

Recent debates concerning whether the people of Hong Kong constitute a “nation” or man zuk (Mandarin: min zu) have injected much heat and passion to the on-going political struggles in the former British colony. Yet, even among the political and intellectual elites, few in the territory have embraced the notion of a “Hong Kong nation.” The reasons for this are many. One has to do with the ambiguities and tensions embedded in the notion of man zuk. Another has to do with the primary identification by many in the territory with the “Chinese nation.” But, above all, the reason seems to be that “nation-building” has, at least until recently, not been part of the story about Hong Kong.