Ryan Iu is an M.A. student in the Department of History at UBC. His research focuses on the social history of early colonial Hong Kong, and his thesis is centred on the Governmental Central School (1862–1889), a poly-cultural meeting ground that also served as a social ladder for ambitious Chinese/Eurasian young men. Specifically, he is interested in tracing not only the networks and partnerships formed among its alumni but also the business and political connections between graduates of the Central School and colonial officials. In so doing, he hopes to advance our understanding of the structure of power of early colonial Hong Kong.  

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Ryan received his B.A. in History from UBC in 2019. He has worked as a research assistant at the University of Victoria as well as the Hong Kong Baptist University. 

Ryan loves to watch movies, visit museums, and discuss history with friends in his spare time.