Recent Publications

Excellent interview with friends of HKSI Drs. Betsy and Graham Johnson on their new book on Tsuen Wan (

Congratulations to HKSI Associate Dr. Miu Chung Yan of the School of Social Work on the publication of his latest journal article.

Special congratulations to HKSI Associate and Lecturer of Cantonese Raymond Pai on the publication of his chapter in Cantonese as a Second Language: Issues, Experiences and Suggestions for Teaching and Learning (Routledge, 2019).

Divine Threads examines the high stakes surrounding Cantonese opera heritage today, especially in regard to historic collections housed in museums around the world. Today, one of the most complete and well-preserved collections of early Cantonese opera, including some 800 objects, is held at MOA. Divine Threads shines a light on the visual and material culture of Cantonese opera as a treasure trove of sacred and auspicious images, stories, songs, and rituals. In tracing these connections, author April Liu analyzes the politics of memory surrounding historic opera troupes and the material traces they left behind.

Congratulations to HKSI Associate Dr. Clement Tong on the publication of his latest article.

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.

Congratulations to Prof. Glen Peterson of the History department on the publication of his chapter, "Crisis and Opportunity: The Work of Aid Refugee Chinese Intellectuals (ARCI) in Hong Kong and Beyond," in Hong Kong in the Cold War, ed. Priscilla Roberts and John M. Carroll (Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2016).