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SIU Kam Wah

BA, MPhil (History, CUHK), MA (Computer-aided Translation, CUHK), DLitt (History, Kyoto);
Senior Lecturer, Department of History, The Chinese University of Hong Kong


Address: Room 103, Fung King Hey Building, CUHK, NT, Hong Kong
Phone: (852) 3943 7274

I graduated with BA (1993), MPhil (1996), MA (2004) degrees from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and DLitt (2001) from Kyoto University in Japan with the Japanese Government (Monbusho) Scholarship grants (1997-2001). The title of my doctoral dissertation is "Transformation of Luozhou from a Strategic Point into the Political Center in the Early T'ang China." (Written in Japanese: "唐代前期の洛州―軍事的要衝から政治的中心へー"). Since 1993, I have been engaging in research on history and culture of Sui-T'ang China, during which the Chinese imperial model made its first great splash upon the shores of Japan, and subsequently a perceptible East-Asian region was born. Selected as the Harvard-Yenching Visiting Scholar in 2006-07, I conducted research projects on the metropolitan bureaucracy and administration in the T’ang and Five dynasties, history education in East Asia and Christianity in medieval and modern China. Besides, I have also gained insights into the cultural aspects of the Song-Yuan dynasties, the core values of Confucian ethics and advanced historical methods by participating in the related seminars organized by renowned Harvard Faculty members such as Professor Peter K. Bol and Prof Wei-ming Tu.

In recent years, I have been researching the education of history and social studies (liberal studies) especially at secondary level in East Asia. Hence, I have been offering related lectures and talks in some in-service teacher training courses and seminars on history education in addition to the undergraduate and postgraduate courses on Tang-Song China, history education and Japanese sinology at the CUHK. After serving as a part-time translator in the Society of Oriental Researches of Japan (1998 -2000) and part-time lecturers in Japanese language and culture at the Japan Society of Hong Kong and other tertiary institutions, I have been studying further the art of translation in East-Asian languages: Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and English, which enables me to conduct more in-depth research on the East-Asian history.

Research Specializations and Interests

  1. Chinese Historical Geography
  2. Local Bureaucratic System of Tang-Song China
  3. History of Education in East Asia
  4. Translation among the East-Asia Languages
  5. Sino-Japanese Relations
  6. Christianity in China

Research Projects

3.2009-2011 Web-based Learning Programme for the Gifted Students: “The Mainland China’s Reform and Opening-up”(中國改革開放)
Entrusted by Education Bureau, HKSARG. (As facilitator and producer)
1.2007-Now Charles Hartwell(1825-1905)’s Chinese Works on Christian Education in Late Qing
Co-researcher: Rev. Daniel Chan, Pastor of Boston Chinese Evangelical Church
With the support of Harvard-Yenching Library.
8.2006-7.2007 1. Transformation of Bureaucracy and Administration in HenanPrefecture during the T’ang and Five Dynasties(712-959)
2. History Education in East Asia
3. Christian Education in Medieval and Modern China
Selected as 2006-2007 Harvard-Yenching Visiting Scholar and conducted the above research at Harvard-Yenching Institute.
11.2003-12.2003 Inquiry into the 20th Century World History (for In-Service Teacher Training Courses)
HKSAR Government Grant
1.2003-12.2003 Learning and Teaching of S1-3 Chinese History, History and History & Culture (for In-Service Teacher Training Courses (With 1 Year After-Program Support Service))
HKSAR Government Grant
7.2002-6.2004 Learning and Teaching of S1-3 Integrated Humanities (for In-Service Teacher Training Courses (With 2 Year After-Programme Consultation Service))
HKSAR Government Grant

Course Offered

  1. United College General Education course GEU4011 “Senior Seminar”
  2. Transformations in Tang-Song China
  3. History of Imperial Capitals: Chang’an, Luoyang and Kaifeng
  4. History Education in East Asia
  5. Introduction to Japanese Sinology
  6. History and Historian
  7. Tradition and Transformation in Chinese History
  8. Introduction to Transformation in Chinese History
  9. Modern Sino-Japanese Relations (JAS course)

Selected Publications

  1. Book Review of Middle-Level Civilian Officials in the T’ang Dynasty (唐代中層文官) written by Lai Rui-he(賴瑞和). (Taibei(台北): Lian jing chu ban shi ye gu fen you xian gong si(聯經出版事業股份有限公司), 2008. 624pp.) In New Frontiers in Asian Scholarship, Harvard-Yenching Institute. 20 September 2010.
  2. 〈隋末唐初洛州與秦王權力集團之形成-近人研究檢討〉(Luozhou and Prince Qin’s Power Building in the Late Sui and Early T’ang Periods: Recent Studies Review),收徐少華主編《荊楚歷史地理與長江中游開發-2008年中國歷史地理國際學術研討會論文集》(The 2008 International Conference Proceedings on Chinese Historical Geography)。武漢市:湖北長江出版集團、湖北人民出版社,2009年。頁228-241。
  3. 〈張九齡所見開元時代的地方行政弊病〉,收巫育明主編:《張九齡學術研究論文集》。韶關市:珠海出版社,2009年。
  4. 〈唐前期兩京畿內制建立考論〉(Establishment of the Metropolitan Systems of Dual Capitals in the Early Tang Dynasty(618-683),《中國文化研究所學報》(Journal of Chinese Studies (Hong Kong))第四十八期,二○○八年。頁35-79。
  5. “Different Texts Sow Seeds of Opinion in Young Minds.” South China Morning Post. 4 August 2005 (Interview)
  6. “From Disintegration to Integration in the Teaching of Secondary School Humanities: Challenges, Possibilities and Realities in Hong Kong’s Education Reform” (Co-author: Jose Lai). In Proceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities (CD-Rom format), 2003.
  7. 〈隋唐時代「山東」用語之政治、社會、經濟、文化涵義〉(The Meaning of the Geographical Term Shandong in Political, Social, Economic and Cultural Contexts in Sui-T’ang China),《中國文化研究所學報》(Journal of Chinese Studies (Hong Kong))新第十二期, 二○○三年, 頁13-67.
  8. 〈唐初收復東都洛陽考〉(The Conquest of the Eastern Capital of Luoyang in the Early T’ang Dynasty),《史藪》(Historia (Hong Kong))第三巻, 一九九八年, 頁43-107.
  9. 〈論隋唐時代的兩部地理總志:《區宇圖志》與《括地志》〉(On Two Comprehensive Gazetteers of the Sui-T’ang Dynasties: Quyu Tuzhi and Kuodi Zhi),《中國文化研究所學報》(Journal of Chinese Studies (Hong Kong))新第六期, 一九九七年, 頁45-72.
  10. 〈唐山東大族隴西李寶與太原王瓊兩姓遷籍年代略考〉(An Investigation into the Chronology of Migration of the Li Bo Clan of Rongsi and Wang Qiong Clan of Tai Yuan to Shandong in Medieval China Particularly Based on Tombstone Inscriptions), 《昉》(逸夫書院史系學術期刊) 第一期(The Journal of the History Society, Shaw College, Vol.1), 一九九七年, 頁47-52.

Year Conference Paper Presentation
7.2011 “Significant Civilian Officials at Low, Middle and High Levels in the Reigns of Gao-zu and Tai-zong of the T'ang Dynasty”(論唐高祖、太宗兩朝之重要基層、中層及高層文官) At International Academic Conference on the T’ang History: In Memorial of the Birthday of Prof. Tang Zhang-ru (唐長孺先生百年誕辰紀念國際學術研討會暨中國唐史學會第十一屆年會) organized by Wuhan University & Society for the T’ang History in China(中國唐史學會)
4.2011 “The Spirit of Imperial Empire and Militarism in Wartime Primary Education: Content Analysis of National (Japanese) Language Textbook in Colonial Taiwan (1937-1942)”(戰時小學教育的皇國精神與軍國主義-日治時期臺灣國語(日本語)讀本文本分析) At Joint Conference of the Association for Asian Studies & International Convention of Asia Scholars organized by Association for Asian Studies & International Convention of Asia Scholars
12.2010 “Gospel Education for Children in Fuzhou Church in Modern China as Seen in the Three Character Classics and Five Character Classic on Holy Truth with Commentary by Charles Hartwell” (晚清民初東傳西教的福音蒙書教育-以哈佛燕京圖書館藏夏察理氏編《聖教三字經》、《聖教便覽五字經》及其註解為中心) At Conference on “History of Sino-Foreign Relations in International Perspective”(“國際視野下的中西交通史研究”學術研討會) organized by Academy of Overseas Chinese Studies in Jinan University(暨南大學華僑華人研究院)
11.2010 “The Historical Sources of the Comprehensive Gazetteer Yuanhe Junxian Tuzhi in the T’ang Dynasty”(唐代地理總志《元和郡縣圖志》史料來源考析-與《括地志》佚文之比較分析) At 2010 International Conference on Chinese Historical Geography (2010年中國歷史地理國際學術研討會) organized by Department of History, Culture and Tourism, Guangxi Normal University(廣西師範大學歷史文化與旅遊學院) and Guangxi Wen Wu Kao Gu Yan Jiu Suo (廣西文物考古研究所)
5.2010 “The Three Guardians of the Metropolitan Area in the Later Han Empire–with Focus on the Metropolitan Governor”(東漢帝國畿內三輔長官考察-以京兆尹為中心) At International Conference on Institution and Social Order in the Han Empire (206B.C.-A.D.220)(漢帝國的制度與社會秩序國際學術會議) organized by Centre for Chinese History, Department of History, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
10.2009 “The Rule and Status of Governors of Luozhou in the Early T’ang Dynasty”(論唐代前期洛州長官之施政及其地位) At International Conference on History of the T’ang Dynasty (唐史國際學術研討會) organized by Society of the T’ang History Studies in China
11.2008 Local Administration Problem in the Kai-yuan Era in Chang Jiu-ling’s view”(張九齡所見開元時代的地方行政弊病) At Academic Conference on Chang Jiu-ling(678-740) which was organized by GuangDong Social Sciences Association (廣東省社會科學界聯合會) and Shaoguan Government(韶關市人民政府) in Shaoguan.
10.2008 “Luozhou and Prince Qin’s Power Building in the Late Sui and Early T’ang Periods: Review of Recent Studies”(隋末唐初洛州與秦王權力集團之形成-近人研究檢討) At 2008 International Conference on Chinese Historical Geography (2008年中國歷史地理國際學術研討會) organized by Research Institute for Historical Geography of Wuhan University in Wuhan.
9.2007 “Prospect of History Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment in Hong Kong Secondary School” At Conference on Cross-Straits History and Geography Curriculum- Retrospect and Prospect organized by Macao Association for Historical Education and Geography and Education Research Association of Macau.
4&6.2007 “The First Encounter between the Chinese and God and its Revelation” At Hong Kong Students Bible Study Group @MIT of Massachusettes Institute of Technology and Boston Chinese Evangelical Church in Boston.
11.2000 “Formation of the Metropolitan Administration and Bureaucracy of Luo-zhou in the Early T’ang Dynasty (618 – 712)” (唐代の洛州畿内行政・官僚制度の成立過程―高祖~睿宗時期における洛州官庁の構成と機能, presented in Japanese) At the Forum for Scholars of Medieval China (中国中世研究者フォーラム), Kyoto, Japan.