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Mr. YIU Wing Kit Roy has resigned and will leave on 15 December 2014. We would like to extend our appreciation to Roy for his contributions to the Department of History.

Department News

Congratulations to MACPH graduates of 2013–14! Recapping the group photo-taking session held at the Lady Shaw Building Roof Garden on 21 November 2014

Staffing Arrangements on University Holidays on Christmas Eve and New Year Eves

The following staffing arrangements for the University holidays on Christmas Eve and New Year Eves will apply on 24 and 31 December 2014, and 18 February 2015, respectively. Departments/units should arrange for skeleton staff to be on duty on these mornings to handle urgent matters and enquiries. Offices will be closed in the afternoon. Skeleton staff (Terms [B] or [C]) on duty on each morning will be given compensation off of half a day.

For essential service units such as the University Health Service, the University Library System, the operations team of the Information Technology Services Centre, the Security Office, the Transport Office, and the Estates Management Office, adequate workforce should remain on duty to provide basic services.

Source: CUHK Newsletter, no. 447 [19 November 2014],

Term 2 of 2014–15 will commence on 5 January 2015. Students who wish to change their course enrolments for Term 2 are reminded to do so via the CUSIS during the following specified add/drop periods:

Undergraduate programmes: Between 8:30pm on 12 January 2015 and 8:30pm on 18 January 2015
Postgraduate programmes: Between 10am on 5 January 2015 and 5:30pm on 19 January 2015


MACPH 10th Anniversary Dinner “Chance Encounter in History” cum Graduation Dinner of 2013–14

In celebration of the MA Programme’s 10th anniversary, the MA Programme in Comparative and Public History (MACPH) and its Alumni Association co-organised the 10th Anniversary Dinner “Chance Encounter in History” cum Graduation Dinner of 2013–14 on 22 November 2014.

Held at the Chung Chi College Staff Club, the banquet was attended by over 130 participants filling 11 tables, including alumni, students and staff members. It was officiated by Prof. YIP Hon Ming, Chair of Department of History, together with Prof. SO Kee Long, founding Programme Director of MACPH and Dr. MA Muk Chi, Programme Director of MACPH, Ms. Iky WOO, President of MA Alumni Association and Ms. Tracy PUN, Chair of 10th Anniversary Dinner Organising Committee.

The Organising Committee has produced a 10th anniversary commemoration book, inviting teachers and students to share their feelings and experiences about the MA programme. Participants seized the opportunity to seek out their beloved teachers and friends, getting them to sign their commemoration books and having photos taken. Participants were thrilled by the slide show that highlighted the memorable moments over the past 10 years, the games and the lucky draw. The banquet ended successfully in an atmosphere filled with joy.

Opening remarks


Prof. YIP Hon Ming (Left), Prof. SO Kee Long (Right)


Dr. MA Muk Chi


Ms. Tracy PUN


Award Presentation to the awardees of Scholarship for Outstanding History M.A. Students




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Academic Activities

Recapping the academic seminar “Aspiring the Next Life, Pursuing Happiness: Comparing Ancient China and Egypt in Terms of Views on the World after Death” conducted by Prof. POO Mu-chou on 21 November 2014

Prof. Poo Mu-chou instructed students how to use the method of comparative history in research. In class, he compared ancient Chinese society with Egyptian society in terms of their views of the world after death. Using documentary and archaeological materials, he introduced to the class the so called “world after death” of the ancient people through burial styles, funerary items, and so forth.


Upcoming Events

Comparative and Public History Lecture Series

The lecture series is co-organised by the Department of History, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Museum of History. The following lectures will be held on three consecutive Saturdays in late January and early February 2015 at the Lecture Hall, G/F, Hong Kong Museum of History:

First Lecture

Date : 24 January 2015 (Saturday)
Time : 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Topic : From Art Museum to History Museum: My Career as a Curator
Speaker : Prof. Joseph TING
Adjunct Professor, Department of History, CUHK
Language : Cantonese

Second Lecture

Date : 31 January 2015 (Saturday)
Time : 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Topic : Following the Footsteps of History: My Experience of Urban Development and Cultural Heritage Preservation in Guangzhou
Speaker : Ms. CHEN Yuhuan
Inspector, Administration of Culture, Radio, Film, Television, Press and Publication of Guangzhou Municipality
Language : Cantonese

Third Lecture

Date : 7 February 2015 (Saturday)
Time : 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Topic: Study of Communal Festivals in South China, Hong Kong and East Asian Chinese Communities: A 1/3 Century Soul Searching
Speaker : Prof. CHOI Chi Cheung
Professor, Department of History, CUHK
Language : Cantonese

No reservation is needed. Seats are available on a first-come-first-served basis. For enquiry, please call 3943 8659.

Best wishes from the Department
Merry Christmas and a Prosperous 2015!

The newsletter will resume on 5 January 2015.


For teachers and students who have information to share with the Department, please email your articles in both Chinese and English to by 4:00pm every Thursday.