SO Kee Long Billy
Head and Chair Professor, Division of Humanities,
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
So Kee Long Billy obtained his bachelor degree at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and his Phil degree at the Australian National University. He is the Head and Chair Professor of the Division of Humanities, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. His fundamental academic concerns are prosperity, justice, space and identity, all in an interconnected web of knowledge. Although his recent research agenda look diverse, ranging from historical GIS studies of Greater Shanghai and Beijing from the 17th century, company law and corporate governance in modern China, legal reforms in Chinese history, and comparative studies of historical cases of corruption in China and Britain, they are all interrelated through the four concerns above.
R. Bin WONG
Director of the Asia Institute;
Professor, Department of History, University of California, Los Angeles
R. Bin Wong is Director of the UCLA Asia Institute and Professor of History. Before coming to UCLA in 2004, Bin Wong served as Director of the Center for Asian Studies at UC Irvine where he was also Chancellor's Professor of History and Economics. At UCLA he is responsible for overseeing and coordinating activities in five research centers and developing new initiatives in Asian Studies fields. Wong's own research has examined Chinese patterns of political, economic and social change, especially since eighteenth century, both within Asian regional contexts and compared with more familiar European patterns. Among his books, China Transformed: Historical Change and the Limits of European Experience (Cornell University Press, 1997) is the best known. Japanese and Korean translations are under way. Wong has also written or co-authored some fifty articles published in North America, East Asia and Europe, published in Chinese, English, French and Japanese in journals that reach diverse audiences within and beyond academia. Recent publications include an essay "East Asia as a World Region in the 21st Century" in Nihon Keizai Shimbun. A ten-page interview regarding his scholarship, intellectual background and vision appears in the August 2004 issue of Shehui kexue, published by the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences.