Lecture TimeSaturday, 10:30 - 13:15
VenueLT5, Lee Shau Kee Building (LSK LT5)
Lecturer PUK Wing Kin (39437062 / email@example.com)
Teaching Assistant Jessie WOO (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The study of history is at once a science, an art and a craft. Why? In what sense? Comparative History sounds self-explanatory, but what is Public History? How do we “do” history, whether comparative, public or other types of history? This course answers these question with concrete case study. Different types of historical archives will be selected, and ways with which these archives are interpreted will be demonstrated. Major themes of historical study in general, and comparative and public history in particular, will be explored.
By the end of the course, students will:
* Have enhanced awareness and curiosity of professional historical knowledge and its relevance to today’s major issues or personal concerns;
* Have enhanced judgment to distinguish narratives from facts;
* Have enhanced ability to practice the craft, science and art of historical research;
* Have enhanced reading, writing, and oral expression skills.
Two Important Websites
* CUHK Blackboard in which all course materials are uploaded:
* CUHK History Department Course Website:
[To be revised and updated]
Lecture 01 (2022.09.10): What is Public History?
(1) C. Wesley Johnson, Jr., “Editor’s Preface,” The Public Historian, Vol. 1, No. 1 (Fall 1978), pp. 4-10.
(2) The Public Historian, various issues from 1978 to 2022.
(3) Kevin Passmore, “History and Historiography since 1945”, Roger E. Backhouse and Philippe Fontaine eds., A Historiography of the Modern Social Sciences (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014), pp. 29-61.
(4) Paul A. Cohen, History in Three Keys: the Boxers as Event, Experience, and Myth (New York: Columbia University Press, 1997).
Lecture 02 (2022.09.17): Case One: Two tales of Boxers
(1) Paul A. Cohen, History in Three Keys: the Boxers as Event, Experience, and Myth (New York: Columbia University Press, 1997).
(2) “Boxers at Earl’s Court: An Interesting Interview”, The North – China Herald and Supreme Court & Consular Gazette, 25th September 1901, p. 612.
(3) Henrietta Harrison, “The Boxer Uprising and the Souls in Purgatory,” The Missionary’s Curse and Other Tales from a Chinese Catholic Village (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2013), 92-115.
Lecture 03 (2022.09.24): Case Two: Two Funerals, One Republic
(1) “The Late President’s Funeral,” The North – China Herald and Supreme Court & Consular Gazette, 17 June 1916, p. 619.
(2) “Funeral Service to Yuan,” The North – China Herald and Supreme Court & Consular Gazette, 30 June 1916, pp. 726-72.
(3) Henrietta Harrison, The Making of the Republican Citizen: Political Ceremonies and Symbols in China, 1911-1929 (Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2000).
(4) Lu Xun, “Taiping gejue太平歌訣[Chant for Peace],” (first published on 30 April 1928), Luxun quanji 4 (Beijing: Renmin chubanshe, 2005), 104-105.
2022.10.01 Public Holiday – National Day. NO CLASS
Lecture 04 (2022.10.08): Case Three: The three lives of Shanghai Lil
(1) Lloyd Bacon, Footlight Parade (Warner Bros, 1933).
(2) Shima Koji島耕二, Shanhai Gaeri No Ri Ru上海帰りのリル (Tokyo: Shintoho新東寶and Sougeiporo総芸プロ, 1952).
(3) Chu-Ko Ching-Yun諸葛青雲 and Yang Ching-Chen楊靜塵, Shanghai Lil and the Sun Luck Kid, also known as Hao Ke豪客 (Hong Kong: The Shaw Brothers, 1973).
Lecture 05 (2022.10.15): Case Four: One Evil (Spitting), Two Remedies [CUHK Orientation Day. Lecture venue temporarily changed]
(1) Lord Macartney, ed. J. L. Craner-Byng, An Embassy to China—Being the Journal kept by Lord Macartney during his embassy to the Emperor Ch’ien-lung 1793-1794 (London: Longman, 2000), 224-225.
(2) Sun Yat-sen, trans. Pashal M. D’Elia, The Triple Demism of Sun Yat-sen (Wuchang: The Franciscan Press, 1931), 195-199.
(3) Sigard Adolphus Knopf, “The Present Aspect of the Tuberculosis problem in the United States (2),” The Journal of the American Medical Association XXXIX, No. 22 (November 29, 1902), 1367-1373.
(4) Charles Dickens, American Notes for General Circulation (1842, rpt. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009), 272-274.
(5) 雷祥麟，〈以公共痰盂為傲？香港、紐約與上海的反吐痰運動〉,《中央研究院近代史研究所集刊》，第98卷(2017年12月), 頁1-47。
Lecture 06 (2022.10.22): Semester Paper Workshop I: Footnote
(1) Anthony Grafton, The Footnote: a Curious History (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1997).
Lecture 07 (2022.10.29): Case Five: The “martyred” Guo Qinguang
(1) 羅家倫口述，馬偉(星野)筆記，〈蔡元培時代的北京大學與五四運動〉，原刊於《傳記文學》第54卷第5期(1989年5月)， 收入李瑞騰、莊宜文主編，《羅家倫與五四運動-史料篇》(桃園：中央大學，2019)，頁167-191。
Lecture 08 (2022.11.05): Case Six: Mass Media
(1) Bryna Goodman, “Semi-Colonialism, Transnational Networks and News Flows in Early Republican Shanghai,” China Review 4, no. 1 (Spring 2004): 55-88.
(2) He Qiliang, Newspapers and the Journalistic Public in Republican China: 1917 as a Significant Year of Journalism (London: Routledge, 2019).
(3) Li Zigui, “The ‘impartial not neutral’ Old Lady on the Bund: a history of the North-China Herald (1850-1900)” (PhD Thesis, Department of History, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2020).
(4) Puk Wing Kin, “North China Herald’s View of the May Fourth Incident”, Journalism History 47, No. 3 (2021): 251-262.
Lecture 09 (2022.11.12): Case Seven: The “Sacred” Laborer
(2) Xu Guoqi, Strangers on the Western Front: Chinese Workers in the Great War (Cambridge: Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2011).
(3) Daryl Klein, With the Chinks (London: John Lane the Bodley Head, 1919).
Lecture 10 (2022.11.19): Case Eight: Flushing into Modernity
(1) Harold Ingrams, Hong Kong (London: Her Majesty’s Stationary Office, 1952), 70-72.
Lecture 11 (2022.11.26): Semester Paper Workshop II
Lecture 12 (2022.12.03): Semester Paper Workshop III and Conclusion
Semester Paper: 90%
Class Participaton: 10%
1 Semester Paper
* Minimum 4,000 English words including footnotes.
* No bibliography is needed.
* To be submitted to Veriguide on or before Monday 05 December 2022 (two days after the last lecture).
* Delay of submission by one day leads to deduction of 10 marks, for instance, from 90 to 80, and so forth.
* Topic of the semester paper: China in 1922: a glimpse of the North-China Herald (1922.09.02-1922.12.02)
2 Class Participation
* This assessment scheme might take various forms, e.g., short quiz, in class writing exercise, discussion and debate, etc..
* Tutorial normally lasts for one hour, following every lecture.
* In the tutorials, content of the various issues of the North-China Herald between 2 September 1922 and 2 December 1922 will be introduced, analyzed and discussed.
* Students will be provided with the electronic versions of the North-China Herald between 2 September 1922 and 2 December 1922 in advance for the purpose of analysis and discussion.
Attention is drawn to University policy and regulations on honesty in academic work, and to the disciplinary guidelines and procedures applicable to breaches of such policy and regulations. Details may be found at http://www.cuhk.edu.hk/policy/academichonesty/.
With each assignment, students will be required to submit a signed declaration that they are aware of these policies, regulations, guidelines and procedures.
Assignments without the properly signed declaration will not be graded by teachers.
Only the final version of the assignment should be submitted via VeriGuide.
The submission of a piece of work, or a part of a piece of work, for more than one purpose (e.g. to satisfy the requirements in two different courses) without declaration to this effect shall be regarded as having committed undeclared multiple submissions. It is common and acceptable to reuse a turn of phrase or a sentence or two from one’s own work; but wholesale reuse is problematic. In any case, agreement from the course teacher(s) concerned should be obtained prior to the submission of the piece of work.