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Term 2, 2016-17 commences today. Students who wish to change their course enrolment for Term 2 are reminded to do so via the CUSIS during the following specified add/drop periods:

Undergraduate programme: Between 8:30pm on 16 January 2017 and 8:30pm on 22 January 2017.
Postgraduate programmes: Between 10am on 9 January 2017 and 5:30pm on 23 January 2017.


Upcoming Events

Talk Series on "Temples, Charities and Social Control under the Colonial Hong Kong"

The talk series is co-organised by the MA Programme in Comparative and Public History, Department of History, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Museum of History. The following lectures will be held on Saturdays in January 2017 at the Lecture Hall, G/F, Hong Kong Museum of History:

14 January 2017 (Saturday)
Second Lecture
The Chinese Temples Ordinance (1928) as a Tool of Social Control under the Colonial Hong Kong
Date: 14 January 2017 (Saturday)
Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm
Topic: The Chinese Temples Ordinance (1928) as a Tool of Social Control under the Colonial Hong Kong
Speaker : Dr. MA Muk Chi
21 January 2017 (Saturday)
Third Lecture
Founders of the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals and their Relationship with the Colonial Government
Date : 21 January 2017 (Saturday)
Time : 3:00pm-5:00pm
Topic: Founders of the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals and their Relationship with the Colonial Government
Speaker : Prof. TING Sun Pao, Joseph
Adjunct Professor, Department of History, CUHK

The talks will be conducted in Cantonese. No reservation is needed. Seats are available on a first-come-first-served basis. For enquiry, please call 3943 7169.



Southeast Asia in Evolution: Trans-Pacific Agency and the City, c. 1850–1941

The period between the mid-nineteenth century and the onset of World War Two bore witness to major economic, political, environmental, and cultural developments in Southeast (SE) Asia. Broadly referred to the region’s modernisation phase much of this evolution was fuelled not just by colonialism or revolution but by the region’s shifting relationship with nations in the Americas, principally the United States (US). Notably, much of this advancement transpired within urban locales: towns and cities bore witness to many changes in their built form, and to how life was being lived within them.

This conference accordingly invites papers that engage with the theme of SE Asian-US connectivity between the mid-1800s and 1941. What, how, and why these developments came about within urban places are to be discussed in the context of the event. Particularly welcome are contributions that investigate the effect of American culture, economics, and politics upon Southeast Asian’s ‘progress’. Contributions that explore American Exceptionalism and imperialism, American civilisation and changing mores and customs in SE Asia, transportation, city designing, governance, industry, plus social and religious issues as well as the Asian grasp of modernity itself are encouraged. Papers with a cross-disciplinary and comparative approach are also welcome.

Abstracts of up to 250 words, along with paper title, name, affiliation, and contact details should be submitted on or before the deadline of Friday, 27 January 2017. For papers accepted by scholars based outside of Hong Kong SAR, financial assistance to cover accommodation and airport pick-up costs will be available. For additional information, or to submit a paper proposal, please contact Prof. Ian MORLEY, Department of History, The Chinese University of Hong Kong,


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 Tuesday.

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