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Staffing Arrangements on Lunar New Year’s Eve

The following staffing arrangements for the University holiday on Lunar New Year’s Eve will apply on 4 February 2019. Departments/units should arrange for skeleton staff to be on duty on this morning 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. 527 [19 November 2018],


Application for the Leung Hung Kee Scholarships for Distinguished History Undergraduate Students to Undertake Research Work

Leung Hung Kee Scholarships for Distinguished History Undergraduate Students to Undertake Research Work are now open for application. The application deadline is 15 March 2019. Late or incomplete applications will NOT be considered. For details of the Scholarships and the application form, please download at:

Should you have any questions, please call at 3943 7117 or email to


“Scholarship for History Undergraduate Students to Undertake Research Work” and “Study Abroad at the Universities in Europe and America” were established with a generous support of the Eminence History Department Fund, CUHK to be awarded to students, aiming at encouraging and supporting History major students to conduct overseas academic research, and History undergraduates and local MPhil graduates for further studies abroad at universities in Europe and America.

Both scholarships are now open for applications.

• Scholarship for History Undergraduate Students to Undertake Research Work
   Application deadline: 15 June 2019

• Study Abroad at the Universities in Europe and America
   Application deadlines: 1st round — 31 January 2019; 2nd round — 31 May 2019

For more information, please visit
Undergraduate students:
Postgraduate students:


Academic Activities

Recapping the Academic Seminar “Chineseness and China in Ontario (Canada’s) History Curriculum, 1945 to 1990” conducted by Dr. CHIA Yeow-Tong on 17 January 2019

Dr. CHIA Yeow-Tong of the School of Education and Social Work, The University of Sydney, was invited by the Department to present a lecture to the Department’s students.

Dr. CHIA examined the conceptions of Chineseness and China in Ontario’s high school history curriculum from 1945 to 1990, with special reference to the syllabus and textbooks that were taught in such schools during that period. This is an unexplored facet of the history curriculum in Ontario’s high schools. Knowing how Chinese history was represented in Ontario’s high schools is an interesting case study of how white settler societies viewed and understood Asia. Implicit in this conception of Chineseness was that of Western superiority over Chinese civilisation. Dr. CHIA also demonstrated that post-World War II Chinese history that was taught in Ontario reflected this view of Chineseness, and the international milieu after the war provided a key context in facilitating the continuation of seeing China and Chinese through the eyes of Western superiority. While such views of Chineseness and Chinese history originated from Europe and America, these ideas found its way into the teaching of Chinese history in Ontario’s high schools. In a way, the seminar by Dr. CHIA also demonstrated transnationality and knowledge transfer at work and illustrated the process of knowledge transfer and reception over this conception of Chineseness.


Upcoming Events

Western Book History Workshop by Professor Stuart McManus

HIST4306 “The West and the World: Early Modernity” will visit the Rare Books Collection on 13 February 2019 to examine historical Western books (including works of Shakespeare, Confucius, Galen, etc. printed in Europe). An additional 10 spaces are available for students (either undergraduate or postgraduate) who want to learn more about Western Book History.

13 February 2019 (Wednesday)
Western Book History Workshop by Professor Stuart McManus
Date: 13 February 2019 (Wednesday)
Time: 2:30pm-4:15pm
Venue: Rare Book Room, CUHK Library
3/F, Tin Ka Ping Building, CUHK
Speaker: Prof. Stuart MCMANUS
Language: English

Interested students should email the Teaching Assistant, Mr. WANG Jiayao First come first served.


Public Lectures on History and Business in China 2018–19

Public Lectures on History and Business in China 2018-19 will be held in March 2019. Professor Jean-François HUCHET, Professor of Economics and Vice-President for Research of National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilisation (INALCO), has been invited as the guest speaker to deliver two public lectures.

21 March 2019 (Thursday)
First Lecture
“Objective 2049” or How to Overcome the Legacy of Deng Xiaoping in Reforming the Chinese Economic System? Between Necessities and Dilemmas
Date: 21 March 2019 (Thursday)
Time: 7:00pm–8:30pm
Venue: Lecture Theatre
G/F, Hong Kong Central Library
66 Causeway Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Moderator: Prof. David FAURE
Wei Lun Research Professor of History
Department of History, CUHK
22 March 2019 (Friday)
Second Lecture
40 Years of Economic Reforms in China: Towards Convergence with Western Capitalism?
Date: 22 March 2019 (Friday)
Time: 5:00pm–6:30pm
Venue: Cho Yiu Conference Hall
G/F, University Administrative Building, CUHK
Moderator: Prof. HO Pui Yin
Vice Chair and Professor
Department of History, CUHK

Lectures will be conducted in English.

Admission is free; reservation is required. To reserve a seat, please
– Register online at
– Call at 3943 8541

For more information, please visit or

Organisers: Department of History, CUHK; Centre for Comparative and Public History, Department of History, CUHK; MA Programme in Comparative and Public History, Department of History, CUHK; Hong Kong Public Libraries, Leisure and Cultural Services Department

Sponsor: Eminence History Department Fund, CUHK


The next issue of this newsletter will be published on 11 February 2019.
Greetings from the Department of History.
We wish you and your family a prosperous Year of the Pig!
Gongxi gongxi!


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please email your articles in both Chinese and English to by 4:00pm every Tuesday.

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