B.A. (University of Hong Kong); PhD (Princeton University)
Emeritus Professor, Department of History, CUHK
I taught at CUHK from 1976 to 1989, went away, and returned in 2004. Over the years, I have taught courses in Chinese social and business history.
I think I am interested in social history. That means I am interested in custom, but I am not really interested in the history of customs. I am also interested in life style, but the social history I want to write is not the history of lifestyles. I guess I am interested in social structure, not the social structure created by historians, but the social structure which the people I am interested in identify with. I believe people can only surpass the limits imposed by the structure they identify with by understanding it. Yes, I think we read history to contribute to a better life.