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LEUNG Yuen Sang
LEUNG Yuen Sang

BA, MPhil (CUHK); PhD (UCSB)
Emeritus Professor, Department of History, CUHK;
Director, Research Centre for Contemporary Chinese Culture, Institute of Chinese Studies, CUHK

Room 104, 1/F, Fung King Hey Building, CUHK, Shatin, N.T., Hong Kong
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Philip Yuen-sang LEUNG received his BA (First-class Hons) from Chung Chi College and M Phil from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1972 and 1974 respectively. He then went on to further study in the United States and received his PhD from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1980. Since then he has taught at the National University of Singapore, the California State University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has published several books in modern Chinese history and overseas Chinese history: The Shanghai Taotai: Linkage Man in a Changing Society, 1843-90 (Singapore University Press and Hawaii U. Press, 1990, and Chinese translation in 2003 ), Modern China in Transition; Essays in Honor of Professor Immanuel Hsu (Claremont Regina Books, 1995), Young J. Allen: His Careers and the Wan Guo Gongbao (The Chinese University Press, 1978), Confucianism and the Chinese Community in Early Singapore (The Chinese University, 1995), The Cross-Lotus: Selected Essays on Chinese Christianity (Centre for the Study of Religion and Chinese Culture, 2004), The Chinese Community in Singapore(Singapore NUS and Global Publishing, 2006), The Chinese-Christian Encounter(Taipei: Cosmic Light, 2006), and The Legitimation of New Orders: Case Studies in World History, an edited volume published by the Chinese University of Hong Kong Press in 2007. His most recent publications include A Documentary History of Public Health in Hong Kong (co-edited with Yip Ka-che and Wong Man-kong) (The Chinese University Press, 2018) and A Biography of Lee Il-cheung(in Chinese, The Zhonghua Shuju, 2019). His current research interests have been focussing on Comparative City Cultures in Modern China (Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore), the Confucian Revival Movement in China and East Asia, and the Christian Experience in Modern China especially the history of Christian higher education. He served CUHK as Professor of History, Head of Chung Chi College and Dean of Arts at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. At present he is Research Professor of the History Department.

Research Interests
  • Confucianism and Christianity in Modern China
  • Cities and Cultures: Shanghai, Hong Kong and Shenzhen
  • Overseas Chinese Communities: Singapore and Los Angeles
Selected Publications


  • The Legitimation of New Orders: Case Studies in World History. ( Hong Kong Chinese University Press, 2007) edited by Philip Y.S. Leung with preface and a chapter.
  • 《基督教與中國》(台北:宇宙光出版社. 2006, 235 頁)
  • 《新加坡華人社會史論》(The Chinese Community in Early Singapore),新加坡:國立大學中文系及八方文化出版社,2005。
  • The Shanghai Taotai: Linkage Man in a Changing Society, 1843-90. (上海道臺研究–轉變中社會之連繫人物) Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1990. 中文譯本 ,上海:古籍出版社,2004。
  • 《十字蓮花:基督教與中國歷史文化論集》 (The Cross-Lotus: Selected Essays on Chinese Christianity) ,香港:基督教與中國宗教文化出版社,2004。
  • 《宣尼浮海到南洲》(Confucianism and the Singapore Chinese Community: Historical Documents )香港:中文大學出版社,1995。
  • 《歷史探索與文化反思》.(Historical Inquiry and Cultural Reflection)香港:教育圖書公司,1995。
  • Modern China in Transition(過渡中的現代中國) Edited with Edwin Leung. Claremont, CA: Regina Books, 1995。


Articles & Book Chapters

  • “Conversion, Commitment and Culture: Christian Experience in China, 1949-99,” in Donald M. Lewis (ed) christianity Reborn: The Global Expansion of Evangelicalism in the Twentieth Century (Grand Rapids, MI: Won. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2004) pp. 87-107.
  • “The Walls and Waters: A Comparative Study of City Cultures in Modern China — Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong,” published by Shanghai-Hong Kong Development Institute & Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, October 2002.
  • “Mission History Versus Church History: The Case of China Historiography,” in Wilbert R. Shenk (ed.) Enlarging The Story: Perspectives on Writing World Christian History, published by Orbis Books, Maryknoll, NY, USA, 2002.
  • “Crisis Management in Confucian China: The Expectant Officials of the Late Qing,” in Robert Antony and Jane K. Leonard (eds.), Dragons, Tigers and Dogs: The Boundaries of State Power In Late Imperial China, published by University of Cornell Press, 2002.
  • “The Moses of China: Huang Naishang and the Christian Commune in Sibu,” in Leo Suryadinata(ed.) Ethnic Chinese in Singapore and Malaysia: A Dialogue between Tradition and Modernity, Singapore: Times Academic Press, 2002. pp. 337-352.
  • “In Search of an Asian Commonality,” in N.N. Vohra (ed.), India and East Asia: Culture and Society. Delhi, India: Shipra Publications, 2002 pp.13-26.
  • “Christian Fundamentalism in Modern China: Calvin Chao and the‘Chinese For Christ’ Movement,” in Jian Dao (Hong Kong: The Alliance Bible Seminary), vol.17 (2002), pp.1-20.
  • “Mutual Images and Self Reflections: Views from Late Nineteenth-Century Shanghai and Singapore,” in Chinese Studies (Taipei: Center for Chinese Studies), vol.19, no.2 (Dec.2001),pp.417-436.
  • “三重文化身份的融合: 中國現代歷史行程中的英家三代” ,載賴品超、李景雄編《耶儒對話新里程》(香港: 中文大學崇基學院宗教與中國社會研究中心, 2001),頁370-388。
Research Projects
Year Research Project
2019-2021 "Classical Chinese Learning in British Hong Kong in the early Twentieth Century: A Study of the Hok Hoi Library." (学海书楼与香江国学)by Bei Shan Tang
2007-2010 "Redefining the West River"
RGC Central Allocation. C.I.
2005-2007 "A Documentary History of Public Health in Hong Kong"
RGC Earmarked Grant. P.I.
2004-2006 The Christian Dreams: Models of Christian Higher Education in Asia.
RGC Earmarked Grant. C.I.
2004-2006 The Walls and Waters: A Comparative Study of City Cultures in Modern Asia.
RGC Earmarked Grant. P.I.
2000-2003 "Culture" or "Destiny"? - The Confucian Experiment in Modern Singapore
RGC Earmarked Grant, P.I.
1997-1999 The Uncertian Phoenix
RGC Earmarked Grant, P.I.
1996-1999 The Legitimation of New Orders: A comparative Study of Chinese and World History
CCK Foundation Grant, P.I.
1996-1998 Thirteen Points of Light
RGC Earmarked Grant, C.I.
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