For decades, Hong Kong has held a place of historical, geopolitical, economic, cultural and environmental interests to South-East Asia and the wider world. The rapid and transformational changes that Hong Kong continues to undergo provide fresh opportunities to reassess and reflect upon the city, in ways that illuminate broader phenomena and global trends. The Hong Kong Research Hub is affiliated with Nanyang Technological University at Singapore. We aim to build a research network in South-East Asia to complement and collaborate with existing initiatives in Hong Kong and elsewhere in the world. The hub hosts seminar series and other scholarly events that would be of interest to both academics and non-academics, the scope of which is intended to be broadly interdisciplinary, welcoming a range of methodologies and areas of study which shed new light on Hong Kong’s past, present and future.
Dr. Florence MOK is a Nanyang Assistant Professor of History at Nanyang Technological University. She is a historian of colonial Hong Kong, modern China and British colonialism. She completed her PhD in History at the University of York in 2019. Her current project studies the history of natural disasters and crisis management. The study will explore how the colonial government and the Chinese society in Hong Kong mitigated environmental crises (water shortage, flooding, typhoon and epidemics) from 1945 to 1980. Florence has published peer-reviewed articles in well-respected interdisciplinary and historical journals; the China Information article won the Eduard B. Vermeer Best Article Prize in 2019 and the ICAS Best Article Prize on Global Hong Kong Studies in 2021. She is also the Series Editor of the 'Cold War in Asia' book series in Amsterdam University Press.
Dr. Kiu-wai CHU(朱翹瑋) (BA London; MPhil Cantab; PhD HK) is an Assistant Professor in Environmental Humanities and Chinese Studies at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He was Postdoctoral Fellows in University of Zurich and Western Sydney University. He is Luce East Asia Fellow 2022-23 at the National Humanities Center, USA. His research focuses on environmental humanities, ecocriticism, human-animal studies, and contemporary cinema and visual art in Asia. He is an Executive Councillor of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE-US), and Living Lexicon editor of the open-access journal Environmental Humanities (Duke University Press). He is also a member of the Asian Cinema Research Lab (ACR Lab). His work has appeared in Transnational Ecocinema; Ecomedia: Key Issues; Journal of Chinese Governance, Journal of Chinese Cinemas; Asian Cinema; Chinese Environmental Humanities, Photographies, Screen, and elsewhere.
Dr. Chun Chun TING is an Assistant Professor in the Chinese Division at Nanyang Technological University. She obtained her PhD in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago. Ting is a literary scholar of contemporary China and Hong Kong, with a particular focus on how cultural forms and expressions intersect with social changes and political movements. She is currently working on a manuscript on artistic activism in post-Handover Hong Kong. She also writes on Chinese cinemas and documentaries, Sinophone literature, and activist media. Ting’s work has appeared in Modern Chinese Literature and Culture and the edited volume InsUrgent Media from the Front: A Global Media Activism Reader.
Dr. Jack GREATREX is a Research Fellow in the History Department at Nanyang Technological University. He completed a PhD on the bodily, discursive, economic, and infrastructural histories of ‘pests’ in colonial Hong Kong and Malaya, undertaken at the University of Hong Kong. Before this, he read the World History MPhil and the undergraduate history tripos at the University of Cambridge. His research is located at the conjunctions of colonial, environmental, medical, and multi-species histories in Asia and the Pacific.
Dr. Siu-hei LAI is a Research Fellow in the History Department at Nanyang Technological University. He is an anthropologist focusing on youth, aspiration and Chinese migration in Mainland Southeast Asia. He accomplished his PhD in Anthropology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2022. His doctoral thesis examines how the young Yunnanese Chinese in the Thai-Burmese borderland pursue their aspirations by migrating within and beyond the borderland. Before joining NTU, he was teaching a number of courses in the Department of Anthropology at CUHK, including business anthropology and Chinese overseas studies.
Dr. Kaman HO is a Research Fellow in the History Department at Nanyang Technological University. She accomplished her PhD in Economics at George Mason University in 2022. Before this, she completed a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics at UCLA and a master’s degree in Applied Statistics at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on topics in applied microeconomics, primarily economics history, development economics, and political economy. Her doctoral thesis investigates the persistent negative effects of the Mongol Conquest on the long-term development of Imperial China. She examines the relationship between state capacity, the Malthusian mechanism, negative weather shocks, and historical conflict.
Miss Doris CHAN is a PhD student in the History Department at Nanyang technological University, Singapore. She completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of Hong Kong and her master’s at King’s College London. She is interested in the transnational history of Hong Kong, the history of British Empire in East and Southeast Asia, overseas Chinese, migration and colonial connections.