Recent Publications and Work

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.

David Clayton and Florence Mok, ‘Bad Weather and State Building: Household Water Conservancy in Colonial Hong Kong during a Drought, 1963 to 1964’, Environment and History, published online in June 2024.

Jack Greatrex and Florence Mok, ‘Catchwater Colonialism: Reshaping Hong Kong’s Hydrology, Infrastructure, Metabolism and Landscape, 1937 to 1968’, Urban History, published online in March 2024.

Mark Hampton and Florence Mok, ‘Remembering British Rule: The Uses of Colonial Memory in Hong Kong Movements’, in Matthew Roberts (ed.), Memory and Modern British Politics: Commemoration, Tradition and Legacy, 1789 to the Present (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2023), pp. 257-73.

Michael Ng, Florence Mok, John Wong and Wallace Wu, ‘Hearts and Minds in Hong Kong’s New Territories: Agriculture and Vegetable Marketing in a Cold War Borderland, circa 1946-1967’, Modern Asian Studies, 57:6 (2023), pp. 1931-58.

Florence Mok, Covert Colonialism: Governance, Surveillance and Political Culture in British Hong Kong, c. 1966-97 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2023).

Kiu-wai Chu, The Routledge Handbook of Ecomedia Studies, co-edited by Antonio Lopez, Adrian Ivakhiv, Miriam Tola, Stephen Rust, Alenda Chang, Kiu-wai Chu. U.K.: Routledge. (2023) 

Kiu-wai Chu, “From Guano to Bitcoin Mining: Extractive Aesthetics in Multi-screen Video Art in Asia”, in ASAP/J Online Journal (Cluster on “GeoSemantics: Inhuman Becomings and Earthly Memories in the Global South”, edited by Estefania Bournot and Azucena Castro) Johns Hopkins University Press, Sept 2023.

Mok, Florence, ‘Disseminating and Containing Communist Propaganda to Overseas Chinese in Southeast Asia through Hong Kong, the Cold War Pivot, 1949-1960’, The Historical Journal,  65:5 (2022), pp. 1397.


Florence Mok, ‘Town Talk: Enhancing the “Eyes and Ears” of the Colonial State in British Hong Kong, 1950s-1975’, Historical Research, 95: 268 (2022), pp. 287-308.


Kiu-wai Chu, “Humans/Mermaids/Dolphins: Endangerment, Empathy and Multispecies Coexistence in Stephen Chow’s The Mermaid”, in Embodied Memories, Embedded Healing: New Ecological Perspectives from East Asia, edited by Xinmin Liu and Peter Huang I-min. Lexington Books. (October 2021) 


Florence Mok, ‘Chinese Illicit Immigration into Colonial Hong Kong, c. 1970–1980’,The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 49:2 (2021), 339-367.