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陳學然博士 (陳學然博士)



Contact Information

Office: LI-4722
Phone: 3442-4289
Email: hokychan@cityu.edu.hk

Research Interests

Dr. Chan’s research activities focus on intellectual history of late imperial China, with particular emphasis on Zhang Tai Yan, Gu Jie Gang and Neo-Confucianism as well as May Fourth Movement in recent years.

Originally trained as a technician, Dr. Chan found his interest in humanities (especially in literature and history) in post-secondary school. He developed his research interest in modern China at City University where he received his Bachelor’s, M.Phi’s and PhD degrees. Hitherto, Dr. Chan has published over 60 pieces of writing in refereed journals, edited volume and conference proceedings. In 2015, he won the Hong Kong Book Prize with his book May Fourth in Hong Kong: Colonialism, Nationalism and Localism (Hong Kong: Chung Hwa Book Company, 2014). More information: "The uniqueness of CAH: An interview with Dr. Chan", "Academic Inquiry in the Search for Truth"

Courses Taught

Currently, Dr. Chan teaches and monitors the following subjects as a course leader:

  • Topics in Chinese Literature , for undergraduate students
  • Great Works of Chinese Literature, History & Philosophy, for postgraduate students
  • Essential Concepts in Chinese Culture , for postgraduate students

Publications (selected)


  • Chih-yu Shih, Tze Ki Hon, and Hok Yin Chan (eds), Asian Perspective (Special Issue: "The Cold War and Decolonization in East Asia”) Volume 44, No.2, Spring 2020, (ISSN: 0258-9184), Maryland, USA, Johns Hopkins University.
  • May Fourth in Hong Kong: Colonial Scenario, Nationalism and Localism, Hong Kong: Chung Hwa Book Company, April 2014, Total Pages: 448.
  • 《海客瀛洲:傳統中國沿海城市與近代東亞海上世界》(李孝悌、陳學然主編),上海:上海古籍出版社,2017年11月。(共397頁)
  • 《再造中華──章太炎與「五四」一代》,上海:上海人民出版社,2019年2月。(共434頁)
  • (編著)《家國之間—五四在香港百年回望》,香港:香港城市大學出版社,2019年7月。(共508 頁)
  • (編著)《潮起潮落—五四運動精神變調》,香港:香港城市大學出版社,2019年7月。(共716頁)

Refereed journal papers (selected)

  • Hok Yin Chan and Zhi Xiang Zhang, The Revisions of Education Ordinances and the Development of Post-secondary College in Cold War Hong Kong, 1948-1958, Though and Words, Vol 57, No4, December, 2019, pp.73-134.
  • Hok-yin Chan, May Fourth in Hong Kong: A Centennial Retrospection, Journal of The History of Ideas in East Asia, Vol 16, June 2019, pp. 185-230. (National Chengchi University)
  • Hok Yin Chan and Tze Ki Hon, Protecting Hong Kong from the May Fourth Movement: The Collaborative Colonialism of Governor Cecil Clementi (1925-1930), Journal of New Asia, Vol 36, 2019, pp 1-54.
  • Hok Yin Chan and Ka Ho Ng, A Study on the Attitudes of Chinese Chamber of Commerce towards Localization of May 4th Movement in Hong Kong, Journal of Hangzhou Normal University(Humanities and Social Sciences) , No 3, 2019, pp.56-64.
  • Hok Yin Chan, Between new knowledge and old tradition: Zhang Taiyan and May Fourth Generation, History Research and Teaching, No. 2, 2018, pp. 1-22. (East China Normal University Press)
  • Hok Yin CHAN, "Zhang Tai Yan and Lu Xun as teacher and pupil: Their personal and intellectual relationship revisited", Bulletin of the Department of Chinese Literature of National Taiwan University, Vol 26, 2007, pp 241-284.
  • Hok Yin CHAN, “The Continuation and Transformation of Confucian Orthodoxy of Tang Jun Yi” , New Asia Journal, (ISSN:0073-375X) Vol. 29, March, 2011, pp249-286.
  • Hok Yin CHAN, "Dynamics of Different Political Policies: From Southeast Mutual Protection to Guangdong and Guangxi Independence" , Historical Inquiry, Vol. 49 (ISSN: 1012-8514), June, 2012, pp.65-109.
  • Hok Yin CHAN, "On Sino-Japanese Intellectual Exchange and Gu Shi Bian: Zhang Bing-lin's Criticisms as the Focus of Study", Journal of Chinese Literature and History, Shanghai Classics Publishing House, September, 2012, pp.277-372。
  • Hok Yin CHAN, “A New Beginning: National Crises and Gu Jiegang’s Intellectual Changes” Journal of Chinese Studies, no. 62 , Hong Kong: The Institute of Chinese Studies of Chinese University of Hong Kong, January 2016, pp.165-202.
  • Hok Yin CHAN, Revisiting the Discourse of the May Fourth Movement in Hong Kong, Oriens Extremus, vol.54, Jan, 2017, pp.1-22.
  • Hok Yin CHAN, “A Critique of Colonialism and Capitalism: Tang Junyi’s Views on Plurality and Openness”, Tze-ki Hon and Kristin Stapleton, eds., Confucianism for the Contemporary World: Global Order, Political Pluralism, Social Actions, SUNY Press, Nov, 2017, pp167-180.
  • Hok Yin CHAN, “The Experiences and Participation of Immigrant Intellectuals in the Cultural Development of Hong Kong: A Study of Tang Junyi”, (Special Issue: Hong Kong: Identity, Intellectual History and Culture, Guest Editor: Chih-yu Shih) China Report, Vol 54, Issue 1, Feb 2018, pp. 48-65.
  • Hok Yin CHAN and Xu QUAN, “Zhang Taiyan’s Contribution to the Federalist Movement”, Chinese Studies, Vol 36, No.1, March 2018, pp.241-280.
  • Chan Hok Yin, Tze-ki Hon, Dialectics between Autonomy and Unification: Zhang Taiyan’s Thought on Provincial Self-Rule, Journal of Chinese Studies, no.67, July 2018, pp.203-228.


External Grants

Project Title (as Principal Investigator) Project Number /Grant and sources
The Making of “Hongkongers”: A Study of Post-Secondary Students’ Collective Identity Public Policy Research Funding Scheme,
PPR: SR2020.A1.001
道德重整運動在冷戰香港 General Research Fund,
GRF: 11608619
金文泰與香港社會文化的發展(1925-1930) General Research Fund,
GRF: 11605017
香港私立專上院校發展探微:1950-1970年代 General Research Fund,
GRF: 11617116
章太炎的“聯省自治”思想研究 General Research Fund,
GRF: 11400314
顧頡剛與現代中國的學術轉型 General Research Fund,
GRF: 140213
章太炎與域外之學:明治日本的作用及影響 General Research Fund,
GRF: 140511
Hold a total of 14 Research Lecture Series “China and Asian Community in Retrospect and Prospect” FO. Ref: 18341
Hold a total of 15 Research Lecture Series “China and Asian Community in Retrospect and Prospect” FO. Ref: 18341
The matching grant (allocated amount: $197,775 HKD ) is funded by University Grants Committee.(HKSAR) FO. Ref:64406
Matching Grants / UGC Sixth Matching Grant Scheme


  • The May Fourth Movement through the Lens of Hong Kong (2019) is selected to enter the Best 2019 Commercial Press Book List.
  • To Build a New China: Zhang Taiyan and the May Fourth Generation is selected to be the “Top Ten Excellent Books Published by The Shanghai People’s Publishing House” in 2019’s Shanghai Book Fair
  • To Build a New China: Zhang Taiyan and the May Fourth Generation is selected to enter the “Humanities and Social Sciences of Chinese Innovative Book List” held by Wenhui Scholars, Paper Republic and The Paper in June 2019
  • Shanghai Book Fair: Good Books Recommended by Ten Shanghai Celebrities held by “ChungHua DuShu Bao” on 14th August 2019
  • Dr CHAN Hok-yin, Associate Professor of the Department of Chinese and History, won the Hong Kong Book Prize 2015 with his latest work, May Fourth in Hong Kong—The Context, Nationalism and Local Consciousness. Full Story:

Professional Service

  • Adviser, Centre of National History Education (Hong Kong), 2020-
  • Committee Member, The Curriculum Development Council (CDC) and The Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority (HKEAA) Committee on Chinese History. (2019-2021)
  • Assessment Panel for the Competitive Research Funding Schemes for the Local Self-financing Degree Sector, The Research Grants Council, University Grants Committee. (2015-2018)
  • Assessment Panel, Monitoring & Assessment Sub-group , Competitive Research Funding Schemes for the Local Self-financing Degree Sector, Research Grant Council. (2015-)
  • HKDSE Chinese Literature Subject Committee Member. (2018-2021)
  • Co-editor, Chinese Culture: Connectivity, Globality, and Modernity, (Book Series) published by Springer (one of the four largest publishers in the world). 2019- Present
  • External Examiner, Hong Kong College of Technology (2015-)
  • Journal external reviewer, Chinese Studies (Taiwan), Cultural Studies (Taiwan), Thought And Words (Hong Kong), Journal of Chinese Literary Studies (Hong Kong), Twenty First Century (Hong Kong), Nations and Nationalism (The London School of Economics and Political Science)

Global connectivity (since 2015)


  • July 2019, University of Bern, Switzerland, 21st International Conference of the International Society for Chinese Philosophy
  • 2019年6月,復旦大學 「章太炎與近代東亞思想學術研討會」
  • May 2019, City University of Hong Kong International Conference on “Hopes and Fears in a Divided World: East and Southeast Asia during the Cold War”
  • April 2019, Harvard University, Boston, May Fourth @ 100
  • 2018年11月,台灣中央研究院「東亞冷戰史的重構國際學術研討會」
  • Nov 2017, Northeast Asian History Foundation, Seoul, Republic of Korea, Reframing East Asian History during the Cold War: Thoughts, Research, and Ideologies
  • 2017年9月,北京師範大學「《章太炎全集》出版研討會」
  • 2016年10月,南京大學「鐘山論壇:亞太發展年度論壇」
  • 2016年9月,日本東洋文庫「展望當代中國研究‧檔案資枓的內與外」國際研討會
  • 2016年5月,日本關西大學「東亞文化交涉學會」
  • 2015年9月,北京大學「新文化運動百周年回顧與前瞻」
  • 2015年5月,台灣大學「新文化運動百年反思學術研討會」


  • 2019年5月,廈門大學「廈門大學民間歷史文獻研究中心講座系列」
  • Feb 2018, The American University of Paris, France, The complexity of Hong Kong as a global city in transition
  • 2019年2月,日本東京「東洋文庫超域アジア部門現代中国研究班 (国際関係・文化グループ) 2019年度第4及第5回研究会
  • 2018年8月,(越南)語言及國際研究大學、越南國立河內大學「2018年一個亞州基金會河內年會」
  • Nov 2017, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. A New Nexus of Power: Cecil Clementi's Collaborative Colonialism in Hong Kong
  • 2016年5月,台灣大學「台灣大學中國文學研究所通識教學論壇」
  • 2016年4月,武漢大學「亞洲共同體的再思考:語言、文學與文化的視角」
  • 2015年8月,復旦大學「2015年一個亞州基金會上海年會」

Last updated: 11 May 2020