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陳學然博士 (陳學然博士)



Contact Information

Office: BOC-R6130
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).

Courses Taught

Dr. Chan enjoys his teaching in City University and his teaching interests are extensive. The subjects he taught before were:

  • Modern Chinese
  • Modern Chinese Literature
  • Classical Chinese Literature
  • Chinese Communication Skills for Business
  • Readings in Pre-Qin Confucianism and Daoism
  • Topics in Chinese Thought
  • Classical Chinese
  • Great Works in Classical Chinese Literature Before Tang Dynasties
  • Chinese for the Media and Advertising
  • Topics in Chinese Literature‧The Book of Songs
  • Topics in Chinese Literature‧Wei Jin Literature
  • Topics in Chinese Literature ‧"Yuan Za Ju" & "San Yan"

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)


  • May Fourth in Hong Kong: Colonial Scenario, Nationalism and Localism, Hong Kong: Chung Hwa Book Company, April 2014, Total Pages: 448.

Refereed journal papers

  • “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.
  • "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.
  • “The Continuation and Transformation of Confucian Orthodoxy of Tang Jun Yi” , New Asia Journal, (ISSN:0073-375X) Vol. 29, March, 2011, pp249-286.


External Grants

Project Title (as Principal Investigator) Project Number /Grant and sources
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


Professional Service

  • 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.

Last updated: 31 October 2017