(Terms of Office: 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2020)
Professor Pei-kai Cheng, Ph.D in Chinese Cultural History from Yale University (1980) and John King Fairbank Post-doctoral Fellow at Harvard University(1981), had previously taught in the U.S. for twenty years at State University of New York at Albany, Yale University, and Pace University at New York City. He was also a visiting professor at National Taiwan University and National Tsing Hua University during 1991-1995. Since 1998 he had been Professor of Chinese Culture and the founding Director of Chinese Civilisation Centre at City University of Hong Kong until retirement. He is now serving as President of Chinese Culture Institute and Chairman of Hong Kong SAR Intangible Cultural Heritage Committee.
His main research interests include History of Chinese Cultural Aesthetics, Chinese theatre tradition and modern films, intangible cultural heritage and its modern predicament, tea and cultural aesthetics, and Chinese export porcelain and maritime trade. In these diverse but interrelated areas, he has published and edited more than 100 books in addition to numerous articles and essays exploring the essential issues concerning the changing nature of Chinese material culture and cultural aesthetics.
Dr. Louis Ng is appointed as the Museum Director of the Hong Kong Palace Museum. He will be responsible for developing the museum’s strategic vision, exhibitions and programming as well as managing its collections, exhibitions, educational functions, audience-building strategies, operations, fundraising and financial management. From 2014 to 2019, Dr. Ng served as the Deputy Director (Culture) of Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the Government of Hong Kong SAR. He was responsible for the overall direction and oversight of culture related services managed by the Department, ranging from heritage preservation, museums, performing arts, visual arts and library service. He obtained his BA, MPhil and PhD from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a Graduate Diploma in Museum Studies from University of Sydney. His research and publications focused on Hong Kong history and cultural heritage management.
Prof Sin had been teaching at the Department of Chinese (now School of Chinese), The University of Hong Kong since 1975. His research areas include Chinese paleography, phonology, etymology, excavated texts, Yue dialects, and the Zuozhuan etc. He was Head of the Department of Chinese (later the School of Chinese) from 1998 to 2007. He was Hon-Yin and Suet-Fong Chan Professor in Chinese since 2005, and received the “Outstanding Supervisor Award” in 2006. Prof. Sin is currently Vice President (Academic) and Dean of Arts at the Hong Kong Nang Yan College of Higher Education; Honorary Professor, School of Chinese, The University of Hong Kong; Fellow, Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, The University of Hong Kong; Academic Advisory Committee Member, Institute of Chinese Literature and Philosophy, Academia Sinica; Honorary Researcher, Tsinghua University; Associate Director of Academic Committee, School of Chinese Classics, Qufu Normal University; Honorary Professor, Nankai University; Honorary Professor, Xiangtan University; Adjunct Professor, Southwest Jiaotong University; Honorary Professor, Northeast Normal University; Editor-in-chief, Nang Yan Journal; Editorial Board member, Zhongguo yuwen; Editorial Board member, Zhongguo jingxue; Editorial Board member, Sino-Humanitas; member of the Advisory Committee, Bulletin of the Institute of Chinese Literature and Philosophy, Academia Sinica and the Nantah Journal of Chinese Language and Culture; member of the Advisory Committee and the Editorial Board, Literature and Philosophy; Advisor, Journal of Oriental Studies; and Academic Advisor, Bulletin of the Jao Tsung-I Academy of Sinology. He has published more than 180 academic papers, in addition to monographs such as Zhongguo yuwen lungao, Wenzi xungu conggao, Zuozhuanxue lunji, and Mianzhai xiaoxue luncong.
Dr. Sun was graduated from Department of Chinese at Xiamen University. He had received the “Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship” from Ministry of Education, Science and Culture of Japan in May 1983. He completed both his M.A. and Ph.D. in Arts at Kyoto University in March 1987 and May 1993 respectively. He joined the China Writer Associations in 1989. He moved to Hong Kong in Dec 1992 and had worked at Chinese University of Hong Kong, Ming Pao Monthly etc. He is currently the Director and Editor in Chief of Cosmos Books Ltd. He is also the visiting professor at Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University, Guangxi Normal University, Shenzhen University etc. In addition he is the Distinguished Professor and mentor of Contemporary Literature Ph.D. students at Liaoning Normal University. His work usually covers literature research, writing and editing. His publication includes “The Differential of Journey to the West” and other various research monographs, translation and essays collections such as Collection of Dong Li, Collection of Bei Chuang and Short Stories of Yizhan.
Prof. Ting was born in Guangzhou and is a native of Fengshun County in Guangdong. He acquired his BA, M.Phil and PhD from The University of Hong Kong. Prior to his retirement, he was the Chief Curator of the Hong Kong Museum of History and played a vital role in the planning of the new Hong Kong Museum of History, the Museum of Coastal Defense and the Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum.
He is currently an Adjunct Professor and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Comparative and Public History, Department of History, The Chinese University of Hong Kong; Expert Adviser of the Hong Kong Museum of Art and Museum of History; member of the Antiquities Advisory Board; trustee of the Lord Wilson Heritage’s Trust; Vice-President of the Local Gazetteer Office; Honorary Fellow of the Hong Kong Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society; Honorary Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Education; Honorary Fellow of the University of Hong Kong; and adviser to a number of cultural institutions in Hong Kong and on the Mainland.
Dr. Chan received his undergraduate and research degree from City University of Hong Kong. He enjoys studying and teaching in City University very much. Up to date, Dr. Chan has published over 50 publications in refereed journals, books and conference proceedings. Recently (April 2014), his new book entitled “May Fourth in Hong Kong: Colonial Scenario, Nationalism and Localism” was published by Hong Kong Chung Hwa Book Company. Indeed before the publication of the book, part of his related research findings was also reported by “Research Frontiers” which was published by Research Grants Council of the University Grants Committee . Another of his research interest is the interaction and exchange between Chinese intellectuals and foreign countries. From September 2013 to April 2014, he coordinated the holding of “China and Asian Community in Retrospect and Prospect”, a research lecture series held in City University. A total of 15 international and reputable scholars were invited to give academic talks.
Prof. Ching is currently a Professor of History at the Department of Chinese and History, the City University of Hong Kong, and the “Distinguished Professor of the Pearl River Scholars” of Guangdong Province (Sun Yat-sen University). For the past eighteen years, she has been working at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou. She has published extensively on a variety of subjects relating to social and cultural history of modern China. Her book Regional Culture and National Identity: the shaping of “Guangdong Culture” since the late Qing discusses changes in the articulation of regional identity against the rise of nationalism at the turn of 19th and 20th centuries. In recent years, she has been examining how the regional culture of South China took shape in a trans-regional context in terms of sound, colour and tastes from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries.
Prof. Hon received a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Political Science from the University of Hong Kong, a Master’s Degree in Asian Studies from the University of Michigan, and a PhD in History from the University of Chicago. For twenty-five years, he taught history and Western Humanities in the United States, first at Hanover College in Indiana and then at State University of New York at Geneseo. In Geneseo, he won both the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (2002) and the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities (2011). Specializing in classical studies and intellectual history, he wrote four books and co-edited four collections of essays, covering a wide range of topics including the commentaries of the Yijing (Book of Changes), Neo-Confucianism of the Song-Ming period, the social and intellectual history of modern China, and the global order after WWI. During the last decade, he was appointed Visiting Research Fellow at Leiden University in Holland (2006-2007) and at Erlangen-Nuremburg University in Germany (2013-2014) to conduct research on Chinese divination and the intellectual debates in contemporary China. His current research projects include the philosophy of divination of Zhu Xi (1130-1200), the modernity discourse in late Qing and Republican China, the transformation of the Yijing into the I Ching in the 1960s United States, and the rise of contemporary Confucianism since 1979.
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