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Prof. CHUNG, Po Yin Stephanie
鍾寶賢教授

Professor, Department of History

Director, Modern History Research Centre

 

DPhil, University of Oxford,
BA (Hons) The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

 

(852) 3411 7101

 

RESEARCH FOCUS

Social and Economic History;
Business History;
History of Business Laws and Customs;
Trading Diasporas in South China, Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
  • Floating in Mud to Reach the Skies: Victor Sassoon and the Real Estate Boom in Shanghai, 1920s–1930s, International Journal of Asian Studies (Cambridge University Press), 2019, Volume 16, Issue 1, pp. 1-31.

 

  • Creating “Family” Networks across Time and Space: The Alsagoffs in Singapore, 1824-2009, Modern Asian Studies (Cambridge University Press) 52, Part 2 (2018), 458-91.

 

  • The Way of Taikoo – A History of the Swire Enterprise in China, 1866-2016 (Hong Kong and Shanghai: Joint Publishing Co. Ltd., 2016) [in Chinese], a commissioned research for John Swire and Sons Ltd., London.

 

  • "Finance and Politics in Guangdong, 1912-16", in John Carroll & Chi-kwan Mark (eds), Critical Readings on the Modern History of Hong Kong, 4 vols. (Leiden: Brill, 2015). Vol. 4, pp. 1061-78.

 

  • “From Ancestral Tong to Joint-stock Company – the Transformation of the Yip Kwong Tai Tong in South China, 1830s-1960s,” International Journal of Asian Studies (Cambridge University Press), 2015, Vol. 12, Issue 1, pp.79-105.

 

  • “Transcending Borders: The Story of the Arab Community in Singapore, 1820-1980s,”in Yuju Lin & Madeline Zelin (eds), Merchant Communities in Asia, 1600-1980 (London: Pickering & Chatto Publishers, 2015), pp. 109-22.

 

  • “Law and its Impact on Diaporic Philanthropic Institutions: The Practices of Sinchew and the Waqf in the Straits Settlements”, in Jayati Bhattachaya & Coonoor Kripalani Thadani (eds), Chinese and Indian Immigrants: Comparative s Perspectives (London: Anthem, 2015), pp. 167-85.

 

  • “Understanding Chinese Customs: the Irish Judges and the Sinchew Disputes in the Straits Settlements, 1830s–1870s,” in John McLaren & Shaunnagh Dorset (eds), Legal Histories of the British Empire: Laws, Engagements and Legacies (London: Routledge, 2014) pp.141-56.

 

  • “Chinese Enterprises Across Cultures: The Hong Kong Business Experience in Early Twentieth Century,” in Ramon H. Myers & Billy So (eds), Treaty-port Economy in Modern China: Institutional Change and Economic Performance in Eight Empirical Studies (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2010), pp. 202-18.

 

  • “Chinese Tong as British Trust: Institutional Collisions and Legal Disputes in Urban Hong Kong, 1860s–1980s.” In Modern Asian Studies (Cambridge University Press) Vol. 44, part 4 (2010), 1409-1432.

 

  • “Migration & Enterprise: The Eu Yan Sang Firm and the Eu Kong Pui Family in Foshan, Penang and Hong Kong,” in Yeoh S. G. and Nasution K. (eds), Penang and its Region: The Story of an Asian Entrepot (Singapore: National University of Singapore Press, 2009), pp. 180-90.

 

  • “The Chinese Movie Mogul and the Transformation of his Movie Empire – Loke Wan Tho Family and the Cathay Organisation in Southern China and Southeast Asia (1915-2000),” in Asia Europe Journal, Vol.7, part 3 (2009), pp. 463-478.

 

  • “Moguls of the Chinese Cinema–the Story of the Shaw Brothers in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore, 1924-2002.” Modern Asian Studies (Cambridge University Press) Vol. 41, part 4 (2007), 665-680.

 

  • “Migration and Enterprises-three generations of the Eu Tong Sen Family in Southern China and Southeast Asia, 1822-1941.” Modern Asian Studies (Cambridge University Press) Vol. 39, part 3 (2005), 497-532.

 

  • “Surviving Economic Crises in Southeast Asia and Southern China: The History of Eu Yan Sang Business Conglomerates in Penang, Singapore and Hong Kong.” Modern Asian Studies (Cambridge University Press) Vol. 36, part 3 (2002), 579-618.

 

  • “Mobilization Politics: The Siyi Businessmen in South China.” In Leo Douw, Cen Huang and Michael Godley eds. Qiaoxiang Ties: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Cultural Capitalism in South China, (London: Routledge, 1999), 45-66.

 

  • “Chinese nouveau riche in Southeast Asia as Movie Moguls in Hong Kong-the Stories of Run Run Shaw & Loke Wen Tho.” In Albrecht Rothacher ed. Corporate Globalization, Business Cultures in Europe and in Asia, (London: Marshall Cavendish Academic, 2005), 26-35.

 

  • “Western Law vs. Asian Customs Legal Disputes on Business Practices in India, British Malaya and Hong Kong, 1850s-1930s.” Asia Europe Journal (Heidelberg, Germany) No. 1 (2003): 1-13.

 

  • “Hong Kong Merchants in New China, 1900-11.” In David Faure ed. Hong Kong, A Reader in Social History, (Hong Kong: Oxford University Press, 2003), 335-64.

 

  • “Surviving Economic Crises in Southeast Asia and Southern China: The History of Eu Yan Sang Business Conglomerates in Penang, Singapore and Hong Kong.” Modern Asian Studies (Cambridge University Press.) Vol. 36, Part 3 (July 2002): 579-617.

 

  • Chinese Business Groups in Hong Kong and Political Changes in South China. London: Palgrave, 2003. Electronic edition; hard copy printed in 1998 by Macmillan (London) and St. Martin (New York).

 

  • “Doing Business in Southeast Asia and Southern China-Booms and Busts of the Eu Yan Sang Business Conglomerates, 1876-1941.” In Leo Douw ed. Chinese Transnational Enterprises: Cultural Affinity and Business Strategies, (London: Curzon Press, 2002), 158-83.
COURSE OFFERED

Historical Theory and Practice

Social & Economic Development of Modern China (1800-2000)

History of Chinese Food Culture in Global Perspective

China and the Global Economy 1800-2000

Popular Culture in Modern China (1800-2000)

FUNDED RESEARCH PROJECTS (Selected)

General Research Fund (Research Grant Council) / BHCF / ICHFS Projects

 

  • 2021– present: Principal Investigator,   “Ritual, Food and Community Cohesion - the Story of Basin Feast”, Intangible Cultural Heritage Office, Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the Government of HKSAR

 

  • 2020 – present: Principal Investigator, “Mid Autumn Festival: The Pok Fu Lam Fire Dragon Dance,” Intangible Cultural Heritage Office, Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the Government of HKSAR

 

  • 2018-present: Principal Investigator, Where “Hong Kong in the Sea” and “Hong Kong on the Land” Meet – A Study on the Conservation of Historic Buildings Clusters in the Ap Lei Chau- Aberdeen-Lamma Island Area, Thematic Research on Built Heritage Conservation, Development Bureau, the Government of the HKSAR.

 

  • 2016-present: Principal Investigator, Trading Diaspora and Merchant Community-The Sassoon and Kadoorie Family Enterprise in the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia and Coastal China, 1830-1990

 

  • 2009-2014: Principal Investigator, “Islamic Endowments [the Waqf] and the Chinese Ancestral [Tong]: A Comparative Appraisal of the Evolution of Ethical Capitalism, 1830-2007”

 

  • 1999-2003: Principal Investigator, “Family, Ethnicity and Business Expansion – the case of the Eu Yan Sang firm in Guangzhou, Hong Kong, the Straits Settlements and British Malaya, 1876-1999”

 

  • 1997-1999: Co-investigator, “The papers of Robert Morrison”
COMMISSIONED RESEARCH WORKS (Selected)
  • 2019-present: Civil Engineering and Development Dept, HKSAR.
    Topic: “Consultancy Services for Cultural and Historical Studies for Rural Villages Along Tung O Ancient Trail (東澳古道) at Lantau”

 

  • 2017-18: Commissioned Research for the Hong Kong Housing Society”, HKSAR
    Topic: “A History of Public Housing in Hong Kong”

 

  • 2014-16: Commissioned research for John Swire and Sons Limited, London
    Topic: “A History of the Swire Enterprise in China, 1866-2016”

 

  • 2014-15: Commissioned research for the Hong Kong Museum of History, HKSAR
    Topic: “Merchant Communities in Hong Kong - the Story of the Portuguese”

 

  • 2013-14: Commissioned research for the Hong Kong Museum of History, HKSAR
    Topic: “Merchant Communities in Hong Kong - the Story of the Parsee (Zoroastrian)”

 

  • 2012-13: Commissioned research for the Antiquities and Monuments Office, HKSAR
    Topic: “A survey on the Lung Tsun Stone Bridge, Kowloon Walled City”

 

  • 2009-2012: Commissioned research for the “Hong Kong Memory” project, Leisure and Cultural Services Department, HKSAR
    Topic: “A survey on the Shaw Brothers [movie enterprise] Archive Collection”

 

  • 2000-2002: Commissioned research for the Hong Kong Chinese Chamber of Commerce, HKSAR
    Topic: “A Centennial History of the Hong Kong Chinese General Chamber of Commerce”