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Anthony Y. H. Fung

Anthony Y. H. Fung is the Co-Director of the Institute of Asia Pacific Studies, Director of the Global Studies Program, and Professor at the School of Journalism and Communication at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His current research projects include youth culture and the consumption of popular culture in Hong Kong and China; globalization of TV formats; transnational media corporations in China and Asia; and new media and online communities. He is the author of Global Capital, Local Culture: Transnational Media Corporations in China (Peter Lang, 2008) and numerous articles and book chapters.

Toru Horiuchi

Toru Horiuchi is a Lecturer in the Global Studies Programme, Faculty of Social Science. He received his MA from Georgetown University and PhD from the University of Hong Kong. Prior to his appointment at CUHK, he served as a research fellow at the Japanese Consulate in Hong Kong. His primary research interests include Sino-Japanese relations, Chinese foreign policy, and security issues in East Asia.

Jan Kiely

Jan Kiely is Professor and Associate Director of the Centre for China Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on Chinese history and research methods. 

Since first encountering China as a high school student in Chengdu in 1982-83, Kiely has studied Chinese language, culture and history at Yale (BA East Asian Studies), the University of Hawaii at Manoa (MA History), and the University of California, Berkeley (PhD History), and as a student and teacher in China at the Central China Normal University in Wuhan, Nanjing University, and Beijing University. Kiely previously taught also at Harvard University and Furman University, and directed Furman study programs at East China Normal University in Shanghai and Suzhou University. From 2007 to 2010, he was Co-Director and Associate Professor of the Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Centre for Chinese and American Studies. A former Yale-China Fellow, Beijing University Fellow, and National Committee on U.S.-China Relations Public Intellectuals Program Fellow, Kiely has served as a trustee of New Asia College (CUHK) and of the Yale-China Association and currently is a fellow of C.W. Chu College (CUHK) and serves on the Advisory Committee of the Universities Service Centre for China Studies (CUHK) and the Executive Committee of the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Hong Kong.

A historian of modern China, Kiely is the author of The Compelling Ideal: Thought Reform and the Prison in China, 1901-1956 (Yale 2014), and co-editor of Modern Chinese Religion II: 1850-2015 (Brill 2015) and Recovering Buddhism in Modern China (Columbia 2016) and is a recipient of the CUHK Faculty of Arts Research Excellence Award (2015).

John Lagerwey

John Lagerwey: Ph.D. in Chinese Studies at Harvard in 1975, longtime member of the Ecole française d’Extrême-Orient (1977-2000) and Chair Professor of Daoism and Chinese Religions at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (2000-2011), John Lagerwey is currently Research Professor of Chinese Studies in the Centre of East Asian Studies, Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is chief editor of some 40 volumes of ethnographic research and of eight volumes (Brill) on periods of paradigm shift in Chinese religious history. He has also published extensively on the history of Daoist ritual. His most recent authored book is China, a religious state (HKU Press, 2010).

Jin Lei

Jin Lei received an MS in Statistics and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Chicago. Before joining CUHK she was a post-doctoral fellow at the Robert Wood Johnson Scholars in Health Policy Program at Harvard University. Her overarching research interest lies in the interplay of health, medicine and social systems. She has published in journals such as Demography, Social Science & Medicine, Social Science Research and Health Affairs, among others. Jin's work falls into two areas: the social determinants of health and the social organisation of health care. In the first area, she has examined how people's social relationships are linked to their health-related outcomes. She has published papers assessing how marital status affects the utilisation of health care and how local and trans-local social ties influence rural-to-urban migrants'mental health by shaping their social comparisons. She is also interested in delineating how structural inequality affects individual health through psychosocial pathways. In her current projects, she is investigating how relative social status, status inconsistency and social mobility influence health, the consequences of migration for psychological well-being and the health effects of contextual social inequality in China. In the area of social organisation of health care, she has studied patient-doctor interaction in the US and the changing patterns in the use of Chinese medicine in China. Her on-going project focuses on professional autonomy among physicians in China's public hospital reforms.

Chen Li

Chen Li is Assistant Professor at Centre for China Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). He is also Assistant Professor (by courtesy) at CUHK’s Lau Chor Tak Institute of Global Economics and Finance (IGEF). He has researched and written extensively on issues related to China’s economic development, business environment and public policies, such as China’s state-owned enterprise reform, financial regulatory reform, government-business relations as well as industrial and regional development policies. He was invited to serve as a speaker or discussant by Harvard University, Brown University, UC Berkeley, Australian National University, National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University as well as Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Korea International Trade Association. Before joining CUHK, he worked at Fung Global Institute and Sun Hung Kai Properties Group in Hong Kong. He graduated from Peking University with dual bachelor degrees in law and economics. He received his MPhil and PhD in Development Studies from University of Cambridge. His recent book China’s Centralized Industrial Order: Industrial Reform and the Rise of Centrally Controlled Big Business was published by Routledge (London and New York) in 2016. He received 2018/19 ECS Grant from the Research Grants Council (RGC) of Hong Kong.

Minhua Ling

Minhua Ling is a sociocultural anthropologist and China studies scholar, researching, writing, and teaching on the processes and sociocultural ramifications of urbanization and migration in China and beyond. She received her PhD in anthropology and an MA in International Relations from Yale University before moving to Hong Kong in 2013 as Assistant Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her research has been published in leading journals such as Anthropological Quarterly, The China Journal, and The China Quarterly. Her research interests include urbanization, migration, education, mobility, identity, citizenship, inequality, childhood, youth culture, family and gender, food and ecology, China and Asian studies, and qualitative methods. Her research has been supported by National Science Foundation and Hong Kong Research Grants Council amongst other funding bodies.

Jing Song

Jing Song is an Assistant Professor in Gender Studies Programme at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. she got her BA and MA in sociology at Peking University (China) and then an MA and PhD in sociology at Brown University (USA). Her research interests include gender, family, work, migration, urbanization, political participation, and market transition. Her research cover topics of women's self-employment and entrepreneurship, land development and property rights, dating, cohabitation and marriage, tied migration and family relations. She has published in China Quarterly, Urban Studies, The China Review, Eurasian Geography and Economics, Housing Studies, Population, Space and Place, Journal of Sociology, Journal of Chinese Sociology, Journal of Comparative Family Studies, Asian Anthropology, Chinese Journal of Sociology etc. Her book Gender and Employment in Rural China was published by Routledge in 2017.

Tim Summers

Tim Summers works on China’s politics, political economy, and international relations. In addition to his role as a senior consulting fellow on the Asia-Pacific Programme at Chatham House, Tim is adjunct assistant professor at the Centre for China Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Tim has presented at numerous academic and policy research conferences, spoken on developments in China to corporates and at investment conferences, given evidence to the British parliament’s foreign affairs committee, been interviewed by Bloomberg, CNBC, the BBC and Sky News, and published numerous media commentaries. Prior to taking his PhD, Tim was a British diplomat for 13 years, including a posting as consul-general in Chongqing from 2004 to 2007, and work in Hong Kong from 1996 to 2001. He speaks both Cantonese and Putonghua.

Kristof van den Troost

Kristof van den Troost completed an MA in Sinology at the Catholic University of Leuven, and a PhD in Chinese Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), where he is now a Lecturer and MA Deputy Programme Director for the Centre for China Studies. His main research interests are Chinese film history, genre studies, and the representation of crime in Hong Kong cinema. He was recently published in Always in the Dark: A Study of Hong Kong Gangster Films, a collection of essays assembled by the Hong Kong Film Archive.

Suk-Ying Wong

Suk-Ying Wong received her PhD from Stanford University. She was on the teaching faculty in Japan before joining the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1997. Her primary interests involve the sociology of education, organizations and higher education, and much of her research and writing have related to the role of education in the construction of modernationalism and identity formation. Her work has appeared in journals such as the American Sociological Review, Sociology of Education, Comparative Education Review, and Multicultural Education Review. 

Professor Wong has an active record of professional and community service. She was the former Chair of the board of Management, Joint University Programmes Admission System, a member of the Joint Committee on Student Finance, Working Family and Student Financial Assistance Agency, and a Subject Specialist for the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications. By invitation, she was Honorary Guest Professor with the School of Ethnology and Sociology, Minzu University of China (2005). She was also the former Co-President of the Comparative Education Society of Asia.

Kenneth Young

Kenneth Young is a theoretical physicist, and is Emeritus Professor of Physics at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He pursued studies at the California Institute of Technology, USA, 1965–1972, and obtained a BS in Physics (1969) and a PhD in Physics and Mathematics (1972). He joined The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1973, where he has held the position of Chairman, Department of Physics and later Dean, Faculty of Science, Dean of the Graduate School and Pro-Vice-Chancellor. He was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 1999 and a Member of the International Eurasian Academy of Sciences in 2004. He was also a Member of the University Grants Committee, HKSAR and Chairman of its Research Grants Council. He served as Secretary and then Vice-President of the Association of Asia Pacific Physical Societies. His research interests include elementary particles, field theory, high energy phenomenology, dissipative systems and especially their eigenfunction representation and application to optics, gravitational waves and other open systems.