Prof. Si Ming LI 李思名
Chair Professor of Geography

Prof. Si-ming Li obtained his B.S., M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, the University of Alberta and Queen’s University, Canada, respectively, all in the field of Geography.

Previously, Prof. Li served as Director of the Center for China Urban and Regional Studies (2001-2011), Interim Dean of Social Sciences (February - July 2010), Head of the Department of Geography Department (June 1997 - August 2003), and Course Leader of China Studies (January 2001 - August 2004). In Academic Year 1994-95 he spent his sabbatical leave as Visiting Professor at the Department of Geography of National Taiwan University, where he helped organize probably the first major conference on China’s regional development in Taiwan. An edited volume based on this conference was published jointly by LEWI and the Population Research Center of the National Taiwan University. This book has remained a required reading for courses on the topic taught in many universities in Taiwan today.

His current research focuses on housing and residential change in urban China, supported by 6 General Research Fund (GRF) awards from the Hong Kong Research Grant Council, 1 Public Policy Research (PPR) grant from the Central Policy Unit of the Hong Kong SAR Government, and grants awarded by the Urban China Research Network based at the State University of New York at Albany and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy based at Cambridge, Massachusetts. His publications include 18 authored/edited books and journal special issues and some 140 journal articles, book chapters and book reviews on different aspects of urban and regional development in Hong Kong and mainland China, many of which are among the most frequently cited works on China urban housing. Recent edited volumes/journal special issues include:Housing Inequalities in Chinese Cities, co-edited by Youqin Huang and Si-ming Li (2014); Special Issue: Living in Chinese Enclave Cities. Urban Geography, Vol. 33, No. 2, co-edited with Ronald van Kempen & Bart Wissink; A New Geography of Hong Kong, Vols. I and II, co-edited with Chi-Yung Jim and Tung Fung (2010). He serves on the editorial board of Housing Studies, Urban Geography, China Review, Asian Geographer and Journal of Geographical Science. He also served in the 1999, 2006 and 2014 Social Science Panel of the Research Assessment Exercise conducted by the University Grants Committee of Hong Kong.


Associate Director
Prof. Cindy Yik-yi CHU 朱益宜
Convenor of Cross-Cultural Studies Working Group
Professor, Department of History

Cindy Yik-yi Chu is Professor of History, Program Director of Master of Social Sciences (Contemporary China Studies) and Associate Director of the David C. Lam Institute for East-West Studies (LEWI), Hong Kong Baptist University. She is also the Editor of Christianity in Modern China Series, Palgrave Macmillan.

Her books include The Chinese Sisters of the Precious Blood and the Evolution of the Catholic Church (Christianity in Modern China) (Palgrave Macmillan, November 2016); Catholicism in China, 1900-Present (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014); The Catholic Church in China (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012); Chinese Communists and Hong Kong Capitalists: 1937-1997 (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010); The Diaries of the Maryknoll Sisters in Hong Kong, 1921-1966 (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007); The Maryknoll Sisters in Hong Kong, 1921-1969: In Love with the Chinese (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and its Chinese edition (Hong Kong: Chung Hwa Book Co., 2007); Foreign Communities in Hong Kong, 1840s-1950s (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005); China Reconstructs (Lanham: University Press of America, 2003); and Yapian zhanzheng de zai renshi (A Reappraisal of the Opium War) (Hong Kong: Chinese University Press, 2003, in Chinese).

Her research interests include: (1) Modern and Contemporary China, (2) Cross-Cultural Studies, (3) Cultural Relations, (4) International History, (5) History of the Catholic Church in China, (6) Chinese Foreign Relations, (7) Sino-Vatican Relations, (8) Sino-American Relations, and (9) Hong Kong History.

Chu is one of the Directors for the Christian Study Centre on Chinese Religion and Culture, Chung Chi College, and Executive Member of the Society for the Study of History of Christianity in China, Hong Kong. Also she is appointed as the HKCAAVQ (Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications) Specialist.



Research Staff

Research Assistant Professor
Dr. Pu Hao
Mobility/Urbanization Working Group

Dr. Hao obtained his B.Sc. from Wuhan University, M.Sc. degrees from Wuhan University and the International Institute for Geo-information Science and Earth Observation and Ph.D. in Human Geography and Urban Planning from Utrecht University. His research interests include urban socio-spatial dynamics, urban economic geography, migration and mobility, and urban housing. His multiple research projects are supported by the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, the National Science Foundation of China and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. His publications appear in international peer-reviewed journals including Urban Studies, Environment and Planning A, and the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.







Research Assistant Professor
Dr. George Kam-wah Mak
Cross-Cultural Studies Working Group

George K. W. Mak obtained his PhD in Chinese Studies from the University of Cambridge. His academic interests include Bible Translation, History of Christianity in China, History of Late Qing and Republican China, Print Culture, Religious Publishing, and Sino-Foreign Cultural Relations.

Mak is the author of 《大英聖書公會與官話〈和合本〉聖經翻譯》(The British and Foreign Bible Society and the Translation of the Mandarin Chinese Union Version) (Hong Kong: Christian Study Centre on Chinese Religion and Culture, 2010) and Protestant Bible Translation and Mandarin as the National Language of China (Volume 131 of Sinica Leidensia) (Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2017). His recent journal publications include “The Belated Formation of the China Bible House (1937): Nationalism and the Indigenization of Protestantism in Republican China” (Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 78, 3 (2015): 515-535) and “To Add or not to Add? The British and Foreign Bible Society’s Defence of the ‘Without Note or Comment’ Principle in Late Qing China” (Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, series 3, 25, 2 (2015): 329-354).

A Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland (RAS), Mak was a finalist of its Sir George Staunton Prize in 2009 and won its Barwis-Holliday Award for Far Eastern Studies in 2014. He also received Special Mention in Stephen C. Soong Translation Studies Memorial Awards 2010. Recently, Mak was appointed a visiting faculty member of the Nida School of Translation Studies 2016, which was organized by the Nida Institute for Biblical Scholarship of American Bible Society and the San Pellegrino University Foundation in Italy. Having served on the board of directors of the Christian Study Centre on Chinese Religion and Culture since 2012, Mak is also the treasurer of the Society for the Study of History of Christianity in China.



Research Assistant Professor
Dr. Dong Dong
Environment, Health and Sustainability Working Group

Dong Dong joined LEWI in 2011. She obtained her doctoral degree in Mass Communication from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Her work has been published in the Journal of Health Communication and the International Communication Gazette. Dong also presented more than a dozen of research papers at numerous international conferences. Her current research interests are: (1) Health communication, with an emphasis on the social construction of infectious diseases and public health crises; (2) Environmental communication, including effect studies on green advertising and sociological research on Chinese environmental journalism; (3) International communication, especially the global formation of information networks and its implication for social movements; (4) Media sociology that investigates both the process and the products of the news institution from a comparative perspective.





Research Assistant Professor
Dr. Jack Lee
Cross-Cultural Studies Working Group

Dr. Jack Lee obtained his Ph.D. from the Department of Fine Arts, the University of Hong Kong. He teaches art history and theory, with a particular emphasis on the art of 18th and 19th century China. His research has been primarily in the areas of Chinese art history, Asian art and Hong Kong art, and his sole-author books are: China Trade Paintings: 1750s to 1880s, Sun Yat-sen University Press, 2014; From Reality to Fantasy: The Art of Luis Chan, Asia Art Archive, 2006. Dr. Lee’s scholarly articles have been published in both international and local art journals, and he is active as an art critic, historian and editor in the Hong Kong art scene. His current research includes a GRF project Picturing China – A Study of the Visual Representations of the 18th and 19th China Coast; and A Survey of Western Media Art in the Pre-1960s Hong Kong commissioned by the Hong Kong Museum of Art.




Administrative Staff

Executive Officer - Miss. Jessie Fung
Programme Officer - Mr. Edwin Ng
Project Assistant - Miss. Stephany Yeung