Addressing and Undressing Chinese Cultural Heritage

Addressing and Undressing Chinese Cultural Heritage

Date: 11 December, 2009 (Friday)
Speaker: Prof. David Pong (Professor in East Asian History, University of Delaware) 

This session is intended to explore the major issues in the conception, design, organization, and delivery of courses on Chinese history and civilization.  It aims at studying the issues in general, but with an attempt at focusing on those particular to CUHK as well.  Audience participation is essential.  In the interest of having a lively discussion, Cantonese, Putonghua, and English are all admissible.  Prof. Pong’s remarks will be in English (with Cantonese summary where necessary).  Participants would do well to remember that, at CUHK, students, after studying Chinese Cultural Heritage, should be able to:

  1. identify the essential characteristics of Chinese culture;
  2. recognize that Chinese culture involves different aspects and components;
  3. develop a critical appreciation of Chinese culture;
  4. recognize the relevance of Chinese cultures in modern life.

About the Speaker

Prof. David Pong is Professor in East Asian History at the University of Delaware in the US, but has taught also in England and Australia. He is now based in the History Department and the Centre for East Asian Studies at CUHK as a Fulbright Scholar. A graduate of St. Paul’s Boys’ College, Hong Kong, he earned both his BA (Hons.) and PhD in History at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.  His specialty is in modern Chinese history (late Qing).  He has authored three books, edited three books, and published more than thirty journal articles and book chapters.  He is the Editor-in-Chief of the 4-volume Encyclopedia of Modern China, which is hot off the press (August 2009).  He teaches courses on East Asian Civilizations and modern China.  He founded and directed the East Asian Studies Program at Delaware (1989-2009) and has led many study abroad programs to China.