CLASS PhD Forum on Global China Studies


Organised by Global China Studies of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS), the “PhD Forum on Global China Studies” was held at City University of Hong Kong on 5 May 2018. Eleven PhD students from the seven departments of CLASS were invited to present their research at the Forum. Seven scholars from UK and CityU served as chairs and discussants of the papers.

The morning session started with Professor ZHAO Dingxin’s keynote speech. Professor Zhao is Max Palevsky Professor at University of Chicago, USA. He offered an insightful analysis of different sources of state legitimacy and their impacts on public opinion. The morning session had two panels following the keynote speech. The theme of the first panel is Governance, covering topics relevant to the transition of low-carbon new towns in China, China’s transition to an innovation-driven economy, and Hong Kong’s environmental legislation and spending. The second panel is about China and the World, at which students presented papers on foreign correspondence in China and the Sino-European relations in the 1990s.
The afternoon session began with Professor WU Yushan’s interesting talk on how elections in Taiwan and political succession in Mainland China influence the cross-Strait relations. Professor Wu is an Academician of Academia Sinica and Distinguished Research Fellow at its Institute of Political Science. His talk attracted animated discussion during the question & answer session. The keynote speech was followed by two panels on Social Issues and Humanities. In the panel of social issues, students presented papers on the well-being of Hong Kong Chinese children, the relationship between public opinion and public policy in Hong Kong, and computer/mobile-assisted language learning. In the panel of Humanities, the presentations covered various topics including the learning of Chinese language, masculinity in China and hypnosis in China.

The PhD students who presented at the Forum and their topics are as follows:

  • FU Yang (POL): Eco-topia or a new vision: sustainability transition of eco new towns in China
  • TO Yee Man Yvette (AIS): Moving up the value chain: strategies, interests, and state-capital relations in China's economic restructuring
  • XU Jingyuan (POL) : Administrative strategies and budgetary outcomes: an analysis of Hong Kong environmental legislation and spending
  • ZENG Yuan (COM): Reporting China on the rise: a study on the field of foreign correspondence in contemporary China
  • Laurens HEMMINGA (AIS): Just business? The development of Sino-European relations in the 1990s
  • QU Diyang (SS) : Personal resilience mediated the predicting effect of mother-child relationship quality on well-being among Hong Kong Chinese children
  • XIA Chuanli (COM): Hong Kong 20 years after the handover: The dynamics among public opinion, public policy, and the press
  • Gavin WU (EN) : Learning beyond the classroom: A mobile community of inquiry
  • WANG Jia (LT): Variability at the syntax-semantics interface: acquisition of Chinese negation by Korean speakers and English speakers
  • Edi OBIAKPANI-GUEST (CAH): Images of masculinity in China 1953-62
  • LEUNG Man Tai Leslie (CAH) : How Chinese look on hypnosis? Hypnotic text and cultural milieu in Late Qing China (From 1903 to 1912)

Photo 1: A group photo of the participants at the Forum

Photo 2: Professor Zhao Dingxin offered insightful analysis of different sources of state legitimacy

Photo 3: Animated discussion with the presenters

Photo 4: Professor Wu Yushan shared his insights on the impact of elections and political succession on cross-Strait relations