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Research Projects

International Education in Manchuria? – Polish Schools in Harbin, 1890s–1940s

This project analyses the Polish community of Harbin from its beginnings in the 1890s to its end in the 1940s by focusing on institutions and practices of Polish schooling in that city.


Year: 2016 - 2018

Project Leader -

Dr DITTRICH Klaus

Department of Literature and Cultural Studies

The identity construction experiences of novice English language teachers in Hong Kong

This project will investigate the experiences of eight English language teachers in Hong Kong during their initial years of full-time teaching.


Year: 2016 - 2018

Project Leader -

Dr TRENT John Gilbert

Department of English Language Education

Capacity: PI

Amount: HKD221,472

Translator Professionalism in East Asia: Perspectives from Practitioners and Clients

The objective of this research project is to empirically investigate how non-literary translation practitioners and translation clients perceive translator professionalism, which is understood as not only involving knowledge and expertise but also the virtues of trustworthiness and altruism.


Year: 2016 - 2018

Project Leader -

Dr LIU Fung Ming Christy

Department of Linguistics and Modern Language Studies

Capacity: PI

"Traces of the Real": The Absent Presence of Photography in Postcolonial and Diasporic Literature

Literature and photography are often regarded as sister arts, their cominglings latent in the very etymology of the word “photography” meaning “writing with light.” While many scholars have studied their productive interactions, there is scant scholarly work about the use of photography as a trope or metaphor in literary texts. This project aims to shift the scholarship from an intense focus on text-image relations to the presence and function of verbalized or narrated images in literary texts. Some scholars have propounded the textuality of images by viewing images as texts that can be read and deciphered (Mitchell 1995, Petit 2006), but none have analysed the narrated image in literature.


Year: 2015 - 2017

Project Leader -

Dr BANERJEE Bidisha

Department of Literature and Cultural Studies

A Study of Chen Yinke’s Literary Thoughts and Practical Criticism

本計劃試圖從現代中國文學研究史的角度入手,全面整理陳寅恪有關文學的論述,闡明他的文學觀念,並且深入辨析他的研究方法與前人的異同。


Year: 2015 - 2017

Project Leader -

Dr LEE Kwai Sang

Department of Literature and Cultural Studies

Engaging Everyday Modernity: Hong Kong Poetry in the 1970s

The object of this project is the poetic treatments of everyday modernity in 1970s Hong Kong, but not restricted to the four basic necessities "yishizhuxing" (衣食住行).


Year: 2015 - 2017

Project Leader -

Prof YU Kwan Wai Eric

Department of Literature and Cultural Studies

Narrative Development in School-Age South Asian Children in Hong Kong

This proposed study will examine the development of Cantonese narrative in ethnic minority children of Hong Kong with special focus on three sub-groups, namely, Indian, Pakistani, and Nepalese, who are commonly called South Asians.


Year: 2015 - 2017

Project Leader -

Prof CHEUNG Hin Tat

Department of Linguistics and Modern Language Studies

Capacity: PI

Leung Ping-kwan’s Literary Works and Hong Kong Modernism

This project will use the main corpus of Leung’s works as examples to demonstrate how he brings these apparently disparate but actually connected topics under the umbrella of Hong Kong modernism and helps to enrich the meaning of the literary movement.


Year: 2014 - 2017

Project Leader -

Dr AU Chung To

Department of Literature and Cultural Studies

The Invisible Women: Re-evaluating Lady Gregory and Her Works in Modern Irish Literature

This study aims to re-evaluate Lady Gregory and her writings. Also, the research aims at helping clarify the nature of female writing and justify Lady Gregory’s contribution to modern Irish literature.


Year: 2015 - 2016

Project Leader -

Dr CHANG Tsung Chi Hawk

Department of Literature and Cultural Studies

漢語代詞在歷史上幾個重要變化之動因研究—以佛教及佛經翻譯對漢語發展演變的影響為視角

本項目計劃研究漢語代詞的歷史發展與印度佛教,主要是佛經翻譯的關係,是申請者已經結束的 GRF 項目 “漢譯佛經梵漢對比分析語料庫建設及其漢語歷史語言學研究” 工作的繼續。


Year: 2015 - 2016

Project Leader -

Prof ZHU Qingzhi

Department of Chinese Language Studies

Psychological and sociocultural adaptation and experience of international students in Hong Kong

Year: 2014 - 2016

Project Leader -

Dr YU Baohua

Department of English Language Education

Capacity: PI

Amount: HKD531,750

Second Language(s) Learning Motivation and Identity Construction of Ethnic Minority Students in Hong Kong

Year: 2014 - 2016

Project Leader -

Dr GU Mingyue Michelle

Department of English Language Education

Capacity: PI

Amount: HKD368,500

Trilingual Education in Hong Kong Primary Schools: English, Cantonese and Putonghua as Medium of Instruction in Different Subjects and Implications for Language Learning

This project aims to carry out a more complete inquiry into trilingual education in Hong Kong primary schools. The research questions are: 1. What are the models of trilingual education in HK primary schools? 2. Which models are more effective in fostering trilingualism?


Year: 2014 - 2016

Project Leader -

Dr WANG Lixun

Department of Linguistics and Modern Language Studies

Capacity: PI

Inspirations and Challenges from Silk and Bamboo-Slip Texts: Philosophical Investigation Based on Interdisciplinary Researches (Phase 2)

This project aims to examine the method and methodology of philology and philosophy, and to search for the possibility of merging these two approaches in order to apply them to the study of newly excavated Chinese silk manuscripts and bamboo slips in light of early Chinese intellectual history.


Year: 2013 - 2016

Project Leader -

Prof CHENG Kat Hung Dennis

Department of Literature and Cultural Studies

Introducing White-Collar Women to Hong Kong: A Case Study of Sacred Heart Canossian College of Commerce's Secretarial Training

In the Hong Kong context, the secretarial profession was considered one of the first whitecollar jobs for women, and became an indispensable component of the city’s economy in the latter half of the 20th century when Hong Kong gradually evolved into an international financial center. This project will trace the history of this phenomenon by using Sacred Heart Canossian College of Commerce (SHCCC) as a case study.


Year: 2016 - 2019

Project Leader -

Dr KANG Jong Hyuk David

Department of Literature and Cultural Studies

Ghosts and Spirits, Etiquette and Idea of "Way of Literature" – Focus on Northern Song Literati Ouyang Xiu, Zeng Gong and Su Shi

本研究計劃試圖以歐陽修、曾鞏、蘇軾對「鬼神」的認識為切入點,把他們的「文道觀念」 和「祈祭禮文」、「禮法行為」相聯繫。一方面作精細的個案研究,同時希望從更宏觀的角度,分析北宋文人如何理解「禮文」、「禮法」和「道」的關係。


Year: 2016 - 2018

Project Leader -

Dr FUNG Chi Wang

Department of Literature and Cultural Studies

Whitman on the Grid: Surveillance, Democracy and the Autobiographical Moment in Contemporary American Literature

In this project, I argue that through such autobiographical moments, contemporary authors are exploring the emergence of mass surveillance within democratic culture, focusing on what democracy and surveillance both enjoin: the appearances and self-representations of twenty-first century citizen-subjects.


Year: 2016 - 2018

Project Leader -

Dr CLAPP Jeffrey Michael

Department of Literature and Cultural Studies

Working Towards an iClinic: Developing a Suite of Diagnostic Language Testing Instruments for Academic Writing in English (DiaWrite)

This project aims to fill this research gap by developing and validating a coherent suite of language testing instruments (DiaWrite) to diagnose Hong Kong undergraduates’ relative strengths and weaknesses in writing academic essays in English.


Year: 2016 - 2018

Project Leader -

Dr XIE Qin

Department of Linguistics and Modern Language Studies

Capacity: PI

Revolution, Commercialism and Chineseness: The Reception and Appropriation of the Socialist Opera Films in Captialist-Colonial Hong Kong, 1954–1966

The study contends that the cultural influence of the PRC on Hong Kong was significant during the Cold War era. In addition to exploring the cultural exchange across two ideological blocs, the project also proposes a solution to the problem of reception.


Year: 2013 - 2017

Project Leader -

Dr HUI Kwok Wai

Department of Literature and Cultural Studies

Lyrical Conception in the Studies of Classical Chinese Literature in the Republican Period: With Special Reference to the Studies of Li Shangyin and Huang Zhongze

本研究聚焦於民國時期的古代文學研究,並以個案研究作為主要方法。


Year: 2015 - 2016

Project Leader -

Dr YIP Cheuk Wai

Department of Literature and Cultural Studies

Linguistic Analysis of Mid-20th Century Hong Kong Cantonese by Constructing an Annotated Spoken Corpus

In addition to providing a rich source of authentic spoken data, both quantitatively and qualitatively, for studying mid-20th century Cantonese, this proposed project will also focus on the possible mechanisms and the conditions involved in the development of Cantonese by comparing against 19th century and contemporary data.


Year: 2013 - 2016

Project Leader -

Dr CHIN Chi On Andy

Department of Linguistics and Modern Language Studies

Capacity: PI

The Role of Consonants, Vowels and Tones in Early Lexical Acquisition (COVOTO)

The present project will be the first to address this issue, exploring infants ’ relative sensitivity to and use of consonants, vowels and tones in Cantonese and French environments.


Year: 2016 - 2019

Project Leader -

Prof CHEUNG Hin Tat

Department of Linguistics and Modern Language Studies

Capacity: PI