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Disappearing Voices: An Oral History of Leftist Film Workers during Cold War Hong Kong

This oral history project aims to document the voices of Hong Kong leftist film workers who were active from 1949 to 1966 and to utilize their voices to reconstruct Cold War Hong Kong history. The principal investigator adopts the common usage of the term “leftist” during this era, defining leftist film workers as those who worked for the three major leftist film studios and the sole distributor of films made in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Until the mid-1960s, leftists controlled a significant share of the Hong Kong film market, produced popular movies and exported their productions and PRC-made films to other Chinese communities


Year: 2017 - 2021

Project Leader -

Dr HUI Kwok Wai

Department of Literature and Cultural Studies

Circulation of Literature Across Territories: Wang Jingxi and Hong Kong Versions of Chun Wen Xue and Wen Xing Cong Kan, and the Literary Fields in Taiwan and Hong Kong in the 1960s and 70s

This project investigates literary fields of Taiwan and Hong Kong in the 1960s. In 1967, Lin Haiyin founded Chun Wenxue literary journal in Taiwan. In the same year, its Hong Kong version was published by Wang Jingxi .Wang also introduced Wen Xing Cong Kan series from Taiwan via his Wen Yi Bookstore. It was owing to Hong Kong version of Wen Xing Cong Kan that Hong Kong readers could get a glimpse of the works of Yin Haiguang, Li Ao, Bo Yang, whose once banned works were difficult to access even in Taiwan.

 

On the other hand, his poor management led to accusation of not paying royalties to the authors and infringements of copyrights. What Wang created from the mid-1960s to 70s was a complicated case regarding cultural publishing. This project aims to investigate the significance of Wang Jingxi in the dissemination of literature across Hong Kong and Taiwan.


Year: 2018 - 2020

Project Leader -

Dr CHAN Chi Tak

Department of Literature and Cultural Studies

The interplay of language-in-education policy, language ideology and linguistic practices within discourse of internationalization in higher education – a comparative study

Year: 2018 - 2020

Project Leader -

Dr GU Mingyue Michelle

Department of English Language Education

Capacity: PI

Amount: HKD623,992

A Study on Joseph Yau and City Magazine: The Written Languages and Identities of Hong Kong in 1970s–80s

The project regards “written languages” as a combined perspective from Joseph Yau and City Magazine. Through the study of this important local writer and the development of City in 1970s and 80s, it aims to examine the complicated interrelation between written languages and identities and investigate the process of local identity building. We would like to advocate the inclusiveness and open-mindedness of “localness” in Yau and City. It is true that this project places a strong focus on local literature, history and culture. As we know that international approach is very critical in success of our research, we will place Yau and City in the whole picture of international politics and western cultures which are highly influential to Hong Kong during the period concerned.


Year: 2017 - 2020

Project Leader -

Dr LI Yuen Mei Fanny

Department of Literature and Cultural Studies

Focused written corrective feedback in Hong Kong secondary classrooms

Year: 2018 - 2019

Project Leader -

Dr MAK Wing Wah Pauline

Department of English Language Education

Capacity: Co-I

Amount: HKD591,992

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

Between Historicity and Imagination: Mutienzi Zhuan (The Travels of King Mu) and the Rise of Early Chinese Fictions

The prevalent theory traces the origins of Chinese fiction to the Wei and Jin Dynasties and considers the Tang Dynasty the time when they emerged fully fledged. With the advancement of archaeological works in China, this theory is gradually being challenged by excavated works of fiction dated to the Warring States and the Qin and Han periods. However, questions such as what are the stylistic features of early Chinese fiction and how did the fiction genre developed from that of historical writing remain to be answered. The purpose of this project is to focus on Mutienzi zhuan (The Travels of King Mu) to answer the above questions. As the earliest excavated text that survives into the modern age in Chinese history, our research on Mutienzi zhuan involves multiple aspects. We will start with a textual study of the text from a paleographical perspective, then move on to date its contents by comparing the text against documented bronze sources. The third step is to analyze the stylistic features of Mutienzi zhuan by comparing it with selected early fiction from other cultures, such as The Golden Ass, One Thousand and One Nights, and Mesopotamian mythologies, and to investigate the authorship, readership, transmission, and consumption of early Chinese fiction from a social perspective. The last step is to distinguish between the real and imagined geography in the text and reconstruct the transportation geography of King Mu’s travels using a historical geographical approach. It is hoped that this comprehensive research on Mutienzi zhuan will contribute to the study of Chinese paleography, history, geography and literature.


Year: 2017 - 2022

Project Leader -

Dr LEI Chin Hau

Department of Literature and Cultural Studies

A Study on Fragrance within the Curtains, the Annotation for Huang Tingjian’s Poetry Anthology by the Japanese Zen Monk Banri Shūkyū

十一世紀的黃庭堅(1045-1105)號山谷,是型塑北宋詩歌與禪宗形態、內涵的代表。其《山谷內集》有詩逾七百首,是今人認知山谷詩學、禪學的核心文獻。該集歷來以難解而聞名,註家甚少。自古及今的華人世界內唯宋代任淵(1090?-1164?)曾遍註內集詩,又唯錢鍾書(1910-1998)選註的逾八十首為當代學界山谷詩註的典範。然而,十五世紀室町時代的日本禪僧萬里集九(1428-1507?)曾著書《帳中香》,以漢文遍註內集。萬里獨特的知識背景、闡釋立場與心態,使得該書在詮解旨趣異於華人註家的同時,尤在認識《山谷內集》中詩禪關係的問題上,深具洞察。然此書的存在及其重要性,長期未為學界所熟知。本計劃即將針對萬里集九及其《帳中香》展開首次全面研究。筆者尤其將通過檢視該書以禪解詩的獨特路徑,反思《山谷內集》固有的內典化傾向,進而重新認識黃庭堅所引領的迥異於唐代傳統的宋型詩禪新風。同時,本計劃亦將有助學界重新探索,近古以降的中日兩國在詩禪文化上曾有的互動與共性。


Year: 2018 - 2020

Project Leader -

Dr SHANG Haifeng Aaron

Department of Literature and Cultural Studies

Watching Mainland Chinese Television Dramas in Hong Kong: Youth, Identities and Transcultural Consumption

Hong Kong television drama helped defined the Hong Kong identities, and its export into China has influenced generations of mainland audience. However, recent years has witnessed a “reverse flow”: many Hong Kong youngsters have taken an interest or developed a preference for television drama produced in China, such as Scarlet Heart (步步驚心), My Sunshine (何以笙簫默), and Eternal Love (三生三世十里桃花). This phenomenon is far from self-evident because all Hong Kongers’ national identifications drop after 2008, and this tendency is most evident in the youngsters. This project, thus, addresses an important and intriguing question: why, in light of significant anti-Mainland sentiments among Hong Kong youth, are Mainland TV dramas popular with this audience?


Year: 2017 - 2019

Project Leader -

Dr ZHOU Lulu Egret

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

Towards an Understanding of EFL Teacher Educators' Expertise in Hong Kong

This ECS project, drawing on a complexity theory and adopting an ethnographic case study design, seeks to explore teacher educators’ expertise at different stages of their career and how they (re)construct their expertise through different forms of professional practice (eg, teaching, research and practicum supervision) across time and contexts. The study will make a theoretical contribution to our understanding of teacher educator expertise by shedding light on its subject-specific and context-sensitive nature as well as its developmental process mediated by various influencing factors at personal, institutional and societal levels. The study can also generate implications on how to support teacher educators’ professional development at different stages of their career in higher education.


Year: 2017 - 2018

Project Leader -

Dr YUAN Rui Eric

Department of English Language Education

Capacity: PI

Amount: HKD416,000

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

Impact of short-term study in mainland China programme on Hong Kong local university students’ intercultural competence, perception and attitude about mainland China, and national identity

Year: 2018 - 2020

Project Leader -

Dr. GU Mingyue Michelle

Department of English Language Education

Capacity: Co-I

Amount: HKD594,435

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