Prof. Po Yin Stephanie CHUNG
Tel: 3411 7101
Professor, Department of History Director, Modern History Research Centre
- SMART SOCIETY
A renowned expert on Asia’s socio-economic and business history, Chung is described by her peers as “a wonderful storyteller” who meticulously documents the adventures of various groups of diasporic traders in Asia combining historical depth and contemporary focus. She is enthusiastic about writing the kind of history that tells stories as well as making arguments. The history she is interested in is how these individuals and diasporic communities interpret and utilise the past in order to construct the present. Her research focuses on historical and contemporary movements of people, goods and ideas that have connected South China, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Her research reveals how, over the past few millenniums, diasporic groups shaped Asian societies, economies, identities and politics.
In 2021, Chung (together with her colleagues) received a HK$2.5 million grant from the Lantau Conservation Fund (LCF) offered by the HKSAR Government for its project “The Legend of Shek Pik–Lantau Stories under Water”. Earlier, her team won a HK$2 million grant from the Built Heritage Conservation Fund (BHCF) for its project “Where ‘Hong Kong in the Sea’ and ‘Hong Kong on the Land’ Meet – a Study on the Conservation of Historic Building Clusters in the Ap Lei Chau-Aberdeen-Lamma Island Area”. These projects employ a sea perspective to revisit the history of Hong Kong and its neighbouring region. They utilise evidence from building clusters, stele inscriptions, official archives, and oral histories to illustrate the communal, cultural and social features of land settlers, fishermen and neighbouring floating communities and seek for solutions to conserve these significant heritages. In 2020 and 2021, Her team has received HK$2.87 millions from the Intangible Cultural Heritage Office, Leisure and Cultural Services Department to conduct a “Mid-Autumn Festival-the Pok Fu Lam Fire Dragon Dance” and a “Food and Community Cohesion the Story of Basin Feast” partnership projects. The team conduct field works, produce oral histories, and reorganise old documents and photos from historical and anthropological perspectives with the aim of retracing the history of these century-old intangible cultural traditions.