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Keynote & Invited Speakers

 

Professor Lo Chin Tang
Emeritus Professor, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Professor Lo was born in 1927 and a native of Longxi District, Kansu Province. He is currently Emeritus Professor, Department of East Asian Languages and Literature, University of Hawaii. He has held posts in many renowned academic institutions which  include: Fellow, Humanities Institute, Kyoto University; Associate Professor, New Asia College (Hong Kong); Professor, Department of Chinese, University of Hong Kong; Visiting Professor, Hamburg University; Advisor on Buddhism, Curriculum Development Bureau, Ministry of Education, Singapore; Vice President, Buddhist Association of Hawaii; Visiting and Research Professor, jointly hosted  by the Department of Chinese and the Department of  Foreign Languages, National Taiwan University; Chair Professor, Research Institute of Chinese Literature, Tunghai University, Taiwan; Honorary Professor, Hebei Normal University; Honorary Professor, Lanzhou University; Honorary Director, Huanghe Rocks Museum, Lanzhou  etc. 

Over a span of fifty years, Professor Lo has dedicated his time and energy to the teaching and research on Chinese studies, his contributions are enormous and he has  educated so many students that Professor Lo is highly respected by scholars both in and outside China, and in fact, all over the world.
Professor Lo was the recipient of the first doctoral degree of Chinese literature awarded by the Taiwan Ministry of Education in 1960. His doctoral dissertation “Investigations into the  origins of the legends depicted in the existing poetic dramas (zaju) of the Yuan Dynasty ” was highly acclaimed and it became a driving force for Professor Lo to exert his greatest efforts in the study of Chinese drama after his graduation. He was so successful that he is regarded as the world authority on traditional Chinese drama. His contributions to the study of Chinese drama include: sheds new lights on the history of Chinese songs (sanqu), investigates the origins of the legends as found in the poetic dramas (zaju) of the Yuan dynasty, researches into the biographies of important dramatists of the Ming dynasty etc.  His publications, namely, Zhongguo sanjushi (A history of Chinese songs)(1957), Xiancun Yuanren zajubenshikao (Investigations into the  origins of the legends depicted  in the existing poetic dramas (zaju) of the Yuan Dynasty ) (1960), and Mingdai juzuojia kaolue  (Biographies of dramatists of the Ming dynasty) (1966) were  regarded by scholars and students of Chinese drama as the classics in the study of these fields in the past fifty years.

In addition to traditional Chinese drama, Professor Lo ‘s research interests also extend to different  forms of Chinese operas, such as Kunqu, Beijing opera, Gezixi (Popular opera in Taiwan) and Cantonese opera.  In recent years, he is particularly interested in the study of  Yam Kim Fai ,the prominent artist in Cantonese opera and his findings on the topic are enlightening and thought provoking.

Professor Lo has written extensively in the study of Chinese literature , in addition to the three works listed afore, other major publications include: Lidai tushu banben zhiyao (A history of  bibliography)(1958), Beiqu xiaolingpu  (Spectrum for Northern songs) (1964), Nanqu xiaolingpu(Spectrum for Southern songs)(1965), Zhongguo xiquzhongmu huibian(A bibliography of Chinese dramas)(1966), Jintang lunqu (Comments on Chinese drama by Lo Chin Tang)(1977), Sanqu xiaolingxuan (Selected songs)(1978), Mingqing zhuanqi xuanzhu (Selected annotations of dramas of the Ming and Qing dynasties)(1982), Yuanren xiaoling fenleixuanzhu(Selected annotations of songs of the Yuan dynasty)(1991).

 

Professor Colin Mackerras
Emeritus Professor, Griffith University, Australia

Professor Mackerras was born in Sydney in 1939 and educated at St Aloysius College and Sydney Grammar School. His academic qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne (1961), and a Bachelor of Arts with Honours (1962) and a PhD (1970) from the Australian National University. He was also awarded a Master of Letters from Cambridge University in 1964.

In a career spanning forty years, Professor Mackerras has been hailed as a major inspiration for Australia’s move towards Asia. He has been a staunch advocate for the promotion of Asian studies and languages in schools and universities, and has worked tirelessly to cement relations between Australia and China.

Professor Mackerras first developed a strong feeling and sympathy for the Chinese people when he was appointed to teach at the Beijing Institute of Foreign Languages in 1964. On returning to Australia, he worked as a Research Scholar and Research Fellow for the Department of Far Eastern History, Australian National University from 1966-1973. In planning for the establishment of Brisbane’s second University in the early 1970s, Griffith’s founders decided that a quarter of the initial courses at the University should be in Asian Studies. Colin Mackerras was one of the first scholars approached to become Foundation Professor in Modern Asian Studies, and he took up this position on 1 January 1974.

In a long and fruitful association with the University, Professor Mackerras taught extensively in Chinese politics, history and culture. He published widely during this time, and his Modern China: A Chronology from 1842 to the Present Day was considered one of the definitive texts on contemporary China, and consolidated his international reputation as a Sinologist. As Chairman of the then School of Modern Asian Studies from 1979-1985, and later as Head of School from 1988-1989 and 1996-2000, he provided outstanding leadership and played a crucial role in the development of innovative curriculum design in the Asian Studies area. During the period 1988-1996, he was also Co-Director of the Key Centre for Asian Languages and Studies which was hosted jointly by Griffith and The University of Queensland.

In December 2004, Griffith acknowledged Professor  Mackerras’ significant contributions to scholarship and to the University by conferring on him the title “Professor Emeritus”.

As an expert in foreign affairs and an authority on East Asia, Professor Mackerras has provided valuable advice and guidance to a number of key professional associations and councils. He was President of the Asian Studies Association of Australia (1992-1995), President of the Chinese Studies Association of Australia (1991-1993), Chair of the National Asian Languages and Studies in Australian Schools Taskforce (1994-1999) and Chair of the Queensland School Curriculum Council (2001-2002).

Professor Mackerras’ extraordinary contributions to scholarship and to the community have been recognized by numerous national and international awards. He was elected as a fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities in 1999 and was chair of its Asian Studies Electoral Section from 2001 to 2003. He received a Foundation Cross of Merit from the Albert Einstein International Academy in 1993, an Australia-China Council Award in 1999, a Millennium Medal of Honour from the American Biographical Institute in 2000, and a Centenary Medal in 2003.

Professor Mackerras’ research expertise is extensive and covers: Chinese theatre, especially traditional theatre,  China’s ethnic minorities, contemporary and past, Australia-China relations, Western views on China  and Chinese history, especially of the twentieth century.

His major publications include: China, Xinjiang and Central Asia, History, Transition and Crossborder Interaction into the 21st Century(2009), China in Transformation, 1900-1949 (2008), 'Chinese and Western drama traditions: A comparative perspective', in P. Gladston (ed.), China and Other Spaces (2009), 'Yangzhou local theatre in the second half of the Qing’, in LB Olivova and V Bordahl (eds), Lifestyle and Entertainment in Yangzhou (2009), 'Music and performing arts: tradition, reform and political and social relevance', in K Louie (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Modern Chinese Culture (2008).

 

Dr. Leung Pui Kam
Former Lecturer, Chinese Department, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Dr. Leung was born in Hong Kong in 1936. His native district is Dongguan, in Guangdong Province.   Deeply influenced by the great historian, Master Qian Mu, Dr. Leung first studied at the New Asia College where he received a B.A. and a M.Phil degree .  Later when   the Chinese University of Hong Kong was  established, he joined the  University and completed his studies with a Bachelor and then a Master degree. Dr. Leung earned his doctoral degree from the then Department of Chinese, University of Hong Kong. He has served as External  Research Officer of the Yokohama National University and the Centre of Asian Studies, University of  Hong Kong. He has held a teaching post  at the Chinese Department , Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he taught classical Chinese drama and opera, and history of Chinese literature.

For 40 years, Dr. Leung has dedicated great efforts in his research on Guan Hanqing, the playwright and the poetic drama of the Yuan dynasty, and Cantonese opera. He developed his interest and strong passion for opera when he was a small child and was actively involved in the performing activities during his secondary and tertiary  school days.  Being aware of the significance of original materials in the study of the history and development of Cantonese opera, Dr. Leung started tirelessly to collect all kinds of materials in relation to Cantonese opera from 1964  onwards.  In order to share his private collection with all those who are interested in the promotion of Cantonese opera, Dr. Leung has eventually donated his 8 million dollars collection to the Hong Kong Heritage Museum.  His generosity is regarded as a remarkable act in preserving Chinese culture.

Dedicated  to the promotion of local and mainland theatrical culture, Dr. Leung was appointed member of the Council for Performing Arts by the Governor. He has also been an art critic and serves as adviser for various museums, cultural institutions and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. In addition,he has been a trustee for the Hong Kong Culture and Art Foundation, a committee member of the International Cultural Exchange Foundation, cultural adviser for Guangdong and other mainland provinces, vice-president of the Guan Hanqing Society in China, Executive Director for the China Classical Drama Society, adviser for the Cantonese Opera Research Quarterly, and performance adviser for the China Regional Opera Festival. Dr. Leung is often invited to visit China, the United States, Canada, South America, Japan, South-east Asia, India, Europe and Russia for cultural exchange, research, lectures and conferences, and is recognized internationally as a renowned scholar in Chinese drama and opera.

In addition to individual papers and writings on literature and history, Dr. Leung has published numerous specialized works on drama and opera which include:  Yuanzaju hujianyiben jiaoshi (Comparative studies of editions of Yuan poetic drama)(1964) , Guan Hanqing yanjiu lunwenji  (Collected papers on Guan Hanqing) (1969) ,  Guan Hanqing zaju jiaoping (Collation of dramas by Guan Hanqing) , Guan Hanqing xiancun zaju yanjiu  (Study of existing poetic drama by Guan Hanqing) (1971),  Zhongguo yinyue (Chinese music) ,  Yueju yanjiu (Study of Cantonese opera) (1982),  Yueju jumu chubian (Preliminary edition of repertoire on Cantonese opera) (1979), Yueju yanjiu tonglun (Introduction to the study of Cantonese opera) (1982),  Xiangang xiju  xiankuang (Cantonese opera in Hong  Kong nowadays) (1984), Yueju jumu yanjiu (Study of Cantonese opera’s repertoire),  Liuguo da fengxiang (The joint investiture of a prime minister by six warlords) (1992)   and  Jianguohou zhi wenkeqian(1949-1965) Guangzhou yueju fazhan (The development of Cantonese opera in Kwongchow from the establishment of the People’s Republic to the era before the Cultural Revolution(1949-1965)).

 

Sir Guy Green
Chairman, Board of Trustees, Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery

Sir Guy, born in Launceston, Tasmania in 1937, was the Governor of Tasmania from 1995 to 2003. He was the first Tasmanian-born governor of the state, although not the first Australian-born.  He was Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Tasmania from 1973 until 1995, the culmination of a distinguished career in law in Tasmania, which saw him serve as a magistrate from 1971 to 1973. He made  state legal history when he was made chief justice at only 35 in 1973.

Sir Guy was also heavily involved in the University of Tasmania, serving as Chancellor before his appointment as Governor. On 11 May 2003,  Sir Guy, the longest serving state governor, was appointed Administrator of the Commonwealth, or in effect acting Governor-General of Australia. He  served as Administrator until August 2003 when he retired as Tasmanian Governor.

He was knighted as a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1982, appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in 1994 and appointed a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order during Queen Elizabeth II's visit to Tasmania in 2000. He was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2001.

On retiring from the governorship, Sir Guy continues to contribute to Tasmania as Chairman of Trustees of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, chairman of the board of Tasmania’s international arts festival Ten Days on the Island, honorary Antarctic Ambassador for Tasmania and Honorary Professor of the University of Tasmania in the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre. He is also Adviser to the Arts and Culture Centre of Beijing Normal University – Hong Kong Baptist University United International College.

He has a wide range of interests and has published and given orations and addresses in a number of fields including philosophy, the arts, law, the office of Governor, judicial independence, professionalism, Tasmania, Antarctica, history and science and technology. He is the author of entries in the Australian Dictionary of Biography and the Companion to Tasmanian History and contributed to the Oxford English Dictionary.

Sir Guy is also on record as speaking with depth to many audiences, be they agronomists or nurses. "When he goes to open a conference, he does not issue platitudes," said University of Tasmania associate professor of politics Richard Herr. "He has always done his homework, and he always makes an original contribution." In the recent years, Sir Guy is especially interested in Chinese arts and culture and he is a strong advocate for the fostering of relations between Tasmania and Hong Kong.

 

Professor Chan Kwok Kou
Dean, Faculty of Languages and Chair Professor of Chinese Literature, Hong Kong Institute of Education

Professor  Chan is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Languages, carrying the concurrent title of Chair Professor of Chinese Literature. Prior to joining HKIEd, Professor Chan was Professor in the Division of Humanities at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He had served as Head of the Department of Chinese at Hong Kong Baptist University.

Professor Chan  is a distinguished scholar in the areas of Chinese literary criticism and Chinese literary history. His main research has been in the areas of literary historiography, Chinese poetry and poetics, and Hong Kong literature. His has written extensively on these topics and his major publications include: Qingmi jiaguo (Obsession with China: Studies on modern Chinese literature and criticism)(2007), Mingdai fugupai Tang  shilun yanjiu (Ming neo-classicist on Tang poetry)(2007), Wenxueshi shuxie xingtai yu wenhua zhengzhi (The modes of writings and cultural politics of literary histories: Studies on Chinese literary historiography)(2005), Ganshang di lucheng: zai Xianggang  du wenxue (A melancholic journey: Reading literature in Hong Kong)(2003), Wenxue Xianggang yu Li  Bihua (“Literary Hong Kong” and Lilian Lee) (2000), Shuxie wenxue di guoqu:wenxueshi di sikao (Writing the literary past: reflections on literary history)(jointly ed. 1997),  Zhongguo wenxue di shengsi (Rethinking Chinese literary history)(ed. 1994),  Xianggang diqu Zhongguo wenxue piping yanjiu (Selected essays of Hong Kong scholars on classical Chinese literary criticism)(ed. 1991), Tang shi di zhuancheng:Mingdai fugu shilun yanjiu (The reception of Tang poetry in Ming neo-classicl criticism)(1990),  Jinghua shuiyue :wenxue lilun piping lunwenji(Flower in the mirror and the moon reflected in the water: Essays in literary theories and criticism) (1987),  Hu Yinglin shilun yanjiu (A critical study of Hu Yinglin’s poetic theories)(1986), Wenxueshi jikan (Studies in literary history)(joint ed. ).

Professor Chan is a member of various public service committees/bodies and an external referee of journals of other tertiary institutions. He has been invited by public organizations and renowned universities to deliver lectures and has been active in presenting papers in regional and international conferences.

Professor Chan has also been visiting scholar/professor for a number of universities in the Mainland China, Taiwan, Japan, Canada and the USA.

 

Dr. Yung Sai Shing
Associate Professor and Head, Department of Chinese Studies, National University of Singapore

Dr. Yung was awarded the Bachelor degree of Arts (1979) and the Master degree of Philosophy (1982) by the University of Hong Kong. He earned his degrees of Master of Arts (1988) and Doctor of Philosophy at the Department of East Asian Studies, Princeton University in 1992.

Dr. Yung is currently Associate Professor and Head, Department of Chinese Studies, National University of Singapore. His former posts include:  Honorary Visiting Professor, Department of Music, Chinese University of Hong Kong (2011);  Visiting Fellow, Centre of Asian Studies, University of Hong Kong (2007); Visiting Scholar, Institute for Chinese Studies, University of Oxford (2003);Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Chinese, University of Hong Kong (1999); Visiting Fellow, Department of East Asian Studies, Princeton University(1998).

Dr. Yung has been teaching the following areas at the National University of Singapore: Classical Chinese Literature, traditional Chinese drama, print culture and Chinese literature, and graduate research seminar.

Dr. Yung has an extensive range of research interests which cover : Traditional Chinese drama in the 16th and 17th centuries; Anthropology of Chinese theater; History of Chinese opera in Singapore/Malaysia (1880-1965); Cultural history of Cantonese opera/music (1900-1950);Print culture and Chinese literature.

Dr. Yung is a frequent visitor to Hong Kong where he has delivered numerous lectures on opera and cinema, and he is noted for his remarkable research and publications on Cantonese opera. Dr. Yung has delivered a public lecture on Yam Kim Fai in November 2011 which is entitled:“The Idolization of Yam Kim Fai in Cantonese opera”(Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 26 November 2011,jointly organized by the Yam Kim Fai Research Project and the Pao Yue Kong Library, Hong Kong Polytechnic University). The event attracted a full house audience and was considered to be a great success.

Dr. Yung has published many works of importance and his major publications on opera and cinema are:From Red Boat to Silver Screen: Visual and   Sonic Culture of  Cantonese Opera (To bepublished); Cantonese Opera from the Gramophone: A Cultural History (1903-1953). (2006); “ Producing Images; Constructing Identity: From the Southern Screen to Hong Kong Movie News” , in Cheuk Pak Tong (et al) (eds), Shaw: The Empire of Chinese Cinema (2003);Anthropology of Chinese Drama: Ritual, Theatre and Community. (2003) ;“Yam Kim Fai in the Era of All-Female Troupes: A Critical Study on two Cantonese Opera Artifacts from the Taiping Theatre Collection”, in Wong Shiu-hon (ed), Ren Jianhui : (Yam Kim Fai, 1913-1989) : Portrait of a Chinese Opera Performance Prodigy(2009); “Entering Cities; Glittering Lights: Urban Sensation in Cantonese Opera of the 1920s ”, in Yueju guoji yantaohui lunwenji(2008);“Synthesizing wen and wu, Fusing Ying and Yang: Yam Kim Fai’s Great Red Robe” in Mai Ke (ed), Yam Kim Fai: A Reader (2004).

 

Dr. Yu Siu Wah
Associate Professor, Department of Music, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Dr. Yu joined the Chinese orchestra led by the famous pipa  virtuoso, Lui Pui-yuen, when he was still in secondary school, and participated in recording and performing sessions. After graduating from the Department of Music, Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1978, he joined the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra as a full-time musician playing the erhu. After that, he worked at Radio Television Hong Kong and was marketing and promotion manager of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1983, he went to the University of Maryland, USA, to study Ethnomusicology. Subsequently, he studied at the Queen’s University of North Ireland where he received his MA degree. Then, he returned to USA and joined the Harvard University and became  a postgraduate student under the supervision of Professor Rulan Chao Pian and finished a dissertation on “The Meaning and Cultural Functions of Non-Chinese Musics in the Eighteenth century Manchu Court” in musicology. Dr. Yu returned to Hong Kong in 1993 , and is currently Associate Professor, Department of Music, Chinese University of Hong Kong and the director of the Chinese Music Archive. He teaches Chinese music history and  Ethnomusicology at the university.

Dr. Yu’s  research interests cover a wide range of topics, they are: Chinese music, Chinese instrumental music and musical instruments, music of the Manchus and the Mongols, Cantonese opera and the music of Hong Kong. His major publications include: Such are the Fading Sounds  (2005); Out of  Chaos and Coincidence : Hong Kong music culture (2001); Thoughts on Composing  Operatic  Songs (1997).  He was the editor of  the proceedings of An International Seminar on Retrospect and Development of Modern Chinese Orchestra (1997)

 

Professor Wong Siu Keung
Professor,  Department of History, Soochow University, Taiwan

Professor Wong received his Bachelor and Master degrees  from the Hong Kong Baptist University and the New Asia Institute of Advanced Chinese Studies respectively. When pursuing his doctoral degree at the University of Paris, he studied under the supervision of Professor J. Gernet, the world renowned sinologist. Professor Wong’s doctoral dissertation has attained the highest honour (Tres Honorable).

Professor Wong joined the Department of History, Soochow University, Taiwan  in 1987. During these years, he has served as Head of Department, Dean of Humanities and Social Science and Chief Director of the Ch’ien Mu House in Taipei.

Professor Wong’s major research interests are the academic history of the Ming and Qing dynasties, and historiography. When he was studying in Hong Kong, he was a student of   the great masters of Chinese philosophy such as Tang Jun-I and Mou Tsung-san etc. and he was especially influenced by the works of Professor Tang.  In the recent years, Professor Wong has devoted most of his time in pursuit of the study of neo-Confucianism ( and that of Professor Tang Jun-I in particular) and has frequently visited Mainland China and Hong Kong to deliver lectures and attend seminars in relation to Confucianism.

Professor Wong has written works on neo-Confucianism and historiography which include:  xueshuyujingshi : Tang Junyi dilishizhexue jiqizhongjiguanhuai  (The philosophy of  history and the ultimate concerns of  Tang Jun Yi (2010); Nianershizhaji yanjiu (A study on the Notes on
Twenty two dynastic histories)(2nd ed. 2010). He was the editor of the following books: Qianmu xiansheng sixiangxingyi yanjiulunwenji (Collected essays on the thoughts and life of Master Qian Mu)(2009); Ershishiji renwendashi  di fengfanyusixiang  (The charisma and thoughts of the great philosophers in the 20th century)(2007); Diaoyutailieyu zhi lishifazhan yu faludiwei  (The history and legal status of the Diaoyutai Island)(2004).

 

Dr. Chan Man Hung
President, Sino United Publishing (Holdings) Limited

Dr. Chan Man-hung studied  history at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, completed studies for his doctorate at the University of Hiroshima, Japan in 1980, and earned  his Ph.D. from the University of Hong Kong in 1989. Dr. Chan is a specialist  in the history of modern Chinese culture and thought, and has written three books and a large number of articles on the subject. From 1980 to 2004 he served in various capacities at The Commercial Press (Hong Kong) Ltd., including Editor in Chief and Managing Director. At present he is Vice-Chairman and President of Sino United Publishing (Holdings) Ltd. His works include Chen Duxiu Before the New Cultural Movement, Origins of the May Fourth New Cultural Movement, and Cycles of History and Culture.

 

Dr. Cheng Wai Ming
Head, Research Section, Jao Tsung-I Petite Ecole, University of Hong Kong

Dr. Cheng is a famous poet,  his penname is Weiming.

Dr. Cheng received his Bachelor and Master degrees from East Asia University, Macau  and  earned his Doctoral degree (Literature) from Minzu University of China. Currently he is Assistant Professor (Research) and Head of the Research Section, Jao Tsung-I Petite Ecole, Honorary Assistant Professor, School of Chinese, and Fellow, Centre of Asian Studies, University of Hong Kong. In the past years, he has served as Lecturer, Assistant Professor , Master degree supervisor, First Director of the Chinese Master degree course, Assistant to the First Dean, School of Chinese, University of Macau.

Dr. Cheng pursues research in a wide range of fields, including: Chinese classical literature, modern literature, anthropology and archaeology, and his research on the development of ci poetry in the late Qing and early Republican period (especially on  the study of the poet Kuang Huifeng) and the history and culture of Macau has been highly praised  by academics. His publications include: Kuangzhouyi xiansheng nianpu (The Chronicle of  Kuang Huifeng)(2009), Aomen wenxueshi chukao (A draft history of literature of Macau)(2004), Feiyouyi di quanshi (Collected essays on the development of contemporary Chinese literature)(2002), Aomen xijushikao(A draft history of drama of Macau)(1999), Lun Raotsungyi (On Jao Tsung-i)(1999), Aomen jingji sibainian (The economy of Macau in  four hundred years)(1994), Puzhan  ziluhuan beimingyingbian huibian  (Historical  inscriptions  of Taipa  and Coloane in Macau)(1992). Dr. Cheng has also published numerous articles in learned journals.

Being a renowned poet, Dr. Cheng has won many significant literary  awards from different countries and territories, including the Grand Poetry Award in memory of the fortieth  anniversary of the Chuangshiji shikan(Genesis Poetry Magazine) in Taiwan.  His poems has been selected to be included in textbooks for universities in Mainland and Taiwan. Dr. Cheng has so far  published  9 literary works (individual and with other authors).