Hong Kong History Project

Welcome to the website of the Hong Kong History Project.

The project, hosted at the University of Bristol, and funded by the Hatton Trust, aims to encourage and facilitate the study of the history of Hong Kong in the UK, and to build collaborations with partners in Hong Kong, specifically in terms of collaboration between the University of Bristol and the University of Hong Kong, as well as other interested HEI and community/NGO partners.

This initiative will support cutting edge research into the history of Hong Kong, by funding research studentships, visiting fellowships, conferences and workshops, exploring new and under-researched areas in Hong Kong history.

Research themes include, but will not be restricted to: Hong Kong society, politics, culture and economy under colonial rule; Hong Kong elites (social, cultural and political history), individuals and families, and their interactions with the colonial government, Hong Kong society, commerce and culture; migration; entrepreneurialism; Eurasians. Research contexts: modern Chinese and East Asian history, modern British colonial history, global history.

Hong Kong has been the subject of a number of academic and popular works of history, and research and heritage projects, but there is much that remains under-explored. It has been approached though a number of sometimes overlapping, sometimes mutually exclusive frameworks – and these include modern Chinese political or urban history, imperial and colonial history, cold war studies, international political economy and financial history. The evolving political context has helped shape such developments and spark work in new areas, but has also equally served to obscure from view other perspectives and themes. This project aims to serve as a focal point for a programme of events and new and on-going research initiatives that will provide new perspectives on the history of Hong Kong, both as an object of study in and of itself, and in comparative and regional perspective.

Robert Bickers
Project Director
Professor of History, University of Bristol