2020 No.4
Event: Universities Service Centre for China Studies
USC-CCS Webinars
On 12 October, the Universities Service Centre for China Studies (USC) and the Centre for China Studies (CCS) co-organised a webinar entitled “Ideological Differences between Chinese Communist Party Members and the Mass Public”, delivered by Prof. Junyan Jiang from Columbia University. A popular view of non-democratic regimes is that they draw followers mainly from those with an illiberal, authoritarian mindset. Prof. Jiang challenged this view by arguing that there exists a different class of autocracies that rules with a relatively enlightened base. Leveraging multiple nationally representative surveys from China over the past decade, he substantiated this claim by estimating and comparing the ideological preferences of Chinese Communist Party members with those of ordinary citizens. His findings cautioned against the simplistic, dichotomous characterisation of political regimes and underscored an important tension between modernisation and democratisation in developing societies. The talk attracted around 50 participants; many insightful comments and questions were raised during the discussion sessions.

On 19 November, USC and CCS co-organised the webinar entitled “‘Molihua’ [茉莉花] as Cultural Text: What Can Music Bring to Chinese Studies”, delivered by Prof. Frederick Lau from the Department of Music at CUHK. ‘Molihua’ is a folk song known throughout China and in the world. Prof. Lau discussed several important moments in this folk song’s existence and described how ‘Molihua’ was received, recontextualised, resignified, and capitalised upon, both inside and outside China. Using ‘Molihua’ as a text and case study, he suggested that music and sonic articulation are important tools for understanding the sentiments and the ever-changing modes of circulation of Chinese music.
Reflections on the Covid-19 Pandemic: “Plot Twist” and Institutional Comparison

USC and the Department of Government and Public Administration, CUHK, co-organised a webinar entitled “Reflections on the Covid-19 Pandemic: ‘Plot Twist’ and Institutional Comparison” on 7 December 2020. The speaker was Prof. Qin Hui, Visiting Professor of the Department of Government and Public Administration.
Covid-19 Resource Initiative

The COVID-19 epidemic, which began at the end of 2019, swept across the world within a few months, triggering a major public health crisis and has had a huge impact on medical systems, economic development and even social stability around the world. Since the outbreak of the epidemic, experts and scholars in different fields have stepped up research on the impact of this plague on human society. In the past six months, USC has purchased hundreds of health materials, including health yearbooks, health statistical yearbooks, CDC statistical yearbooks, health gazetteers, hospital gazetteers, epidemic prevention station gazetteers, as well as different health survey reports. These new materials have already been catalogued and put on shelves. In addition, the centre has extensively collected and downloaded information about the COVID-19 from the official websites of various Chinese central ministries and commissions as well as provincial and numerous municipal health departments. The data are archived on the centre’s server for easy access.
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News: The Establishment Ceremony of the Publication Service Unit (PSU)
Event: Research Programme for Lingnan Culture: Lingnan Culture Appreciation Series (2): “In the Shadow of Lingnan: Canton Calligraphy, Guqin and Qing Loyalists”
Event: Public Lecture Series 2020: “Wang Zhao-Yong’s Life and His Poetry”
Event: Qing Cantonese Literati Research Project Presentations (I-III)
Event: Art Museum: Celebrating the Year of the Rat
Event: Amazing Clay: The Ceramic Collection of the Art Museum
Event: Art Museum: Hong Kong Impressions
Event: Art Museum: Time Travel • Hong Kong
Event: Art Museum: Savouring Hong Kong
Event: Art Museum Workshops for “APRU Virtual Student Exchange Program”
Event: Art Museum Online Talks
Event: Art Museum: Colours of Life
Event: Art Museum: “Museum Walks” Video Series
Event: Research Programme for Chinese Archaeology & Art: Online Lecture: Gold for Glory: History, Communication, Craft
Event: Research Programme for Chinese Archaeology & Art: Exhibition: “Gold for Glory: History, Communication, Craft”
Event: Research Programme for Chinese Archaeology & Art: Touring Exhibition: Jewels of Transcendence—Himalayan and Mongolian Treasures
Event: Research Centre for Contemporary Chinese Culture: The Second Chen Jing Chinese History Teaching Awards
Event:T. T. Ng Chinese Language Research Centre: Southern Institute of Chinese Linguistics
Event: Universities Service Centre for China Studies
New Publications
Event Highlight: Embrace Art at Home
Event Highlight: Colours of Life
Event Highlight: Art Museum Online Shop: Souvenir & Book Sale Month
Event Highlight: Research Programme for Lingnan Culture: Qing Cantonese Literati Research Project Presentations (IV)
Event Highlight: Lingnan Culture International Conference 2021, “Redefining Lingnan Culture and the World: Materiality, Mentality and the Structure of Feeling”
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