2017 No.4
Event: 2017 ICS Luncheon III
At the ICS Luncheon on 25 September 2017, Professor Puk Wing Kin from the Department of History delivered a talk on the topic "The 'Resurrection' of Woman Yang: On the Case of Macheng in the 1720s".

Professor Puk is currently Associate Professor in the Department of History, and Research Fellow of the Research Centre for Contemporary Chinese Culture at the Institute of Chinese Studies. He holds a bachelor's degree from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, a Master of Philosophy from the Hong Kong Baptist University and has completed a Doctor of Philosophy at the Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford. His main research interest is the socio-economic history of Ming-Qing China. In his PhD thesis, he studies the Ming salt certificate and explored the rise and fall of the public credit market in China. His recent research output includes The Rise and Fall of a Public Debt Market in 16th-Century China: The Story of the Ming Salt Certificate (2016).

Professor Puk's lecture explored the famous case of the "return" of the woman Yang in Macheng in the 1730s. Married to Tu Rusong, the woman Yang was founded missing. The Yangs accused the Tus of murdering Yang, and the Tus contended that the woman had eloped or been kidnapped. Later, a corpse was found on a riverbank. The Yangs were convinced that the corpse was the woman Yang, but Tang Yingqiu, the county magistrate, ruled that the corpse was a male. However, the two officials succeeding Tang believed that the corpse was indeed the woman Yang, and Tang had accepted bribes from the Tus and had the corpse tempered with and falsified as a male. After five years of repeated trials and judicial torture, Tang was convicted and sentenced to death. Just before the execution, the woman Yang was found alive, being hidden at her brother's home all those years. Tang not only survived but was also rehabilitated. This lecture reconstructed this intriguing, if gruesome, case, and explored its significance in the study of Chinese legal and social history.

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Interview with Professor Cheng Hwei Shing : My Days with the Institute of Chinese Studies
Event: ICS 50th Anniversary Celebration Activities Highlights
Event: 2017 ICS Luncheon III
Event: 2017 ICS Luncheon IV
Event: 2017 ICS Luncheon V
Event: Public Lecture on "Deliver Us from Evil: The Daoist Quest for Release in Medieval China", organised by CUHK–Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Asia-Pacific Centre for Chinese Studies, Institute of Chinese Studies, CUHK, Ecole française d'Extrême-Orient Centre, and Center for Studies of Daoist Culture, CUHK
Event: Opening Ceremony of the Exhibition "Treasures from the Art Museum, The Chinese University of Hong Kong: Past, Present and Future"
Event: Autumn Guqin Concert, Art Museum
Event: Opening Ceremonies of the Exhibitions "A Field in Bloom: Highlights of Chinese Art to Mark the 60th Anniversary of the Department of Fine Arts, CUHK" and "Phoenix Reborn: Chu Jades Excavated from Hubei", Art Museum
Event: "Linguistics Seminar" and "CUHK-KU Workshop on Chinese Grammar" organised by T. T. Ng Chinese Language Research Centre
Event: Documentary Film Series co-organised by the Research Centre for Contemporary Chinese Culture and the Universities Service Centre for China Studies
Event: Launch of Professor Alain Roux's Latest Book, co-organised by the Chinese University Press, Research Centre for Contemporary Chinese Culture, and the Universities Service Centre for China Studies
Event: Public Lecture Series by Research Centre for Contemporary Chinese Culture
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Event: Fourteenth Graduate Seminar on China, Universities Service Centre for China Studies (4–7 January 2018)
Exhibition: "Purity in Zisha: Exhibition on Yixing Zisha Stoneware in the Collection of Art Museum of The Chinese University of Hong Kong"
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