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Professor John Carroll

Professor John Carroll
BA Oberlin; MA Iowa; PhD Harvard

Research Interests
Selected Publications
Research Postgraduate Supervisions
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Research Interests

Modern Chinese History
Hong Kong History
Colonialism and Imperialism in Asia

Selected Publications

A Concise History of Hong Kong (Rowman and Littlefield, 2007; Hong Kong University Press, 2007). Chinese translation 香港簡史: Chung Hwa Book Company, 2013.

Edge of Empires: Chinese Elites and British Colonials in Hong Kong (Harvard University Press, 2005; paperback reprint, Hong Kong University Press, 2007).

Edited Volumes
Co-edited with Chi-kwan Mark, Critical Readings on the Modern History of Hong Kong, 4 vols. (Brill, 2015). 

Articles and Chapters
"'The Usual Intercourse of Nations': The British in Pre-Opium War Canton," in Robert Bickers and Jon Howlett, eds., Britain and China: Empire, Finance and War (Routledge, 2015), 22-40.

"Slow Burn in China: Factories, Fear, and Fire in Canton," in Robert Peckham, ed., Panic: Disease, Crisis, and Empire (Hong Kong University Press, 2015), 35-55.

"The Peak: Residential Segregation in Colonial Hong Kong," in Bryna Goodman and David Goodman, eds., Twentieth-Century Colonialism and China: Localities, the Everyday, and the World (Routledge, 2012), 81-91.

"The Canton System: Conflict and Accommodation in the Contact Zone," Journal of the Hong Kong Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society 50 (2010): 51-66.

"Ten Years Later: 1997-2007 as History," in Kam Louie, ed., Hong Kong Culture: Word and Image(Hong Kong University Press, 2010), 9-23.

"A National Custom: Debating Female Servitude in Late Nineteenth-Century Hong Kong," Modern Asian Studies 43.6 (November 2009): 1463-93.

"A Historical Perspective: The 1967 Riots and the Strike-Boycott of 1925-1926," in Ray Yep and Robert Bickers, eds., May Days in Hong Kong: The 1967 Riots (Hong Kong University Press, 2009), 69-86.

"Contested Colony: Hong Kong, the 1949 Revolution, and the 'Taiwan Problem'," in Critical Zone 3, Douglas Kerr, Q. S. Tong, and Wang Shouren, eds. (Hong Kong University Press and Nanjing University Press, 2008), 75-93.

"Commemorating History in Colonial and Post-Colonial Hong Kong," in History and Memory: Present Reflections on the Past (Macau Ricci Institute, 2008), 227-50.

"Ho Kai: A Chinese Reformer in Colonial Hong Kong," in Kenneth J. Hammond and Kristin Stapleton, eds., The Human Tradition in Modern China (Rowman and Littlefield, 2008), 55-72.

"Colonialism, Nationalism, and Difference: Reassessing the Role of Hong Kong in Modern Chinese History," Chinese Historical Review, 12.2 (Spring 2006): 92-104.

"Colonial Hong Kong as a Cultural-Historical Place," Modern Asian Studies, 40.2 (2006): 517-43.

"Displaying and Selling History: Museums and Heritage Preservation in Post-Colonial Hong Kong,"Twentieth-Century China, 31.1 (November 2005): 76-103.

"G. B. Endacott and Hong Kong History," introduction to reprint of G. B. Endacott, A Biographical Sketch-book of Early Hong Kong (1963; Hong Kong University Press, 2005), ix-xxvi.

"Colonialism, Nationalism, and Identity in Pre-1949 Hong Kong," Journal of Oriental Studies 39.2 (September 2005): 18-36.

"Food and Culture in the Classroom" (with Sheila Onuska), Teaching About Asia 8.1 (Spring 2003): 10-11.

"Chinese Collaboration in the Making of British Hong Kong," in Tak-Wing Ngo, ed., Hong Kong'sHistory: State and Society Under Colonial Rule  (Routledge, 1999), 13-29.

"Colonialism and Collaboration: Chinese Subjects and the Making of British Hong Kong," China Information 12.1/2 (Summer/Autumn 1997): 12-35.

"Hua Chung University's Long March: Chinese Higher Education in the War against Japan." Papers on Chinese History 2 (Spring 1993): 33-53.


English book review editor, Journal of Oriental Studies

Courses Taught

HIST1017 Modern Hong Kong
HIST2091 The British Empire
HIST2094 Museums and History
HIST4024 Writing Hong Kong history

Research Postgraduate Supervisions

Vivian Wai Yan KONG, "Evacuation of British Women and Children in Hong Kong in 1940" (MPhil) 
Chi Chi HUANG, ""Advance Hong Kong!" : How the British imagined Hong Kong, 1841 - 1941" (PhD)
Kenny YUEN, "Humanitarianism and Politics: The Hong Kong Vietnamese Refugee Crisis, 1975-1980" (MPhil)
Zardas LEE, "Film Censorship in Post-War Hong Kong" (MPhil, 2014)
IP Kai Yu, Kelvin, "The Propaganda War: Leftists vs. Government in the Hong Kong 1967 Riots" (MPhil, 2013)
HO Chi Yeung, Xyrus, "Public housing and Town Planning in Colonial Hong Kong, 1946-1983" (MPhil, 2012)
Michael M. L. CHAN, "Between Red and White: Chinese Communist and Nationalist Movements in Hong Kong, 1945-1958" (MPhil, 2011)
Gary Chi-hung LUK, "Collaboration and Conflict: Chinese Food Provisioners in Early Colonial Hong Kong" (MPhil, 2011)
Carol C. L. TSANG, "Women's Medicine and Women's Diseases in Colonial Hong Kong" (PhD, 2011)
William TAI Yuen, "Chinese Capitalism in Colonial Malaya" (PhD, 2010)
Sammy TSANG Shun Fai, "Border Control in Colonial Hong Kong, 1958-62" (MPhil, 2010)

Contact Details

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