The Newsletter 89 Summer 2021

IBP 2021 Hong Kong Article Prize

Total number of articles submitted: 98 (36 humanities, 62 social sciences)

Organizing Institute Society for Hong Kong Studies
Secretary: Dr. Edmund Cheng
Acting Secretary: Dr. Edmund Cheng
Reading Committee Members: Elizabeth Sinn, Jeffrey Wasserstrom, and Pang Laikwan (humanities); Joseph Chan, Anita Chan, and Tak-Wing Ngo (social sciences)
Sponsor of the IBP 2021 Hong Kong Article Prize: Society for Hong Kong Studies

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Winner – Humanities

Florence Mok, 2019, “Public Opinion Polls and Covert Colonialism in British Hong Kong”, China Information 33(1): 66-87.

Florence Mok's essay is an intriguing work that provides a careful assessment of an understudied phenomenon.  It explores the mechanism and process of surveillance and information collection, a level of history generally neglected by historians of government who tend to focus overly on the policy-making or the effect of policy – often just the rhetoric -- paying little attention to how policy is actually carried out.  The article demonstrates Hong Kong’s colonial statecraft in the 1970s struggling to learn about the opinions of the masses while preventing the masses from knowing that their opinions actually mattered. The article also provides valuable insights to explain why the residents generally approved the government despite its colonial nature. 


IBP 2021 Hong Kong Article Prize Humanities Shortlist

Yu Po Sang, 2020, “Citizen curation and the online communication of folk economics: the China collapse theory in Hong Kong social media”, Media, Culture & Society 42(7-8):1392-1409.

Winnie W C Lai, 2018, “‘Happy Birthday to You’: Music as Nonviolent Weapon in the Umbrella Movement”, Hong Kong Studies 1(1):66-82.

Agnes Shuk-mei Ku, 2019, “In Search of a New Political Subjectivity in Hong Kong—The Umbrella Movement as a Street Theatre of Generational Change”, The China Journal 82:111-132.

Yui Chim Lo, 2020, “The Last Stand of Colonialism? The Unofficial Members of the Executive and Legislative Councils and the Sino-British Negotiations over Hong Kong, 1982–1984”, The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History 48(2):370-394.

Kimburley Choi, Annie Chan & Anita Chan, 2020, “Producing ‘luxury’ housing: Developers’ strategies and housing advertisements in Hong Kong (1961–2011)”, Urban Studies 57(16):3252-3280.

Gina Marchetti, 2019, “Sexual citizenship and social justice in the HKSAR: Evans Chan’s Raise the Umbrellas (2016)”, JUMP CUT no.59.

Vivian Kong, 2020, “Whiteness, Imperial Anxiety, and the ‘Global 1930s’: The White British League Debate in Hong Kong”, Journal of British Studies 59(2): 343-37.


Winner – Social Sciences

Samson Yuen, “Native-Place Networks and Political Mobilization: The Case of Post-Handover Hong Kong”, Modern China 47(5), 2021: 510-539.

Samson Yuen’s carefully researched and rigorously argued article clearly demonstrates the rapid expansion of native-place associations and their cultural and political functions in the Hong Kong SAR, a phenomenon of which many people only have an impressionistic understanding at best. It explores in detail how the Chinese state has utilized the cultural identity of native-place associations to build up a pro-China network in Hong Kong. The findings fill an important gap in our understanding of brokerage politics under Chinese rule.


IBP 2021 Hong Kong Article Prize Social Sciences Shortlist

Tetsuro Kobayashi, 2020, “Depolarization through social media use: Evidence from dual identifiers in Hong Kong”, New Media & Society 22(8):1339-1358.

Siu-lun Chow, King-wa Fu & Yu-Leung Ng, 2020, “Development of the Hong Kong Identity Scale: Differentiation between Hong Kong ‘Locals’ and Mainland Chinese in Cultural and Civic Domains”, Journal of Contemporary China 29(124):568-584.

Lake Lui & Sara Curran, 2020, “‘I wish I were a plumber!’: Transnational class reconstructions across migrant experiences among Hong Kong’s professionals and managers”, Current Sociology 68(7):872-890.

Denise Tse-Shang Tang, Diana Khor & Yi-Chien Chen, 2019, “Legal recognition of same-sex partnerships: A comparative study of Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan”, The Sociological Review 68(1):192-208.

Yi Kang, 2020, “Social empowerment through knowledge transfer: Transborder actions of Hong Kong social workers in mainland China”, China Information 35(2):179-200.

Ho, P.S.Y., Jackson, S., & Kong, S.S.-T., 2018, “Speaking against silence: Finding a voice in Hong Kong Chinese families through the Umbrella Movement”, Sociology 52(5):966-982.

Travis SK Kong, 2019, “Transnational queer sociological analysis of sexual identity and civic-political activism in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Mainland China”, British Journal of Sociology 70(5):1904-1925.