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    Adjunct Professor
BA, MPhil (CUHK); MA (SUNY Binghamton); PhD (Queensland)
Office:   Rm. 217, Dorothy Y L Wong Building
Lingnan University
Tuen Mun, Hong Kong
TEL:   (852) 2616 7130    
FAX:   (852) 2465 1429    

Wong Yiu-chung is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Political Science. He was born in Shanghai; grew up in Hong Kong; educated in mainland China, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, France, United States, Australia, with degrees in philosophy, sociology and politics; academic interests changing from (early years) Popperian evolutionary epistemology to Dependency theory and Marxism to democratization and democracy in the 21st century (recent years); intellectually influenced by Karl Popper, Bertrand Russell, Raymond Aron, Marxism, Leung Shu-ming, and Hu Shi; married with three children, one daughter and two sons; published about ten books mainly on Chinese and Hong Kong politics, current affairs, essays and philosophy; hobbies including reading, swimming, playing tennis, hiking and travelling; the most regrettable thing in life: no knowledge of musical instruments; the most unforgettable quotation: "Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and the unbearable suffering of mankind. These passions, like great winds, have blown me hither and thither, in a wayward course, over a deep ocean of anguish, reaching to the very verge of despair"  (Bertrand Russell, Autobiography).

His research interests are political reform in China, China (mainland)-Taiwan-Hong Kong triangular relationships, democratic transition in China mainland and Hong Kong and China's modernization.

His teaching responsibilities include
Introduction to Political Science, Hong Kong Politics, Hong Kong-Central relationships, Taiwan: Society and Politics, Political Ideologies, etc.

Publications | Top


People's Republic of China: Sixty Years in Review (in Chinese), (edited with Dr. Dennis H. Y. Chan), Hogn Kong: The Cultural Institute of Oriental Humanities (The Dharmasthiti Group), 2009, 348 pages.

From Deng Xioaping to Jiang Zemin: Two Decades of Political Reform in the People's Republic of China, New York: University Press of America, 2005, 361 pages.

"One Country, Two Systems" in Crisis: Hong Kong's Transformation since the Handover (ed.), Lanham (Maryland): Lexington Books, 2004, 244 pages.

China: Fifty Years in Review-A Hong Kong Perspective (ed), Hong Kong: Oxford University Press, February 2000, 253 pages.

Social and Political Commentaries on Contemporary China, Hong Kong: Pai Shing Cultural Enterprises Limited, 1992, 349 pages.

China's Student Movement: Retrospect and Prospect, Hong Kong: Youth Literary Publishing House, 1990, 95 pages.

People's Republic of China: Forth Years in Review (eds. with Professor Kwok Siu-tong), Hong Kong: Pai-shing Cultural Enterprise Ltd., 1990, 303 pages.

People's Republic of China: Thirty Years in Review (ed.), Hong Kong: Acta Publishing Company, 1979, 210 pages.

Articles and Book Chapters

"Civil Disobedience Movement in Hong Kong: A Civil Society Perspective", (co-author with Jason KH Chan), in Asian Education and Development Studies, Vol. 6, No. 4, September 2017, pp. 312-332.

"Localism in Hong Kong: Its Origin, Development and Prospect", in Contemporary Chinese Political Economy and Strategic Relations - An International Journal, published by the University of Malaysia and Zheng Zhi University in Taiwan, Vol. 3, No. 2, July/August 2017, pp. 617-655.

"The Legacies of Mao Zedong", (with Willy Lam), in Routledge Handbook of the Chinese Communist Party, edited by Willy Lam, New York: Routledge, September 2017, pp. 31-46.

''Taiwan Independence Movement and the future of Hong Kong Localism" (in Chinese, with KH Jason Chan), in Joseph YS Cheng, (ed.), Exploring Localism, Hong Kong: City University of Hong Kong Press, January 2017, pp. 189-216.

"'One Country' versus 'Two Systems': Politics of Democratization and Identities in the Post-handover Hong Kong", edited by Professor Liah Greenfeld, in??Globalization of Nationalism: The Motor Force Behind the 21st Century Politics,?published by European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), Sept. 2017, pp. 267-288.

"Political Development after the Handover: An 'Individualism' versus 'Collectivism' Perspective", in New Pattern of Political Participation in Hong Kong (Chinese version), ed. by Professor Y. S. Cheng, City Unversity of Hong Kong Press, July 2015, pp. 39-54.

"Absorption into a Leninist Polity: A Study on the Interpretations of the National People's Congress of the Basic Law since the Handover", in New Trends of Political Participation in Hong Kong, ed. by Prof. Joseph Y. S. Cheng, City University Press, 2014, pp. 35-60.

"Hong Kong 1997 Sovereignty Issue: Who Raised it? Could the Outcome Have Been Different?", Journal of Asian Politics and History, April 2014, No. 4, pp. 1-15.

"A Bridge No More - Hong Kong's Diminished Role in Cross Strait Relations" in Global Asia, Vol. 7, No. 2, Summer 2012, pp. 110-119.

"Political Reform and Democratization in China under the Leadership of Hu Jin Tao-Wen Jiabao", in In Search of a Democratic Model - The Asian Experience, edited by Professor Lok-sang Ho and Professor Brian Bridges, Edward Elgar, 2009, pp. 57-76.

"Pendulum and Screw: China's Political and Economic Reform" (in Chinese), in People's Republic of China: Sixty Years in Review, edited by Wong Yiu-chung and Dennis HY Chan, 2009, pp. 109-140.

"The Practice and Theories of the Chinese Democratization" (in Chinese), in New Explorations in Political Science, 2nd volume, edited by Professor Joseph YS Cheng and Dr. Law Kam-yee, 2009, pp. 201-216.

"Political Reform" (in Chinese), in Constant and Change: Three Decades of Reform and Open Door Policies, Hong Kong: The Hong Kong City University Press, edited by Professor Joseph YS Cheng and Dr. Law Kam-yee, 2009, pp. 119-128.

"Understanding Democracy - Some Mistaken Concepts aout Democracy" (in Chinese), in The Future of Hong Kong Democracy, Hong Kong: The Cultural Institute of Oriental Humanities, edited by Dr. Yuen Sheung-wah, 2009, pp. 33-63.

"From Collectivism to Individualism - Six Decades of the CCP Governance" (in Chinese), in the 21st Century, published by the Chinese University of Hong Kong, No. 115, October 2009, pp. 23-32.

"Policy Changes and Impact of th eEduction Reform in Hong Kong'" (with Dr. Anita Y. K. Poon), in Journal of Taiwan Normal University, Eduction, Vol. 53, No. 3, December 2008, pp. 47-65.

"Education Reform in Hong Kong: Through Road Model and Its Societal Consequences", (with Dr Anita YK Poon), in International Review of Education (UNESCO), Vol. 54, No. 1, January 2008, pp. 33-55.

"'Super-paradox' or 'Leninist integration': the Politics of Legislating Article 23 of the Basic Law in the Post-handover Hong Kong SAR", in Asian Perspective, Vol. 30, No. 2, 2006, pp. 65-95.

"Hong Kong's 2004 Legislative Council Elections: the Withering of the Democratic Party" in Asian Affairs, No. 24, March 2005, pp.7-22.

"Corporation, Civil Society and Democratization in Contemporary China" (with Dr. Che-po Chan), in China Report, April/July, Vol. 38 (2), 2002, pp. 233-256.

"Rethinking the Democratic Transition in Hong Kong: Some Methodological and Substantive Issues" in Journal of Contemporary China, Vol. 11 (32), 2002, pp. 581-600.

"Post-handover Politics in Hong Kong: Institutional Changes, Legitimacy Crisis and China's Intervention" in Asian Thought and Society, January, 2001, Vol. 22 (76): 51-67.

"From Political Reform to Administrative Reform - A Macro Analysis of China's Political Reform", in China: Fifty Years in Review-A Hong Kong Perspective, 2000, pp.43-61.

"Captive Colony", in The World Today, Aug/Sept 2000, Vol. 56, No. 8, pp 19-22. 

"The Chance of Peaceful Reunification after the Taiwan Presidential Election", in Economic Journal Monthly, No. 277, April 2000, pp. 20-23. 

"Corporalism and Civil Society in the People's Republic of China: Empirical Evidence and Theoretical Implications", (with C. P. Chan), Working Paper Series, No. 99 (2/00),  Centre for Asian Pacific Studies, Lingnan University, April 2000, 30 pages. 

"Cross Straits Relationships: The Changing Role of Hong Kong", in Professor Wu Wei-chun (ed.),  Hong Kong's Status and Functions in Taiwan Straits Relationships After 1st July 1997, Hong Kong: Centre for Asian Studies Chu Hai College, March 1999, pp. 38-53. 

"Restructuring the Party-state Polity: China's Political Structural Reform in the 1980s", in Asian Perspective, Vol. 22, No. 3, December 1998, pp. 134-167. 

"Crisis of Governance in Hong Kong: One Year After Reversion to China", in Security Dialogue, Vol. 29, No. 4, December 1998, pp. 491-496. 

"The Two-faced Tung Chee-hwa", in Security Dialogue (Norway), Vol. 28(3), September, 1997, pp. 380-382. 

"China's Political Reform: Retrospect and Prospect", in Penny Chan (ed.), The Dynamics of the Four Chinese Societies, Hong Kong: Wide Angle Press, May 1997, pp. 99-116. 

"The Global Democratizatioin Wave and the Political Development of Hong Kong", in Penny Chan (ed.), The Dynamics of the Four Chinese Societies, Hong Kong: Wide Angle Press, May 1997, pp. 145-162. 

Conference Papers

"Beijing's Changing Policies Towards 'One Country, Two Systems' and the Rise of Localism" presented in the international conference organised by the 9th Internaitonal Convention of Asian Scholars, Adelaide, Australia, 5-9 July 2015.

"29 March 1979: The Date that Hong Kong's Political Fate was Sealed?", paper presented in the International Conference on "The History of Everyday Life in Late Imperial and Modern China", organised by the University of Queensland, Australia, from 23-27 May 2012.

"Lenisist Integration: Understanding the Political Changes in the Post-handover Hong Kong", paper presented in the China conference organized by the Chinese Studies Association of Australia, held at the Australian Natinal University, Canberra, from 13 July to 15 July 2011.

"From Conduit to 'Negative Showcase': The Changing Role of Hong Kong in the Cross-Strait Relations - A Political Integration Perspective", paper presented in the conference titled Assessing Taiwan's Second Transition of Power - A Turning Power in Taiwan's Second Transition of Power on 9 October, 2009, organized by the Centre of Asian Pacific Studies and the Department of Political Science of Lingnan University, Hong Kong.

"China's Political Reform under the Leadership of Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao" presented in the International Disciplinary Conference on 'Lessons from History' held on 9-10 June 2006, organized by the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Lingnan University.

"Societal Stability and Political Reform: Chinese Politics in the 1990s", a paper presented at the international conference on 'Regional Governance, Greater China in the 21st Century' organized by the Politics Department, Durham University, UK, on 24-25 October 2003.

"Where Does China's Political Reform Lead To?", a talk delivered in a China Forum at the Centre of International Studies, Cambridge, UK on 27th October 2003.

"'One Country, Two Systems' in Practice: An Analysis of Six Cases", paper to be presented in the biannual conference of Chinese Studies Association of Australia, to be held in the Australian National University, Cannbera, from 5th July to 8th July 2001.

"The Two Conceptions of Political Reform in the Reform Era in China", paper presented in the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Washington DC, 12 - 16 August 2000. 

"Corporatism, Civil Society and Democratisation in Contemporary China", paper presented at  the roundtable session of the Asian and Asian American Section at the 1999 Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association held in Chicago from 6th August to 10th August 1999. 

"Cross Straits relationships: Hong Kong's changing role after 1st July 1997" presented at the conference on Hong Kong's Status and Functions in the Taiwan Straits Relationships organized by the Centre of Hong Kong and Macau, Academy of Social Sciences of Guangdong and Centre of Asian Pacific Studies, Chu Hai College of Hong Kong from 26th to 28th December 1997 at Zhaoqing, Guangdong Province. 

"Restructuring the party/state/society relations: China's political reform in the 1980s", presented at the 5th Conference of the Chinese Studies Association of Australia, University of Adelaide, 16-18 July 1997. 

Book Reviews | Top

A book review on David Lampton (2014), Following the Leader - Ruling China, From Deng Xiaping to Jinping, in China Informaiton, forthcoming.

A book review on Ming Chan, ed. (2008), China's Hong Kong Transformed: Retrospect and Prospect - Beyond the First Decade, in China Review - international, Vol. 17, No. 3, 2010, pp. 317-321.

A book review on Ming Xia's The Dual Developmental State: Development Strategy and Institutional Arrangements for China's Transition, in China Review International, Vol. 10, No. 1, 2003, pp. 277-279.

A book review on Kuan Hsin-chi, Lau Siu-kai, Louie Kin-shuen and Timothy Wong Ka-ying (eds.), Power Transfer and Election Politics-The First Legislative Election in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, in American Journal of Chinese Studies, Vol. VIII, No. 1, April 2001, pp. 104-107.

A book review on Ralph Schroeder, ed. Max Weber, Democracy and Modernization, in Contemporary Sociology, May 2000, Vol. 29, No. 3, pp. 560-562.

A book review on Chris Patten's East and West entitled The Last Governor, Asian Values and China's Uniqueness, in Journal of Contemporary China, Vol. No. 22, 1999, pp. 557-559.

A book review on He Baogang's The Democratization of China, in Hong Kong Journal of Social Sciences, No. 14, Summer 1999, pp. 229-236.

A book review on C.K. Cheung's Market Liberalism-American Foreign Policy Toward China, in American Journal of Chinese Studies, Vol. 6, No. 3, 1999, pp. 303-305.

"Modern Chinese Social Change and Intellectual Current", (in Chinese), by Professor Cheung Tak-shing (CUHK), in Hong Kong Journal of Social Sciences, No. 13, Winter 1998, pp.211-215. (no volume number) 

"The Golden Needle-The Biography of Frederick Stewart" by Dr. Gillian Bickley, in Asian Studies Review, Vol. 22, No. 4, December 1998, pp. 529-531. 

"The Clash of Civilization and the Remaking of World Order" (in Chinese) in Hong Kong Journal of Social Sciences, Autumn, 1997, No. 10, pp. 154-160. 

Teaching Subjects| Top

Academic Year:  2017-2018:

1st Term:
POL3217 Modern Political Ideologies   Lecture
2nd Term:
SSC3215 Taiwan: Society and Politics