News Faculty of Arts

We are delighted to announce that Professor Eli Sorensen (Department of English) is awarded the Luce East Asia Fellowship and will be in residence at the National Humanities Center from Sept-Dec 2020. His research will be looking at the genre of Korean adoption autobiographies, examining key topics within the literature such as the origin of international adoption, looking for roots, human rights and future perspectives. The project aims to both contextualise and contribute to the ongoing contemporary debate on international adoption through the perspectives of the adoptees themselves.

This award is a first for CUHK and a fantastic opportunity for Prof. Sorensen. Hearty congratulations from the Faculty on his fellowship!

The Faculty would like to congratulate Dr. LAI Pit Shun from the Department of Chinese Language and Literature on receiving the Vice-Chancellor’s Exemplary Teaching Award 2018. The Vice-Chancellor's Exemplary Teaching Award has been given annually since 1999 by the Vice-Chancellor to exemplary teachers nominated by the Dean of each Faculty and the Senate Committee on General Education in recognition of their outstanding teaching performance.


The Faculty would also like to congratulate Professor Kwok Bit-chee from the Department of Chinese Language and Literature and Dr. Reto Winckler, a PhD graduate from the Department of English, on receiving the Young Researcher Award 2018 and Postgraduate Research Output Award 2018 respectively. Professor Kwok was awarded for his research monograph Southern Min: Comparative Phonology and Subgrouping (Routledge, 2018), while Dr. Winckler was recognized for his journal article “Profound Farce: William Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors as farcical scepticism” (In Cahier Élisabéthains: A Journal of English Renaissance Studies, 2018, Vol. 97(1) 4–19).


The two awards were established in 2002 to recognize the research accomplishments of young faculty members and to encourage quality research. The Young Researcher Award is open to all eligible full-time teachers at Assistant Professor rank or above and below the age of 45, while the Postgraduate Research Output Award is open to all eligible full-time or part-time postgraduate students of the University. The Dean of each Faculty is invited every year to nominate, for each award, one member who has produced the best research output. The Research Committee considers nominations received and recommends successful candidates for approval by the Administrative and Planning Committee.


Our Public Lecture Series on “Why do the Liberal Arts Matter?” kicked off on 22nd Sept 2019 at the Hong Kong History Museum with Professor Ho Pui Yin speaking on “A Travel through Time and Space: Historical Buildings That Bear Witness to Changes in People's Livelihoods in Hong Kong”. Professor Ho spoke to a packed venue of over 140 people on how historical buildings in different eras lead to changes in people’s lives and livelihoods. RTHK was also present to film the lecture; public broadcast details will be published later.


Following his three previous public lecture series on The Dream of the Red Chamber and Kunqu opera, Prof. Kenneth Pai Hsien-yung, Distinguished Professor-at-Large, hosted a series of two public lectures at CUHK on film adaptations of novels. He shared his views on the intertwining nature of films and novels as artistic mediums, and provided analysis of two 1980s Chinese films, Jade Love and The Last Aristocrats, both of which were adapted from novels written by Prof. Pai. The lecture of 20 March was attended by Lisa Lu Yan and Brigitte Lin Ching-hsia, two renowned actresses linked to the production of The Last Aristocrats.


The Faculty of Arts of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) has launched the 7th Global Youth Chinese Literary Award, which targets full-time undergraduate students of diverse disciplines from local and international institutions. The competition will be open for online submission from now until 31 May 2019. For details, please visit


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Professor Pai Hsien-yung Kenneth, Distinguished Professor-at-Large of CUHK, delivered two public lectures on Kunqu Opera, a traditional form of Chinese performing arts, at the University on 27th and 29th November 2018. Professor Pai explained in the lectures how he introduced Kunqu and the cultural significance behind to different universities in the Greater China and North America. He also shared his experience in producing the youthful rendition of The Peony Pavilion and The Story of Jade Hairpin, and his mission of rejuvenating the Chinese classic performing arts in order to reach out to the younger generation. The two lectures, which were a prelude to the The Peony Pavilion (Students’ Edition) Joint Performance on the coming Sunday, were attended by over 800 CUHK staff, students and members of the public.


The full interview is in Chinese, please refer to the Chinese version.






Prof. Pai Hsien-yung Kenneth, Distinguished Professor-at-Large, delivered a series of three evening public lectures at the University on the classic Chinese novel The Dream of the Red Chamber, between 29 January and 2 February 2018.

The subject of the talks, The Dream of the Red Chamber - the epic late-18th century saga by writer Cao Xueqin, which has spawned its own academic discipline - attracted hundreds of students, alumni, staff members and members of the public. In his opening remarks preceding the series, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Prof. Fok Tai-fai paid tribute to Prof. Pai's boundless charisma and his contribution to rejuvenating the propagation of Chinese culture.

Prof. Pai, an avid scholar of The Dream of the Red Chamber, shared his views on the novel's use of poetry, its two different major versions and power of tragedy in its final portion across the three lectures.