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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 www.literary.arts.cuhk.edu.hk.

 

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香港中文大學(中大)很榮幸獲廣東中博佛文化傳播研究院慷慨捐贈港幣七百二十萬元,與本校文學院合作成立「宗教倫理與中國文化研究中心」(中心),推動宗教倫理及中國文化研究發展,加強國際宗教界與學術界的全面合作和友好往來,並培育相關的研究人才。

 

中心開幕典禮於二零一九年一月十六日(星期三)圓滿舉行,由廣東中博佛文化傳播研究院理事長兼執行院長許建華先生、副理事長劉敏軍先生、中大副校長張妙清教授以及文學院暫任院長兼中心共同主任賴品超教授主禮。此外,來自廣東中博佛文化傳播研究院、孔教學院、耶穌會中華省、香港基督教協進會、香港道教聯合會、香港佛教聯合會、嗇色園黃大仙祠、圓玄學院、香港伊斯蘭文化協會、思維靜院以及公教進行社等近一百位嘉賓共同見證中大文學院與廣東中博佛文化傳播研究院合作的成果,並出席隨後舉行的宗教倫理論壇。

 

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.

Miss Carissa Ma, graduate of the Department of English, is awarded the Esther Yewpick Lee Millennium Scholarship to pursue a Master of Studies in English at the University of Oxford from October this year.

The Faculty is delighted to have invited Carissa to share with us her learning experience and tips.