About me

I am interested in early modern and modern China, the British Empire, and Hong Kong, with particularly attention to the maritime and river world, frontiers and borderlands, imperialism and colonialism, race and ethnicity, and war and society. I received my doctorate from the University of Oxford and am currently the Elizabeth and Cecil Kent Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of History, University of Saskatchewan. I held a junior research fellowship at the Institute of Research, University of London and visiting positions at the University of Cambridge, University of Hong Kong, Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Center for Chinese Studies in Taiwan. In the past decade I have worked at archives and libraries in Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Britain, and North America, most notably The National Archives (London), the British Library (London), the First Historical Archives of China (Beijing), the Library of Congress (Washington D.C.), and the National Central Library (Taipei). I have reading ability in Manchu, an official language of Qing-dynasty China. I am revising my dissertation into a research monograph entitled “The Opium War and China’s Littoral Borderlands.”

In spring 2019 I will teach the modern China survey at the University of Saskatchewan as a Sessional Lecturer in History. Previously I taught modern and contemporary China, modern Japan, and European history and civilization at the University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, and University of Hong Kong.

Email: gary.luk@usask.ca

(Last update: October 1, 2018)