About me

I am a historian of early modern and modern China and Hong Kong primarily interested in encounters and connections between peoples with various political, socioeconomic, and cultural orientations. Geographically, I look at the maritime and river world as well as frontiers and borderlands. Thematically, I examine imperialism and colonialism, race and ethnicity, and war and society. I have edited an interdisciplinary volume on the intertwined history of Hong Kong, modern China, and the British Empire, and am revising my dissertation into a research monograph entitled “The Opium War and China’s Littoral Borderlands,” which revisits the nature and legacy of the Opium War (1839-42) by exploring its profound impact on China’s coastal and river societies. I have reading ability in Manchu, an official language of Qing-dynasty China.

I earned my PhD in Oriental Studies from the University of Oxford and am currently the 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. For the past decade I have worked at archives and libraries in Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Britain, and North America, including the National Archives and the British Library (London), the First Historical Archives of China (Beijing), the Library of Congress (Washington D.C.), and the National Central Library (Taipei). My articles have appeared in Frontiers of History in China, Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong Branch, and Saksaha: A Review of Manchu Studies.

In spring 2019 I will be teaching a modern China survey at the University of Saskatchewan as a History Sessional Lecturer. 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: December 13, 2018)


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