<div>Associate Professor<br />
Chi-Kong Lai</div>
Associate Professor
Chi-Kong Lai


Reader in History

Contact Details:

Office: E325, Forgan Smith Building (1)
Phone: +61 7 3365 6339
Email: c.lai@uq.edu.au


PhD, University of California


Chinese Social History; Rise of Modern China; Contemporary China; Body, Fashion and Consumption in History, Modern Asia, Chinese Business History; Sources and Methodology of Modern Chinese History; Theory and Method.

Research Interests:

Chinese Social and Business History, 1500-2000

Current Research Projects:

  • Overseas Chinese: Trade, Business Networks and Migration
  • Shanghai Business
  • Business Networks and Investment Patterns of Cantonese Merchant Groups
  • Power of Hair in Chinese Society, 1500-2000
  • Business Development in Modern Shangdong
  • Maritime China 

Selected Recent Publications:

  • “Qing Government and Private Enterprises: Xiangshan Compradors and the China Merchants’ Company,” in Wang Yuan-ming ed., Xiangshan Compradors and Modern China (Guangdong People’s Press, 2010), pp. 90-102.
  • Co-authored with Gary Hamilton and Chang Wei-an, “The importance of commerce in the organization of China’s Late-imperial economy,” in Hamilton, Gary G., Commerce and Capitalism in Chinese Societies (Routledge, London, 2006), pp. 93-126.
  • “Merchant Discourse on Self-interest in Modern China, “ in Zarrow, Peter ed., Creating Chinese Modernity: Knowledge and Everyday Life, 1900-1940, (Peter Lang, New York, 2006), pp. 99-118.
  • 'The Translation of Steamship Business, 1826-1873', in Maritime China Transition 1750-1850, eds Wang Gungwu & Ng Chin-keong ( Harrassowitz Verlag, Wiesbaden, 2004), pp. 299 - 316.
  • Co-edited with David Schak, Leong H. Liew and Ming Chan, Australian Journal of Politics and History, vol. 47, no. 1, Special Issue: Labour Relations in Asia" (March 2001).
  • "Chinese Business History: Its Development, Present Situation and Future Direction," in Ceoffrey Jones and Framco Amatori eds., Business History Around the World (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003).
  • "The Business Networks of Hsiang-shan Merchant Groups in Modern China," in Zhang Zhongli ed., Modern Chinese City Social and Economic Development, (the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences Press, 1999), pp. 345-361.
  • "Recent Trends in Enterprise Case Studies and an Overview of Archival sources," in Andrea McElderry, Bob Gardella eds., Scholarly Research on Chinese Business History: Interpretive Trends and Priorities for the Future (M.E. Sharpe, 1998).
  • "The Adventurous Tradition of Hsiang-Shan Merchants,"in Yen-Ping Hao, Wei Hsiu-mei, Chi-Kong Lai, Kai-Wing Chow, Stephen Mackinnon eds., Tradition and Metamorphosis in Modern Chinese History: Essays in Honor of Professor Kwang-Ching Liu's Seventy-fifth Birthday (Taipei: Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica, 1998), Vol. 1, pp. 517-545.
  • "Imagining and Constructing Nationhood: Hairstyles in Modern China," a special issue of Thought and Works: Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences [Ssu yu Yen] (Taipei: March 1998).
See full list of publications.

Other Activities and Service:

  • Associate Editor, Chinese Business History; Honorary Professor, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences
  • Visiting Professor, Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Visiting Scholar, National University of Singapore
  • Member of International Advisory Board, Centre for the Study of the Chinese Southern Diaspora, ANU
  • Judge, Australian China Council Book Prize
  • Supervisor for research higher degree students
  • Organiser for History of Everyday Life in Late and Imperial Modern China International Conference

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