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Made in Hong Kong: Transpacific Networks and a New History of Globalization (Columbia University Press)

In Made in Hong Kong: Transpacific Networks and a New History of Globalization, Peter Hamilton re-examines Hong Kong as a key node in both the expansion of postwar US-led global capitalism and the revival of Sino-US trade since the 1970s. Drawing on Chinese and English languages sources from Hong Kong, China, the United States, and the United Kingdom, he argues that Hong Kong went from the proverbial rags to riches, not as a ‘tiger’ economy or a British colony, but because its elite Chinese capitalists and academics developed instrumental commercial and educational networks with the United States as it claimed global leadership. In turn, as Deng Xiaoping accelerated China’s reforms from 1978, Hong Kong’s US-educated elites became uniquely positioned to shepherd the mainland’s re-entry into global capitalism and emergence as a top US trading partner. The book’s webpage is here:








Commissioned national report on the Junior Cycle Chinese Language and Culture Short Course

The Chinese Language and Culture short course introduces Junior Cycle students in Irish post-primary schools to the language and culture of China over 100 contact hours. The short course is designed to provide students with basic key skills in order to equip them with a learning base for future Chinese studies. It includes cultural aspects which are integral to successful communication in Chinese. This evaluation report describes the findings of a small-scale study carried out by researchers from TCD and Post-Primary Languages Ireland. The research team visited eleven classrooms in nine schools across Ireland. The report is free to download.






Shaping Modern Shanghai: Colonialism in China’s Global City (Cambridge University Press)

This new volume by TCAS historian Dr Isabella Jackson provides a new understanding of colonialism in China through a fresh examination of Shanghai's International Settlement. This was the site of key developments of the Republican period: economic growth, rising Chinese nationalism and Sino-Japanese conflict. Managed by the Shanghai Municipal Council (1854–1943), the International Settlement was beyond the control of the Chinese and foreign imperial governments. Jackson defines Shanghai's unique, hybrid form of colonial urban governance as transnational colonialism. The Council was both colonial in its structures and subject to colonial influence, especially from the British empire, yet autonomous in its activities and transnational in its personnel. This is the first in-depth study of how this unique body functioned on the local, national and international stages, revealing the Council's impact on the daily lives of the city's residents and its contribution to the conflicts of the period, with implications for the fields of modern Chinese and colonial history.

The Semantics of Chinese Music

Music is a widely enjoyed human experience. It is, therefore, natural that we have wanted to describe, document, analyse and, somehow, grasp it in language. This book surveys a representative selection of musical concepts in Chinese language, i.e. words that describe, or refer to, aspects of Chinese music. Important as these musical concepts are in the language, they have been in wide circulation since ancient times without being subjected to any serious semantic analysis. In this recently published volume by Prof. Adrian Tien (John Benjamins, 2015, 303 pp.), a Natural Semantic Metalanguage (NSM) approach is used to formulate semantically and cognitively rigorous explications. Readers will be able to better understand not only these musical concepts but also significant aspects of the Chinese culture which many of these musical concepts represent. This volume contributes to the fields of cognitive linguistics, semantics, music, musicology and Chinese studies, offering readers a fresh account of Chinese ways of thinking, not least Chinese ways of viewing or appreciating music. This volume represents trailblazing research on the relationship between language, culture and cognition.


Selected Staff Publications


Dr Lorna Carson, Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics

Kwok, Chung Kam & Carson, Lorna, Integrativeness and intended effort in language learning motivation amongst some young adult learners of Japanese, Language Learning in Higher Education, 8, (2), 2018, p265 – 279.

English fever: Problematising English language proficiency testing in South Korea in, editor(s)Minako O'Hagan & Qi Zhang, Conflict and Communication: A Changing Asia in A Globalising World, New York, Nova, 2016, pp1 – 20.

Rose, Heath & Lorna Carson, Focus on East Asia: Language learning and teaching, Language Learning in Higher Education, 4, (2), 2014. Guest edited special edition.

An exploration of the roles of English in societal and individual multilingualism in Korea in, editor(s)Bertoni, Roberto, EurKorea: European Perspectives of Korea, Turin, Trauben, 2014, pp2 – 25.

Carson, L. & Do, E.-J., Establishing a Korean language programme in a European Higher Education context: Rationale, curriculum and assessment procedures, Language Learning in Higher Education, 3, (1), 2013, p151 – 171.

Perspectives on Korea within and from contemporary Europe: The cases of Italy and Ireland. in, editor(s)Bertoni, R., Scorci di Korea/Views on Korea, Turin, Trauben, 2013, pp2 – 13.

Dr Isabella Jackson, Assistant Professor in Chinese History

Jackson, Isabella. ‘The Shanghai Scottish: Scottish, Imperial and Local Identities, 1914-41’ in T. M. Devine and Angela McCarthy (eds), The Scottish Experience in Asia, c.1700 to the Present: Settlers and Sojourners (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies series, 2017), pp. 235-57

Jackson, Isabella. ‘Habitability in the Treaty Ports: Shanghai and Tianjin’, in Toby Lincoln and Xu Tao (eds), The Habitable City in China: Urban History in the Twentieth Century (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), pp. 169-91

Bickers, Robert and Isabella Jackson (Eds). Treaty Ports in Modern China: Law, Land and Power. London: Routledge, 2016, 320pp.

Jackson, Isabella. Who ran the treaty ports? A study of the Shanghai Municipal Council in(eds) Robert Bickers and Isabella Jackson, Treaty Ports in Modern China: Law, Land and Power. London: Routledge, 2016.

Jackson, Isabella. Expansion and defence in the International Settlement at Shanghai in (eds) Robert Bickers and Jonathan J. Howlett, Britain and China, 1840-1970. London: Routledge, 2015, pp187 – 204.

Jackson, Isabella. Chinese Colonial History in Comparative Perspective, Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, 15, (3), 2014.

Jackson, Isabella. The Raj on Nanjing Road: Sikh Policemen in Treaty-Port Shanghai, Modern Asian Studies, 46, (6), 2012, p1672-1704.

Jackson, Isabella. Review of China’s Foreign Places: The Foreign Presence in China in the Treaty Port Era, 1840-1943 by Robert Nield, in China Quarterly 225 (2016), 279-81.

Dr Ning Jiang, Assistant Professor in Chinese Studies (Linguistics)

Jiang, Ning. (2020). Identity and Chinese fan cultures. In Lu Zhouxiang (ed). Chinese National Identity in the Age of Globalization. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Carson, Lorna, Jiang, Ning., Zhou, Mengqi and Egan, John. (2019). Some perspectives of language learners and teachers on the Junior Cycle Short Course in Chinese Language and Culture Dublin, CLCS, Trinity College Dublin/Post-Primary Languages Ireland

Wu, Weiyi and Jiang, Ning. (2017). IP电影:龃龉”之中艰难前行. 上海电影产业发展报告 上海人民出版社.

Jiang, Ning. (2017). Learner Autonomy in Chinese Learning as a Foreign Language. The 18th World Congress of Applied Linguistics (AILA), 23-28 July 2017, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Wu, Weiyi and Jiang, Ning. (2016). Barrage video: Subculture, communicative leisure and emerging digital identity. The 13th Nordic Youth Research Symposium, 15-17 June 2016, Trollhättan, Sweden.

Dr Peter Hamilton, Assistant Professor in Chinese History

The Imperial and Transpacific Origins of Chinese Capitalism, Journal of Historical Sociology 33.1 (2020)

Rethinking the Origins of China’s Reform Era: Hong Kong and the 1970s Revival of Sino-US Trade Twentieth-Century China 43.1 (2018): 67-88.

“Pop Gingle’s Cold War”, in Lon Kurashige, ed., Pacific America: Histories of Transoceanic Crossings (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2017), 62-79.

“‘A Haven for Tortured Souls’: Hong Kong in the Vietnam War”, The International History Review 37.3 (2015): 565-581.

Dr Chung Kam Kwok, Research Fellow

Kwok, C. K. (2018). [Review of the book Being middle class in China: Identity, Attitudes and Behaviour, by Y. Miao]. Irish Journal of Asian Studies, 4: 72-73.

Kwok, C. K., & Carson, L. (2018). Integrativeness and intended effort in language learning motivation amongst some young adult learners of Japanese. Language Learning in Higher Education, 8(2), 265-279.

Kwok, C. K. (2020) Chinese national identities and its English language ideologies. Paper presented at the 2020 Language Policy Forum, University of Cambridge

Kwok, C. K. (2019) Many languages, many ideal L2 selves: motivational differences between learners of Chinese and Japanese. Paper presented at the 52nd British Association of Applied Linguistics Annual Meeting, Manchester Metropolitan University

Kwok, C. K. (2017) Capital and the formation of the Ideal L2 self: the interplay between social context and psychological factors. Paper presented at the 20th Warwick International Conference in Applied Linguistics

Kwok, C. K. (2016) Understanding second/foreign language learners’ motivation using cluster analysis. Paper presented at the annual national conference of the Irish Association for Applied Linguistics (IRAAL), Trinity College Dublin

Kwok, C. K. (2016) The representation of Mandarin Chinese in the Irish press: a corpus-based approach. Poster session presented at the Donostia Yong Researchers International Symposium on Multilingualism, University of Basque Country, Spain.

Professor Jerusha McCormack, Visiting Professor

Thinking through China (co-authored with John Blair). Rowman and Littlefield USA), August 2015.

Editor, China and the Irish. Dublin: New Island, 2009; authored essays on “Ireland through a Chinese Mirror,” pp. 1-13 and “Oscar Wilde’s Chinese Sage [Zhuangzi],” 51-61. Mandarin edition edited by Wang Zhanpeng, Beijing: People’s Press, 2010.

Western Civilization with Chinese Comparisons (co-author with John G Blair). First edition, 2006, published in Shanghai by Fudan University Press. Second edition, 2007. Third edition, 2010. Fourth edition in print and ebook 2015 re-titled to match re-edited version published in the United States as Comparing Civilizations: China and the West (New York: Global Scholarly Publications, 2013).

“Irish Studies in China: the Widening Gyre” Studi irlandesi. A Journal of Irish Studies 3: 157-180.

“The Poem on the Mountain: A Chinese Reading of Yeats’s ‘Lapis Lazuli’”, Yeats Annual 19: Yeats's Mask (December, 2013), 53-80.

Yeats’s Mask (Cambridge, UK: Open Book Publishers, 2013), 259-287

“Oscar Wilde’s Chinese Sage” China and the Irish (Dublin: New Island, 2009), 51-61.

“Comparing China and the West: Who Is Ready for the Challenge?” (with John G. Blair), ASIANetwork Exchange, 16 (Fall, 2008), 48-56.

“Framing Academic Discourse: East and West” in English Education and Liberal Education, ed. Sun Youzhong et al. (Beijing: Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press, 2008), 307-320.

“China and the West: A Fresh Strategy against Provincialism” (with John G. Blair), Education About Asia 12:3 (Winter, 2007), 63-68.

Professor John Blair, Visiting Professor

Thinking through China (with Jerusha McCormack), Rowman & Littlefield (USA) August 2015.

Western Civilization with Chinese Comparisons (with Jerusha McCormack). A sourcebook of comparative readings. Shanghai: Fudan University Press, first edition 2006; second edition 2008; third edition, 2010.

Comparing Civilizations: China & the West: A Source Book (with Jerusha McCormack), New York: Global Scholarly Publications, 2013

Comparing China and the West: Remedies for Cultural Amnesia” (with Jerusha McCormack), Comparative Studies of China and the West, 1 (Winter 2013), 33-39.

“Three Perspectives on 9/11: Entertainment, Politics, Mentality” in China Views Nine-Eleven: Essays in Transnational American Studies, eds. Priscilla Roberts, Mei Renyi & Yan Xunhua. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011, 402-421.

“Three Perspectives on 9/11: Entertainment, Politics, Mentality” Changes and Continuities: the United States after 9.11, ed. Mei Renyi & Fu Meirong, Beijing: World Affairs Press, 2009, 415-425 (in Chinese).

“Comparing China and the West: Who Is Ready for the Challenge” (with Jerusha McCormack), ASIANetwork Exchange, 16 (Fall, 2008), 48-56.

“Liberal Education at BFSU: A Pioneering Project” (with Jerusha McCormack), in English Education and Liberal Education, ed. Sun Youzhong et al, Beijing: Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press, 2008, 262-277.

"'Feeling the Pulse' in the Chinese and Western Medical Traditions: The Importance of Qiemai as a Diagnostic Technique" (with Jerusha McCormack) in Thieme Almanac 2008: Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, ed. Michael McCarthy et al. (Stuttgart: Georg ThiemeVerlag, 2008), 331-338.

“Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth: Its Special Challenge to Chinese Environmentalists” Friends of Nature Newsletter (Beijing), 12 (Winter 2007), 26-28.

“China and the West: A Fresh Strategy against Provincialism” (with Jerusha McCormack), Education about Asia 12:3 (Winter, 2007), 63-68.

Dr Ross Holder, Affiliated Researcher

2016 - “Bridging Worlds: A Comparative Study on the Effects of Ethno-Religious Policies on China’s Muslims”. Book chapter in a forthcoming publication titled “Hui Muslims in China”. Editors: Gui Rong, Hacer Zekiye Gonul & Zhang Xiaoyan. NY: Cornell University Press

2015 - “Xinjiang's Anti-Extremist Policies: Ramifications for Uyghur Cultural Identity and its compatibility with International Human Rights Law”. British Association of Chinese Studies, China Postgraduate Network. Bristol University, UK. July 2, 3.

2014 - “Bridging Worlds: A Comparative Study on the Effects of Ethno-Religious Policies on China’s Muslims”. Workshop on Developing a Sense of Belonging: Muslims in Europe and Hui-Muslims in China. Gulen Chair for Intercultural Studies, KU Leuven, Belgium. May 14, 15.

2014 - “Uyghur religious and minority rights in north-western China”. PhD Presentation Workshop, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies, Trinity College Dublin. January 20, 27.

2013 - “Human Rights and Religions in China”, Postgraduate Seminar, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies, Trinity College Dublin. April 5.