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  • PhD-Chinese Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison (1999)
  • MA, Chinese, Nanjing University (1988)
  • BA, History, Peking University (1985)



  • Acting Dean, Faculty of Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University (15–17)
  • Director, Jao Tsung-I Academy of Sinology (14-17)
  • Chair Professor, Department of Chinese, Hong Kong Baptist University (14–)
  • Acting Director, Jao Tsung-I Academy of Sinology (12-14)
  • Associate Director, Institute of Creativity, Hong Kong Baptist University (11–17)
  • Director, Mr. Simon Suen and Mrs. Mary Suen Sino-Humanitas Institute (11–14)
  • Professor and Head, Department of Chinese, Hong Kong Baptist University (10–13)
  • Associate Professor, Department of Chinese, Hong Kong Baptist University (05–10)
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Chinese, Hong Kong Baptist University (00–05)
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison (99–00)
  • Lecturer, Department of Chinese, National University of Singapore (96–99)


Courses Taught

  • Shijing
  • The Analects
  • Topics in traditional fiction and drama
  • Readings in the pre-Qin masters: Laozi studies
  • Traditional Chinese thought and modern society
  • Studies in the Shijing and ancient culture and history
  • Ancient medical texts
  • Classical Chinese
  • Classical Chinese poetry composition


Research Interests

  • Classical studies and early Chinese culture and history
  • Historical writings
  • Traditional Chinese poetry
  • Excavated documents and Paleography: bronze inscriptions and Bamboo and Silk writings
  • Intellectual History of the Ming and Qing dynasty


Research Projects

  • An Examination of the Evolution of Formulaic Phrases and Poetic Forms in Western Zhou Bronze Inscriptions and the Book of Odes (GRF/2011–14)
  • Three Unheeded Facets of Early Chinese Literature (FRG 2010–11)
  • Family, Scholarship, and Thought under the Ming-Qing Examination System (University research grant 2008–10)
  • Chronology of Qing dynasty Shijing scholarship (CERG 2007–10)
  • Grant for Revision of Book Manuscript From Ritualization to Secularization (FRG 2007–08)
  • A Study of the Qing Scholarship on Shi Jing清代學者的詩經研究 (FRG/ 2004–06)
  • A New Intra-lingual Translation of the “Feng” (Airs) Section of the Shih Ching (Classic of Poetry) in Light of Paleography (FRG/ 2002–04)
  • A New Intra-lingual Translation of the “Ya” 雅 (Elegantiae) and “Sung” 頌 (Hymn) Sections of the Shih Ching (Classic of Poetry) in light of Paleography (FRG/ 2001–03)


Professional / Community Service

  • Associate Editor, Journal of Early Chinese Philosophers, East China Normal University. 8 volumes published since 2006.
  • Editor, Early China Book Series (translated from English and Japanese into Chinese). Over 20 volumes published since 2006.
  • Selection Panel member. HK PhD Fellowship Scheme, UGC. 2010–2012.
  • JIRS Fellow. The HKBU-UIC Joint Institute of Research Studies. 2009–.


Publications (selected)


  • The Tradition of the Book of Songs and Classical Culture. Shanghai: Shanghai renmin chubanshe, 2012.
  • Chief editor. Western Scholarship on Chinese History: Ancient China Volume (Translated from English into Chinese). Shanghai: Shanghai guji chubanshe, 2012.
  • The Shaping of Book of Songs: From Ritualization to Secularization. Sankt Augustin, Germany: Monumenta Serica Institute, 2007.
  • Chief editor. A Dictionary of Allusions in Ancient Chinese Poems. Beijing: Yanshan chubanshe, 1991.


  • “The Rite of Yinzhi (Drinking Celebration) and Poems Recorded on the Tsinghua Bamboo Slips”, presented at “International Symposium on Excavated Manuscripts and the Interpretation of the Book of Odes,” September 12–13, 2009. Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago. Pp. 26. Paper is available at:
  • Chinese version: Excavated Documents. Vol.1. Shanghai: Zhongxi Press, 2010. Pp. 1-30.
  • “A Reading of ‘Nuo’ (Mao 301): Some English Translations of the Book of Songs Revisited.” Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews 30 (2008): 1–7. An elaborated version: In Lin Ching-chang and Christopher Soffel, eds. Orthodoxy and Schools of Thought: Changes in Confucian Canon Studies. Taipei: Wan-chuan-lou, 2013. Pp.359-388.
  • “Hereditary Household of T'ai-po of Wu.” with comprehensive annotations. Co-translator with William H. Nienhauser Jr. In William H. Nienhauser Jr. ed. Grand Scribe's Records Vol. 5.1: The Hereditary Houses of Pre-Han China, Part I (Chinese-English). Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2006. Pp.1-30.
  • From Exclusive Xia to Inclusive Zhu-Xia: The Conceptualization of Chinese Identity in Early China.” Journal of The Royal Asiatic Society (Cambridge University Press) 3, Vol.14, Issue 3(Nov. 2004):185-205.
  • A New Reading of Yen-yen, Mao 28 of the Book of Songs.” T'oung Pao 85.1 (1999): 1-22.
  • A Study of the Bird Cult of the Shang People.” Monumenta Serica 47 (1999): 127-147.


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