MRI Forum 1

"Reintegration with Mainland China:
The Contrasting Experiences of Hong Kong and Macau"

by Professor Ming K. Chan, Stanford University


Summary of the Presentation

The speaker intends to compare the last two decades of crucial transformative processes that have been, and still are, reshaping contemporary Hong Kong and Macau. In essence, he will try to combine the key points from three of his most recent research works, including the forthcoming Historical Dictionary of the HKSAR & MSAR , in which he offers an evaluative summary of the overall performance of the PRC's two new SAR regimes under both Chief Executives Tung Chee-hwa and Edmund Ho Hau-wah, from the late 1990s to 2003. For Professor Chan, it is obvious that in contrast to Hong Kong, Macau has so far constituted a far more successful example of putting China's "one country, two systems" formula into practice. He therefore very much looks forward to obtaining inputs and insights from local Macau experts.

Professor Chan will also make use of the occasion to talk briefly about his exploration of the possibilities for the inclusion of Macau's transformation in the preliminary plans for a proposed Hoover Institution-staged 2007 public exhibition and international conference at Stanford University to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the "one country, two systems" actualization.

Profile of the Speaker

Ming K. Chan was born in Hong Kong. He received his BS in history, political science and economics from Iowa State University-Ames in 1969; MA in Chinese history from the University of Washington in 1970; and Ph. D in East Asian history from Stanford University in 1975.

He is Research Fellow & Executive Coordinator, Hong Kong Documentary Archives, Hoover Institution, Stanford University, where he was a Fellow, 1976-80, and Visiting Professor of History in the History Department, 1992-93. During 1980-1997, Ming Chan was a tenured member of the History Department, University of Hong Kong. He was the Julian & Virginia Cornell Visiting Professor at Swarthmore College, 1993-94. He also held visiting professorship at Mount Holyoke College (2002-3), Duke University (1989), the University of California (UCLA 1979-80; UC-Santa Cruz, 1975/79), and EL Colegio de Mexico (1975-76).

Ming Chan has published ten academic volumes and over fifty articles and book chapters on Chinese history and China-Hong Kong relations. He is General Editor of the Hong Kong Becoming China multi-volume series published by M. E. Sharpe, New York, with a Hong Kong University Press Asian paperback version. Nine titles have been published in this series since 1991.

Organizer of 14 panels at the Annual Meetings of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) since 1985, Ming Chan has presented over sixty papers at international academic conferences.

His books are:

1. The Historiography of the Chinese Labor Movement, 1895-1949 , (Hoover Institution Press, Stanford University, 1981), 249 pp.
2. Perspectives on the Hong Kong & Chinese Labor Movement , (Hong Kong Christian Industrial Committee, 1982), 97 pp.
3. Dimensions of the Modern Chinese & Hong Kong Labor Movement , (Hong Kong Christian Industrial Committee, 1986), 335 pp.
4. The British Sunset in Hong Kong: Historical Challenges in the Wilsonian Era of Transition , (Hong Kong Economic Journal, 1989), 202 pp.
5. The Hong Kong Basic Law: Blueprint for "Stability and Prosperity" under Chinese Sovereignty? (M.E. Sharpe, 1991), 328 pp. Also Hong Kong Becoming China series 1st title, HK University Press paperback
6. School Into Fields and Factories: Anarchists, the Guomindang, and the National Labor University in Shanghai, 1927-32 , (Duke University Press, 1991), 351 pp.
7. Precarious Balance: Hong Kong Between China and Britain , 1842-1992 , (M.E. Sharpe, 1994), 246 pp. Also Hong Kong Becoming China series 4th title, HKU Press paperback.
8. The Hong Kong Reader: Passage to Chinese Sovereignty , (M.E. Sharpe, 1996), 236 pp.
9. The Challenge of Hong Kong's Reintegration with China , (Hong Kong University Press, 1997), 240 pp.
10. Crisis and Transformation in China's Hong Kong, (M.E. Sharpe, 2002), 415 pp. Also Hong Kong Becoming China series, 9th title, HKU Press paperback.
11. Historical Dictionary of the Hong Kong SAR & the Macau SAR (Scarecrow Press, forthcoming)
12. The China Factor & Hong Kong External Links, 1842-1997 (HKU Press, forthcoming).