Message from the director

The Confucius Institute of Hong Kong (CIHK) has tided over eleven years. With the support from the Confucius Institute Headquarters/Hanban and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), and under the excellent leadership of the former Director, Professor Chu Hung-lam, CIHK has developed its own unique feature and walked out its own path. According to Hong Kong’s particular historical background and social situation, CIHK has positioned itself as a “research-oriented Confucius Institute” ,with special focus on promoting Chinese culture and scholarship in three aspects: 1) combining both Chinese and Western resources to foster young sinologists; 2) organizing academic conferences, high level lecture series, and conducting research projects; 3) designing and offering general education courses and cultural education diplomas, in order to introduce and promote Chinese culture and scholarship to students and local people. Through designing and holding varied and efficient activities, CIHK has achieved remarkably in promoting Chinese language and culture, developing academic research in sinology, and academic exchange among young sinologists.

As in previous years, in 2017 we have successfully held various cultural education and dissemination activities to meet the interests of different participants, including courses of Chinese language and culture for PolyU and international students, lectures on Chinese culture and religion by distinguished scholars, specialist lectures on Chinese history and culture, forums for teaching Chinese as a foreign language, study tours to historical sites for PolyU staff and students, and Chinese culture and arts appreciation sessions for the general public. We also presented a series of postgraduate seminars on Chinese history and culture for students from universities in Hong Kong, Macau and the Pearl River Delta area. We held the second research conference on Chinese ancestor halls and veneration rites, a symposium of various forms of Chinese arts presented by Hong Kong artists of Chiu-chow origin and artists from Wenzhou for sharing and exchange, as well as a workshop on the book project “Series of New and Popular Studies of Chinese History and Culture” .Through these activities, the participants had forged understanding more deeply in Chinese history, culture, thought, scholarship, language, writing, and contemporary social and national situations, and together contributed to the development of Chinese historical and cultural studies.

In 2018, apart from continuing all these teaching programmes, lecture and seminar series, cultural tours, and artistic activities, we plan to hold four conferences and workshops. The first is the 2nd Workshop of the Book Project “Series of New and Popular Studies of Chinese History and Culture”; the second is Social Responsibility and Individual Values: International Conference on the Modern Implications of Classical Confucianism; the third is International Young Scholars Forum on Chinese Religious Studies; and the fourth is Seminar on Research and Co-development of Confucius Institutes. More information on these programmes and activities can be found in this booklet. CIHK will continue its research-oriented mission and endeavour in combining Chinese and Western resources to promote international sinology in all these events in the coming year.

We wish to express our heartfelt gratitude to all those who have supported and participated in our activities and hope to have your support in the coming new year. Let us work together to make new contributions to the promotion of Chinese culture and scholarship.