Justin Cheng is a second-year MA student in the Department of History at UBC. His research focuses on Hong Kong. In particular, he is interested in the relationships between the government and the Chinese merchants in the early twentieth-century. He hopes to delve into the relief effort of the government and the charities ran by the Chinese merchants at the time of natural disasters, such as typhoons. More broadly, through the lens of relief effort, he hopes to understand the interaction between the government and the Chinese elites, hence to explore the position of the Chinese elites in Hong Kong. In addition to working as a teaching assistant, Justin is also a Student Associate at Hong Kong Studies Initiative (HKSI). At HKSI, he organizes events to raise the awareness of Hong Kong studies on campus and in the community. Please go to HKSI's website for updated events: https://hksi.ubc.ca/. Justin's HKSI profile: https://hksi.ubc.ca/person/justin-chun-yin-cheng/
A Hong Kong native, Justin received a bachelor of arts in History from the University of California, Berkeley, Justin’s undergraduate thesis is a study of the identities of Chinese merchants in Hong Kong during the Canton-Hong Kong Strike of 1925-1926. At Berkeley, Justin was fortunate to have the opportunity to work with a variety of scholars in the field of Chinese studies—an experience from which he has developed his interest in an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Hong Kong’s history, culture and identity. His interest also extends to the history of premodern and modern China, Chinese diaspora, as well as that of Japan.
Besides conducting historical research, Justin is also interested in museum and archival management. He co-founded the Queen’s College History Museum, which has the distinction of being the oldest government secondary school in Hong Kong. In his spare time, he loves to play volleyball and music.
Office hours: by appointment
Cheng, Justin Chun-Yin. “Circumstantial Nationalism: Hong Kong Chinese Merchants in the Canton-Hong Kong Strike of 1925-1926.” BA Thesis, University of California, Berkeley, 2017.
鄭雋言：〈殖民時期香港身份：1925至1926年省港大罷工中的華商精英〉(Colonial Hong Kong Identities: Chinese Mercantile Elites amid the Canton-Hong Kong General Strike, 1925-1926)，鄭逸思譯。載：省港大罷工九十週年回顧論文集編輯委員會編：《粵港工人大融合：省港大罷工九十週年回顧論文集》，第159-174頁，香港：香港社會保障學會及香港工運史研究小組，2017。
Hong Kong Studies Initiative, University of British Columbia. "After the Protest: A Vancouver Archive of the Umbrella Movement." 2019. https://hksi.ubc.ca/after-the-protest/home/
Anne H. Scott Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship in Chinese Studies, 2016-17 (UC Berkeley).
2019W: History 103, Section 002: Modern World History (Prof Glen Peterson)
2018W: History 103, Section 001: Modern World History (Prof Steven Lee)