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Dr Vivian Kong

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Research interests

I am a historian of colonial port cities in twentieth-century Asia. I am most interested in issues such as diapsoric interactions, identity politics, cosmopolitanism, and colonial practices in the region.

Building on my earlier research on Hong Kong's transnational connections, I have embarked on a new project that examines the ways in which such connections complicated colonial pratices. This project studies the management of transnational destitute British subjects in four Asian port cities: Hong Kong, Manila, Shanghai, and Singapore. I am interested in understanding how local authorities, the British state, urban Asian's growing civil society, and other political regimes in the Asia-Pacifc region interacted with each other to govern and assist individuals with a British status who were mobile and impoverished, making them 'problematic' in the eyes of many. This project will explain how decisions were made when colonial governance involved international networks and institutions, and how a middle-class civil society affected colonial practices in twentieth-century Asia. 

I am preparing a book manuscript based on my doctoral thesis about 'multiracial Britons' in Hong Kong, exploring how British colonialism affected the development of national, civic, urban, and diasporic identities there. 

An integral part of my work is public engagement. I work closely with the University's Hong Kong History Project. I am also the founder and administrator of the Hong Kong History Postgrads/ECRs Network

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  • Research Output

    • 2 Article (Academic Journal)

    Whiteness, Imperial Anxiety, and the “Global 1930s”: the White British League Debate in Hong Kong

    Kong, V., 12 May 2020, In : Journal of British Studies. 59, 2, p. 343-71 29 p.

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    ‘Hong Kong is my Home’: The 1940 Evacuation and Hong Kong-Britons

    Kong, V., 1 Jun 2019, In : Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History. 47, 3, 26 p.

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    Dr. John D Young Memorial Scholarship

    Kong, Vivian (Recipient), 2016

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants


    ‘“All Roads Lead to Hong Kong: Paths of Becoming a Hong Kong Historian” Roundtable discussion and Exhibition Launch of “Hong Kong Through the Lens” Exhibition

    Vivian Kong (Organiser), , Chris Wemyss (Organiser), , Robert Bickers (Organiser), , John Carroll (Organiser), , Nathan Kwan (Organiser), & Joyce Lau (Organiser)

    5 Jun 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesCommunity engagement, including convening focus/advisory groups

    'All Roads Lead to Hong Kong': People, City, Empires

    Vivian Kong (Organiser), , Chris Wemyss (Organiser), , Robert Bickers (Organiser), , John Carroll (Organiser), , Nathan Kwan (Organiser), & Joyce Lau (Organiser)

    6 Jun 20197 Jun 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    ‘The Middle-class and Interwar Hong Kong’s Multiracial Civil Society’

    Vivian Kong (Speaker)

    2 Nov 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic talk, debate, discussion


    Multiracial Britons: Britishness, Diasporas, and Cosmopolitanism in Interwar Hong Kong

    Author: Kong, V., 24 Jul 2019

    Supervisor: Lewis, S. L. (Supervisor) & Bickers, R. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)