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Dr Vivian Kong

Vice Chancellor's Fellow

Vivian Kong

Dr Vivian Kong

Vice Chancellor's Fellow

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Research interests

I am a historian of global connections with a particular focus on colonial port cities in twentieth-century Asia. I am most interested in understanding the complexity of diapsoric interactions, identity politics, cosmopolitanism, and colonial practices in the region.

Building on my earlier research on Hong Kong's transnational connections, my new project examines the ways in which such connections complicated colonial pratices by studying the management of transnational destitute British subjects in Hong Kong, Manila, Shanghai, and Singapore. I am interested in the interactions between the British state, urban Asian's growing civil society, and other political regimes in the Asia-Pacifc region in governing and assisting destitute British subjects who travelled across East Asia. This project aims to 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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Postal address:
11 Woodland Road
Clifton
Bristol
United Kingdom

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