Dr Li Cho Kiu Joseph

MPhil (CUHK); MSSc (NUS)

Lecturer, Department of Social Science

Email : josephli@hsu.edu.hk

Dr Li got his PhD in Cultural Studies from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He received his Master’s degree in Social Science from the Cultural Studies in Asia programme (Department of Sociology) at the National University of Singapore.

A practitioner of interdisciplinary studies, he has published in different journals, such as HAU: Journal of Ethnographic TheoryCritical Asia Archives: Events and Theories, global-eHong Kong Journal of Social SciencesHong Kong Studies, Modern China Studies

He is active in knowledge transfer. He has translated two academic books from English to Chinese. His socio-cultural commentaries can be found in Mingpao, Initium, Hong Kong Economic Journal, AM730, Yazhou ZhoukanCity Magazine, ArtslinkSample, ParatextMETA, Outside.hk, and Lianhe Zaobao (Singapore).

He was a recipient of Hong Kong PhD Fellowship (2017-2019) and Global Humanities Junior Fellowship at Freie Universitaet Berlin (2018).

Research Interests

  • Cultural Studies
  • Affect and emotion
  • Liberal arts education
  • Communal creativity (conviviality, social practice art, social innovation)
  • Intellectual media practice
  • City, cultural heritage and creative tourism
  • Colonialism, Cold War, and decoloniality
  • Socio-cultural histories in Asia (esp. Hong Kong, Macau, Mainland China, Taiwan, and Southeast Asia)


Selected Journal Articles

  • Li, C. K. (in progress) Small Store as Method
  • Li, C. K. (in progress) Crossing the Bamboo Curtain: Hong Kong’s Visiting Tours to Mainland China (1950-1980s)
  • Li, C. K. & Tong, K. L. (in progress) Plastic Decoloniality: A Student Publication in Cold War Hong Kong (1960-1970)
  • Li, C. K. (2021). Disaffection in a Special Affective Region. Critical Asia Archives: Events and Theories.
  • Li, C. K. (2021). Raw Fear in Hong Kong. HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory, 11(3), 1045-1059. [SSCI]
  • Li, C. K. (2019). A Hong Kong Intellectual and his Mass Publication During the Cultural Revolutionization: Quotations from Man Yan Kit in the 1967 Riot. Hong Kong Studies, (2)1, 25-35.
  • Li, C. K. (2019). Freedom as Articulation: Reflections on Liberalism in Hong Kong. global-e, 11(23).
  • Li, C. K. (2019). A Society with Wronged-Souls: Hong Kong as China’s Heterotopia. Hong Kong Journal of Social Sciences, 52, 5-18.
  • Shen, X. H. & Li, C. K. (2015). The Cultural Side-Effects of the Sino-Soviet Split: The Influence of Albanian Movies in China in the 1960s. Modern China Studies, 22(1), 215-231.

Selected Book Chapters

  • LI, C. K. (2021). Asia’s Refugee City: Hong Kong in the Cold War. In M. Popescu, Zien, K, & K. Bystrom (Eds.), The Cultural Cold War and the Global South: Sites of Contest and Communitas, pp. 238-251. New York: Routledge.
  • LI, C. K. (2021). Medium and Articulation: Teaching Humanities Classics with Cultural Studies. In C. H. Leung, P. H. Lau & C. H. Li (Eds.), Humanities Classics and Liberal Education, pp. 25-41. Hong Kong: The Chinese University of Hong Kong Press.
  • Li, C. K. (2016). China’s Spring Festival Television Gala. In J. Murray, & K. Nadeau (Eds.), Pop Culture in Asia and Oceania, pp. 201-203. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Press.Li, C. K.
  • Li, C. K. (2013). The “Port Aspects” of Local Consciousness: So Sau Chong. In C. K. Chan, & W. L. Wong (Eds.), Local Discourse, pp. 125-136. Taipei: AzothBooks.
  • Li, C. K. (2009). Colonial Spatial Politics in Hong Kong: A Study of Victoria Park. In K. W. Ma (Ed.), Exploring China Urban Studies, pp. 55-79. Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies.

Other Publications

  • The Appearing Demos: Hong Kong During and After the Umbrella Movement. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. By Laikwan Pang (2020). Translated by Li C. K. (Typsetter Press, 2020). 
  • The Art of Cloning: Creative Production During China’s Cultural Revolution. London: Verso. By Laikwan Pang (2017). Translated by Li C. K. (The Chinese University of Hong Kong Press, 2017).

Selected Presentations

  • LI, C. K. (2022). Students as Decolonizers: A Student Publication in 1960s-1970s Hong Kong. [Speaker] Seminar for Hong Kong Culture and Society, The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.
  • LI, C. K. (2022). Cold War as Porous: Mapping the Tourscape of Sinophone Asia. [Speaker] Department of Cultural Studies, Lingnan University, Hong Kong.
  • LI, C. K. (2022). Making a Tricontinental Liberalism: Hong Kong’s Student U Presses. [Speaker] Paper presented at Remembering a Tricontinental Past, King’s College London (Online Symposium).
  • LI, C. K. (2021). Raw Fear in Hong Kong. [Speaker] Paper presented at Cultural Studies Annual Conference, Cultural Studies Association and Taiwan University of Arts, Taipei.
  • LI, C. K. (2020). Affective Representations of the Sea: Propaganda Documentary of the Maritime Silkroad. [Speaker] Paper presented at International Conference Heritage Conservation along the Belt and Road Zones, The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.
  • LI, C. K. (2020). Cultural Politics of Courage. [Speaker] Paper presented at CGCS Summer Dialogue Series: The Politics of Hope?, The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.
  • LI, C. K. (2019). Man Yan-kit in 1967 Riot. [Speaker] Paper presented at the Association for Cultural Typhoon Conference, Keio University, Tokyo.
  • LI, C. K. (2018). Causality in Culture: Empirically Verifiable or Modelling Category? Principle of Cultural Dynamics. Paper presented at the Free University of Berlin, Berlin.
  • LI, C. K. (2018). Creativity and Fear: Cultural Activism in Post-Umbrella Hong Kong. [Speaker] Paper presented at the Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA) Annual Conference, South Bank University, London.
  • LI, C. K. (2017). Conflict and Justice: Precarious Bodies in Inter-Asia Societies. Paper presented at the International Institute for Cultural Studies, National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu.
  • LI, C. K. (2012). The Asian Edge: 2012 Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Society (IACS) Summer School. Center for the Study of Culture and Society, Bangalore.
  • LI, C. K. (2011). Teresa Teng as an Ideal Female in Post Mao China. Paper presented at the Symposium: Techno-Soundings: Acoustic Methodologies of the Ear, Music Department, the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.
  • LI, C. K. (2011). Teresa Teng: Feminine Voices from Hong Kong-Taiwan Canton Pop in 1980s China. [Speaker] Paper presented at the Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Conference—Cultural Transformations: Development Initiatives and Social Movements, BRAC University, Dhaka.
  • LI, C. K. (2010). Victoria Park: Politics of Public Space in Colonial Hong Kong. [Speaker] Paper presented at the Crossroads for Cultural Studies Conference, Lingnan University, Hong Kong.

Awards and Grants

  • 2010 – 2014. Research Fellowship. National University of Singapore.
  • 2017 – 2019. Hong Kong PhD Fellowship. Research Grants Council, Hong Kong (PF15-12326). Award: HK$720,000.
  • 2018. Global Humanities Junior Fellowship. Principles of Cultural Dynamics, The Free University of Berlin.
  • 2021. University Research Start-Up Fund. The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong.
  • 2022 – 2024. Team member. From Retro to the Metaverse Games: Imagining Asia and Creative Industries from the Past, the Present, to the Future. Strategic Development Grant. The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong. Award: HK$197,000.
  • 2022 – 2024. Principal Investigator. Cultural Exchanges in the Cold War: Visiting Tours and Affective Connections in Sinophone Asia (1950s-1980s). Faculty Development Scheme, Research Grants Council, Hong Kong (UGC/FDS14/H08/21). Award: HK$917,455.

Courses Taught

  • ASI4101 Special Topics in Asian Studies: Sinophone Cultures in Southeast Asia
  • ASI3005 Appreciating Asian Art, Heritage and Museum
  • GEN1000 Perspectives on General Education
  • GEN1017 Introduction to Cultural Studies