Dr Li Cho Kiu Joseph

MPhil (CUHK)

Lecturer, Department of Social Science

Email : josephli@hsu.edu.hk

Dr Li received his PhD in Cultural Studies from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and his MSSc in Social Science from the National University of Singapore. He was a recipient of Hong Kong PhD Fellowship (2017-2019) and Global Humanities Junior Fellowship at Freie Universitaet Berlin (2018).

His research papers have appeared in HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory, Critical Asia Archives: Events and Theories, global-e, Hong Kong Studies, Modern China Studies.

Research Interests

  • Cultural exchanges in colonial and Cold War Asia
  • Cultural studies of affect, emotion, and memory
  • Print culture, translation, and intellectual history in Sinophone Asia
  • Cultural heritage, socially-engaged creative practice, urban and rural commons, social innovation, and alternative economies in Asian cities


Selected Journal Articles

  • 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). 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 – 2023. 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