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Dr. Wong Wai Kwok Benson (黃偉國 博士)
Email: bwkwong@hkbu.edu.hk
Tel: 3411-5648
Assistant Professor

Teaching

POLS 2016 Political Movements: Chinese and European
POLS 3006 Statistical and Survey Methods for Political Science
POLS 3217 Political Philosophy: Chinese and European
POLS 4207 Comparative Public Administration
POLS 4898-9 Honours Project (Government and International Studies)
POLS 7050 Public Administration
POLS 7060 Research Methods for Public Administration Practitioners
POLS 7070 Project (Master of Public Adminisration)
SOSC 7510 Project (Master of Social Sciences: Contemporary China Studies)

Background
  • Ph.D. in Politics and Public Administration, University of Hong Kong (2007)
  • P.C.Ed., University of Hong Kong (2001)
  • M.Phil. in Social Science, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (1996)
  • B.Soc.Sci. (Hons.) in China Studies (History), Hong Kong Baptist University (1994)

Previous Teaching Experience:

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Education Policy and Leadership (formerly Department of Educational Policy and Administration), Hong Kong Institute of Education (2008-10)
  • Part-time Lecturer, Department of Government and Public Administration, University of Macau (2008)
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Journalism and Communication, Chu Hai College of Higher Education (2007-08)
  • Teaching Fellow, Department of Mathematics, Science, Social Sciences and Technology, Hong Kong Institute of Education (2005-06)

Previous Research Experience:

  • Centre Research Fellow, Centre for Governance and Citizenship, Hong Kong Institute of Education (2009-10)
  • Co-investigator, Public Engagement Program, The Professional Commons, Hong Kong (2008-09)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Taiwan Foundation for Democracy, Taipei, Taiwan (2007)
  • Awardee, The Contemporary China Fellowship, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan (2006-07)
  • Researcher, History Genre Project, jointly organized by Centre for Advancement of Chinese Language Education and Research (CACLER), Support Centre for Teachers using Chinese as the Medium of Instruction (CMI Centre), Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong (2004-06)
Research Interests

Area studies:

  • Hong Kong and Taiwan studies

Subjects:

  • Cultural Politics
  • Internet Politics
  • Identity Politics
  • Visual Culture
  • Social and Political Movements
  • Youth Politics and Policies
  • Politics of education
  • Politics of Discourse
Research Projects
  • Start-up Grant of $100,000 for the project entitled "Internet, Post-80s Generation, and Political Activism in Hong Kong" (2011-12).
  • Principal Investigator, "Reconstructing the China Identity: A Study of China Study Trips for Students in Hong Kong", Hong Kong Institute of Education Internal Research Grant, from RGC Direct Allocation (2009-10)
Publications

"Political Discourse of the China Factor: Taiwanese Perspective", in Local Discourse Editorial Committee and SynergyNet ed., Journal of Local Discourse 2013-2014: The China Factor - Local Consciousness and Civil Society (Taipei: Azoth Books, 2015), pp. 167-177.

"Mainlandization, Internet, and Local Autonomy: The Hong Kong City-State Autonomy Movement", Asian Politics and Policy, Vol. 6, No. 1 (January 2014), pp. 165-168. doi: 10.1111/aspp.12077.

"Who need Identity? National Education and Identity Politics", in Local Discourse Editorial Committee and SynergyNet ed., Journal of Local Discourse 2012: Government-Business Collusion (Taipei: Azoth Books, 2013), pp. 87-102.

"Myths of the Competitiveness of Hong Kong University Students: A Mainstream Media Perspective", Chinese Education and Society, Vol. 45, No. 2 (March-April 2012), pp. 60-74.

"Analyzing the Ungovernability of Tung-Chee-hwa through Political Cartoons", in Local Discourse Editorial Committee and SynergyNet ed., Journal of Local Discourse 2010: New Class Struggle in Hong Kong (Taipei: Azoth Books, 2011), pp. 163-186.

"Cultural Learning or a Political Tool? Origins and Development of China Study Tours for Hong Kong Students", in Ma Ka-fai, Leung Man-tao and Wong Wai-lun ed., Journal of Local Discourse 2009: Civil Resistance and Colonial Order in Hong Kong (Taipei: Azoth Books, 2010), pp. 257-269.

"Teacher Participation and Democratization: A Comparative Study of Hong Kong and Taiwan", Journal of Comparative Asian Development, Vol. 4, No. 2 (Fall 2005).

"The 2004 Legislative Council Elections in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region", Chinese Law and Government, Vol. 38, No. 1 (January-February 2005) (with Lo Shiu Hing, Yu Wing Yat and Kwong Kam Kwan. My authorship was 25%).

"Localization in the 2004 Presidential Election Campaign in Taiwan: An Iconographic Approach", China Perspectives, No. 55 (September-October 2004).

«L'identité insulaire dans la campagne présidentielle taiwanaise de 2004», Perspectives Chinoises, No. 84 (Juillet-Août, 2004).

"People's Power in Power? Hong Kong's Political Development and the July Rally", Online Journal of the Australian Association of East Asian Studies, Vol. 2, No. 1, July 2003

"Can Co-optation win over the Hong Kong People?' China's United Front Work in Hong Kong since 1984", Issues & Studies, Vol. 33, No. 5 (May 1997).

"Discrimination against the Mainland Chinese and Hong Kong's Defense of Local Identity", in Richard Gregory Johnson III ed., China's New 21st-Century Realities: Social Equity in a Time of Change (New York: Peter Lang, 2015), pp. 23-37.

"Internet and Local Politics" (with Kay C.Y. Lam), in Yu-shek Cheng ed., New Forms of Political Participation in Hong Kong (Hong Kong: Contemporary China Research Project, City University of Hong Kong, 2015), pp. 137-159 (in Chinese).

"The Politics of Teacher Professionalism in Macao", in Eilo W.Y. Yu and Ming K. Chan ed., China's Macao Transformed: Challenge and Development in the 21st Century (Hong Kong: City University of Hong Kong Press, 2014), pp. 231-263.

"Education reforms and bureaucratic manipulation in post-colonial Hong Kong", in Bennis Wai Yip So and Yuang-Kuang Kao ed., The Changing Policy-Making Process in Greater China: Case research from Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong (New York: Routledge, 2014), pp. 208-227.

"History and Politics: Reinterpreting Local History", in Lo Wing-sang ed., History Education in the 21st-century Chinese Region (Hong Kong: Centre for Teaching Support and Research in History, Shun Yan University, 2011), pp. 218-228 (in Chinese).

"The Political Logic of the Harmonious Society: Interpreting the Chief Executive's Policy Addresses of Hong Kong and Macau", in Kong Fanqing and Herbert S. Yee ed., China's Peaceful Developments: Crises and Challenges (Macau: Instituto Politécnico de Macau, 2010), pp. 505-516 (in Chinese).

"Ethnocentric Perceptive Re-explored: Online Chinese Nationalism toward Taiwan", in Simon Shen and Shaun Breslin ed., Online Chinese Nationalism and China's Bilateral Relations (New York: Rowman & Littlefield (Lexington Books), 2010), pp. 109-127.

"Torn between Ambiguity and Taboo? Chinese History Textbook's Narration on June 4th Event in Hong Kong", in Joseph Y.S. Cheng and Law Kam-yee ed., That Night at Tiananmen Square - 1989 China's Pro-democracy Movement in Retrospect and Prospect (Hong Kong: City University of Hong Kong Press, 2010), pp. 241-256 (in Chinese).

"Media and Politics in Post-colonial Hong Kong", in Joseph Yu-shek Cheng and Law Kam-yee ed., New Perspective on Political Science: Chinese Experience and Western Theories (Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press, 2009), pp. 163-178 (in Chinese).

"Mainlandization versus Democratization: An Iconographic Analysis of the Election Campaigns", in Kuan Hsin-chi and Wong Ka-ying ed., The 2004 Legislative Council Election in Hong Kong (Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press, 2006), pp. 241-273.

"Teacher Professionalism in Macau: Dilemmas and Prospects", in Development of Human Resources and the Policy Protection (Macau: Center of Macau Studies, The University of Macau, 2005), pp. 233-246 (in Chinese).

"Visualized Form of Resistance and the Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong", paper session presented at the Thirteenth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, University of British Columbia, Canada, June 18, 2015.

"The Role of Visual Culture in Framing Social Movements: A Case Study of the Anti-High Speed Rail Movement in Hong Kong, 2009-2010", paper session presented at the Eighth International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS 8), Macau, June 26, 2013.

"The Politics of Teacher professionalism in Macao", paper session presented at the 2012 Conference of the Association for Asian Studies, Toronto, March 18, 2012.

"From a civil servant to a political betrayer? Political Image of Donald Tsang in Cyberspace", paper session presented at the Digital East Asia Conference, Modern East Asia Research Centre, Leiden University, the Netherlands, December 9-10, 2011.

"The Politics of Teacher professionalism: in Macao: Development and Limitations", paper presented at the Sixth Annual Conference, The Asian Association of Hong Kong, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, May 4, 2011.

"China identity with negativity? Online Chinese Nationalism toward Taiwan", paper presented at the ISA-ABRI Joint International Conference: Diversity and Inequality in World Politics, Institute of International Relations, PUC-Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 22-24, 2009.

"Political Transformation in Taiwan: Political Participation of Teachers", paper presented at the Conference on "Post-Colonial Transformations in China's Hong Kong and Macao: Implications for Cross-Taiwan Strait and Canada-PRC Links", University of Waterloo, Ontario, June 27, 2009.

"Desperate Independence versus Prosperous Unification? Online Chinese Nationalism toward Taiwan", paper presented at the International Conference on Greater China in an Era of Globalization, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Sha Tin, New Territories, Hong Kong, July 14-15, 2008.

"Localization and de-Mainlandization: A Semiotic Study of the 2008 Taiwan's Presidential Election", paper presented at the 42nd Annual Conference of Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast Crossing Boundaries in the Asia-Pacific: Regional and Disciplinary Intersections, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, June 13-15, 2008.

"Teachers and Social Movements: Cases of Hong Kong and Taiwan", paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Hong Kong Political Science Association, Hong Kong Baptist University, December 1, 2007.

"Depicting Tung Che-hwa's Ungovernability in Post-transitional Hong Kong: A Perspective on Political Symbolism", paper presented at the Fifth Conference of Media & Communication in Chinese Civilization, National Cheng Chi University, Taipei, Taiwan, July 15, 2007.

"One Country Two Systems: A Decadal Reflection from a Local Perspective", paper presented at the International Conference on the 10th Anniversary of Hong Kong Handover: Retrospect and Challenge, Soochow University, Taipei, Taiwan, July 2, 2007.

"Educational Reforms and Teacher Empowerment: Case of Hong Kong", paper presented at a seminar organized by Department of Public Policy and Management, I-Shou University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, May 24, 2007.

"Integration of China and Hong Kong: Implications to Hong Kong and Taiwan", paper presented at a workshop organized by the Friends of Hong Kong and Macau Association, Taiwan, April 22, 2007.

"A Critical Reflection of Tung Chee-hwa's Governability in Post-transitional Hong Kong: A Perspective on Political Symbolism", paper presented at the Second Annual Conference organized by the Asian Studies Association of Hong Kong and Centre for Asian Studies, The University of Hong Kong, January 26-27, 2007.

"Old and Stupid Tung" in Post-colonial Hong Kong: An Iconographic Study of Political Leadership", paper presented at the Conference organized by Center for Contemporary China, National Tsinghua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan, January 12, 2007.

"Union solidarity and Teacher Empowerment: Cases of Hong Kong and Taiwan", paper presented at the 2006 Annual Meeting, The Georgia Political Science Association, November 16-18, 2006.

"History and Politics: Reinterpreting Local History", paper presented at a conference on the 21st Century History Education in Chinese Societies, organized by Hong Kong Baptist University, Modern Chinese History Society of Hong Kong and Shue Yan College, June 8-9, 2006.

"(Dis-)Empowering Teachers through Educational Reforms: Cases of Hong Kong and Taiwan", paper presented at a conference on the 2nd Cross-Strait Conference on Public Administration: Policy Challenges in the 21st Century, organized by the University of Macau, May 11-13, 2006.

"An Evaluation of the Leadership Quality in the West: A Critical Reflection of the Theories", paper presented at a conference on the Opening and Development of Human Resources in Party, Government and Enterprises of China, organized by the Peking University, Beijing, China, October 17-18, 2005 (in Chinese).

"Mainlandization versus Democratization: An Iconographic Analysis of the 2004 Legislative Council Election Campaign", paper presented at a conference on the 2004 Legislative Council Elections, organized by Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, April 8, 2005 (The paper was revised and accepted for publication for the book on the 2004 LegCo Elections published by the Chinese University Press).

"Professionalism of Macau's Teachers: Dilemmas and Prospects", paper presented at the Conference on the Development of Human Resources and the Policy Protection organized by the Center of Macau Studies, the University of Macau, December 15-16, 2004 (in Chinese).

"Taiwan's Presidential Election 2004: A perspective of participant observation", paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Hong Kong Political Science Association, City University of Hong Kong, May 8, 2004 (The paper was revised and accepted for publication in China Perspectives).

"Karma and Power: Choosing your own destiny by yourself?", Iam-chong Ip and King-fai Chan ed., Class Boycotting and Keep Learning: A Review of Theories and Thinking before the Umbrella Movement (Hong Kong: Step Forward Multimedia, 2015), pp. 54-60.

"The Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong and the China Factor", New Society For Taiwan, Vol. 35 (February, 2015), pp. 86-89.

"Colonization of Hong Kong in a full swing: From Civic Referendum on June 22 to the Rehearsal of the Occupy Central on July 2", New Society For Taiwan, Vol. 35 (August 15, 2014), pp. 51-55.

"From the Masses to the Masses: How the Deliberation Days contribute to the Occupy Central", New Society For Taiwan, Vol. 29 (August 15, 2013), pp. 40-43. (with Kam-yee Law ed.), 66 Keywords of Taiwan Society (Hong Kong: Infolink Publishing Limited, 2013).

"Formosa", Taiwan under Japanese Rule", "Three Principles of the People", "Temporary Provisions Effective During the Period of Communist Rebellion", "Members of National Assembly of Republic of China", "Taiwan Relation Act [TRA]", "Chinese Nationalist Party [Kuomintang]", "Streamlining of the Taiwan Provincial Government", "Green Island, Taiwan", in Wai-Kwok Wong and Kam-yee Law ed., 66 Keywords of Taiwan Society (Hong Kong: Infolink Publishing Limited, 2013).

"The Sino-British Negotiation on Hong Kong's Future and PRC's United Front Work in Hong Kong (1982-97)", New Society For Taiwan: Special Issue (August 1, 2012), pp. 11-17.

"Politics as a Part of Life: Political Education in the Nationalist Taiwan", in Kai-luen Tang ed., The Untold Story of the National Education: The Politically Incorrect Guidebook for Teachers and Students (Hong Kong: Roundtable Synergy Books, 2011), pp. 138-141 (in Chinese).

"Teacher Professionalism", in Kam Man Fung ed., Dialogues with the Thinkers: Education (Hong Kong: Roundtable Synergy Books, 2011), pp. 31-36 (in Chinese).

"First World War", "Second World War", "Genocide" (with Lam Kam-yee), " Korean War", "Cold War", "Cuban Missile Crisis", "Vietnam War", "Munich Massacre", "The Collapse of the USSR", "Genocide", "September 11st Attack", "Human Rights Dispute", "Terrorism", "Poverty Issue", "Anti-globalization movement", "China Threat Theory", and "SARS: Global Epidemic Crisis" in Law Kam-yee and Li Hin-wah ed., 72 Keywords of Global Issues (Hong Kong: Infolink Publishing Limited, 2nd Edition, 2011).

"The pro-government force buys advertising space: Mainlandization of local media", New Society for Taiwan, Vol. 11 (August 15, 2010), pp. 53-56 (in Chinese).

"Where is our root?", in What if? Visions of 77 Youth (Hong Kong: Roundtable Synergy Books Limited, 2010), pp. 57-59 (in Chinese).

"The Zhenbao Island Incident", "Ping Pong Diplomacy", "Great Tangshan Earthquake", "Black Cat or White Cat", "The Three Represents Theory", "Democratic Centralism", "The Four Modernizations", "One Country Two Systems", "Housing System Reform", "A Shares", "Shareholding System", "Peasant Workers Migration", Poverty Alleviation", "Human Rights Protection Movement", and "Three Rural Problems", in Law Kam-yee ed., 80 Keywords of Contemporary China (Hong Kong: Infolink Publishing Limited, 2009, in Chinese).

"Return -> Protest: Significance of July 1st Rally", in OurTV.hk ed., Our July 1st: Revelation of Hong Kong's Civil Society in the 21st Century (Hong Kong: Yipin Wenku, 2009), pp. 82-86 (in Chinese).

"Without education, without future", in 30s Group ed., Sanshi Chutou (Hong Kong: Huaqianshu Chubenshi, 2008), pp. 171-177 (in Chinese).

"Political Propaganda and Symbolism: Political (Pseudo-)Moralism", Contemporary China Newsletter, No. 8, May 2007 (in Chinese).

"Disillusioning Teacher Professionalism and Participation? The Politics of Educational Reforms in Hong Kong", Annual Journal 2006, Politics and Public Administration Association, Faculty of Social Science, The University of Hong Kong, pp. 22-27.

"Chiang King-kuo - The Paradigm of a Transitional Political Leadership", in Roundtable ed., What if 97 Ideal Chief Executives and Dreamy Chairpersons (Hong Kong: Roundtable Publishing, 2006), pp. 248-250 (in Chinese).

"Post-colonial Hong Kong: Where do it start with?" in Paul Chan Chi-yuen and Gary Wong ed., Hong Kong Cafe Salon (Hong Kong: Roundtable Publishing, 2006), pp. 50-57 (in Chinese, with Paul Chan Chi-yuen and C.W. Tam. My authorship was 50%).

"If Anson Chan were appointed to be the First Term of the Chief Executive of the HKSAR", in What if? 108 Ge Yuguo (Hong Kong: Roundtable, 2005), pp. 95-97 (in Chinese).

"The Past Fifteen Years in Victoria Harbor", in Post-SAR Synopsis (Hong Kong: Roundtable, 2004), pp. 14-18 (in Chinese).

Conserve and Revitalize @ Hong Kong Heritage: Liberal Studies Teaching Kit (Hong Kong: Commissioner for Heritage's Office, Development Bureau, 2010), in English and Chinese, 92 pages (with Simon X.H. Shen, Maggie K.W. Lau, Y.K. Lo, Ernest K.H. Ng, K.L. Tsang. My authorship was 17%).

Data Book on The Application to a Genre-based Approach in the Hong Kong Certificate of Education History Examination (Hong Kong: Support Centre for Teachers Using Chinese as the Medium and Instruction Centre, The University of Hong Kong, 2006), in Chinese, 153 pages, (with Mark S.K. Shum and S.C. Tung. My authorship was 33.3%).

A Survey Report on Sha Tin Public Housing Quality (Hong Kong: Sha Tin District Council, 2003), in Chinese, 67 pages (with Lo Shiu-hing, Cheung Yat-fung and Wan Kwok-fai. My authorship was 40%).

Community Service & Professional Activities

August 2012-July 2014: Secretary, Hong Kong Political Science Association.

November 2009-: Advisor, Community Development Initiative Foundation.

August 2009-: Host (with Kwok-hung Leung, Long Hair) for an Internet TV program produced by OurTV, entitled “Looking Left”.

November 2008-: Advisor in Education Policy, Roundtable General Education Laboratory, Roundtable Patron Group.

January 2009-: Convener, General Education Exchange Association, the Roundtable Social Science Research Network.

February-August 2008: Mentor for a project on Younger District Counselors, organized by the Roundtable Social Science Research Network.

February-May 2008: Member of the discussion group in education, Powersoft Consultancy Limited, the Roundtable Social Science Research Network.

December 13, 2007: Host interviewing Mr. Raymond Yue-man Wong, a chairperson of League of Social Democrats, in a campus TV program entitled “Hot Dialogue” organized by Department of Journalism and Communication, Chu Hai College of Higher Education.

February 2007- January 2008: Co-chairperson, Roundtable Social Science Society. April 2006-April 2007: Invited commentaries’ contributor in Roundtable Inner Society Knowledge (RISK), Roundtable (Hong Kong Avant-Garde Policy Research Institute) at http://risk.roundtable.com.hk.

November 2005-September 2006: Advisor, The Hong Kong Institute of Education Debate Team. July-August 2004: Program consultant, Focus on Institutional Reforms (Zhanggai Toushi), a TV program produced by Cable TV News Channel, 2004-05: Vice-director, Center of Hong Kong Studies, Roundtable Hong Kong Avant-Garde Policy Research Institute.

2003-04: Invited by the Hong Kong Legislative Council to give my expert opinions on Village Representation Election Bill, relationships between the government and the opposition party, and the Legislative Council (Amendment) Bill.

1998-99: Member of the Working Team of the Secondary School Civic Education Subject Committee, Curriculum Development Council, Education Department, Hong Kong SAR Government.

Regularly interviewed by Now TV, Commercial Radio, Radio Free Asia, RTHK Radios 1 and 3, RTHK TV (Pentaprism II), TVB Jade, Cable TV News, CNBC (Asia) TV Channel, Star TV World Channel, Channel News Asia (Singapore), and New Tang Dynasty TV (electronic media) as well as New Daily, Sun Daily, The New York Times and Central News Agency (printed media) on Hong Kong and Taiwan politics as well as local education policy since 2003.

Regularly contributing to commentaries and articles in local and Taiwanese newspapers, including Ming Pao Daily, Apple Daily, Hong Kong Economic Times, Hong Kong Economic Journal, Oriental Daily News, Ettoday.com, and META: Global Insights, Culture and Politics. A total number of 110 commentaries and articles have been published focusing on politics of Hong Kong, Taiwan and China, and education and politics.

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