CUHK LAW CCTL Transnational Legal History Group Seminar – ‘Restored and Rejuvenated: Colonial Rule in Postwar Hong Kong’ by Prof. Lu Yan


22 Nov 2023


6:00 pm – 7:30 pm


Graduate Law Centre 2/F, Bank of America Tower, 12 Harcourt Road Central, Hong Kong

Biography of Speaker:

Lu Yan is Professor Emerita at the University of New Hampshire, where she taught from 1996 to 2021. Her research focused on histories of transnational and cross-cultural interactions.

Event Details:

Between the two Great Wars, public pressure to end colonialism grew strong worldwide, forcing London to reform its colonial practice throughout the Empire. In Hong Kong, the local population witnessed the collapse of British rule early in WWII, and no longer took colonial rule for granted. Confronting the widespread expression of national pride among Hong Kong Chinese at the end of the war, Britain had to fight an uphill battle to restore the colonial rule. This presentation draws on Professor Lu’s recent book, Crossed Paths: Labor Activism and Colonial Governance in Hong Kong, 1938-1958, to show how the colonial state succeeded in rejuvenating British rule in postwar Hong Kong by means of force and law.


Language: English
CPD credits are available upon application and subject to accreditation by the Law Society of Hong Kong (currently pending).