Lingnan Culture Studies Public Lecture & Research Paper Competition 2023 Award Ceremony — Prof. Steven Miles: “Wet Guangzhou: Seasonality in a Southern Chinese City, 1820s-1880s”


25 Apr 2024


4:30pm – 6pm


On-site participation: LT9, 2/F, Yasumoto International Academic Park (YIA), CUHK

Online broadcasting: ZOOM


Professor Steven B. Miles (Head and Professor, Division of Humanities, TheHong Kong University of Science and Technology)

Biography of Speaker:

A sociocultural historian of early modern China, Steven B. Miles is head of the Division of Humanities at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and the editor-in-chief of the journal, Late Imperial China. His most recent books are Chinese Diasporas: A Social History of Global Migration (Cambridge University Press, 2020) and Opportunity in Crisis: Cantonese Migrants and the State in Late Qing China (Harvard University Asia Center, 2021). His chapter, “Urbanization and Emigration in Coastal South China,” was recently published in volume 1 of The Cambridge History of Global Migrations.

Synopsis of Lecture:

This presentation is part of a larger project on the rhythms of urban life in the southern Chinese port city of Guangzhou (Canton) during the nineteenth century. Analyzing wet-season disasters (flooding and storms), in contrast to dry-season disasters (fires), I hope to convey a sense of the lived experience of city residents and to understand both how life was changing over the course of this transformative century and how observers perceived these changes.


Organized by Research Programmes for Lingnan Culture, Institute of Chinese Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

* RGC Collaborative Research Project “Lingnan Culture and the World” (2023–2026)