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CHAN, Catherine S. (陳家怡)
Research Assistant Professor

Tel.: (852) 2616-8316
Fax.: (852) 2467-7478

Academic & Professional Qualifications

PhD, History, University of Bristol
MPhil, History, Hong Kong Baptist University
BA, History, Hong Kong Baptist University

Areas of Interest

Global diasporas
Urban Asia
Heritage studies
Animal welfare
Macau history (
Hong Kong history
Southeast Asian history


  • Books
  • Articles
  • Book Review
  • Conference Presentation


East Asia beyond the Archives: Missing Sources & Marginal Voices (with Tsang Wing Ma; Leiden University Press, forthcoming).


The Macanese Diaspora in British Hong Kong: A Century of Transimperial Drifting (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2021).


Book chapters:
‘What Joss-Stick Community? Issues in the Selection and Interpretation of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Macau,’ in Writing Beyond the Archives: Exploring Alternative Sources in Asian Histories (Leiden University Press, forthcoming).


‘Culture and Identity,’ in M.K. Wong and C.M. Kwong (eds.), Hong Kong History: Themes in Global Perspective (Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan, 2022).


‘At the Edge of Two Worlds: Rethinking the Portuguese Diaspora in British Hong Kong,’ in Clara W.C. Ho, Ricardo K.S. Mak and Yue-him Tam (eds.),Voyages, Migration and the Maritime World: On China’s Global Historical Role (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2018), 233-244.


‘An Alternative Public Sphere: Macanese Print Media and Freedom of Press in British Hong Kong,’ The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History (forthcoming).


‘Greyhounds in a Sin City: Animal Welfare under Macau’s Gambling Culture,’ Cultural History 12, no. 1 (forthcoming).


(with José Luís de Sales Marques) ‘“Viva Salazar!” Nationalistic Propaganda in Macau under the Estado Novo,’ Anais de História de Além-Mar (forthcoming).


‘Diverse Cosmopolitan Visions and Intellectual Passions: Macanese Publics in British Hong Kong,’ Modern Asian Studies 56, no. 1 (2022), 350-377.


(with José Luís de Sales Marques) ‘Extradition, Extraterritoriality, and Murder: Managing Portuguese Criminals in Chinese Port Cities,’ e-Journal of Portuguese History 19, no. 1 (2021), 128-146.


 ‘A ‘Mongrel Race’ or Respectable ‘Europeans’? Portuguese Colonial Culture and Middle-class Luso-Asians in Early Nineteenth-Century Macau,’ Journal of Asian History 55, no. 2 (2021), 303-323.


(with Brian Edgar) ‘Contested Allegiance: The Response of Hong Kong’s Macanese Community to the Challenges of the Japanese Occupation,’ Journal of the Hong Kong Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society 61 (2021), 102-121.


‘Macau martyr or Portuguese traitor? The Macanese communities of Macau, Hong Kong and Shanghai and the Portuguese nation,’ Historical Research 93, no. 262 (2020), 754-768.


‘From Macanese Opium Traders to British Aristocrats: The Trans-imperial Migration of the Pereiras,’ Journal of Migration History 6, no. 2 (2020), 236-261.


‘Belonging to the City: Representations of a Colonial Clock Tower in British Hong Kong,’ Journal of Urban History vol. 45, no. 2 (2019), 321-332.


‘Folklore Without a Folk: Questions in the Preservation of the Marinduque Moriones Festival.’ International Journal of Heritage Studies 23, no. 1 (2017): 29-40.


‘The Currency of History in Hong Kong: Deconstructing Nostalgia through Soybean Milk.’ Journal of Current Chinese Affairs 44, no. 4 (2015): 145-175.


‘Old Objects in a Futuristic World: Re-Imagining Hong Kong through the Clock Tower in the Eyes of Western Settlers and Local Citizens’ in Cross-Currents E-Journal 15 (June 2015).


‘Narrating the Hong Kong Story: Deciphering Identity through Icons, Images and Trends.’ World History Connected 10, no. 1 (2013),


(with Mak, Ricardo K.S.) ‘Icons, Culture and Collective Identity of Postwar Hong Kong.’ Intercultural Communication Studies 12, no. 1 (2013), 158-173.


Book Review:

Review of Dawn Bohulano Mabalon, Little Manila Is In The Heart: The Making of the Filipina/o American Community in Stockton, California (Duke University Press, 2013), Itinerario- European Journal of Overseas History 41, special issue 2 (2017), 412-414.


Review of Michael Mackley, Saving Lake Tahoe (University of Nevada Press, 2014) Material Culture 47, no. 2 (2015), 66.


Review of Colin S.C. Hawes, The Chinese Transformation of Corporate Culture (Routledge, 2012), Journal of International and Global Studies 6, no. 1 (2014), 138-140.


Conference Presentation:

‘Splintered Bonds: The Macanese Diaspora in British Hong Kong,’ History Seminar, Department of Archaeology and History, La Trobe University (13 October 2022).

‘Pulling Imperial Strings: Rivalry between the ‘Portuguese’ Communities in East 
Asia,’ AAS Annual Conference 2022, Honolulu (27 March 2022). 

‘Shanghai Macanese and Extraterritoriality under the Portuguese Imperial System’ (with José Luís de Sales Marques), Conferências da Primavera 2022, Centro Científico e Cultural de Macau, Lisbon (12 March 2022).

‘One Macanese Family, Two Convenient Empires: The Transimperial Pereiras between the Portuguese and British Spheres,’ All the Oceans are One: Magellan’s Voyage on its 500th Anniversary, University of Nottingham Ningbo (5 January 2022).

‘Cobwebs and Dust: Exploring the Private Collection of a Macanese Family in Hong Kong,’ Missing Sources & Marginal Voices: Reconstructing Asian Historical Narratives, Department of History, University of Macau (7 December 2021). 

‘Uniting to Divide, Dividing to Unite: The Middle-class ‘Portuguese’ in British Hong Kong, 1865-1900,’ International Convention of Asia Scholars, International Institute for Asian Studies, Kyoto (26 August 2021). 

‘Macanese Elites and the Making of Modern Macau,’ IAS Annual Conference 2021, Institute of Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Macau (7 May 2021). 

‘Trans-imperial Cries: Discussing Macau’s Problems in British Hong Kong,’ Managing the Cosmopolitan City: Inter-Asian Strategies of Ethnic Administration, Past and Present, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore (14 January 2021).

‘Hong Kong’s “Portuguese”: The Politics of Being “Not Eurasian,” 1900-1945,’ International Convention of Asia Scholars, International Institute for Asian Studies (16 July 2019).