Professor LAU Chi-pang, BBS, JP
Associate Vice-President (Academic Affairs and External Relations)
Professor, Department of History
Professor LAU Chi Pang is the Associate Vice President (Academic Affairs and External Relations) of Lingnan University, and Professor of the Department of History. He is concurrently Coordinator of the Hong Kong and South China Historical Research Programme.
Professor Lau completed his BA and MPhil degrees at the University of Hong Kong and received his PhD (History) degree from the University of Washington, Seattle. He joined Lingnan University’s General Education Division in 1993 and became a founding member of the Department of History in 2002. He has been teaching Chinese history and Hong Kong history for the department ever since.
Professor Lau’s academic interests include the intellectual history of the Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties, Hong Kong history, as well as the study of Chinese Local Records. He has focused on the research and teaching of local history in recent 20 years, publishing more than 20 books on a wide range of topics such as: the development of Tuen Mun, the New Territories and other places; oral history records of residents from So Uk Estate and Chung Ying Street, local artists from 1960 to 1975, Shandong policemen in the last century, Hong Kong people during Japanese Occupation, etc.; as well as the history of the bar-bending industry, Ta Teh Institute, Hong Kong International Airport, Tung Wah Group of Hospitals and so on.
Apart from research and education, Professor Lau has been actively engaging in promoting Hong Kong history to the general public. He contributes to newspaper columns and participates in radio and TV programmes on a regular basis. Recently he has completed the Jockey Club Hong Kong History Learning Programme with generous donation from The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, compiling a comprehensive set of local history teaching kits for both primary and secondary school teachers and students.
Living up to the Lingnan motto “Education for Service”, Professor Lau has been sharing his professional knowledge with the wider public by earnestly taking part in community and cultural services. He had served the Tuen Mun District Council, Heung Yee Kuk, Antiquities Advisory Board, Advisory Committee on Revitalisation of Historic Buildings, Town Planning Board, History Museum Advisory Panel, Lord Wilson Heritage Trust, Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Built Heritage Conservation and member of Advisory Council on the Environment. He is currently a member of the Legislative Council, an ex-officio member of Heung Yee Kuk, President of the Hong Kong Federation of Education Workers, and member of the China People’s Political Consultative Conference.