Faculty Highlights Faculty of Arts

August 3, 2020

We are delighted to announce that four of our faculty members and postgraduate students have received the following university-wide awards in recognition of their commendable research efforts and accomplishments in their respective fields.


Research Excellence Award 2019-20
Professor Lai Tsz Pang John, Department of Cultural and Religious Studies
Professor Zhong Lei, Department of Philosophy


Young Research Award 2019
Professor Jeremy Yellen, Department of Japanese Studies


Postgraduate Research Output Award 2019
Ms. Ina Goel, Department of Anthropology


For more details of the awards, please visit the Research section of the Faculty website.

June 15, 2020

We are delighted to announce that Ms Olive Cheung, Senior Lecturer of English Language Teaching Unit, has received the Vice-Chancellor’s Exemplary Teaching Award 2019 in recognition of her commitment and contributions to English language teaching.

Ms Cheung shared her convictions on teaching: “The pivot of our work at the English Language Teaching Unit is to help students become effective and responsible communicators in a globalized community and to equip them with the language skills required to succeed in their academic and professional pursuits, a goal which I hope to have achieved through building coherent language courses that answer the needs of the target student body.”

Ms Cheung also expressed gratitude to her mentors and colleagues for being her role models. Why do students matter most to her? “I sincerely thank my students, who keep my work challenging and fulfilling every day,” Ms Cheung said.


The Vice-Chancellor's Exemplary...

June 10, 2020

CUHK UPDates, by ISO


Is speaking Cantonese determined by our genes? A research group led by Prof. Patrick Wong, Stanley Ho Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience of the Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages and director of Brain and Mind Institute, discovered that participants with a specific genotype of the brain-growth related ASPM gene are better at perceiving lexical tone in Cantonese. As most Chinese people have the genotype that favours lexical tone processing, they adopted lexical tone in their language, with such trait staying on throughout language evolution.


Cantonese uses pitch to distinguish word meanings. For example, /si/ spoken in a high pitch means ‘teacher’ (師 [si1]), while in a low pitch it means ‘time’ (時 [si4]). In 2007, British...

May 11, 2020

CUHK Faculty of Arts hosted a series of public online lectures in April and May, under the theme “Arts and Humanities in the Face of Global Challenges”, to encourage home learning during the coronavirus pandemic. This series of webinars presented research by a diverse group of scholars from the Faculty. Each speaker brought refreshing and historical perspectives on our contemporary moment, either directly or through reflection. Together, these public events spoke for the value and relevance of humanities scholarship at a time when we face profound global challenges.

May 4, 2020

We are delighted to announce that Professor Lam Weng Cheong, Assistant Professor of the Department of Anthropology and Department of History, has received the SCGE Exemplary Teaching Award in General Education 2019 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to course design, teaching and learning activities, and tutelage in the General Education courses. Professor Lam has been highly acclaimed as a teacher with an “impressive teaching philosophy” by the Senate Committee on General Education.

In order to help students better understand archaeology, Professor Lam adopts various teaching tools to engage students and stimulate their interests in learning, he particularly includes field trips in his courses to expand students’ awareness and create further interests towards the study of human cultures.