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  1. China Hands and Old Cantons: The British in the Middle Kingdom (Rowman & Littlefield, 2021)
  2. Canton Days: British Life and Death in China (Rowman & Littlefield, 2020)
  3. A Concise History of Hong Kong (Rowman and Littlefield, 2007; Hong Kong University Press, 2007). Chinese translation 香港簡史: Chung Hwa Book Company, 2013.
  4. Edge of Empires: Chinese Elites and British Colonials in Hong Kong (Harvard University Press, 2005; paperback reprint, Hong Kong University Press, 2007).

Edited Volumes

Co-edited with Chi-kwan Mark, Critical Readings on the Modern History of Hong Kong, 4 vols. (Brill, 2015).


  1. “The Amherst Embassy to China: A Whimper and a Bang,” Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History 48, no. 1 (2020): 15–38.
  2. “The Canton System: Conflict and Accommodation in the Contact Zone,” Journal of the Hong Kong Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society 50 (2010): 51-66.
  3. “A National Custom: Debating Female Servitude in Late Nineteenth-Century Hong Kong,” Modern Asian Studies 43.6 (November 2009): 1463-93.
  4. “Colonialism, Nationalism, and Difference: Reassessing the Role of Hong Kong in Modern Chinese History,” Chinese Historical Review, 12.2 (Spring 2006): 92-104.
  5. “Colonial Hong Kong as a Cultural-Historical Place,” Modern Asian Studies, 40.2 (2006): 517-43.
  6. “Displaying and Selling History: Museums and Heritage Preservation in Post-Colonial Hong Kong,” Twentieth-Century China, 31.1 (November 2005): 76-103.
  7. “Colonialism, Nationalism, and Identity in Pre-1949 Hong Kong,” Journal of Oriental Studies 39.2 (September 2005): 18-36.
  8. “Food and Culture in the Classroom” (with Sheila Onuska), Teaching About Asia 8.1 (Spring 2003): 10-11.
  9. “Colonialism and Collaboration: Chinese Subjects and the Making of British Hong Kong,” China Information 12.1/2 (Summer/Autumn 1997): 12-35.
  10. “Hua Chung University’s Long March: Chinese Higher Education in the War against Japan.” Papers on Chinese History 2 (Spring 1993): 33-53.

Book chapters

  1. “‘The Usual Intercourse of Nations’: The British in Pre-Opium War Canton,” in Robert Bickers and Jon Howlett, eds., Britain and China: Empire, Finance and War(Routledge, 2015), 22-40.
  2. “Slow Burn in China: Factories, Fear, and Fire in Canton,” in Robert Peckham, ed., Panic: Disease, Crisis, and Empire (Hong Kong University Press, 2015), 35-55.
  3. “The Peak: Residential Segregation in Colonial Hong Kong,” in Bryna Goodman and David Goodman, eds., Twentieth-Century Colonialism and China: Localities, the Everyday, and the World (Routledge, 2012), 81-91.
  4. “Ten Years Later: 1997-2007 as History,” in Kam Louie, ed., Hong Kong Culture: Word and Image (Hong Kong University Press, 2010), 9-23.
  5. “A Historical Perspective: The 1967 Riots and the Strike-Boycott of 1925-1926,” in Ray Yep and Robert Bickers, eds., May Days in Hong Kong: The 1967 Riots (Hong Kong University Press, 2009), 69-86.
  6. “Contested Colony: Hong Kong, the 1949 Revolution, and the ‘Taiwan Problem’,” in Critical Zone 3, Douglas Kerr, Q. S. Tong, and Wang Shouren, eds. (Hong Kong University Press and Nanjing University Press, 2008), 75-93.
  7. “Commemorating History in Colonial and Post-Colonial Hong Kong,” in History and Memory: Present Reflections on the Past (Macau Ricci Institute, 2008), 227-50.
  8. “Ho Kai: A Chinese Reformer in Colonial Hong Kong,” in Kenneth J. Hammond and Kristin Stapleton, eds., The Human Tradition in Modern China (Rowman and Littlefield, 2008), 55-72.
  9. “G. B. Endacott and Hong Kong History,” introduction to reprint of G. B. Endacott, A Biographical Sketch-book of Early Hong Kong (1963; Hong Kong University Press, 2005), ix-xxvi.
  10. “Chinese Collaboration in the Making of British Hong Kong,” in Tak-Wing Ngo, ed., Hong Kong’s History: State and Society Under Colonial Rule (Routledge, 1999), 13-29.