Keynote Speakers

The 19th New Zealand Asian Studies Society International Conference 2011

Massey University, Palmerston North, 2 - 4 July 2011
Turitea campus


Joseph Yu-shek Cheng

Joseph Yu-shek Cheng is Chair Professor of Political Science and Coordinator of the Contemporary China Research Project, City University of Hong Kong. He is the founding editor of the Hong Kong Journal of Social Sciences and The Journal of Comparative Asian Development. He has published widely on the political development in China and Hong Kong, Chinese foreign policy and local government in southern China. He has recently edited volumes on Challenges and Policy Programmes of China’s New Leadership and The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in Its First Decade. He served as the founding president of the Asian Studies Association of Hong Kong from 2005-2007.

Professor Cheng will deliver the NZASIA Nicholas Tarling Lecture.

Antonia Finnane

Antonia Finnane is an historian of China and professor in the School of Historical Studies at the University of Melbourne. Her research focuses on urban and cultural change in early modern and modern China (1500-2000) . She commenced studying Chinese language while pursuing an honours degree in Indian history at the University of Sydney, and went on to a PhD under the supervision of Professor Wang Gungwu in the Department of Far Eastern History at the ANU. That laid the foundations for her career in teaching and researching Chinese history. She is author and editor of a number of books including Speaking Of Yangzhou: A Chinese City, 1550-1850 (Harvard 2004), which won the 2006 Levenson Prize for a work on pre-1900 China; the well-received Changing Clothes in China (Hurst 2007, Columbia 2008); and most recently Bandung 1955: Little Histories (Monash Asia Institute, 2010, co-edited with Derek McDougall). She served as associate editor for the Encyclopedia of Modern China (Charles Scribners' Sons, 2009), and is currently associate editor (pre-modern China) for the Journal of Asian Studies, internationally the leading English-language Asian studies journal. Professor Finnane first visited China in 1972, as an undergraduate student, and has since spent much time there - as  student, researcher, visiting scholar, and lately as visiting professor in the Yale-Peking University Joint Undergraduate Program, where in 2009-10 she was teaching Chinese history to mixed classes of Yale and Peking University students. Currently on leave from Melbourne University, she is pursuing research in Beijing on everyday life in twentieth-century China, with a focus on the historical turning points of 1911 and 1949. 

Professor Finnane will deliver a keynote address fro the plenary session on the centenary of imperial China

Mee Kam Ng

Dr. Mee Kam Ng is the director of the Master of Science in Urban Planning programme in the University of Hong Kong. She is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and a fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Planners (HKIP). She has completed over 20 research projects and published 10 authored or edited manuscripts or books, and over 90 refereed journal articles and book chapters on planning, governance and sustainability issues in Hong Kong, China, Singapore and Taiwan. Her publications have earned her five Hong Kong Institute of Planners’ Awards. At the international level, she has been consultant to the United Nations, the European Union and the Municipal Government of Shenzhen. She serves as a member in the editorial board of four international planning journals (Town Planning Review, Planning Theory and Practice, DisP—The Planning Review and City, Culture and Society). She is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Global Research Network on Human Settlements hosted by UN-Habitat. She has been very active in civil society activities and served as a founding vice-chairman of the Hong Kong People’s Council for Sustainable Development and a founding member of Citizen Envisioning@Harbour which has pushed for institutional changes to engage the general public in (re)planning the harbourfront in Hong Kong.

Associate Professor Ng will deliver a keynote address for the plenary session on urban planning and the environment.