ASIA 373/HIST 373:
History of Hong Kong


Participation (15%)

Students are expected to attend all sessions and participate actively in class discussion. Marks will be deducted for unexcused absences, and students who have not attended more than half the sessions may not be allowed to submit their final exams/papers. To participate in class discussion, please register for an account for Learning Catalytics external link icon (see also alternative instructions pdf icon here).

Excellent Good Fair Poor
Did all the required readings, attended every session, raised and discussed issues; fully engaged with the class. Did most of the readings, came to nearly every session, raised and discussed issues most of the time; engaged with the class. Did some of the readings, came to most of the sessions, remained interested but hardly ever spoke. I came, I heard, but I didn't really participate in the proceedings.

Reading Notes (20%)

About 350 words. Due by noon on Mondays in anticipation of our weekly class sessions/discussion (notes are not required for Weeks 2, 7, 13; late reading notes are not accepted). Your notes (to be submitted through Turnitin) should answer the corresponding question posed under "Focus" in the "Schedule" section. Your reading responses should demonstrate your having reflected on the assigned materials and should:

  • identify at least three particularly telling quotations from the weekly primary source(s) external link icon (note that, for our purpose, the Tsang text and the introduction to the assigned documents are not considered primary sources; for Week 10, you may provide quotations from any non-Tsang readings);
  • provide page references to the quotations—e.g., (Faure, "Political Activism," p. 89);
  • make use of the quotations to support your answer to the question posed under "Focus."

Newspaper Column: A Week in Hong Kong (20%)

About 1,200 words. Due by noon on March 1 (through Turnitin; 4 points/day late; outline due by noon on Feb. 8). Transport yourself back in time. You are a columnist for a local English-language newspaper in Hong Kong, and your job is to write a weekly column reviewing the week's events. Your (hypothetical) columns are not intended as summaries for what happened; rather, they should provide insightful comments on some aspects of Hong Kong society for a particular week (see recent examples external link icon). You might, for instance, follow the developments of a news story and offer your readers a broader context to make sense of it; you might, on the other hand, find the advertisements in the newspapers more interesting and write about the consumer culture of the time.

For this assignment, choose a week any time before 1966 and read through at least two newspapers for that week from Old HK Newspapers external link icon (i.e., 2 newspapers x 7 days, though you may end up with fewer issues as some might be missing). To see the complete copy of a particular issue, input the date in the format "yyyy-mm-dd" in the search box. If you can read Chinese, feel free to make use of both Chinese- and English-language newspapers. Once you have settled on a topic, whenever possible, you should also consult the South China Morning Post external link icon (1903–) for relevant articles, etc.

In addition to making references to some news articles/advertisements found in the newspapers, your column should include references to at least three of the primary sources that have been assigned and should (like all good newspaper columns) have an argument. Be mindful that you are a columnist living at your chosen time. You have no knowledge of what would happen. Imagination is encouraged, but historical sensitivity is a must. For your final submission, be sure to include a title for your column, a one-line biography for your assumed identity, and append at least three relevant images from the newspapers.

Excellent Good Fair Poor
Clarity Ideas are especially clear and thoughtfully organized. Ideas are generally clear and well organized. Ideas lack clarity. Ideas are confusing, vague, or disjointed.
Contexts Historical contexts are explained with exceptional clarity. Contexts generally well explained. Contexts are not clearly explained. Contexts are not explained.
Insight Explores significant issues with probing insights. Explores issues competently; main point of column is generally well explained. Inadequate reflection; main point is not clearly explained. Main point is not explained.
Support Main point is supported with effective examples or reasons. Main point is often supported with relevant examples or reasons. Some relevant examples or reasons; limited use of sources. Very few relevant examples or reasons are provided.

Mid-term Checkup (5%)

Individual meeting (10–15 mins.) to be scheduled for the Week of February 11. Further information to be provided.

Research Assignment (20%)

About 1,750 words. Due by noon on March 29 (through Turnitin; 4 points/day late; draft due by noon on March 15). Create an annotated bibliography of at least 5 scholarly studies on a topic related to the history of Hong Kong.

  • Step 1: Scholarly studies

    Identify 5 keywords based on a topic of interest (for example, "Hong Kong," "Cultural Revolution," "1967," "leftist," "riots"). Search the following catalogs/bibliographies for scholarly studies using a combination of your keywords. Identify the most authoritative books, book chapters, journal articles, or dissertations and locate them (use the Inter-library loan service external link icon to locate items not available at UBC).

  • Step 2: Annotated bibliography

    Prepare a bibliography (in standard citation format external link icon) and provide a paragraph (annotation) for each of the scholarly studies on your list. Each annotation (see instructions external link icon) should be placed directly under its corresponding entry.

  • Step 3: Historical debate/discussion

    In addition to the annotated bibliography, you should provide a discussion (in one or two paragraphs) explaining how the selected sources are related to one another and how they could shed light on a particular historical debate. For your final submission, be sure to include:

    • title of your project in the form of a research question
    • the keywords chosen
    • an annotated bibliography (see format external link icon)
    • a separate paragraph (or two) explaining how the selected readings have contributed to a particular historical debate
Excellent Good Fair Poor
Title/Keywords Title/Keywords are thoughtfully chosen. Title/Keywords are reasonable. Title/Keywords not well chosen. Title/Keywords not provided.
Sources Sources are exceptionally thoughtfully chosen. Sources are chosen with some care. Sources not well chosen. Logic of selection remains unclear
Annotations Relevance of sources is explained with exceptional clarity. Relevance of sources is generally well explained. Relevance of sources is not clearly explained. Little evidence that the annotations are written with care.
Discussion Relationship between sources is explained with exceptional clarity. Relationship between sources is generally well explained. Relationship between sources is not clearly explained. Relationship between sources is not explained.

Take-home Examination (20%)

Due by noon on Monday, April 15. Essay topic, to be provided, will take into account the full breadth of materials covered in the course.

Excellent Good Fair Poor
Grasp Writer has understood the key ideas of the topic. Writer has understood much of the essence of the topic. Writer has missed crucial aspects of the topic. Writer has missed the important ideas of the topics
Clarity Ideas are especially clear and thoughtfully organized. Ideas are generally clear and well organized. Ideas lack clarity. Ideas are confusing, vague, or disjointed.
Insight Explores significant issues with probing insights; able to think historically. Explores issues competently; some understanding of historical change. Inadequate reflection; limited understanding of historical change. Little evidence that the topic was thought about with care.
Support Arguments are richly supported with effective examples or reasons. Arguments are often supported with relevant examples or reasons. Some relevant examples or reasons; limited use of primary sources. Very few relevant examples or reasons are provided.

(Adopted with modification from Roland Case and Penney Clark)

Virtual Exhibition (40%; optional)

(in lieu of research assignment and take-home examination)

About 3,750 words. Due by noon on Monday, April 15 (4 points/day late). Students are asked to identify a set of images or videos that could be used to tell a story about the transformations or continuities of Hong Kong. Each image or video selected should be accompanied by an entry explaining its context, content, and significance. And the exhibition must be preceded by a well-referenced introductory essay setting out the context and significance of the project. Students interested in pursuing this option must seek approval from the instructor and submit a proposal by January 28. The final submission must include:

  • title of project
  • a one-paragraph abstract
  • a well-referenced introductory essay (must include at least 3 assigned primary sources from 3 different weeks as well as 5 additional scholarly studies)
  • images/videos, each of which to be accompanied by a short entry/discussion (be sure to identify the sources of your images/videos)
  • an abbreviated annotated bibliography (see instructions external link icon, but sufficient to limit each annotation to a few sentences)

Academic Integrity

As a member of this class, you are responsible for contributing to the course objectives through your participation in class activities and your completion of various course assignments. In the process of coming into your own as an independent and responsible participant in the academic community, you are encouraged to seek advice, clarification, and guidance in your learning from your instructor and/or teaching assistant. If you decide to seek help beyond the resources of this course, you are responsible for ensuring that this help does not lead you to submit others’ work as your own. To avoid unintended problems, you are strongly advised to check with the instructor before you engage a tutor or helper.

Academic communities depend on their members’ honesty and integrity in representing the sources of reasoning, claims, and wordings which appear in their work. Like any other member of the academic community, you will be held responsible for the accurate representation of your sources: the means by which you produced the work you are submitting. If you are found to have misrepresented your sources or to have submitted others’ work as your own, penalties may follow.

Academic communities also depend on their members’ living up to the commitments they make. By enrolling in this course, you are responsible for: meeting deadlines; attending class and engaging in class activities; and guaranteeing that the work you submit for this course has not already been submitted for credit in another course.

If you find that you cannot meet a deadline or cannot participate in a course activity, discuss your situation with your instructor before the deadline or before your absence.

For more information, see Academic Integrity external link icon.

Students with Disabilities and Academic Accommodation

In keeping with the University’s policy of providing equal access for students with disabilities, any student requesting academic accommodations must meet with an Access and Diversity advisor (for example, accommodations might include a change in the allocation of University resources, or in teaching or evaluation procedures, designed to meet the particular needs of a student with a disability such as course materials in an alternative format, private exam spaces, the use of computers, or note-takers). The Access and Diversity advisor will provide a letter detailing the academic accommodations to be made, and assist in the case that agreement between the student and instructor cannot be reached. Accommodations should be agreed to as soon as possible, in the first week of class if not before. Retroactive accommodations are not permitted, so if this applies to you, be careful to seek assistance in this regard immediately.

Illness and Absence

If you experience medical, emotional, or personal problems that affect your attendance or academic performance, please notify Arts Academic Advising or your home Faculty’s Advising Office. If you are registered with Access and Diversity, you should notify your instructor at least two weeks before examination dates. If you are planning to be absent for varsity athletics, family obligations, or other commitments, you should discuss your commitments with the instructor before the drop date.

Classroom Etiquette

Please use your electronic devices only for class-related activities. Food is allowed (this being an evening class), but be discreet.