CHEUNG Chan Fai 張燦輝

Research Projects


  • The 19th Century Catholic Cemeteries in Hong Kong from a Cultural and Social Perspective
  • HA, Louis E. Keloon, CHEUNG Chan Fai (Philosophy)
    15 January 2007
    CUHK Research Committee Funding (Direct Grants)

    Cemeteries are setup to keep the remains of the dead to preserve materially a link between the living and the dead. People regard that the dead are entitled to have the dignity and respect of occupying a physical space. In fact, the Catholics believe that the remains of the dead are waiting for the day of resurrection to see God with their material eyes. Certainly, the hygienic, emotional and social needs are met in the arrangement for the dead.

    The Catholic community existed in Hong Kong as early as 1842. Immediately, there was a need to setup a cemetery because many Catholic Irish soldiers serving in Hong Kong failed to resist the tropical diseases and weather. Portuguese came next as a group that needed burial place as they began to migrate to Hong Kong. The Chinese Catholic, however, became gradually the prevalent group that needed burial places. The number of major Catholic cemeteries increased to three in the 20th century. There are also some minor cemeteries scattered around Sai Kung, Cheung Chau, Stanley, Lantao Island.

    A study on these cemeteries will reflect the development of the Catholic Church and the Hong Kong society in the 19th century. The change of ethnic composition in the cemeteries, in headstone inscriptions, in grave designs and artifacts will provide materials for cultural and social investigation. The present proposal is a first trial on this subject and intends to apply for a major grant for the extension of the study to cover the 20th century. (AL06717)


  • The Formation of the Idea of the Modern Chinese University: A Historical and Philosophical Research
  • CHEUNG Chan Fai, FAN Guangxin#
    1 April 2006
    CUHK Research Committee Funding (Direct Grants)

    This is a pilot project for a full scale historical and philosophical research on the formation, development and evolution of the Idea of the Modern University in Cultural China (Chinese Mainland, Taiwan and Hong Kong). The University as a cultural institution has been introduced to China for more than one century. There is an urgent need to research and reflect on the idea of Chinese university, which will benefit reforms of Chinese universities and our rethinking of the role of modern intellectuals. Unfortunately, a comprehensive and profound work on this subject is still lacking. Current scholarships are generally lack of sufficient historical and philosophical analysis. Our proposed research seeks to fill the gap by probing into the very origin of the idea of Chinese university and then tracing its development until 1949. Archives, popular publications and writings by prominent educators will be scrutinized in order to carry out in depth investigations into the government policy, social expectation and headmasters. concerns so as to gain a whole picture on this subject. For this pilot project, we will focus on two questions: First, how did the idea of Western University disseminate among Chinese and how it was translated into "daxue" (大學)? Second, how was the idea of the University initially implemented during the founding era of early Chinese universities? By searching answers of the two questions, we are able to deepen our understanding on the idea of Chinese university in its formation era. (ED05745)



Research Publications


  • 《人文與通識》,香港:突破出版社,1995.
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL HK Studies LC1024.H6 C4 1995; CC LC1024.H6 C4 1995; CC Reserve 4 hours LC1024.H6 C4 1995)



  • 《公與私:人權與公民社會的發展》與文思慧合編,香港:香港人文科學出版社:中華書局發行,1995
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL JF801 .K85 1995; UL HK Studies JF801 .K85 1995)



  • 《在求真的道路上:賀沈宣仁敎授七秩之慶》與黎志添、劉國英合編,香港:中華書局(香港)有限公司,2003
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL HK Studies LB2301 .Z66 2001; CC LB2301 .Z66 2001; NA General Education LB2301 .Z66 2001)



  • 〈香港人的幸福觀〉與尹寶珊合著,《社會發展的趨勢與挑戰:香港與台灣的經驗》, 劉兆佳、尹寶珊、李明堃、黃紹倫編,香港:香港中文大學香港亞太研究所,2006,頁115-137
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL HN752.7 S48 2006; UL HK Studies HN752.7 S48 2006; CUTW-Book Collection (Restricted to CUTW users only) HN752.7 S48 2006)



  • 《將上下而求索:給明慧的二十封信》與周兆祥合著,香港 : 基督教文藝出版社, 2005.
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL Good Reads BJ1668.C5 C525 1982; UL HK Studies BJ1668.C5 C525 1982)



  • 《將上下而求索:給明慧的二十封信》與周兆祥合著,香港:山邊社,1982
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL Good Reads BJ1668.C5 C525 1982; UL HK Studies BJ1668.C5 C525 1982)



  • 《將上下而求索:給明慧的二十封信》與周兆祥合著,香港:平價書屋,1979
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL Good Reads BJ1668.C5 C525 1982; UL HK Studies BJ1668.C5 C525 1982)



  • 《無涯理境:勞思光先生的學問與思想》與劉國英合編,香港:中文大學出版社,2003
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL B5234.L264 W75 2003; UL HK Studies B5234.L264 W75 2003; NA B5234.L264 W75 2003)



  • 《談香港哲學文化敎育 [錄音資料]》,香港:香港中華文化促進中心,1988
    (CUHK Library Call No: UC Audio Cassette L573.H7 C526 1988)



  • "Happiness in Hong Kong: A Social Survey." (co-authored with Cheung Chan Fai and Wan Shirley Po San) Paper presented in the Conference on Happiness and Suffering, Office of University General Education, Department of Social Work, 25 March 2004.



  • "Introducing Classics Back to General Education at The Chinese University of Hong Kong." Paper presented in the International Conference on General Education and Core Curriculum, organized by Heyman Center for the Humanities & Committee for Asia and Middle East, Columbia University, United States of America, 19 Jan 2008


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