The Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong Branch

ISSN: 1991 7295

Online ISSN: 1991 7287



Stephen Davies, Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Hong Kong



Associate Editor and Book Review Editor

Colin Day, Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong,




The Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong has published annual volumes of its Journal since 1960.  Beginning life as the Journal of the Hong Kong Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, as of 2004 the title was changed to its present format. The Journal forms one of the most important and widely consulted repositories of primary research on Hong Kong and South China. In 2016 the Journal began to provide bilingual English/Chinese titles, abstracts and keywords to all articles.


About the Journal

The Journal is an international, English language journal specializing in studies of Hong Kong and South China in the fields of the humanities and social sciences produced by an Editorial Board and advised by an International Editorial Advisory Committee. We use a blind peer review process. All titles, abstracts and keywords are also translated into Chinese using traditional characters.

Members of the Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong are sent a copy of each issue of the Journal free. For non-members, in addition to the online access to PDFs of individual articles (see below), hard copy issues of the Journal are available for purchase from the Administrator using an order form available from membership@royalasiaticsociety.org.hk or from St. John's Cathedral Bookshop, 4-8 Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong.  In 2017 the cost of each issue is HK$200. Electronic versions of the whole Journal are also available.  Please contact the administrator for further information.

The contents pages of digitized past issues of the Journal under both titles are accessible via the University of Hong Kong Libraries at http://hkjo.lib.hku.hk/exhibits/show/hkjo/browseIssue?book=B27720780, which holds all issues up until five years before the current issue. Access to the contents pages of the full run of the Journal under both names may be had via JSTOR at https://www.jstor.org/publisher/rashk. From the contents pages individual articles only can be accessed, not complete issues of the Journal. The Journal is also listed on the following databases: -

EBSCO: title list at https://www.ebscohost.com/title-lists

RMIT: https://www.informit.org/product-details/615/JRASHK/titles


Submission Guidelines

Guidelines for submissions and a JRASHK style sheet are available as e-documents from the Hon. Editor or may be accessed by clicking here. 


International Editorial Advisory Committee

The members of the JRASHK International Editorial Advisory Committee (IEAC) play an important part in maintaining the quality of the JRASHK. They provide strategic advice for the Journal’s future direction, oversight to help us improve the contents, and their knowledge of scholars in their fields to widen our catchment of contributors.

Hugh Baker, Emeritus Professor of Chinese, SOAS, University of London

Robert Bickers, Professor of History, University of Bristol

Paul A. Cohen, Fairbank Centre for Chinese Studies, Harvard University

Patrick Conner, Director, Martyn Gregory Gallery, London

Poshek Fu, Professor of History, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Iona Man-Cheong, Department of History, Stony Brook University-SUNY

Elizabeth Yuk Yee Sinn, HK Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Hong Kong

Paul A. Van Dyke, Department of History, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou

James L. Watson, Professor of Anthropology Emeritus, Harvard University

Winnie Wong, Department of Rhetoric, University of California Berkeley


Editorial Board

Hon. Editor

Stephen Davies, Department of Real Estate and Construction and Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Hong Kong

Associate Editor

Colin Day, previously Publisher, Hong Kong University Press


Cecilia Chu, Department of Architecture, University of Hong Kong

Kwong Chi Man, Department of History, Hong Kong Baptist University

Eric Mok Siu Kit, Acquisitions Editor, Hong Kong University Press

Christopher Munn, Department of History, University of Hong Kong

Robert Peckham, Department of History, University of Hong Kong

Ex officio Member of Council 

Davina Kwok Yu Lee

Book Review Editor

Colin Day