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Interdisciplinary Symposium on Early Sino-American Maritime Trade


Date: 13 April2019 (Saturday)

Time: 9:30am – 6:00pm

Venue: Asia Society Hong Kong Center



Hong Kong Maritime Museum               Asia Society Hong Kong

Sino-American trade has been a hot topic in recent times. To facilitate further research, encourage deeper discussion and study into the field of early Sino-American maritime trade (i.e. 1784-1900), and allow closer examination on how this mutually beneficial relationship contributes significantly to global economic and cultural growth today, the Hong Kong Maritime Museum will collaborate with the Asia Society Hong Kong Center on a joint symposium on 13th April 2019. The symposium will cover a wide range of multidisciplinary topics including commerce, economics, technology, policy, diplomacy, and arts and culture from the eighteenth to the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It will bring together leading professionals, academics and curators from the United States, Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Macau.


Programme Rundown

 9:30 – 9:50 am

Registration (if applicable)

 9:50 – 10:10 am

Opening speech

Ms. Alice Mong, Director, Asia Society Hong Kong Centre

Mr. Richard Wesley, Museum Director, Hong Kong Maritime  Museum

 Session I

 The Flowery Flag: Characteristics and Development of the US-China Maritime Trade

 10:10 – 10:35 am

Dr. Paul Van Dyke

Professor, The Department of History, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou

The China Trade in Comparative Perspective 1784-1815


 10:35 – 11:00 am

Dr. Li Aili

Associate Professor, The Department of History,Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou

The Introduction of the Regulations for Preventing Collision in the Late Qing Dynasty—Focusing on Coast Inspector Bisbee’s Participation in the International Maritime Conference in Washington in 1889


 11:00 – 11:25 am

Dr.George Cautherley OBE, DBA (Hon)

Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration, Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland

Augustine Heard & Company – Not Only a Business Family


 11:25 – 11:40 am

Q & A

 11:40 – 11:55 am

Coffee break

 Session II

 American Missionaries and the Printing Activities in China

 11:55 am – 12:20 pm

Dr. Kam-Wing Fung

Director, Joseph Needham Foundation for Science and Civilization

From Ningpo, Shanghai to Nagasaki: William Gamble (1830-1886) and American Printing Technology in East Asia


 12:20 – 12:45 pm

Dr. Kendall Johnson

Professor, School of English, The University of Hong Kong

Debunking the Great Walls and Loving Neighbours of John Quincy Adams’s “War with China”:Appreciating the Editorial Authority of American Missionaries in Canton


 12:45 – 1:00 pm

Q & A

 1:00 – 2:30 pm


 Session III

 Cross-Cultural Perceptions: Sino-American Encounter and Inspiration

 2:30 – 2:55 pm

Dr. Chuxiong George Wei

Associate Vice Presidentof BNU-HKBU United International College

The Presence and Evolving Images of Americans in Macau


 2:55 – 3:20 pm

Ms. Leslie B. Grigsby

Senior Curator of Ceramics and Glass, Winterthur Museum

Inspired Design: Western Imitations of Chinese Ceramics


 3:20 – 3:35 pm

Q & A

 3:35 – 3:50 pm

Coffee break

 Session IV

 Curating, Collecting and Conserving: Chinese Export Artefacts and Trade Archival Materials

 3:50 – 4:15 pm

Dr. Libby Chan

Assistant Director (Curatorial and Collections), Hong Kong Maritime Museum

Curating the Dragon and the Eagle: American Traders in China Exhibition


 4.15 – 4:40 pm


Ms. Debra Cuoco

Conservator for Special Collections, Baker Library, HarvardUniversity

Preserving the History of Business: The Baker Library Nineteenth Century China Trade Collections


 4:40 – 4:55 pm

Q & A

 4:55 – 5:10 pm

Coffee break

 Panel Discussion: Reflection on Early Sino-American Maritime Trade

 5:10 – 5:40 pm

Panel Discussion: Chaired by Dr. John Wong, Assistant Professor, Hong Kong Studies, The University of Hong Kong, and Dr. Libby Chan, Assistant Director (Curatorial and Collections), Hong Kong Maritime Museum


 5:40 – 6:00 pm

Conference Summary & Group Photos

Enquiries: resource@hkmaritimemuseum.org ; 3713-2502


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Following the Manila programme (14th to 17th October), a Hong Kong Symposium will be held from 19th to 20th October, with 18th October as the travelling day.

The co-hosts, Hong Kong Maritime Museum and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Library have organised a 2-day programme, supported by Jonathan Wattis, IMCOS Representative for Hong Kong and Director, Wattis Fine Art.

Themed Cultural Encounters in Maps of China, the organisers have assembled a group of speakers comprising distinguished academics and prominent collectors from the region and overseas, including Dr. Richard A. Pegg, Director and Curator of Asian Art, MacLean Collection, Chicago, Dr. Mario Cams from the University of Macau, and Dr. Gordian Gaeta from Dubai.

A special map and chart exhibition, specially curated by Mr. K.L. Tam (Board member, Hong Kong Maritime Museum) is presented.

Prices per Participant:
1. Materials and papers of the Symposium, entrance fees for the Museum, welcome drinks, coffee breaks, café lunch, Symposium Dinner, 1-Day Symposium and Excursion (Full Package)
HK $2,200
(US $280)
2. Welcome drinks and Dinner only
HK $980
(US $125)
3. Special rate for Friends of HKMM (Full Package)
US $ 220
(HK $1,730)
4. 1-Day Participation on 19th October 2018, including materials and papers of the Symposium, entrance fees for the Museum, coffee breaks, café lunch, and 1-Day Symposium HK $350

For enquiries, please contact Marketing team at marketing@hkmaritimemuseum.org

International Map Collectors Society

Hong Kong Maritime Museum

Wattis Fine Art


The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Library

The 36th International IMCOS Symposium 2018 in Manila

Piracy, Trade and Economy on the South China Sea – Symposium and Public Lecture

The Piracy,Trade and Economy on the South China Sea– Symposium and Public Lecture will be held in mid-June, at Hong Kong Maritime Museum. This event is organised inassociation with the special exhibition, Pirates of the South China Sea: Chasing Cheung Po Tsai and Port Cities.

Date: 17 June 2017 (Saturday)
Time: 09:00 am – 05:00pm
Venue: Special Exhibition and Events Gallery, Hong Kong Maritime Museum

Topics and Speakers: 

The South-East China Coast Investigation Commission of 1930: Reflections on smuggling and piracy from an intrepid Customs Officer
BRUNERO, Donna Maree
Department of History, National University of Singapore 新加坡國立大學歷史系
CHEN Yu-hsiang 陳鈺祥
Department of History, National Cheng Kung University 國立成功大學歷史學研究所
From Pirate to Maritime Lord: The Zheng Maritime Family Re-examined
James K. CHIN 錢江
Jinan University 暨南大學
CHOU, Wei-chiang 周維強
Department of Rare Books and Historical Document, National Palace Museum
From the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean: Muslim Corsairs and the Ottoman Navy in the Fifteenth and the Sixteenth Centuries
FUNG Kam Wing 馮錦榮
School of Chinese, The University of Hong Kong 香港大學中文學院
Free Market, Natural Disasters, Climate Change, and the Wokou倭寇in Yuan China
MA Guang 馬光
Department of History, Shandong University 山東大學歷史文化學院
Billy TANG 鄧家宙
Society of Hong Kong History 香港史學會
TANG Kai Jian 湯開建
Department of History, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Macau
ZHANG Ya Juan 張雅娟
School of Humanity, Zhejiang Gongshang University 浙江工商大學人文學院
A Study on the Occurrence and Evolution of Shandong Pirates in Ming Dynasty
ZHAO Hong Juan 趙洪娟
Shandong University 山東大學
ZHOU Yun Zhong 周運中
Department of History, Xiamen University 廈門大學歷史系

The Symposium and Public Lecture will be conducted in Cantonese, Mandarin and English.