Victor K Fong

Victor K Fong

PhD Candidate
Pacific and Asian History
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Victor K Fong

Victor Fong is a PhD candidate in History at the Australian National University (ANU) on the prestigious national scholarship, Australian Postgraduate Awards. His dissertation focuses on law, identity and migration in medieval China and East Asia. He was also research officer of an Australian Research Council (ARC) project on Chinese criminal law reforms under Xi Jinping’s reign. He was a guest commentator on Australia’s SBC radio news and a guest on a Hong Kong TV talk show focused on history.

Prior to ANU, Victor worked as a master’s program lecturer at Hong Kong Open University. He was also a visiting fellow of the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History in Frankfurt, Germany. He received his MPhil and BA in history at Hong Kong Baptist University in 2014 and 2012, where he studied local justice and court cases on missionary in late imperial China.

He has published and presented his research in several journals and conferences in Australia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, mainland China, Japan, Korea and Australia. He is on the research grant of the Japan Foundation for the studies of Japanese Language in Osaka, Japan.

Selected Publications

  • [Translation] ‘A Summer of Blood and Tears — Six Hong Kong High-School Students’ Protesting in Hong Kong’, with Geremie R. Barmé, on China Heritage, Special Issue: Hong Kong Apostasy (9 September 2019) [from ‘6.9 到 9.2 最漫長之夏 香港中學生怎樣走過血淚交織的暑假?’, Stand News 立場新聞 (3 September 2019)]

  • [Peer-reviewed Journal Article] 異教與邪術之間: 清中葉禁教令下天主教的法律處境 (Between Heresy and Evil Arts: Catholicism during Prohibition in Mid-Qing), Journal of Religion and History 宗教與歷史 (Beijing: Social Sciences Academic Press), vol.8 (March 2018)

  • [Book Chapter] 康熙曆獄再探: 清初法制下的西洋傳教士 (Revisit the Kangxi Calendar Case: European Missionaries under the early Qing Legal System) in 變局下的西潮:基督教與中國的現代性 (Western Tides Coming Ashore in a Changing World: Christianity and China's Passage into Modernity). Hong Kong: Alliance Bible Seminary, 2015, pp.375 - 396

  • [Book Review] Review of Christian Heretics in Late Imperial China: Christian Inculturation and State Control, 1720-1850, by Lars P. Laamann, Journal of the History of Christianity in Modern China, Volume X, 2014/2015, pp.146-148

  • [Peer-reviewed Journal Article] 所謂「暗傷王化」:南京教案與晚明司法 (Christianity under Chinese Laws: The Nanking Incident (1616) and Justice in Late Ming), Peking University Law Review 北大法律評論, vol.14, no.2, December 2013, pp.500-515

Conferences and Presentations

  • ‘Subjectship, Immigration and Naturalization under Tang Law’, at the Third International Conference on Chinese Law and History by The International Society of Chinese Law and History and National Taipei University, in Taipei, Taiwan, May 31-June 1, 2019

  • ‘Legalizing ‘Us’: Law and Ethnicity in the Tang and Song Dynasties’, Guest Lecture, at the University of Hong Kong, Feb 8, 2018

  • ‘Sino-Foreign Interactions in Legal Perspective: The Northern Song Law on Cross-boundary Movements’, at Korean University Graduate Conference, in Seoul, Korea, June 5-7, 2017

  • ‘Barbarian, Law and Order: The Northern Song (960-1127) Legal Framework for Cultural Interaction with Asia’, at Young Scholars' Forum in Chinese Studies by the Chinese University of Hong Kong, May 25-27, 2017

  • ‘Classification of ‘Barbarians’: Fan, Yi, and Huawai in the Song Dynasty’, at the 15th Biennial Conference of Chinese Studies Association of Australia, in Sydney, Australia, July 10–12, 2017

  • ‘People beyond the pale: Aliens and Imperial order in Song law’, at the ANU-KU workshop, Feb 1-2, 2017

  • ‘「天下」的秩序: 明清條例與中國傳統的涉外法律’ (The ‘Tianxia’ Order: The Chinese Traditional Foreign-Related Law under the Ming and Qing Legislation), at the Annual Conference of the Historical Legal Studies Society 2015, in Hangzhou, China, May 23-24, 2015

  • ‘異教與邪術之間: 清中葉禁教令下天主教的法律處境’ (Between Heresy and Evil Arts: Catholicism during Prohibition in Mid-Qing), at the Second Ming-Qing Catholicism Workshop明清天主教研究工作坊, in Shanghai, China, Oct 24-26, 2014

Research Projects

  • 2017–2018:Changes in Chinese concepts of criminal justice, 1980-2015 (Australian Research Council); Supervisor: Dr Elisa Nesossi (ANU)

  • 2016–2017: The aviation industry in post-war Hong Kong (Hong Kong Research Grants Council); Supervisor: Dr John Wong (HKU)

  • 2015–2016: Nationalism and South-coming Intellectuals in Hong Kong (Hong Kong Research Grants Council); Supervisor: Prof. Yu-Lok Chiu (OUHK)

Public Services

  • 2018 Guest Commentator, SBS Mandarin Radio (Australia): Will there be fewer people commemorating the June 4 candlelight vigil in Hong Kong tonight? (June 4, 2018)

  • 2017 Guest Host, RTHK31 (Hong Kong) Talk Show: History Night 五夜講場: 歷史係咁話


  • Modern Chinese, Cantonese, Mandarin, Classical Chinese, English and Japanese

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