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CEAS is sad to report the passing of long-time affiliate Ming K. Chan

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Oct 30 2018

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Faculty, Staff, Students

The Stanford Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) is sad to announce the passing of scholar Ming K. Chan.  Dr. Chan had long ties to Stanford. After he graduated with a PhD in East Asian History in 1975 at age 25, he served as a Hoover Institution Research Fellow from 1976-80 & 1999-2008 and managed its Hong Kong Documentary Archives Project. He has been affiliated with the Center for East Asian Studies as a visiting scholar and distinguished practitioner for many years.

Throughout his life, Dr. Chan held many teaching and research positions around the globe including the University of Hong Kong (where he was twice elected “Best Teacher”), Swarthmore, Grinnell, Duke, UCLA, Mount Holyoke, St. Antony’s College at Oxford, and El Colegio de Mexico. He was also recently an adviser to the University of Toronto’s Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library and an International Advisory Board member of the Orient Institute, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal. 

Dr. Chan retired in 1997, but maintained an active life of scholarship. He published three books: The A to Z of the Hong Kong SAR and the Macao SAR (2010), Perspectives on Lingnan Modern History: Guangdong and its Hong Kong Links, 1900-38 (2010), and China’s Macao Transformed: Challenge & Development in the 21st Century (2013). In addition to serving as general editor of the Hong Kong Becoming China series by M E Sharpe-NY, he authored or edited 14 academic volumes, and over 70 articles and book chapters on Chinese history, Sino-foreign relations, and studies on Hong Kong, Macao, and Guangdong. He also organized over 20 panels at the Annual Association for Asian Studies conferences since 1985. And he was often interviewed by international and Greater China media, including the Wall Street Journal, Time, Newsweek, BBC, VOA, CNN, ABC, NBC, and CBS. Most recently, he organized a series of Hong Kong-related events and conferences through the Center for East Asian Studies in 2017-2018.

Dr. Chan was a vibrant member of the CEAS community, both academically and socially.  He will be greatly missed for his robust intellect; his giving nature, especially regarding his mentorship of countless students; and his spirited interactions. 

A Stanford Memorial will be held on Saturday, November 17 at 2pm in the Bechtel Conference Center in Encina Hall.  For additional information, please see: