The Centre of Asian Studies (CAS) was first established in 1967 to provide a focal point for The University of Hong Kong in the fields of Contemporary and Traditional Chinese Studies, Hong Kong Studies and East, South and South-east Asian Studies. The Centre had a long history, strong reputation and distinguished profile locally and internationally, especially among peers in the field of Asian Studies. The work of the Centre was led by three outstanding scholars who served as directors in the period 1967-2009. Professor Frank H. H. King served as the Founding Director (1968–1979), and was succeeded first by Professor Edward K. Y. Chen (1979–1995) and then Professor Wong Siu-lun (1995–2009).
The Centre’s three flagship programmes defined its core activities: The China-ASEAN Project, China-India Project and the Hong Kong Culture and Society Programme. Beyond these, the Centre conducted research on Chinese entrepreneurship, migration and human trafficking, diaspora studies, East Asian regionalism, oral history, Asian business history, Chinese intellectual policies and the quality of life in Hong Kong and Macao. The Centre performed an important role as an inter-disciplinary unit bringing together staff and research students across the University to encourage group research and to form a link with the teaching function by enriching the courses offered. Postgraduate seminars were held regularly for students to share their research findings with their colleagues and to broaden their intellectual horizons through contact with other subjects, methodologies and ideas.
|1967||Establishment of the Centre of Asian Studies at the Old Library Building.|
|1968||Professor Frank H.H. King as Founding Director (1968-1979).|
|1973||CAS office was relocated to Knowles Building from the Old Library Building.|
|1979||Professor Edward K.Y. Chen as Director (1979-1995).|
|1981-82||The fourth seminar programme “Hong Kong Studies” was established.|
|1984||Series of Brown Bag Lunch-time Colloquiums was launched.|
|1991||CAS began to admit research postgraduate students working in the field of Asian Studies.|
|1995||Dr. C.Y. Sin as Acting Director (September 1995 - February 1996).|
|2000||“Bridging China and India: Hong Kong as the Key Link Project” sponsored by the HKU Foundation for Educational Development and Research was launched.|
|2005||The publication of Journal of Oriental Studies was transferred to Department of Chinese (HKU) and Centre of Chinese Language and Cultural Studies (Stanford University).|
|2007||A broadening course on “Collective Memory: Unity and Diversity in Hong Kong Community” was jointly offered with the Faculty of Social Sciences.||2009||CAS migrated from Faculty of Social Sciences to Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences.|