Research Projects

The Construction of Nutritional Knowledge in Modern China (ca.1850 – 1950)

(Funded under General Research Fund Scheme 2013 – 14 Exercise, Research Grants Council, Hong Kong)

Principal Investigator

Angela Ki Che Leung, Director and Chair Professor of History, Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Joseph Needham-Philip Mao Professor in Chinese History, Science and Civilization

Total Fund Awarded

HKD 731,500

Project Duration

January 2014 – June 2017

Project Description

This project examines how nutritional knowledge was collected and compiled in the past, and how this process may be adapted to modern China. The process of knowledge construction has always been a multi-layered one, spanning many networks and involving various agents. Studying this process will shed light on the challenges that China faced in its quest for modernity, and on China’s options in a time when the keen pursuit for Western science was often checked by the weight of tradition.