Dr. TSUI Lik Hang (徐力恆)

D.Phil., University of Oxford

B.A. (with Outstanding Graduate Award), Peking University


Visiting address
Phone: +852 34422101

Author IDs

Willing to take PhD students: yes
Willing to talk to media: yes


Lik Hang TSUI is Assistant Professor in the Department of Chinese and History of the City University of Hong Kong. He holds a bachelor’s degree in History from Peking University and obtained a doctoral degree in Oriental Studies from the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. Before joining CityU he worked as a Departmental Lecturer at the University of Oxford and a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University with the China Biographical Database (CBDB). He has also held visiting appointments and fellowships at Academia Sinica, Peking University, and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science.

He specializes in middle period/medieval Chinese history and culture, as well as the digital humanities. He is currently writing a book on Song dynasty epistolary culture (10-13th centuries) and planning another one on digital humanities in China. His research has been funded by various fellowships and grants, and he is the recipient of the New Researcher Award in his College in CityU. He is elected a Fellow at both the Royal Historical Society and the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland.

徐力恆,現任香港城市大學中文及歷史學系助理教授。徐力恆畢業於北京大學,獲歷史學學士,然後獲羅德獎學金,在牛津大學東方研究完成哲學博士學位。他加入城大任教前,曾於牛津大學擔任講師,亦曾任哈佛大學博士後研究員,參與「中國歷代人物傳記資料庫」(CBDB)計劃。徐力恆曾赴中央研究院、北京大學和德國Max Planck科學史研究所訪問研究。


Membership of Professional Bodies

  • 入選英國皇家歷史學會會士
  • 入選英國皇家亞洲文會會士
  • 獲英國高等教育學院認證資格


Previous experience:

Research Interests/Areas

  • Medieval China / Middle Period China
  • Digital Humanities
  • Epistolary Culture
  • Urban History
  • Literati Culture of China
  • 唐宋史
  • 數碼人文(數位人文、數字人文)
  • 書信文化
  • 中國城市史
  • 士人文化


  • 香港城市大學人文社會科學院知識轉移優秀獎狀(2020/21)
  • 香港城市大學人文社會科學院新晉研究學者獎(2020)
  • 《零壹Lab》獲2019數位人文大獎 - 最佳數位人文相關部落格文章或系列貼文第二名
  • 國際亞洲研究學者大會(ICAS)博士論文榮譽(2017)
  • 深圳大學城圖書館數字人文學術研究計劃
  • 蔣經國國際學術交流基金會博士論文獎助
  • 中央研究院歷史語言研究所博士候選人培育
  • 羅德獎學金
  • 北京大學歷史學系優秀畢業生
  • 香港資優教育學苑校友


External grant projects as PI: 

Editor or Editorial Membership


Current undergraduate level courses:

  • Imperial China / Ancient Chinese History II
  • Readings in Chinese History / Great Works in Chinese History (史學名著)
  • Chinese Civilisation - History and Philosophy (中國文化-歷史與哲學)[GE Course - including course groups for CityU Talents Programme (HK TECH Tiger)]
  • Cultural Exchange in Global Context
  • Searching for Cultural Identity / Global Networks and Cultural Identity

Advisor of undergraduate final year projects

Current postgraduate level courses, or as course/coordinator/team member: 

  • Research Methods for Chinese Studies (PhD & MPhil)
  • Selected Readings for Chinese Studies (PhD & MPhil)
  • History and Historical Sources in a Changing World 變動中的史學與史料 (MA)
  • Capstone Project in Chinese History and Cultural Heritage 中國歷史及文化遺產總整研習

Previously taught/co-taught courses:

  • Premodern East Asia (Lectures)
  • Chinese History and Civilization (Tutorials)
  • Classical Chinese Texts [various levels] (Classes)
  • City and Environment in Chinese History (Tutorials)
  • Digital Humanities: Skills and Methods (Seminars - Postgraduate)
  • Dunhuang and the Silk Road (Tutorials)

Workshops on digital humanities and archives:

  • Gave workshop sessions at Boston College, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Harvard University, Peking University, South Central University for Nationalities, Sungkyunkwan University, etc.

Emergency remote teaching in the COVID-19 pandemic:

Services outside CityU

Conferences & workshops organized/co-organized:

As reviewer:

  • I sometimes review books and articles for research funding agencies, publishers, journals, and conferences. Please send all peer review invitations to my email address.

Services in CityU

  • Research Degree Coordinator (for MPhil and PhD programmes), Department of Chinese and History
  • Convenor of Digital Society Research Cluster, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
  • Various other departmental/college duties
  • 香港城市大學人文社會科學院「數碼社會」研究群召集人
  • 香港城市大學中文及歷史學系研究學位課程統籌人




  • DS Asia - Chinese history, Chinese social history, Chinese literati culture, Urban history, Chinese epistolary culture, Middle period, Medieval China, Song dynasty/Sung dynasty, Medieval history, Asian history, Classical Chinese language
  • AZ History of Scholarship The Humanities - Digital humanities, Digital history, Digital humanities in China, Biographical databases, Historical social networks, Prosopography, Digital infrastructures, Digital society, Digital platforms