Prof. TSUI Lik Hang (徐力恆)


ProfCert in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (University of Hong Kong)

D.Phil., University of Oxford

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

Visiting address
Phone: +852 34422101

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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 received the New Researcher Award from his College, and a Teaching Award (Early Career Faculty Members) from Hong Kong's University Grants Committee (UGC), in recognition of his research as well as teaching.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in History from Peking University and obtained a doctoral degree in Oriental Studies (Chinese studies) from the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. Prior to joining CityU, he worked as a Departmental Lecturer in Classical Chinese 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 is elected a Fellow at both the Royal Historical Society and the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland.

He specializes in mid-imperial/middle period/medieval Chinese history and culture, as well as the digital humanities. He has published over 20 scholarly articles and book chapters and over 60 articles for popular journals and newspapers. Tsui 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 from the Hong Kong Research Grants Council and beyond. He is the recipient of the New Researcher Award in his College in CityU. 

Tsui teaches imperial Chinese history, cultural history, and Classical Chinese, as well as the digital humanities. He also supervises graduate students in these areas and had been the Research Degree Coordinator for his department's MPhil and PhD programmes. In 2023 he was awarded the city-wide UGC Teaching Award and the university-wide Teaching Excellence Award in 2023 for his teaching.

Tsui co-edits book reviews for Cultural History and serves as an associate editor for IJHAC: A Journal of Digital Humanities and Digital Transformation and Society. He is on the editorial boards of Bloomsbury Cultural History, Digital Humanities, and China's first book series on the digital humanities. Furthermore, he convenes the Digital Society research cluster in his College in CityU to promote interdisciplinary research. His findings and commentaries have been cited in international and local media.

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。徐力恆入選英國皇家歷史學會英國皇家亞洲文會的會士。



徐力恆現任幾部國際學術期刊和叢書的編輯、副編輯或編委,包括《Cultural History》、《IJHAC: A Journal of Digital Humanities》、《Digital Transformation and Society》、《Bloomsbury Cultural History》、《數字人文》、南京大學出版社「數字人文研究叢書」等。他也是所在學院的數碼社會研究群的召集人,推進跨學科研究。他也曾接受多家國際和本地媒體的訪問。

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 / Mid-imperial China
  • Digital Humanities
  • Epistolary Culture
  • Urban History
  • Literati Culture of China



I have published over 20 scholarly articles and over 60 pieces for popular journals and newspapers. See here for a list of my publications. If you would like to read any of them, please email me and I could send you a digital copy.


  • 唐宋史、中古史
  • 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






Funded external grants as PI: 

  • "Truth be Told: Information Literacy for All with History Learning Aids", UGC Teaching Award project grant, Hong Kong
  • "An Analytical History of the Early Years of Digitising Chinese Historical Sources (1980-2009): The View from Five Foundational Database Projects", General Research Fund (GRF), Research Grants Council, Hong Kong
  • “Letters by Men of Letters: A Multidimensional Analysis of Epistolary Manuscripts and their Networks in Song Dynasty China (960–1279) [多視角審視宋代尺牘書疏和士人網絡:以手稿和拓本為主]", Early Career Scheme (ECS), Research Grants Council, Hong Kong
  • “Provision of Services for the Production of a Chinese-English Glossary of Terms Commonly Used in the Teaching of Junior Secondary Chinese History to Support Non-Chinese Speaking Students Learning Chinese History and Culture in Secondary Schools [初中中國歷史科英譯詞彙(非華語學生適用)]”, Curriculum Development Council, Education Bureau, Hong Kong
  • “Digital Humanities Explorations in Pre-modern Chinese History: The Use of the China Biographical Database”, Digital Humanities Research Scheme, University Town Library of Shenzhen

Funded internal grants as PI:

  • Teaching Excellence Awards project grant "Hello World, Let’s Chat: Embracing the Potential of Generative AI in History Education”, City University of Hong Kong
  • Seed Money for College Research Clusters "Digital Society" (4 times), College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, City University of Hong Kong
  • Strategic Research Grant, City University of Hong Kong
  • Rediscovering Chinese History through Data: Incorporating Digital Humanities Pedagogy into Data-Driven Learning of Chinese History”, Teaching Start-up Grant, Teaching Development Grants for City University of Hong Kong & University Grants Committee
  • Start-up Grant for New Faculty, City University of Hong Kong

Editor or Editorial Membership


I design, lead, teach and supervise in the following courses--

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 dissertations

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 - Student work: Podcast series on Dunhuang stories (2023)

Supervisor of PhD, MPhil, MA student theses 博士生導師、碩士生導師

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 numerous workshop sessions internationally and locally 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

Member, Intangible Cultural Heritage Advisory Committee, Hong Kong


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


  • Convenor of Digital Society Research Cluster, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
  • Member, Task Force of Digital Learning
  • Affiliated researcher, CityU Shenzhen Research Institute & CityU Chengdu Research Institute
  • Various other departmental/college duties


  • Research Degree Coordinator (for MPhil and PhD programmes), Department of Chinese and History
  • College Board, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
  • e-Learning (Digital Learning) Coordinator, Department of Chinese and History
  • 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
  • 數碼學習工作小組成員
  • 香港城市大學深圳研究院、香港城市大學成都研究院特邀研究員
  • 其他學院、學系行政職務


  • 香港城市大學中文及歷史學系研究學位課程(碩博士)統籌人
  • 香港城市大學中文及歷史學系電子學習統籌人




  • 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, Text markup