Books of Honor

The Books of Honor scheme is to honor the achievement of our academic staff.
The honorees are faculty members who receive Exemplary Teaching Award,
Research Excellence Award and Research Mentorship Award, as well as
retired or retiring colleagues whose contributions have left a deep
impression in the CUHK legacy. 

Each honoree is invited to choose a book for Library collections and author
an enlightening message on how the chosen book has inspired his/her
academic career. These selections are book-plated in their honor, and
stand as a reminder now and into the future of the remarkable
accomplishment of our faculty members.

Professor Gary Becker created the family economics field for which he authored the masterpiece “A Treatise on the Family” and received the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1992. Becker was one of the first economists to branch into what were traditionally considered topics that belonged to sociology, including racial discrimination, crime, family organization, and drug addiction. This book inspired my research on family economics since my graduate study about 30 years ago and it has remained my main research agenda in my entire career. It helped me nurture over 50 graduate students at CUHK.


In this book, Marcuse offers a wide-ranging and profound critique of contemporary capitalism. He argues that under the pretense of freedom of choices is a ‘one-dimensional’ universe that drowns individual critical thinking and withers away all forms of resistance against the status quo.

Teaching to me is an intellectually play with students at the present moment. My recognition of the present moment in communication starts from my read of Daniel Stern’s articles since 2008. Here I pick up the great idea of dyadic consciousness, and learn the lovely power of connectedness.