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.

This book is a classic in modern social thought as well as a great exemplar of cross-cultural development of ideas.  Largely by way of this work, the American social sciences were much enriched by the Continental intellectual tradition.  Integrative efforts of this kind are of great needs today, and it is with similar spirit that I pursued my intellectual project on Sociology and the Chinese Enlightenment.

*Prof. Chan is the Retiring Academic Staff 2015-16

This is the first book on the topic and is a great landmark in the history of psychology. It opened my eyes to the scientific study of mental processes and had a profound impact on my academic and research pursuits.

*Prof. Chen is the retiring Academic Staff 2016-17

“Skin trade” has the negative connotation that a job is dirty if it involves contact with marginalized people in society. This book reminded me that sociology IS a skin trade, in that its goal should be to study and help the needy and minorities. I am very fortunate to have studied drug addicts for two decades and made contributions to the improvement of drug rehabilitation services in Hong Kong.

*Prof. Cheung is the Retiring Academic Staff 2015-16

One of my favorite books is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. The book reminds us to pursue our “personal legends” with courage, determination, and a childlike-innocence. In my pursuit of my “personal legend” to become a researcher and a Professor, I have received the help of many. I wholeheartedly believe, as it is written in the book, “when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it.” After reading the book, I hope to play a part in helping my students achieve their dreams.

*Prof. Huang is the winner of Exemplary Teaching Award 2016

To become an expert in any area, one needs to be narrowly focused on whatever topic we choose to study. After a while, all experts tend to get lost in the details and miss the big picture! In “Human: The Science Behind What Makes Us Unique”, Gazzaniga helps us piece together all the details in psychological science and see the forest again!

*Prof. Leung is the Retiring Academic Staff 2016-17

Paradigm is the most powerful concept of this small but influential book. It refers to the ways scientists look at the world, ask questions about the world and how they find the answers. Scientific knowledge is advanced as a given paradigm is challenged by anomalies and eventually replaced by a contending paradigm. The analysis has important implications for our understanding of knowledge.

*Prof. Chan is the Retiring Academic Staff 2016-17


*Prof. Lin is the winner of Research Mentorship Award 2016


*Prof. Ma is the Retiring Academic Staff 2016-17

Hong Kong people are living in an age of protests – in the street, in companies, in schools, and even in families. People often take protests as a sign of polarization and instability. But “voice” could be a sign of “loyalty” as well as discontent. Imagine the alternative of “exit” — which is the behavioral norm studied by economists — what if everyone flees without making a sound? I hope you all find inspiration from reading this classic in political economy.

*Prof. Kwong is the Retiring Academic Staff 2016-17

In her influence book The Second Sex, French Philosopher Simone de Beauvoir argues forcefully that ‘biology is not enough to give an answer to the question that is before us: why is woman the Other? Our task is to discover how the nature of woman has been affected throughout the course of history.’ This question has inspired my research and teaching on gender, family, migration and sexuality since I first read the book twenty years ago.

*Prof. Choi is the winner of Exemplary Teaching Award 2016

When it comes to understanding mental disorders, individuals who have lived experiences are our best teachers. Elyn Saks inspires us with how she manages to craft a good life in face of schizophrenia. Let us break the walls of ignorance and put trust in humanity.

*Prof. So is the winner of Exemplary Teaching Award 2016

I’m inspired not exactly by this book, but by Bertrand Russell as a scholar, a thinker, and more importantly, a person with “the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind.” The thirst for an Intellectual and fulfilling life is what sparked my academic career.

*Prof. Zhan is the winner of Research Excellence Award 2015-16

This book reminds me to ground our research and related interactions based on love—the love of humanity, the wish to alleviate suffering in the world, and the ability to let go of the self and see our work with an equanimous mind.

*Prof. Mak is the winner of Research Excellence Award 2015-16

The principled leadership described in the book reminds me that mentorship is value-driven, person-centered, and strength-based. Through cultivating a shared vision with the collective, we can engage and empower each person to contribute to the common cause for
the betterment of humanity and the society.

*Prof. Mak is the winner of Research Mentorship Award 2016

Esping-Andersen’s path-breaking book offers an explanation of class preferences and political behaviour as institutionalized by class coalitions. Drawing from this explanation, we can see Confucianism as a convenient excuse and important institutionalized preference to filter welfare needs in the study of East Asian welfare regimes.

*Prof. Wong is the Retiring Academic Staff 2015-16