Dr. Carol Tsang completed her BA and MPhil degrees in the Department of History at the University of Hong Kong, and earned her PhD from the Department in 2011 with her thesis on women's medicine and women's diseases in colonial Hong Kong. She teaches in the Department and the Common Core Curriculum.
Current Research Projects
Carol is currently completing the monograph, Better Babies: Reproduction in Modern Hong Kong, which explores a wide range of discourses about reproduction that the government, elites, obstetricians, and journalists produced and circulated in the twentieth century, a period when Hong Kong became increasingly connected with the outside world. These important groups advised women, sometimes their spouses, on how to make more and better babies, and how to control their fertility. They engineered substantial reforms by implementing policies, funding institutions, and providing free or low-cost maternal health services and contraception. On a conceptual level, her project uses oral histories, and media technologies including the newspapers, and the radio and television broadcasting to examine the production, reproduction, and transmission of knowledge about pregnancy, childbirth, and family planning. With these literary and visual representations, she aims to uncover ordinary people's obscure past by deconstructing the dialogues between the government, educated elites, and commoners.
"Searching for an Identity: Debates over Moral and National Education as an Independent Subject in Contemporary Hong Kong," reprinted in Identity, Trauma, Sensitive and Controversial Issues in History (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015): 25-39 (co-authored with Zardas Shuk-man Lee and Phoebe Y. H. Tang).
"Knowing Chinese Women: Richard Tottenham and Colonial Medicine in Interwar Hong Kong," Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, Hong Kong Branch (2014) Vol.53: 167-181.
"Searching for an Identity: Debates over Moral and National Education as an Independent Subject in Contemporary Hong Kong," International Journal of Historical Learning, Teaching and Research 11:2 (Spring 2013): 88-97 (co-authored with Zardas Shuk-man Lee and Phoebe Y. H. Tang).
"British History in Contemporary Hong Kong," Twentieth Century British History (2012) 23(4): 563-574 (co-authored with Mark Hampton).
"Empire State of Mind: Articulations of British Culture in the Empire, 1707-1997," in The British Scholar Society Newsletter (co-authored with Penelope Ching-yee Pang and Zou Yizheng), November 2011.
"Hong Kong's Floating World: Crime and Disease at the Edge of Empire," in Robert Peckham, ed., Disease and Crime: A History of Social Pathologies and the New Politics of Health (New York: Routledge, Studies in Cultural History, 2013), 21-39.
Teaching and Courses Taught