Nozawaonsen, Nagano prefecture, Japan

Biographical Sketch

Welcome. My name is CHAN Kin Shing陳健成, a Hongkonger. I studied Chinese language and literature at The Chinese University of Hong Kong from 2003 to 2006 and worked a year as a research assistant before entering the Graduate School of the same institute in 2007. During my two years as a graduate student, I extended the focus of my research from Chinese literature to the intellectual history of the late imperial period of the country, with a special interest in the thoughts of Ming China (1368-1644/1661) Confucians. I then earned my master’s degree by submitting a thesis titled A Study of Statecraft Ideals in Ming China by Statistical Analysis of Collections of Statecraft Writings on jingshiwenbian經世文編 in June 2009. Currently, my research focuses on how Confucian classics(jing經) were taken care of by Ming scholars, the relationship between texts and self-cultivations, and the role of these texts in multiple disciplines in Ming time, so as to review the importance of Confucian classics in premodern Chinese cultural history.

I was deeply impressed by the achievements of Japanese sinology in history, known as kangaku漢学 in Japanese since I was an undergraduate student. Learnings of Edo Japan (1603-1868) Confucians are also examined to review the difference in the transformation of Confucian ideas and interpretation of Confucian classics between the two countries.

Engaging in communications between colleagues of Sinological and East Asian studies in Asia and the West is most enjoyable for me. I have translated a dozen academic papers and four books relating to Chinese and Japanese intellectual histories, from Japanese and English to Chinese and English. I am passionate about learning methods and tools of digital humanities which can boost or rather are crucial for my future research.

I seldom remember that I have been enthused about modern archery until my wife reminds me that we first met in an introductory course of it. But I indeed can never forget that I was lucky enough to be the worst student of Master Lam Wing-kit林永傑師傅 who has unreservedly taught me various styles of Chinese martial arts, for example, Eagle Claw. Apart from being a researcher and translator, now I enjoy films as well as answering my ten-year-old daughter’s curiosity about the world.

Research Interests and specialisations

Current positions

April 2019-

Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, The University of Tokyo東京大学人文社会系研究科

Project researcher特任研究員

April 2019-

Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University早稲田大学理工学部

Part-time lecturer非常勤講師

Teaching: History of China, Topics in History

April 2021-

Faculty of Economics, Rissho University  立正大学経済学部

Part-time lecturer非常勤講師

Teaching: 中国語

April 2023-

Center for Language Education and Research, Sophia University. 上智大学言語教育研究センター

Part-time lecturer非常勤講師

Teaching: 中国語

For positions held, conference presentations, scholarships and research grants, professional training received, and organisations, please refer to the full CV here




Completion of Doctoral Coursework博士課程満期退学, Division of Asian Studies, Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, The University of Tokyo


M.Phil, Division of History, Graduate School, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.


B.A., Department of Chinese Language and Literature, Faculty of Arts, The Chinese University of Hong Kong


Cantonese: Native

English, Literary and Mandarin Chinese, and Japanese: Advanced

Korean: Beginner