Programme Director, M.A. in Religious Studies
B.A., M.Phil. (HKU); D.Phil. (Oxon)
John Lai received his D.Phil. from the University of Oxford, and is currently the Programme Director of the MA Programme in Religious Studies. His research and teaching interests revolve around religion and literature, religion and translation, and Christianity and Chinese culture. His recent books include Negotiating Religious Gaps: The Enterprise of Translating Christian Tracts by Protestant Missionaries in Nineteenth-century China (Monumenta Serica, 2012), The Afterlife of a Classic: A Critical Study of the Late-Qing Chinese Translations of The Pilgrim’s Progress (Hong Kong, 2012, in Chinese) and Selected Christian Narrative Literature of Late-Qing China (New Taipei, 2012, in Chinese). His academic papers were published in international journals such as Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, Translator: Studies in Intercultural Communication, International Bulletin of Missionary Research and Sino-Christian Studies: An International Journal of Bible, Theology &. Philosophy. He obtained the Research Excellence Award and The Faculty of Arts Outstanding Teaching Award, The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2011. He is currently working on a research project “Chinese Christian Novels in Late Qing China (1807-1911): An Interdisciplinary Study of Religion and Literature”, funded by the Research Grants Council, Hong Kong.