Associate Dean (Student Affairs), Faculty of Arts
Visiting Scholar, Harvard-Yenching Institute (2015–16)
B.A., M.Phil. (HKU); D.Phil. (Oxon)
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Professor John Lai received his Doctor of Philosophy in Oriental Studies from the University of Oxford in 2005. He joined the Department of Cultural and Religious Studies, Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2008 as an Assistant Professor, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2014, and further advanced to Professor in 2020. Professor Lai was appointed Associate Dean (Student Affairs) in the Faculty of Arts in August 2020. His research interests revolve around the interdisciplinary study of religion, literature and translation, with a focus on Chinese Christian literature, translation of religious texts, and missionary Yijing (Book of Changes) studies.
Professor Lai has published four monographs: Negotiating Religious Gaps: The Enterprise of Translating Christian Tracts by Protestant Missionaries in Nineteenth-Century China (2012); The Afterlife of a Classic: A Critical Study of the Late Qing Chinese Translations of The Pilgrim’s Progress (in Chinese) (2012); Attuning the Gospel: Chinese Christian Novels of the Late Qing Period (in Chinese) (2017); Literary Representations of Christianity in Late Qing and Republican China (2019). He has also edited nine volumes, and his academic papers, over forty, were published in tier-one international journals such as Journal of Chinese Religions; Literature and Theology; Sino-Christian Studies; Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society; The Translator.
Professor Lai has a track record of success in having been awarded five competitive “General Research Funds” by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council. He also obtained the Harvard-Yenching Visiting Fellowship (2015–16); and “Research Excellence Award” (2011 and 2020), “Faculty of Arts Outstanding Teaching Award” (2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017) from Chinese University of Hong Kong.