On November 6, 2013, an agreement was signed by R. Bin Wong, Director of the UCLA Asia Institute, and Ping-chen Hsiung, Director of the Research Institute for the Humanities (RIH) at the Chinese University of Hong Kong to implement a formal partnership between the two universities that includes visiting scholar exchanges, joint research projects, and faculty collaborative working groups. Under this agreement, the RIH joins the Asia Institute’s Asia in the Humanities/Humanities in Asia Initiative as an institutional collaborator.
In 2012-2014, two faculty from CUHK, Prof. Hsiung and Prof. Mu-chou Poo were welcomed as Faculty in Residence with the Asia Institute. Prof. Hsiung was a featured speaker at the 2012 and 2013 Asia in the Humanities Forum and taught a graduate seminar in the UCLA History department: “Eat, Drink, Man, Woman: Material Culture and Social Life in Late Imperial China." Prof. Poo taught “Classical China" in the Asian Languages and Cultures department in Fall 2013 and is a co-PI on the Classical Civilizations and Comparative Religion project.
The Asia Institute is an institutional partner with CUHK in an international project sponsored by the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI) on “Religion, Secularism, and Political Belonging," which explores the ways in which cultural traditions interact with contemporary concerns to create bases of political belonging different than those found in other world regions. In June 2014, Prof. Wong and UCLA Dean of Humanities David Schaberg will be featured speakers at the annual CHCI meeting held on the CUHK campus in Hong Kong.