Pengfei received his Ph.D. in Environmental Psychology from The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY). Having been living in China (Wuhan and Beijing), the United States (Chicago and New York City), and Hong Kong sequentially in the last few decades, Pengfei fully integrates his life history and daily experiences with his research on urbanism & urban life. He has been teaching "Social Science Methods," "Urban History," and "Urban Politics" since 2011 in the CUNY system. From 2014 to 2015, Pengfei was a visiting scholar in the Department of Urban Construction at Beijing City University, where he was teaching "The History of Cities" and "Urban Planning." At present (in the University of Hong Kong), his research projects focus on urban governance and new urbanism in the United States and East Asia. How to understand Hong Kong from a global & historical perspective? Only by situating Hong Kong in the larger historical context, one can truly appreciate the attractiveness and uniqueness of this island metropolis.
Ian Fong is a scholar dedicated to writing in a way to break the boundaries between the ivory tower and the general public, between art and scholarship, between high and low. Ian received his Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of Hong Kong in 2007 and worked as a lecturer for various institutes in Hong Kong. He is now working on a research project on walking in city, focusing on the visual and literary representations of Shanghai, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Beijing. As a native Hongkonger, his existing research project addresses his academic interest in they hybrid nature of Hong Kong along with his love of the city.
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