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Hong Kong and Shenzhen have long been considered both a gateway and a window on the world. During China's era of reform and opening-up, the role of this borderland was crucial to development and modernization. Yet this region had a long tradition of border crossings: it was a node of migration, a site of departure and return for the Chinese overseas, and a channel for all kinds of exchange. Join three historians from around the world—Peter Hamilton (Lingnan University, Hong Kong), Denise Ho (Yale University), and Taomo Zhou (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)—as they discuss their current and recent work on this border, the diaspora, and the investments central to reform-era history.


  • Denise Ho (Associate Professor of History at Yale University)

    Denise Ho

    Associate Professor of History at Yale University

    Denise Ho is associate professor of twentieth-century Chinese history at Yale University. She is an historian of modern China, with a particular focus on the social and cultural history. She is the author of Curating Revolution: Politics on Display in Mao’s China (2018) and co-editor of Material Contradictions in Mao’s China (2022). She is currently completing her second book, entitled Cross-Border Relations: A Grassroots History of Hong Kong and China.

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  • Peter E. Hamilton (Assistant Professor in World History (Pacific World) at Lingnan University in Hong Kong)

    Peter E. Hamilton

    Assistant Professor in World History (Pacific World) at Lingnan University in Hong Kong

    Peter E. Hamilton is the author of Made in Hong Kong: Transpacific Networks and a New History of Globalization (Columbia University Press, Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, 2021). Its Chinese edition was published in early 2024 by Monsoon Zone Publishing. He graduated from Yale in 2007 and taught with the Yale-China Association in Hong Kong from 2007 to 2009. His second book is investigating the history of scientific management across China’s twentieth century and will be published by Columbia University Press.

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  • Taomo Zhou (Associate Professor of History at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)

    Taomo Zhou

    Associate Professor of History at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

    Taomo Zhou is an Associate Professor of History at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Her first book, Migration in the Time of Revolution: China, Indonesia and the Cold War (Cornell University Press, 2019),won a Foreign Affairs “Best Books of 2020” award and an Honorable Mention for the 2021 Harry J. Benda Prize from the Association for Asian Studies. Taomo is currently working on her second book project tentatively entitled Made in Shenzhen: A Global History of China’s First Special Economic Zone, which is under advance contract with Stanford University Press.

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