History and Mission

History and Mission

Welcome to the Hong Kong University Press website. You can browse more than 1000 titles, the cumulative result of a publishing program that has been connecting Hong Kong with the rest of the world for more than 60 years. Since its establishment in 1956, the Press has grown from a publisher of only a few titles, primarily studies done by the University’s own faculty, to one that releases up to 50 new titles a year from leading scholars around the world. All Press publications undergo a rigorous peer review process before they are accepted for publication.

As a unit of the University of Hong Kong, Asia’s most prominent English-speaking university, we publish most of our books—especially our academic books—in English. Distinctively, the Press also brings out many important titles in Chinese, continuing a multilingual publication program that dates back to the very beginning and has long distinguished our Press from other university presses. Our authors are among the most accomplished in their fields, whether an expert practitioner sharing current best practices or an academic from one of the world’s top universities reporting cutting-edge research. With authors in North America, Europe, Asia, and beyond, our list has been global in its outlook long before globalism became a 21st-century buzzword.

Building on our unique position in Asia, works published by the Press examine, critique, and celebrate Asia’s place in the world. These represent the full spectrum of academic disciplines, cover both historical and future issues, span all theoretical points of view, and range from in-depth local analyses through regional comparisons to global syntheses. While academics from every area of Asian Studies are represented on our list, we have gained particular renown for publications in cultural studies, film and media studies, and Chinese history and culture. Nevertheless, these accomplishments do not limit the future; the Press will continue to seek out and disseminate the best work by both new and established voices on every aspect of the Asian experience.

HKUP proudly serves its local community with a vibrant publishing program in law, education, social work, medicine, real estate, and construction. We are also committed to a full line of books on linguistics and language study, including making Chinese in all its varieties more available to English speakers and making English more accessible for Chinese speakers. Because of Hong Kong’s history and unique socio-political context, these books are prized as much by international readers as by locals themselves.