SOAS University of London

Department of History, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

Mr Kwok Fai Law

BA (Hong Kong Baptist), MPhil (Lingnan)
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Kwok Fai LAW
Mr Kwok Fai Law
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Thesis title:
Negotiating Colonialism: British enterprises and the making of working class culture in Shanghai, 1927-1949 [working title]
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PhD Research

Presented in a socio-political and imperialist context, the proposed PhD project is going to examine the transformation of the class concept in the Republican era. The changing relationship between the Chinese workers and British commercial firms during the era of turmoil and unrest in Shanghai under Kuomintang influences will be used as the means to illustrate such class reconstruction. Under the high-tide of nationalism throughout the country and the local sphere of influences among the Shanghai society, not only was the dissatisfaction of the poor workers enhanced, but the supremacy of the prestigious British merchants was severely challenged.

Thus, I not only study how British enterprises helped creating class consciousness among Chinese workers, but the role of the working class culture, which refers to the local Chinese organisations closely associated with the Chinese employees, will also be discussed in the context of reshaping social hierarchy in Shanghai.


  • British Imperialism in 20th century China