It is my belief that in the university setting, education, consisting of both teaching and learning, should be informed by research. I enjoy teaching which for me is a task to shape a mutually-supportive, experimental educational environment where I explain knowledge and inspire students to think and act critically through questioning and problematising the taken-for-granted social phenomena and knowledge, and in doing so I am also humbly enlightened by many interactions with my students who come from diverse backgrounds.

Undergraduate Courses:

Geography and the Contemporary World
Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta: A Survey
Urban Geography
Urban Planning

I taught undergraduate courses at all levels, from the introductory to the advanced, during my postgraduate studies in the Faculty of Social Sciences at Hong Kong Baptist University, where I also completed a training course on pedagogy. The medium of instruction was English. (I wrote a short reflective piece about this teaching experience in October 2020 after reading some positive comments about my teaching in an online forum thread which I accidentally found.)


Urban Geography
  • This was a level-three human geography course, which was open to intermediate geography students.
  • Offered in the fall semester in 2017 and instructed by Professor Wing-Shing Tang (student enrollment: 70).
  • I prepared and taught weekly tutorial sessions, hosted consultation hours, and graded students’ assignments.
  • I also delivered a guest lecture to the students of this course.

We live in an urbanizing world today. It is, thus, imperative to have a basic understanding of this still growing urban phenomenon. The perspective of urban geography emphasises the production of spatial differences among cities of the world. What is the nature and scope of urban geography? When, where and why did cities arise? How has globalization affected the growth of cities recently? Why are cities in the Third World growing faster than those in the developed world? Are the socialist cities planned without socio-economic problems? How do we understand urban systems in any country? What are the major socio-economic and spatial features of cities? What are the differences among the developed world, the Third World and the socialist world?

Urban Planning
  • This was a level-four human geography course, which was open to senior geography students.
  • Offered in the fall semester in 2017 (instructed by Professor Wing-Shing Tang; student enrollment: 29) and the fall semester in 2018 (instructed by a guest lecturer Dr Yiguan Ma; student enrollment: 25).
  • I prepared and taught weekly tutorial sessions, hosted consultation hours, and graded students’ assignments. For the 2018 session, I also co-wrote the final examination questions.

This course introduces students to the field of urban planning. What are the concerns of urban planners? How do they make sense of the problems? What sort of skills is required of urban planning professionals? What are the effects of the urban planning process on the development of our urban areas? Initially, this course approaches urban planning by a historical analysis. We therefore, first, study how cities in Britain grew and developed since the industrial revolution. In doing so, we also trace the beginnings of “modern” Western urban planning, both as advocacies and “ideas” and as actual practices. In addition, the nature of urban planning, especially for the more recent periods, will be highlighted. Based on this preliminary understanding, we proceed to take stock of the various theories built to understand urban planning practices. In other word, the second part of the course deals with planning theory.

Teaching Assistant

Geography and the Contemporary World
  • This level-one course was a compulsory course for geography students. This was also the introductory course open to newly admitted freshmen in the Faculty of Social Sciences.
  • Offered in the fall semester in 2017 and instructed by Associate Professor Him Chung (student enrollment: 76).
  • I designed the course assignment and the field trip worksheet, organised field trips, and supported the logistics of the course.

The course deals with the complex physical and cultural realities of the world. It adopts a topical approach, encompassing major issues in the contemporary world and studies these issues from a geographical perspective. It is designed in a manner that helps students to understand the varied and complex environmental interactions of the Earth. The course also assists students in recognizing the diverse ways in which geography can open new horizons and contribute to the building of an environmentally and culturally sustainable world.

Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta: A Survey
  • This level-two course was open to undergraduates in China Studies programme and Geography programme.
  • Instructed by Professor Wing-Shing Tang and offered in the spring semesters in both 2017 (student enrollment: 14) and 2018 (student enrollment: 31).
  • I designed and graded term paper assignment, organised field trips, and supported the logistics of the course.
  • This blog post documents my reflections after organising one of the field trips of this course.

This course provides a comprehensive and lively guide to the history, culture, geography and economic development of South China. This objective is to be achieved by a series of well-organized lectures and tutorials. Field trips, both in Hong Kong and to the Pearl River Delta, which will provide an invaluable onsite experience to elaborate the types and magnitude of change in South China discussed in lectures, may be organized. It is hoped that this course will constitute an essential gateway to those wishing to acquire a deeper understanding of this dynamic corner of Asia.

The Peak, Hong Kong (May 2017)