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I am Emeritus Professor of Chinese at SOAS University of London. Writings include A Chinese Lineage Village: Sheung Shui (London: Cass and Stanford University Press 1968); Ancestral Images:a Hong Kong Album (3 vols., Hong Kong: SCMP 1979, 1980, 1981); Chinese Family and Kinship (London: Macmillan and New York: Columbia University Press 1979); New Oeace County: a Chinese Gazetteer of the Hong Kong Region (with Peter Y.L Ng, Hong Kong University Press 1983); Chinese in Three Months (with P.C.T'ung, London: Hugo 1993); Teach Yourself Cantonese (with P.K.Ho, London: Hodder 1995); Speak Chinese with Millions (with P.C.T'ung, Hong Kong and New York: Commercial Press 2010); Complete Cantonese (with Pui-Kei Ho, London:Hachette 2015) and Ancestral Images: a Hong Kong Collection (Hong Kong University Press 2015.) I have advised on a number of film projects for television, and was Chief Editorial Consultanti for the 12-part series The Heart of the Dragon, Channel 4 1984. I have also done a considerable amount of radio broadcasting and newspaper column writing. Now doing consultancy work, principally writing opinions and giving expert evidence in courts on Chinese customary law.
Chinese languages, social anthropology of China, Hong Kong and the Chinese diaspora; Chinese culture, Chinese customary law.