About the Talk
Dr. ZHU has been reading for many years about the history and culture of
Jewish people. It is an interest that he developed while living in Canada and first
meeting and getting to know Jewish people. He likes to ponder what he sees as
similarities and differences between Jewish and Chinese cultures, especially in regard to
family values, educational achievement, preserving traditions, and civic responsibility
(repairing the world).
Among the books he discussed were:
About the Speaker
Dr. Zhu Lijing brings an interesting mixture of education and career
background to both his work and his reading. Born and reared in Mainland
China, he studied International Relations at Beijing University (1978-80)
before moving overseas in 1980 and studying American History at Carleton
University and University of London. Finding a home-from-home in Canada,
he settled in at the University of Western Ontario, where he received his
B.A. and M.A., in addition to his PhD in Economics (1991). After teaching
economics at University of Windsor, he returned to Asia, where he taught
economics for several years at HKUST, the National University of
Singapore, and at HKU.
For the past 10 years, Dr. Zhu has worked in an administrative capacity at
HKUST: first recruiting non-local UG students and then providing advice
and support to both PG and UG students from the Mainland. Since 2005, Dr.
Zhu has served as Chairman, Vice Chairman (Internal Affairs), and EXCO
Member of the HKUST Staff Association; was a a Member of HKUST Court for
six years (2005-2011) and as a member of the HKUST Council (2009-2012). He
is currently an Associate Director for Student Life in the Student Affairs
Experiencing different cultures and sub-cultures in a variety of
social, institutional, and professional contexts has sparked Dr. Zhus
interest in reading about them on his own. He is fascinated by considering
similarities and differences between different cultures, and wishes to
share this joy with others.
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