Xu Guoqi

Xu Guoqi

Department of History, The University of Hong Kong

Xu Guoqi is the Kerry Group Professor of Globalization History at The University of Hong Kong (HKU). Born in China, he has taught in both Asia and the US before joining the history department of HKU in 2009. He received his PhD in history from Harvard University under the supervision of the legendary Japan-born historian Iriye Akira. Dr Xu has published widely on various topics in both Chinese and English and is a leading authority on the international history of modern China, Asia and Sino-American relations. His recent publications include China and Great War (Cambridge University Press), Strangers on the Western Front: Chinese Workers in the Great War (Harvard University Press), and The Idea of China? (forthcoming from Harvard University Press). Professor Xu has been working on two book-length research projects: The first is on Sports and the Idea of China, while the second is tentatively titled China’s World: A Shared and Transnational History, 1500-Present.

Articles by Xu Guoqi


The Korean Games, Olympic and Otherwise

Thursday, February 8, 2018

North Korea has agreed to march alongside South Korea and to have a joint women’s hockey team with its neighbor at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang. The sports diplomacy of North Korea is often unpredictable, but could this particular instance signal a geopolitical détente in an East Asia gripped by nuclear fears?


Japan, the US and China: A Shared Olympic History

Thursday, August 12, 2021

A reflection on the possible implications of Tokyo 2020 on Beijing’s 2022 Winter Olympic Games and the future of China-US relations.