Rayson Huang began his studies at the University of Hong Kong in 1938. Thirty-four years later, in 1972, he became the University's first Chinese Vice-Chancellor and served in that position until 1986. He sat on the Legislative Council of Hong Kong and on the Drafting Committee that formulated China's Basic Law for Hong Kong after its return to China in 1997. In this lively and frank autobiography, Huang reflects on his diverse university career of almost half a century - in Hong Kong, China, Britain, the United States, Singapore and Malaysia - and on his experiences during World War II, when he moved, as a refugee, into Free China to study and teach. This expanded second edition includes substantial additional material on his childhood, his experiences in occupied Hong Kong, and his activities as vice-chancellor.
Intro Contents Preface to the Second Edition Preface to the First Edition 1 - The Early Years: My Father and Munsang College 2 - University Days and the Siege of Hong Kong 3 - Into Free China as a Refugee: Life in Samkong and Kweilin 4 - To Chungking: The War-time Capital Institutions - Plate Section 5 - To England via India: Postgraduate Studies at Oxford 6 - Post-Doctoral Training in Chicago 7 - Starting a Career the Hard Way in Singapore 8 - The Emergence of a Chinese University Grace Huang - Plate Section 9 - A New University in a New Country 10 - Nanyang University: The One and Only 11 - Back to Alma Mater 12 - Post-Retirement Activities Rayson Huang - Plate Section Appendices I - Extracts from a Presidential Address to the General Assembly of the Association of South-East Asian Institutions of Higher Learning II - Nanyang University Convocation Address III - The Basic Purpose of Secondary Education: Address by the Vice-Chancellor to the 91st Congregation, the University of Hong Kong IV - Aspects of the Basic Law: Relationship between the Central Authorities and the Special Administrative Region Glossary.
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