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  • Commentaries of Book of Changes (Yijing or I Ching)
  • Classical Chinese thought
  • Cultural history of late imperial China
  • Cultural and intellectual history of modern China




Tze-ki Hon

Professor of


Sturges Hall 17 A/B
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454


Winner of SUNY Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in Teaching (2002) and in Scholarship and Creative Activities (2011)

Curriculum Vitae

Faculty Information


  • Ph.D. in History, University of Chicago (1992)
  • M.A. in Asian Studies, University of Michigan (1983)
  • B.A. in History and Political Sciences, University of Hong Kong (1981)

Publications and Professional Activities

  • Teaching the I Ching (Oxford 2014), co-authored with Geoffrey Redmond
  • Revolution as Restoration: Guocui Xuebao and China's Path to Modernity, 1905-1911 (Brill 2013)
  • * "Marking the Boundaries: The Rise of Historical Geography in Republican China," in Formation and Development of Academic Disciplines in China: History, edited by Brian Moloughney and Peter Zarrow (Hong Kong: Chinese University of Hong Kong Press, 2010).
  • "Zhou Dunyi" in Dao Companion to Chinese Philosophy, edited by John Makeham (Dordrecht, The Netherland: Splinger, 2010).
  • "Hexagrams and Politics: Wang Bi's Political Philosophy in the Zhouyi Zhu," in Philosophy and Religion in Early Medieval China, edited by Alan K.L. Chan and Yuet-keung Lo (Albany: SUNY Press, 2010), 71-96.
  • "From a Hierarchy in Time to a Hierarchy in Space: The Meanings of Sino-Babylonianism in Early Twentieth Century China," Modern China 36.2 (March 2009): 139-169.
  • 〈黃节《黄史》中的世界图像〉(Images of the World in Huang Jie's History of the Yellow) , in《事变中的史学》(Historical Learning in Times of Crisis) edited by Li Jinqiang李金强(Guangxi shifan daxue chubanshe, 2009), 3-22.
  • "A Precarious Balance: Divination and Moral Philosophy in Zhouyi zhuanyi daquan," Journal of Chinese Philosophy, 35.2 (2008): 254-271.
  • "Chinese Modernity and the Restructuring of the Field of Cultural Production" (co-authored with Kai-wing Chow et al) in Beyond the May Fourth Paradigm: In Search of Chinese Modernity (Lexington Books, 2008), 1-23.
  • "From Babbitt to ‘Bai Bide': Interpretations of New Humanism in Xueheng" in Beyond the May Fourth Paradigm: In Search Chinese Modernity (Lexington Books, 2008), 253-267.
  • "Introduction" (co-authored with Robert Culp) to The Politics of Historical Production in Late Qing and Republican China (Brill, 2007), 1-20.
  • "Educating the Citizens: Visions of China in Late Qing History Textbooks" in The Politics of Historical Production in Late Qing and Republican China (Brill, 2007), 79-105.
  • "Constancy in Change: A Comparison of James Legge's and Richard Wilhelm's Interpretations of the Yijing," Monumenta Serica 53 (2005): 315-336.
  • 辛亥革命與歷史意識: 比較《國粹學報》與《民報》的史論" (The 1911 Revolution and Historical Consciousness: A Comparison of the Historical Writings in Guocui xuebao and Minbao), in 有志竟成: 孫中山、辛亥革命與近代中國 (The Will to Change: Sun Yat-sen, the 1911 Revolution and Modern China) edited by Lin Qiyan 林啟彥, Li Jinqiang 李金強, and Bao Shaolin 鮑紹霖 (Hong Kong: Commercial Press, 2005), 233-249.
  • "Cultural Identity and Local Self-Government: A Study of Liu Yizheng's History of Chinese Culture," Modern China 30.4 (October 2004): 506-542.
Fall 2015 Classes

HIST 281:
M/Trad East Asian Hist to 1840

    A survey of traditional East Asian history, focusing on the rise of Chinese and Japanese civilizations, the formation and development of the Chinese empire, the cultural exchanges among East Asian cou
    ntries and between East Asia and other parts of the world, and the position of East Asian civilization in the ancient and medieval world. Not offered on a regular basis
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HIST 301:
Int-HIst:Global Capitalism

    This is one of two required skills-based seminars in the History major and is focused on critical reading and analysis. This class introduces students to the concept of historiography, which includes
    the critical assessment of the methods and sources that historians use in fashioning an argument, the contexts that inform historians' approaches to understanding the past, and comparisons of different historians' conclusions about similar topics. All sections will focus on a specific set of historical issues and/or events chosen by the instructor and class content emphasizes critical reflection on the variety of historical interpretations that are possible within a given topic. The class is reading and writing intensive. Majors may take HIST 301 and 302 in any sequence, and should plan to complete both HIST 301 and 302 during the sophomore or junior year. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing or higher. Multiple sections offered every fall & spring semester.
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HUMN 220:
H/Western Humanities I

    A search for moral, social, and political alternatives and meaning embodied in the institutions, culture, and literature of Western Civilization from the beginnings to 1600. The course is factual as w
    ell as conceptual, including a narrative history of the period covered.
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