This workshop examines the flow of meteorological technology and instruments from Europe to East Asian regions. Drawing upon archival materials of, for example, observatories and meteorological stations, as well as meteorological instruments in public and private collections, the workshop aims to demonstrate the instruments’ impact on the everyday life of people living in China, Hong Kong, and Japan from the late-nineteenth century until 1950. Other possible issues covered by the workshop include the development of meteorological forecasting for military purposes in the three regions during the two World Wars.


CRF Project “Making Modernity in East Asia: Technologies of Everyday Life, 19th – 21st Centuries” (RGC CRF The University of Hong Kong C7011-16G), Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, The University of Hong Kong


August 27, 2018

Venue: Multi-purpose Room, G/F, May Hall, The University of Hong Kong

Session 1: Colonial Meteorology
Chairperson: So Wai Chor (The University of Hong Kong)
9:30 am Opening Remarks

9:45 – 10:30 am Hung Chih-wen (National Taiwan Normal University)
“Establishment of Weather Observational Network in Taiwan from the Late Nineteenth Century to the End of the World War II”

10:30 – 11:15 am Lee Tsz-cheung and Shun Chi-ming (Hong Kong Observatory)
“A Brief History of Meteorological Observations in Hong Kong from 1850s to 1950s”

Session 2: Meteorological Networks
Chairperson: Fung Kam-wing (The University of Hong Kong)
11:30 – 12:15 pm Chen Zhenghong (China Meteorological Administration)
“Characteristics of Daily Weather Forecasting in China Before 1949: Based on the Evidence from Coastal and Inland of China”

12:15 – 1:00 pm Shigeru Kobayashi (Osaka University)
“The Expansion of Japanese Network for Meteorological Observation in East Asia 1881 – 1945”

Session 3: Instruments of Meteorology
Chairperson: Izumi Nakayama (The University of Hong Kong)
2:30 – 3:15 pm Shi Wei and Yang Qiong (Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology)
“The Introduction and Spread of European Meteorological Instruments and Its Technological Principles in the late Qing Dynasty”

3:15 – 4:00 pm Togo Tsukahara (Kobe University)
“Reconstructing the Climate of East/South East Asia from the Perspective of the History of Science”

4:30 – 5:15 pm Fung Kam-wing (The University of Hong Kong)
“Instruments and Meteorology in Newchwang (Yingkou), Hong Kong and Dairen (Dalian), 1870 – 1945”

5:15 – 5:45 pm General Discussion

August 28, 2018

9:30 – 11:00 am Site Visit I: Hong Kong Observatory

11:45 – 1:00 pm Site Visit II: Hong Kong Maritime Museum

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