Wednesday May 27, 2020


May 12, 2014

On May 12, 2014, USCPF President Chi Wang received an honorary fellowship from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Dr. Wang was recognized for his contributions to the university during his time as a faculty member there, as well as his general lifetime achievements in library science and the improvement of US-China relations.

From 1970 to 1972, during leave from the US Library of Congress, Dr. Wang served as the University Librarian at CUHK. In this role, Dr. Wang helped start the university library system and built the central library on CUHK’s Shatin campus. He also introduced Library of Congress classification schemes to Hong Kong; previously, Hong Kong universities all used separate classification systems. From 1984-86, Dr. Wang returned to CUHK as the acting University Librarian and established CUHK’s medical library. More than 40 years later from his initial time with the university, CUHK still remembers his contributions to the university library system and continued support of the university’s work to educate local and international students.

Dr. Wang was among seven recipients honored at CUHK’s 13th Honorary Fellowship Conferment Ceremony on CUHK’s campus. Chairman of the University Council Dr. Vincent Cheng and CUHK Vice-Chancellor Dr. Joseph Sung presided over the ceremony, and distinguished CUHK alumna Dr. Anita Leung delivered the keynote address. Afterward, the honoraries enjoyed a reception with their family, friends, and CUHK senior faculty.

Dr. Wang also was invited by CUHK University Librarian Ms. Louise  Jones to visit the central library he helped build. He was graciously received by library staff members excited to give him a tour of recent additions to the library. Dr. Wang was very impressed with the new additions and left a note of encouragement to students and staff on the library’s giant whiteboard (pictured above).

During Dr. Wang’s tenure as CUHK’s University Librarian, US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger made his historic visit to Beijing that would lead to the normalization of diplomatic relations between the countries. This event would have a great impact on the trajectory of Dr. Wang’s career. Shortly after he returned to the United States and his position at the Library of Congress, Dr. Wang was invited to China to help establish educational and cultural exchanges between the countries.