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Helena Lopes

Dr Helena Lopes

Lecturer in Modern Asian History

Ysgol Hanes, Archaeoleg a Chrefydd

Adeilad John Percival , Ystafell Ystafell 2.64, Rhodfa Colum, Caerdydd, CF10 3EU


Rwy'n hanesydd o Tsieina fodern a hanes byd-eang. Mae fy ymchwil yn canolbwyntio ar hanes rhyngwladol, gwleidyddol a chymdeithasol yr Ail Ryfel Byd a'r cyfnod wedi'r rhyfel cynnar yn Ne Tsieina, gan gynnwys imperialaeth(au) a gwrth-imperialaeth, yn ogystal â phrofiadau o ddadleoli a ffoaduriaid. Mae gen i ddiddordeb hefyd mewn hanesion am fudo Tsieineaidd yn ehangach, mewn hanesion cymunedau Portiwgaleg a Chymreig yn Nwyrain Asia yr ugeinfed ganrif, ac mewn sinemâu Tsieineaidd/Sinophone.









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Building on work developed during a recent Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship, my current research investigates Chinese state and non-state interactions with European colonial powers that ruled territories in South China in the 1940s: Britain, France, and Portugal. I look into the interconnection between the movement of people, expressions of Chinese anti-imperialist nationalism, and the exercise of European colonialism in Hong Kong, Guangzhouwan, and Macau. This comparative and transnational study rethinks the entangled histories of World War Two, Cold War and decolonisation in South China, as well as its global connections. Drawing on multilingual and multi-sited research, this project sheds new light on China-Europe relations at a time of great transition: from war to post-war and Cold War, from Nationalist to Communist rule, and from imperial domination to global decolonisation. I published articles on refugees in Hong Kong and Macau and on post-war Sino-Portuguese relations and I am currently working on other publications relating to this project.

My first book, Neutrality and Collaboration in South China: Macau during the Second World War (forthcoming at Cambridge University Press), analyses the layers of collaboration that developed from wartime neutrality in Macau, a small enclave at the crossroads of different empires that was the only foreign-ruled territory in China not occupied by Japan during the war. I wrote peer-reviewed articles and chapters on different aspects of Macau’s Second World War experience, including Red Cross activities (here and here), the relocation of schools and refugee students from mainland China and Hong Kong, and multinational propaganda (in the forthcoming edited volume Propaganda and Neutrality: Global Cases Studies in the 20th Century).
I also wrote on other topics in the history and memory of the Second World War in East Asia, including on Portuguese Eurasian POWs in Hong Kong and Japan and on filmic representations of a global Second World War in contemporary Chinese cinema.

My research was funded by the Leverhulme Trust, the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), amongst other institutions.

I am committed to public engagement and have been playing an active role in knowledge dissemination through events and platforms open to all. I was one of founding convenors of the International History of East Asia Seminar, held at the Oxford China Centre since 2016 and that I co-organised until 2019. I was the leading organiser of the Asian History Seminar at the University of Bristol in 2020-21. Together with colleagues in Anthropology, History, and Music based at different institutions, I am a member of the interdisciplinary network Colonial Ports and Global History, with whom I was involved in organising the international conference ‘Myriad Materialities: Towards a New Global Writing of Colonial Ports and Port Cities’ in 2021. I worked with the University of Bristol digital humanities project Historical Photographs of China as a Senior Research Associate in 2019-20. I wrote blog posts for Visualising China, Refugee History, Project Macau History, and the Cambridge Core Blog.


I contribute to different undergraduate and MA modules in History, including the new Global Histories module.
Before joining Cardiff, I taught a range of History units at the University of Oxford and the University of Bristol, having convened modern Chinese history units.
I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


I joined Cardiff in January 2023. Prior to that, I was a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow at the Department of History, University of Bristol, a Lecturer in Modern Chinese History and Senior Research Associate in the History of Hong Kong, also at Bristol, and a Departmental Lecturer in Modern East Asia History at the University of Oxford. I studied in Lisbon, London, Taipei, and Oxford, and hold a DPhil in History from St Antony’s College.

Aelodaethau proffesiynol

  • Cymdeithas Astudiaethau Asiaidd (AAS)
  • Cymdeithas Astudiaethau Tsieineaidd Prydain (BACS)
  • Porthladdoedd Trefedigaethol a Rhwydwaith Rhyngddisgyblaethol Hanes Byd-eang (CPAGH)
  • Cymdeithas Ewropeaidd Astudiaethau Tsieineaidd (EACS)

Safleoedd academaidd blaenorol

  • 2023–present: Lecturer in Modern Asian History, Cardiff University
  • 2020–23: Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow, University of Bristol
  • 2019–20: Lecturer in Modern Chinese History and Senior Research Associate in the History of Hong Kong, University of Bristol
  • 2017–19: Departmental Lecturer in Modern East Asian History, University of Oxford

Ymrwymiadau siarad cyhoeddus

(Yn fwyaf diweddar yn unig)

  • Cynhadledd ddwyflynyddol Cymdeithas Nordig Astudiaethau Tsieina, Prifysgol Gothenburg, Sweden (2023 - ar ddod)
  • Cynhadledd Flynyddol Cymdeithas Astudiaethau Asiaidd, Boston, UDA (2023)
  • Seminar Canolfan Hanes Trefol, Prifysgol Caerlŷr, DU (2022)
  • Cynhadledd Flynyddol Cymdeithas Astudiaethau Tsieineaidd Prydain, Coleg Sant Antony, Rhydychen, DU (2022)
  • Cynhadledd Flynyddol Cymdeithas Astudiaethau Asiaidd, Honolulu, Hawaii, UDA (2022)
  • Cyfadran y Gwyddorau Cymdeithasol–Adran Cymdeithaseg Seminar, Prifysgol Macau, Macau SAR, Tsieina (2022)
  • Confensiwn Rhyngwladol Ysgolheigion Asia, Kyoto, Japan (2021)
  • Cynhadledd 'Propaganda and Neutrality: Alternative Battlegrounds and Active Deflection', Institute of Historical Research, Llundain, UK (2021)
  • Cyngres Ewropeaidd ar Hanes y Byd a Byd-eang 'Lleiafrifoedd, Diwylliannau Integreiddio a Patters o Wahardd', Prifysgol Turku, Y Ffindir (2021)
  • Seminar Ymchwil yr Adran Hanes, Prifysgol Bryste, DU (2021)

Meysydd goruchwyliaeth

I welcome supervision enquiries in the following areas:

  • Modern East Asian History / Modern Chinese History (including Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan)
  • Second World War and Cold War in East Asia
  • Colonialism, anti-imperialism, and decolonisation in East Asia
  • Migration histories (East Asian communities overseas and foreign communities in East Asia)
  • Gender in modern East Asia
  • Cinema and or about East Asia

Themâu ymchwil


  • Hanes Asiaidd
  • Hanes byd-eang a'r byd