Ashton Ng (黃敬凱)




St Antony's College, Oxford


Educational Background:

2019-2022: PhD Chinese History (University of Cambridge). Kuok FamilyLee Kuan Yew Scholar. Cambridge Trust Scholar.

2018-2019: MSt Traditional China (University of Oxford). Distinction.

2014-2018: B.Lit Classical Chinese (Peking University). Outstanding Graduate Award (equivalent to First Class Honours). Chinese Government Scholar. Peking University Founder Scholar. Santander Scholar. Peking University Triple-A Student Award. International Students' Academic Award of the Year. Award for Academic Excellence.

2006-2011: Singapore-Cambridge GCE A-level (Hwa Chong Institution). Ministry of Education Chinese Language Elective Scholar. Hwa Chong Outstanding Student Award. H3 Chinese Language and Literature.


Journal Articles:

Ashton Ng, "Bibliophilia: The passion of Ming dynasty book collectors," in Ming Qing Yanjiu (Brill) 24, no. 2 (Forthcoming Spring 2020).

Ashton Ng, "Is the Laozi a text on statecraft?" in Bochum Yearbook of East Asian Studies 42 (Forthcoming Summer 2020).

Ashton Ng, "The busy teacher's guide to teaching the Zhuangzi," in Education About Asia 25, vol. 1 (2020): 56-60.

Ashton Ng, "China's rise and the re-Sinicization of ethnic Chinese in Singapore," in St Antony's International Review 14, no.2 (2019): 170-189.

Translation from Chinese into English:

Hu Chirui and Ashton Ng (trans.), "The Origin and Development of Negative Exclusive Particles in the Chinese Language," in Language Contact and Change in Chinese, eds. Cao Guangshun and Yu Hsiao-jong (Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton, 2019), 41-74.

Translation from English into Chinese:

Jerusha McCormack, John G. Blair, and Ashton Ng (trans.), "Xiaodao jiaguo 孝道家国 (Filial Piety and Homeland)," in Kua wenhua duihua 跨文化对话 (Dialogue Transcultural) vol. 37, eds. Yue Daiyun and Alain le Pichon (Beijing: Commercial Press, 2017), 287-310.


Ashton Ng, "As the world fights Covid-19, China bashing hurts everybody," in Today (March 26, 2020).

Ashton Ng, "True victim of coronavirus: Our sense of humanitarianism," in The Straits Times (February 7, 2020).

Ashton Ng, "Pofma, free speech and the collapse of truth in Anglo-American politics," in The Straits Times (January 4, 2020).

Ashton Ng, "Scared of failure? Here's how having a growth mindset can help," in Today (December 19, 2019).

Ashton Ng, "Gen Y Speaks: Don't talk to me about grades," in Today (November 2, 2019).

Ashton Ng, "How do Western Sinologists sound to Chinese ears?" in Fault Lines (August 17, 2019).


Ashton Ng, "Comparing Minford’s and the Yangs’ Translations of the Most Exciting Chapter of Hong Lou Meng," in Outstanding Coursework Series (课程风采系列) of the Peking University Institute of Comparative Literature and Cultures, March 2018.

Letters to the Editor:

Ashton Ng, "Not justified to use NS to teach women graciousness," in Today (November 14, 2019).

Alvona Loh and Ashton Ng, "Importance of bilingualism borne out in diplomacy, commerce," in Today (October 1, 2019).

Alvona Loh and Ashton Ng, "No longer practical for Singaporeans to neglect mother tongues," in Today (September 18, 2019).

Ashton Ng, "Bukit Panjang LRT an essential service that deserves upgrades," in Today (September 3, 2019).

Ashton Ng, "Instead of mandating NS for women, let them contribute in ways of their choosing," in Today (August 28, 2019).

Ashton Ng, "Minimum age may force girls to abort foetus overseas or without clinical help," in Today (August 18, 2019).

Ashton Ng, "A system that discourages language lovers," in Today (September 28, 2012), 16.

Public Speeches:

Radio Interview:

Ashton Ng on "Singapore Today," CNA93.8 (7.15pm, March 30, 2020).

Ashton Ng on "Singapore Today," CNA93.8 (7.45pm, November 6, 2019).


28 February 2020 (University of Cambridge), 2020 Brewster Debate: THB Democracy is Failing

Best Speaker, Won from Opposition.

20 February 2020 (University of Cambridge), Cambridge Union Emergency Debate: TH Regrets Extinction Rebellion's Recent Actions

Won from Opposition.


15-17 November 2019 (University of Wuhan), PhD and Post-Doc Assembly - Contesting Modernity: the Left, China, and the West

Should China ape Western-style free speech?

12 October 2019 (University of Cambridge), Fitzwilliam College Postgraduate Conference

Was ancient China secular?

24-25 June 2019 (University of Oxford), Deciphering the Uncertain: Sociological and Epistemological Aspects of Divination in Early Text Cultures

Scepticism towards divination in classical China (1046–221 BCE)

8-9 June 2019 (University of Cambridge), Annual Conference of the British Postgraduate Network for Chinese Studies (China’s Global Role in the New Era)

China's rise and the re-Sinicisation of ethnic Chinese in Singapore

7 May 2019 (University of Oxford), St Antony's College Graduate Research Conference (Ages of Disorder: Opportunities and Challenges)

Re-Sinicisation: A historical analysis of China’s attempts at subverting the national identities of ethnic Chinese Singaporeans

8 October 2016 (University of Tokyo), 11th Peking University-University of Tokyo Jing Forum (京论坛)

(Are Population Policies in Modern China and Japan Reasonable, Legal, Ethical, and Effective?)
By a 10-member committee headed by Ashton Ng (Peking University) and Hiroki Kawamoto (University of Tokyo).

Other Experiences:

Member, Oxford Global Leadership Initiative 2018-19

Vice-President, 1st Peking University China-ASEAN Youth Summit 2016 (中国东盟青年峰会)

Chairperson, 11th Peking University-University of Tokyo Jing Forum 2016 (京论坛), Population & Development Committee

Research Interests:

My PhD project focuses on classical Chinese political thought. I seek to answer the question: "What is the ideal Chinese political system?"

My broad-based training at Peking University has given me a great love for Chinese history and literature from all periods, including modern and contemporary.

I also read widely on politics and international relations.

Ashton Ng