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Prof. Mark MEULENBELD 梅林寶教授

Chinese History and Culture Programme

Associate Professor

BA (Leiden), MA (Leiden), PhD (Prin)



Rm 819, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU

Daoism and its interaction with the traditions of local cults, including narratives and rituals in the vernacular language; Daoist cooptation of religious traditions belonging to indigenous peoples of Southwest China and Southeast Asia


Mark Meulenbeld received his training at the Sinological Institute of Leiden University, The Netherlands, where he was steeped in philological and anthropological approaches to traditional China, with special training in Daoism. Upon graduating, he spent several years studying in Taiwan, as a tour-guide in China, traveling in Tibet, and as a travel agent for a company in the Netherlands. From 2000 to 2007, he studied at Princeton University, where he obtained a PhD in East Asian Studies. After two semesters as an instructor at Bryn Mawr College, he taught for ten years at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and three semesters at the Department of Chinese Studies, National University of Singapore. Before joining the School of Chinese, HKU, in 2022, he was employed at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Department of Chinese Culture, for five years.


Dr. Meulenbeld teaches CHIN 1207, “Traditional Chinese Culture,” and CHIN 2231, “Religious Daoism and popular religions in China.”