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Owing to maintenance work of the library system, all online services and Self-service Library Station services will be suspended from 0:30 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. on 18 July 2019. During the suspension period, the telephone renewal system (Tel: 2698 0002 or 2827 2833) is still available for renewal of borrowed items or enquiry of borrowers' account. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.Details

1/ How Can a Government Nurture Its People When There Is Not Enough Food? Hong Kong Government’s Stance and Measures towards Undernourished Chinese People Between 1900 and 1941

Date: 2019/9/28 (Saturday)
Time: 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Venue: Hong Kong Central Library (Lecture Theatre)
Description: At the turn of the 20th century, the Hong Kong government was rather concerned about beriberi, a major public hygiene problem, but the matter was later put aside. Although the medical community subsequently confirmed that the condition was linked to malnutrition, the Hong Kong government had no intention to intervene in Chinese people's dietary habits and living conditions, and beriberi remained a serious problem. During the 1930s, Hong Kong's population surged as a result of the Japanese invasion of China, and the influx of refugees created a lot of problems for the city. Director of Medical Services, Dr. Selwyn Selwyn-Clarke, who took office in 1938, adopted a proactive approach, introducing the latest research findings on nutritional science applied to communities in Britain while organising a number of promotion activities and searching for economic meal solutions. In the 1940s, the TWGHs designed nutritional menus for patients staying in its hospitals, in line with the government's “nutritional science” promotion initiative. This period of history spanning four decades bear testimony to the everyday lives of Hong Kong people, as well as reflect the political, social, economic and cultural changes behind Britain's administration of Hong Kong.

2/ Reflections on the Development of Modern Chinese and Western Medicine through Tung Wah Archives

Date: 2019/8/10 (Saturday)
Time: 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Venue: Hong Kong Central Library (Lecture Theatre)
Description: Tung Wah Hospital has preserved its historical documents since its establishment in 1870. These valuable materials are indispensable for understanding modern Hong Kong's social evolution, as well as its medical history. With the use of Tung Wah archives, this lecture offers new perspectives on the study of modern medical history by addressing the following topics: How was Western medicine introduced into the Chinese hospital? What were the controversies over the preservation or abolishment of Chinese medicine? How effective were Chinese and Western medical treatments?

3/ A Pioneer in Global Medical Charity: The Tung Wah Hospital

Date: 2019/7/13 (Saturday)
Time: 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Venue: Hong Kong Central Library (Lecture Theatre)
Description: The Tung Wah Hospital as a new institution in Hong Kong in the 1870s was a hybrid between the traditional Chinese charity hall and the Western hospital. Being a key player in the management of global public health at the turn of the century, it had an exceptional role in the construction of new knowledge in both traditional Chinese medicine and biomedicine of the time. The special political setting of the Canton/Hong Kong nexus, the epidemiological environment of the region, and global human migrations through Hong Kong all shaped the Tung Wah model as a unique and pioneering medical charity of the time.

1/ Literary Seminars for the 15th Hong Kong Biennial Awards for Chinese Literature in 2019 : Essay Reading and Appreciation

Date & Time: 2019/09/07 (Saturday) 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Venue: Hong Kong Central Library (Lecture Theatre, G/F.)
Description: A series of literary seminars for the “15th Hong Kong Biennial Awards for Chinese Literature in 2019” will be held at the Hong Kong Central Library from 24th August to 7th September. Adjudicators from outside Hong Kong and local adjudicators of the Awards will conduct 5 seminars on children and youth literature, poetry, literary criticism, fiction and essay respectively.

2/ Literary Seminars for the 15th Hong Kong Biennial Awards for Chinese Literature in 2019 : Possibilities in Fiction Writing

Date & Time: 2019/09/04 (Wednesday) 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Venue: Hong Kong Central Library (Lecture Theatre, G/F.)
Description: A series of literary seminars for the “15th Hong Kong Biennial Awards for Chinese Literature in 2019” will be held at the Hong Kong Central Library from 24th August to 7th September. Adjudicators from outside Hong Kong and local adjudicators of the Awards will conduct 5 seminars on children and youth literature, poetry, literary criticism, fiction and essay respectively.

3/ Literary Seminars for the 15th Hong Kong Biennial Awards for Chinese Literature in 2019 : Literary Criticism: Why and How?

Date & Time: 2019/09/01 (Sunday) 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Venue: Hong Kong Central Library (Lecture Theatre, G/F.)
Description: A series of literary seminars for the “15th Hong Kong Biennial Awards for Chinese Literature in 2019” will be held at the Hong Kong Central Library from 24th August to 7th September. Adjudicators from outside Hong Kong and local adjudicators of the Awards will conduct 5 seminars on children and youth literature, poetry, literary criticism, fiction and essay respectively.

4/ Literary Seminars for the 15th Hong Kong Biennial Awards for Chinese Literature in 2019 : Things Poetry Tell

Date & Time: 2019/08/29 (Thursday) 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Venue: Hong Kong Central Library (Lecture Theatre, G/F.)
Description: A series of literary seminars for the “15th Hong Kong Biennial Awards for Chinese Literature in 2019” will be held at the Hong Kong Central Library from 24th August to 7th September. Adjudicators from outside Hong Kong and local adjudicators of the Adwards will conduct 5 seminars on children and youth literature, poetry, literary criticism, fiction and essay respectively.

5/ Literary Seminars for the 15th Hong Kong Biennial Awards for Chinese Literature in 2019 : Children and Youth Literary Journal

Date & Time: 2019/08/24 (Saturday) 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Venue: Hong Kong Central Library (Lecture Theatre, G/F.)
Description: A series of literary seminars for the “15th Hong Kong Biennial Awards for Chinese Literature in 2019” will be held at the Hong Kong Central Library from 24th August to 7th September. Adjudicators from outside Hong Kong and local adjudicators of the Awards will conduct 5 seminars on children and youth literature, poetry, literary criticism, fiction and essay respectively.

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1/ The Hong Kong Musicians Series: The Multi-talented Musician: YAU Siu-pun

Date: 2019/5/1 (Wednesday) to 2019/10/31 (Thursday)
Time: Library Opening Hours
Venue: Hong Kong Central Library (10/F Arts Document Reading Room)
Description: YAU Siu-pun (1952-2016) is an active and authoritative figure in Hong Kong’s Chinese music scene. He excelled in diverse fields ranging from teaching, performing, to conducting, composing, and critiquing.

The exhibition showcases the manuscripts of music scores, photos, house programmes, certificates and trophies. Readers can find out more about this multi-talented musician.

1/ Festival of Hong Kong

Date: 2019/3/6 (Wednesday) to 2019/8/31 (Saturday)
Time: Library Opening Hours
Venue: Hong Kong Central Library (5/F Current Newspapers and Periodicals Reading Area)
Description: Ruined by two riots in 1960s, Hong Kong society had severely suffered from social turmoil and widespread sentiment over the territory. To alleviate the impacts of the riots and cultivate joyful atmosphere, the government held the “Festival of Hong Kong” for three times in 1969, 1971 and 1973. From the opening ceremony to the closing parade, the Festivals aimed to bring joy to the people of Hong Kong through a wide range of cultural and recreational activities, including military performances, sports competitions, entertainment programmes, cultural exhibitions, which successfully attracted the attention and participation of thousands of citizens. Through various newspaper clippings from library collection, this thematic exhibition presents the stories of the Festivals in retrospect.
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