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Indigenous Languages and Folk Songs of Hong Kong

Indigenous Languages and Folk Songs of Hong Kong

Date: 2021/3/6 (Saturday)
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Venue: Sha Tin Public Library (Extension Activities Room)
Speaker: Professor Lau Chun-fat (Vice Chairman of the Association for Conservation of Hong Kong Indigenous Languages)
Dr. Stephen Cheung (Vice Chairman of the Association for Conservation of Hong Kong Indigenous Languages)
Organiser: Jointly organised with the Intangible Cultural Heritage Office
Remarks: Conducted in Cantonese. Free admission by reservation. Reservation starts on 20.02.2021 (Saturday) and can be registered online via the website of the Hong Kong Public Libraries (www.hkpl.gov.hk/ich) or made by calling the respective libraries. Seats are limited. Each person may reserve only one seat for each talk. First-come-first-served. For enquiries, please contact 2851 6134.
Enquiry Telephone Number: 2694 3788

Before the 19th century, Hong Kong residents spoke six or seven indigenous languages, among which Wai Tau and Hakka were the most spoken dialects. The language cultures of these residents were different from those of the Cantonese immigrants who came to Hong Kong after the mid-19th century. With influences of economic development, urbanization, integration and other factors, the indigenous languages in Hong Kong have rapidly declined and are now critically endangered. This lecture will give a brief introduction to Wai Tau and Hakka as well as the folk songs of these dialects.