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Subject Talk Series on Hong Kong Memory (2020/21)

Subject Talk Series on Hong Kong Memory (2020/21)

The “Hong Kong Memory” Project, conceived as Hong Kong's response to UNESCO's “Memory of the World” Project which aims to preserve historical records and valuable library collections through digitization, is a joint project launched by the Government of the Hong Kong SAR and The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust.

A Hong Kong Memory website is built for the purpose, which is a multimedia website that gives free and open access to digitized materials on the historical and cultural heritage of Hong Kong, including text documents, photographs, posters, sound recordings, motion pictures and videos.

A series of talk on Hong Kong Memory will be conducted in Hong Kong Public Libraries from 2020 to 2021 in order to promote this resourceful website and raise the public awareness.

Past Activities

Factory In and Out: Small Subcontractors, Internal Contractors, and Outworkers in Hong Kong
Date & Time: Available for viewing from 20 November 2020 7:00 p.m.
Description: The success of Hong Kong’s manufacturing industries owed much to the devotion and contribution of small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The operation of SMEs is not confined to the activities inside their factories. Collaboration with various parties outside the factories, such as import/export companies, large manufacturers, other industry practitioners, internal contractors and outworkers, cannot be overlooked. The manufacturing operation of factories in Hong Kong has never been a closed-door business. Instead, it is a highly flexible system involving various production units and workers. In this talk, the speaker will recapture how Hong Kong’s manufacturing industries in the old days went beyond the boundaries of factories, with families living in public housing estates forming part of the production chain.
Stories of Tung Wah Archives
Date & Time: Available for viewing from 18 December 2020 7:00 p.m. 
Description: The Tung Wah Group of Hospitals is Hong Kong’s longest standing charitable organisation which delivers the most diversified spectrum of services to the community. Many scholars believe that the historical documents it preserves bear testimony to the history of Hong Kong and the life of people.
About Hong Kong Currency
Date & Time: Available for viewing from 22 January 2021 7:00 p.m. 
Description: “Currency” is a medium of exchange that has purchasing power, and can be saved up and exchanged for daily necessities when the need arises. This talk will give an account of the evolution of Hong Kong currency in relation to Hong Kong people’s daily lives, and how the currency reflects social changes and public sentiments.
New Year Customs in Hong Kong
Date & Time: Available for viewing from 5 Feburary 2021 7:00 p.m. 
Description: Are there any distinctive Lunar New Year customs in addition to the giving of thanks to gods and well-wishing? In this talk, Mr CHAN Tin-kuen, a specialist in folk customs, will introduce the folk religions and village customs during the Lunar New Year and explore the significance behind, giving a picture of the cultural inheritance in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong Education from 1841 to 1941
Date & Time: Available for viewing from 19 March 2021 7:00 p.m. 
Description: The provision of education in Hong Kong during the pre-war period was a concerted effort of the colonial government, missionary bodies and Chinese charitable organisations. Schools varied in size, vision, religious belief, curriculum, medium of instruction and student background. This talk will introduce the unique schooling experience of young people in pre-war Hong Kong.