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Subject Talk on Hong Kong Memory in 2018/19

Subject Talk on Hong Kong Memory in 2018/19

"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 2018 to 2019 in order to promote this resourceful website and raise the public awareness."

Past Activities

Tin Hau Festival and Local Communities
Date: 2019/1/26 (Saturday)
Time: 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Venue: Lai Chi Kok Public Library (Extension Activities Room)
Description: Tin Hau is a popular goddess in the coastal regions of South China. Originally named Lin Mo, Tin Hau is called "Maniang" in Hong Kong and neighbouring regions. Every year, on the 23rd day of the third lunar month, followers celebrate Tin Hau's birthday by lighting incense at Tin Hau Temples and paying tribute to the goddess for her protection. Local organisations will organise Cantonese opera performances and "fa pau" exchange ceremonies (paper floral tributes), and parades will be held in some places. While a great deal of manpower and other resources are required for the planning of a Tin Hau festivity, it is a vital juncture for social cohesion. In this talk, activities of the Tin Hau Festival and its correlation with local communities will be explored.
Clan Life in Sheung Shui and Fanling
Date: 2018/11/11 (Sunday)
Time: 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Venue: Sheung Shui Public Library (Extension Activities Room)
Description: A long time ago, different clans began to settle in Sheung Shui and Fanling to form villages, including the Lius, the Haus, the Tangs and the Pangs. In addition to villagers' dwellings, there are ancestral halls, study halls and temples in the villages. Lantern-lighting rituals, ancestral worships, Ta Chiu Festival and other festive rituals are held on a regular basis. In this talk, the speaker will introduce the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of these major clans to enhance participants' understanding of the traditional rural life in the New Territories.
The Vanishing Shanghai Street [Full!]
Date: 2018/7/21 (Saturday)
Time: 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Venue: Fa Yuen Street Public Library (Extension Activities Room)
Description: Shanghai Street, an old street in Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon, was a prosperous area as early as the mid-19th century. Today, we can still find a number of old shops which have served the neighborhood for over 40 years and the shop owners keep on running their business in a down-to-earth manner. Although traditional craftsmanship is on the brink of extinction due to the lack of successors, these shop owners are facing the challenges with optimism. What do you see and how do you feel when you enter an old shop on Shanghai Street?
A Hong Kong Era Witnessed by KWAN Wai-nung: Hong Kong's Socio-economic Characteristics as Reflected by Calendar Posters
Date: 2018/6/24 (Sunday)
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Venue: Hong Kong Central Library (Lecture Theatre, G/F)
Description: KWAN Wai-nung is one of the advertising artists who can best represent Hong Kong. He has profound influence on the printing history, design history and advertising history of Hong Kong. Advertisement drawings designed or painted by him have captured the attention of the academia and the art community in recent years. This talk discusses the socio-economic characteristics of a Hong Kong era witnessed by KWAN Wai-nung, and how Hong Kong's historical development can be traced in KWAN Wai-nung's drawings.
"Food" and "Shelter" in the Central and Western District
Date: 2018/5/12 (Saturday)
Time: 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Venue: City Hall Public Library (Extension Activities Room)
Description: What the Central and Western District impresses people the most is probably how the British government established its administrative and military centre in the district after Hong Kong became a British colony, but how was the situation of the basic necessities like "food" and "shelter" of residents in the district? This talk introduces the historic buildings related to "food" and "shelter" in the Central and Western District during the colonial period, thereby giving participants a picture of the planning of the district in the early years.
A Partnership with the People: Kadoorie Agricultural Aid Association and Post-war Agricultural Hong Kong
Date: 2018/4/28 (Saturday)
Time: 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Venue: Tai Po Public Library (Extension Activities Room)
Description: For the post-70s generation in Hong Kong, "Kadoorie" means the Kadoorie Farm they visited in their childhood or the Kadoorie family that owns the China Light and Power Company Limited, which supplies electricity to Kowloon and the New Territories. Nevertheless, a huge influx of refugees fled into Hong Kong from Mainland China during the post-war period. Whereas people who used to be engaged as manufacturing workers in the mainland would settle and work in the urban areas of Kowloon and Hong Kong Island, many new arrivals made the New Territories their home and earned their living by farming. The Kadoorie brothers' aid to the farmers was regarded as giving them a second life. Based on the historical archives on the Karoorie family, this talk focuses on the history of agricultural Hong Kong in the post-war period, which has faded from the memory of ordinary Hong Kong people.