Events

Upcoming Events


  • [Community] The Lives of Cantopop: A Conversation with Brenda Lo and Stephen Yiu-wai Chu (in Cantonese)

     

    27th Apr 2017 3:30 pm
    Performance Hall, Richmond Library and Cultural Centre

    Has the death of Cantopop been exaggerated? How should we make sense of the widely-perceived decline of Cantonese popular music? Please join Ms. Brenda Lo and Prof. Stephen Yiu-wai Chu, both veteran observers of the popular music scene in Hong Kong, in a lively and memorable exploration of the lives of Cantopop.

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  • [Conversation] Sexuality, Gender & Intimate Justice—A Dialogue with Petula Sik-Ying Ho

     

    28th Apr 2017 2:00 pm
    Harbour Centre, Simon Fraser University

    Which is more difficult: finding true love or fighting for true democracy? Prof. Ho will engage the audience in a dialogue on “intimate justice” and share her research and creative work on the relation between social justice/injustice and intimate relationships. Drawing on experience of her political activism during Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement, she will also examine how ideas about gender, love, sex, and marriage change in times of political turbulence.

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  • [Screening] ACAM 350 Student Film Screening

     

    28th Apr 2017 6:00 pm
    Buchanan A101

    We are proud to present 8 short films created for UBC Asian Canadian & Asian Migration studies’ first course, ACAM 350: Asian Canadian Community Media. The films, which seek to engage communities in making ethical collaborations, cover a wide range of topics. Each film is between 8-11 minutes long. Invite your friends and family!

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  • [Community] One Woman, One Movement (in Cantonese)

     

    28th Apr 2017 7:00 pm
    Richmond Public Library

    Prof. Petula Sik-ying Ho, broadcaster, best-selling author, filmmaker, activist, and one of Hong Kong's leading public intellectuals, will share her personal experience during and after the Umbrella Movement.

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Past Events


  • [Performance] Hong Kong Exile: Room 2048

     

    11th Apr 2017
    Firehall Arts Centre

    "Room 2048"—a dream machine for the Cantonese diaspora. In digital light and smoke, we pursue a history that is not ours. A living past, a dying future, and a stillborn present. We will lie. We will cheat. We will spend a thousand years here.

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  • [2017 Wat Lecture] Living the Cultural Revolution: Impact Events and the Making of Cultural Memory

     

    15th Mar 2017 6:00 pm
    Auditorium, Asian Centre

    Why is it that for a while in the early 2000s, Mao’s portrait dangled in almost every taxi? Why is it that Mao’s image is to be found everywhere today, in high-market as well as popular accessories? Why do numerous Chinese websites feature memories of producing and consuming Maoist propaganda art? Why do people get married in “Cultural Revolution style”? Why are the model works and revolutionary songs most prominent during the Cultural Revolution reproduced in never-ending varieties of pop, rock and jazz covers, even in karaoke bars, and on home videos? Why, in short, do people appreciate the products of a period in Chinese history known for its radical politics and the horrors it inflicted on so many?

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  • [Seminar] Hong Kong Stories: A Historical Perspective

     

    15th Mar 2017 2:00 pm
    Richard Charles Lee Canada–Hong Kong Library

    Friends in Toronto are welcome to join Dr. Leo Shin and Dr. Clement Tong (of Carey Theological Seminary) for a conversation on the history of Hong Kong at the Richard Charles Lee Canada–Hong Kong Library.

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  • [Community] Presentation on Chinese Canadian history

     

    19th Feb 2017 2:30 pm
    Richmond Public Library

    From the Richmond Public Library: In celebration of Heritage Week and Canada's 150th Anniversary, we invite you to join this wonderful informative and interactive presentation on Chinese Canadian history. Join Hayne Wai, former President of CCHSBC and UBC sessional instructor, and Dominique Bautista, Richmond local, educator and story teller, as they share their passion for Chinese Canadian history including Richmond's Chinese Bunkhouse at the Britannia Heritage Shipyard and the Gulf of Georgia Cannery.

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  • [Workshop] 2017 Asian Studies Annual Careers Night

     

    15th Feb 2017 6:00 pm
    Auditorium, Asian Centre

    The Department of Asian Studies is pleased to invite you to our Annual Asian Studies Careers Night on Wednesday, February 15th. This is a wonderful opportunity to gain advice and network with people who have found exciting careers after an Asian Studies degree.

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  • [Symposium] New Directions in
 Transpacific Cultural Research

     

    9th Feb 2017 5:00 pm
    Harbour Centre, Simon Fraser University

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  • [Community] The Post-CY Leung Era of Hong Kong 香港的後梁振英時代 (in Cantonese)

     

    6th Jan 2017 7:00 pm
    Performance Hall, Richmond Library and Cultural Centre

    Hong Kong as a society has become more and more divided in the last five years. How will it fare in the post-Leung Chun-ying era, and why should those of us in Canada pay attention?

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  • [Seminar] The “National Question” and the Stories of Hong Kong

     

    23rd Nov 2016 4:00 pm
    Room 1197, Buchanan Tower

    Recent debates concerning whether the people of Hong Kong constitute a “nation” or man zuk (Mandarin: min zu) have injected much heat and passion to the on-going political struggles in the former British colony. Yet, even among the political and intellectual elites, few in the territory have embraced the notion of a “Hong Kong nation.” The reasons for this are many. One has to do with the ambiguities and tensions embedded in the notion of man zuk. Another has to do with the primary identification by many in the territory with the “Chinese nation.” But, above all, the reason seems to be that “nation-building” has, at least until recently, not been part of the story about Hong Kong.

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  • [Screening] Yellowing 亂世備忘—A Documentary on the Umbrella Movement

     

    22nd Nov 2016 6:30 pm
    Frederic Wood Theatre

    The turmoil that has overtaken Hong Kong since its return to Chinese sovereignty in 1997 has spawned a new generation of young, passionately committed activist filmmakers; they want to tell Hong Kong’s story with Hong Kong voices. And the best indie documentary to have emerged so far from the HKSAR is this year’s Yellowing, by Chan Tze Woon, a 29-year-old with degrees in policy studies and film production.

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  • [2011 Wat Lecture] Literary Adaptation and Cultural Negotiation in Hong Kong Cinema of the 1950s

     

    5th Oct 2011 7:00 pm
    Auditorium, Asian Centre

    Contrary to the common belief that Hong Kong cinema excels only in martial arts and gangster genres but has little to do with literature, recent research (Hong Kong Film and Literature Filmography, 1913-2000 [Hong Kong: Centre for Humanities Research, Lingnan University, 2005]) has shown that more than a thousand Hong Kong films have been adapted from literature since the beginning of the film industry (with the 1950s and 1960s as the high points). This talk will examine how Hong Kong culture has evolved since the 1950s, and it will examine how directors and writers drew on traditional and modern Chinese literary works as well as foreign and popular resources to develop alternative Chinese cultures—cultures that would not have been possible to develop in Mainland China.

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