Events

Upcoming Events


  • [2017–18 Wat Lecture] The Guest’s View: Some Thoughts on Director Ann Hui’s 許鞍華 Work

     

    17th Jan 2018 7:00 pm
    Auditorium, Asian Centre

    Featuring Dr. Rey Chow, this lecture will reference the acclaimed Hong Kong director Ann Hui 許鞍華, discussing the notion of “the guest’s perspective” in relation to Chinese idiom, cinematic form, and contemporary migration controversies, with remarks on the film Night and Fog 天水圍的夜與霧 (2009).

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  • [Seminar] Leung Ping-kwan: Shuqing and Reveries of Space

     

    18th Jan 2018 4:00 pm
    Auditorium, Asian Centre

    The renowned poet, essayist, and novelist Leung Ping-kwan 梁秉鈞 (1949-2013) passed away in early 2013. This article discusses a key theme, shuqing 抒情 (lyricism or lyricalness), in Leung’s thinking as a way of addressing contemporary cultural politics, including that of Hong Kong.

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Past Events


  • [Celebration] Journey to Eminence: alumni UBC 100 Hong Kong Gala & Awards

     

    9th Dec 2017 6:00 pm
    Four Seasons Hotel

    For 100 years, UBC’s alumni have made their mark on the world, forging connections with their communities and with each other. With thousands of UBC alumni living in Hong Kong, there are few places where the UBC network is stronger. This December, in honour of alumni UBC’s 100th year, we will recognize the substantial contributions of some of UBC’s most supportive alumni in Hong Kong who will receive the alumni UBC 100 Builder Award as well as celebrate the long-standing connection shared by UBC, its alumni, and Hong Kong.

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  • [Celebration] Asian Canadian & Asian Migration Studies Winter Holiday Open House

     

    7th Dec 2017 4:00 pm
    Wesbrook Building

    You are cordially invited to the Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies Winter holiday open house! Join us for an evening of light snacks, refreshments, and a photobooth as we celebrate the end of another year with students, staff, faculty and community members. You are welcome to bring your favourite dish to share. If you are bringing a dish, kindly provide ingredient labels in case of any sensitivities or allergies.

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  • [Seminar] Whither Cultural Studies? Dissent, Despair, and Pedagogy in Hong Kong

     

    1st Dec 2017 3:00 pm
    Harbour Centre, Simon Fraser University

    Friday, December 1, 2017, 3–5 pm Harbour Centre 1600 515 W. Hastings St., Vancouver Registration: sfu.ca/itcr/events Recent experiences in civil disobedience, social antagonism and political prosecution in Hong Kong demonstrate substantially how dissent is the condition of possibility for identity-imaginary, freedom and democracy. In light of the latest trend towards authoritarian governance, we could see...

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  • [Conversation] UBC Hua Dialogue: Regional Clichés and Impressions

     

    29th Nov 2017 6:00 pm
    C. K. Choi Building

    // We sometimes hear regional clichés or impressions in our daily life. Some of them may even make us feel uncomfortable. In a metropolis with huge diversity, we inevitably, more or less, face the situations when we are represented by the region where we come from. Some of these regional stereotypes could make us impressive, but some of them make us uncomfortable. Meanwhile, regional stereotypes portrayed in media could be exaggerated, which, on the one hand, make us get to know those regions better, but, on the other hand, could provoke stereotyped impression toward the people from that region. How do we understand the root of regional stereotypes? What could be the consequences of regional stereotypes? //

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  • [Seminar] Theology After the Hong Kong Umbrella Movement: Notes from Hong Kong and Vancouver

     

    28th Nov 2017 6:30 pm
    Room 120, C. K. Choi Building

    Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 6:30–8:00 pm 120, C. K. Choi Building, UBC 1855 West Mall, Vancouver One of the hallmarks of the 2014 prodemocracy occupy protests in Hong Kong known as the Umbrella Movement was the presence of Christians doing theology on the streets, sometimes fused with Cantonese hero traditions. But in the aftermath of...

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  • [Community] Pacific Canada Heritage Centre–Museum of Migration Inaugural Gala

     

    25th Nov 2017 6:30 pm
    River Rock Theatre in Richmond

    Come celebrate at the inaugural gala of PCHC–MoM.

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  • [Community] What’s in a Name? Paul & Eileen Lin Commemorative Lecture

     

    21st Nov 2017 4:30 pm
    Vancouver Public Library

    // Join us for the inaugural Paul and Eileen Lin Commemorative Lecture jointly sponsored by CCHSBC and the Vancouver Public Library. This free lecture, given by Tim Stanley, prize-winning historian of the Chinese and of racism in British Columbia, illustrates ways of developing anti-racist and decolonized histories of inclusion for British Columbia and Canada. //

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  • [Screening] Wong Kar Wai Night! Chungking Express + Film Discussion

     

    16th Nov 2017 5:30 pm
    Theatre–Film Production Building

    Hosted by UBC Undergraduate Film Student Association and UBC Film Society

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  • [Community] Remembrance Day in Chinatown

     

    11th Nov 2017
    Chinatown

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  • [Screening] Paint It Red

     

    5th Nov 2017 4:30 pm
    Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas

    Whose neighbourhood is it, anyway? Our CANADIAN DOC SPOT Paint It Red from director Eva Cohen shines a (spot)light on just one of the many issues in the continually contentious development and preservation efforts surrounding Vancouver’s historic Chinatown: What happens when a bunch of seniors face evictions and homelessness? They fight back! Beverly Ho is a young Chinese Canadian dedicated to preserving and continuing Chinese cultural heritage in Vancouver’s Chinatown. Can her efforts, along with those of other volunteers in the neighbourhood, succeed? A VAFF Best Canadian Feature Award nominee.

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  • [Lecture] China’s Dual State under Xi Jinping

     

    2nd Nov 2017 12:30 pm
    Room 120, C. K. Choi Building

    This paper draws on the notion of the dual state, developed in the 1930s by Ernst Fraenkel, to discuss China’s current legal-political system. The Party-State’s institutional and legislative reforms since the beginning of the Reform and Opening era reflect certain principles of order, fairness and legality connected to the idea of a normative state. Yet, in recent years, there has been a marked expansion of a ‘prerogative-state’ system for the use of terror and violence in order to give effect to the will of the political leadership. Drawing on Fraenkel’s argument that the dual state is incapable of meeting the requirements of the law of reason (Vernunftrecht), I argue that the current Chinese Party-State ‘needs’ to reject liberal legal and political principles the more strenuously, the more obviously it becomes implicated in their violation, and consider the domestic and transnational implications of the prerogative state’s growth in China.

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  • [Conversation] UBC Hua Dialogue: Let’s Talk about Sex 2.0

     

    1st Nov 2017 6:00 pm
    C. K. Choi Building

    Last term, UBC Dialogue hosted an event called “Let’s Talk about Sex”. It was a truly wonderful night – we shared our personal experience and stories about sex education, gender equality, gender difference, etc. Clearly, one night wasn’t enough for these discussions, so we are hosting an event on gender equality this time – “Let’s...

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  • [Info Session] Everything You Wanted to Know about Grad School (but were afraid to ask)

     

    25th Oct 2017 5:00 pm
    Auditorium, Asian Centre

    An Asian Studies Information Session

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  • [UBC Day of Learning] Envisioning our future at the 75th Anniversary of Japanese Canadian Internment

     

    10th Oct 2017
    Multiple Locations

    On Tuesday, October 10, 2017, UBC will host a Day of Learning to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Japanese Canadian internment and the 5th anniversary of the UBC Honorary Degree Ceremony for the 76 Japanese Canadian students expelled in 1942.

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  • [Screening] “Vanished Archives” 消失的檔案

     

    7th Oct 2017 7:00 pm
    Evangelical Chinese Bible Church

    A documentary about the 1967 riots in Hong Kong.

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  • [Community] Hong Kong after Twenty Years: A Conversation with Ching Cheong [in Cantonese]

     

    7th Oct 2017 2:00 pm
    Performance Hall, Richmond Library and Cultural Centre

    Veteran journalist and political commentator Ching Cheong 程翔 will reflect on the transformations of Hong Kong since the 1997 handover

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  • [Lecture] James Legge and the Chinese Classics: The Missionary, the Shanghai Hippie, and the Opium Taipan in the Turmoil of Colonial Hong Kong

     

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

    James Legge (1815-1897), was a brilliant Scots scholar and missionary famed as a translator of the Chinese Classics in Hong Kong when struggles between Britain and China included two wars. It was an era of sailing ships, pirates, opium wars, the swashbuckling East India Company, and the opening of Qing China to trade and ideas. Legge risked beheading twice while helping Chinese in the Taiping rebellion, foiled a bank robbery, and took in a bohemian Qing scholar on the run. He earned enmity in the colony for court testimony that favoured Chinese accused, and earned enmity among fundamentalist missionaries for his admiration for Chinese culture and history. He lost 5 of his 11 children and both wives to premature deaths, survived multiple malaria attacks, typhoons, poisoning, and massive fires. His resilient responses and incredible productivity reflected the passion he developed at 23 for understanding Chinese culture. On retirement he was made the first Professor of Chinese at Oxford University.

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  • [Screenings] The 36th Vancouver International Film Festival

     

    28th Sep 2017

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  • [Conversation] UBC Hua Dialogue 對話 : 從「撕海報」談起 Identity Politics

     

    27th Sep 2017 5:45 pm
    C. K. Choi Building

    On September 5, a student from mainland China tore up the "Hong Kong independence" posters put up on "the democratic wall" regulated by student union in the Chinese University of Hong Kong. This incident, once exposed by the media, raised unprecedented attention and intense discussion from different individuals and groups in the Hong Kong / Mainland China and other Chinese worlds. As we are concerned about this incident as well, we are more willing to continue our mission to provide a platform for everyone to have an open and mutually respectful dialogue on this incident.

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  • [Colloquium] An Audience of One: The Private Music of the Chinese Literati

     

    22nd Sep 2017 11:45 am
    Room 116, School of Music, UBC

    To most ethnomusicologists, music is a social activity with the main goal of interacting with an audience. China’s qin music, often associated with the literati who play primarily for themselves as a private activity, is an exception. While qin ideology stresses extra-musical meaning and cultural significance, it is also an expressive art. In this talk I will argue that, in playing privately, the player turns inwardly toward himself rather than outwardly toward an audience. In such a performance context, music and musicality need to be assessed by criteria different from those commonly accepted for public music.

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  • [Lecture] Hong Kong’s Folk Music and Local Culture: The Art of a Cantonese Blind Singer

     

    21st Sep 2017 7:00 pm
    Fairmont Social Lounge, St. John's College

    In 1926, the blind singer Dou Wun arrived in Hong Kong from Guangzhou at the age of sixteen. For fifty years, he sang professionally in brothels, opium dens, teahouses, a radio station, private homes, and, when destitute, on street corners. In 1975, I arranged for him to sing for three-and-a-half months in the Fu Lung Teahouse in Sheung Wan. In this presentation, I will show images of Dou Wun, Hong Kong, and the Fu Lung Teahouse, and I will play the historical recordings of three kinds of songs Dou sang: Naamyam 南音 (“Southern Tone” Song), Lungzau 龍舟 (Beggar Song), and Baan’ngaan 板眼 (Brothel Song)—songs that had been widely heard in Cantonese-speaking communities around the Pearl River Delta but have long since disappeared.

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  • [Festival] literASIAN 2017

     

    21st Sep 2017

    ark your calendars! The Asian Canadian Writers' Workshop (ACWW) is pleased to present Canada's first ever literary festival celebrating Asian Canadian literary talent. Between September 21 and 24, LiterASIAN: A Festival of Pacific Rim Asian Canadian Writing promises to be a memorable series of readings, workshops, panel discussions and book launches featuring literary and non-fiction works.

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  • [Welcome Back] ACAM Welcome Back Lunch

     

    12th Sep 2017 12:30 pm
    Buchanan D140

    Join the Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies program for a Welcome Back Lunch to kick off the fall term. The event will feature guest speakers—ACAM faculty, staff, and students—who will showcase projects, share information on exciting ACAM courses, and news of upcoming community initiatives for the year ahead and ways to get involved, We hope to see you there!

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  • [Welcome Back] Asian Studies Welcome Back Lunch

     

    5th Sep 2017 12:00 pm
    Auditorium, Asian Centre

    All transfer and returning Arts Undergraduate students are welcome to join us for our Welcome Back Lunch on Imagine Day (2nd, 3rd and 4th years). Come learn about the Asian Studies Experience and join the Asian Studies community. Meet with faculty and staff, network with alumni and mingle with students over lunch. Imagine day is your greatest opportunity to become aware of the programs across campus and start planning ahead! We hope that you will leave more knowledgeable about our Language and Culture Programs, UBC’s Go Global Exchange Program and UBC’s student work opportunities.

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  • [Lecture] “Killing Time: The Hong Kong Handover and its Afterlives”

     

    31st Aug 2017 4:00 pm
    Asian Centre, UBC

    Carlos Rojas is Professor of Chinese Cultural Studies; Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies; and Arts of the Moving Image at Duke University.

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  • [Presentation] Re-framing UBC through an Asian Canadian Lens

     

    20th Jul 2017 11:30 am
    Irving K Barber Learning Centre, Room 261

    While UBC has long exemplified the educational aspirations of its diverse communities, its development into a global university cannot be separated from larger histories and ongoing legacies of systemic settler colonialism, racism, and discrimination. This presentation focuses on recent efforts to engage with diverse Asian Canadian communities in the context of an increasingly diverse student body and the university’s growing awareness of its location on the Pacific Rim.

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  • [Commemoration] Liu Xiaobo (1955–2017)

     

    19th Jul 2017 4:00 pm
    Room 120, C. K. Choi Building

    Please join associates and guests of the Centre for Chinese Research for a special gathering to commemorate the life of Liu Xiaobo, writer, scholar, and conscientious intellectual who, for his steadfast and non-violent struggle for constitutional democracy and fundamental human rights in China, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010.

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  • [Performance] Multi Voices One Heart: Celebrating Canada 150 in Cantonese Opera

     

    7th Jul 2017 7:00 pm
    Michael J. Fox Theatre

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  • [Presentation] The Art of Drag: A Special Viewing of 1920s Cantonese Opera Costumes Designed for Gender Impersonation

     

    7th Jul 2017 2:00 pm
    Museum of Anthropology

    Join us for a glimpse of the fascinating collection at the Museum of Anthropology facilitated by Dr. Nancy Rao and Dr. April Liu.

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  • [Presentation] Cantonese Opera in the Garden

     

    6th Jul 2017 12:00 pm
    Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

    Ms WONG Chiu Kwan, a leading Cantonese opera star from Hong Kong, will reveal the secret of how woman warriors in Cantonese opera manage to perform on bound feet, and Mr LAU Wing Chuen, the Cantonese opera maestro who has taught generations of professional and amateur singers on both sides of the Pacific, will invite his band to accompany two of his students to illustrate the unique dynamics between the singers and musicians in Cantonese opera.

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  • [Lecture] Spectacular Opera Across Borders: Cantonese Opera Theaters in North America during the 1920s

     

    6th Jul 2017 10:00 am
    Fairmont Social Lounge, St. John's College

    In this talk, I will discuss how the transnational connection allowed the mobility of capital, performers and performance practices across both obvious and hidden boundaries, steered by business partnerships and amorphous webs of family kinship. In particular, as primary entertainment in the Chinese community, Chinatown theaters in the 1920s were deeply woven into the financial, political, social and familial fabrics of Chinese communities in North America.

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  • [Screening] Student projects for HIST 482 (The Heritage of Chinese Migration)

     

    26th Jun 2017 7:30 pm
    Fairmont Social Lounge, St. John's College

    Join us for a community film screening for HIST 482: The Heritage of Chinese Migration, a class taught by Dr. Henry Yu, a HKSI Associate. Program This year, 8 students from UBC and 10 students from the Chinese University of Hong Kong  travelled around Kaiping, Hong Kong, and Vancouver to study Chinese migration histories and...

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  • [Book Launch] Contemporary Chinese Fiction Writers: Biography, Bibliography, and Critical Assessment

     

    23rd Jun 2017 7:00 pm
    Richmond Public Library, Brighouse

     

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  • [Alumni Event] Discovering the Humour of Hong Kong

     

    22nd Jun 2017 7:00 pm
    Park Lane Hotel

    Join Christopher Rea, Associate Professor of Modern Chinese Literature in the UBC Department of Asian Studies and Associate Member of the UBC Hong Kong Studies Initiative, for an exploration of the important ways that humour has informed the Hong Kong story. Moderated by Barbara Miles, UBC’s Vice-President, Development and Alumni Engagement.

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  • [Screenings] Creative Visions: Hong Kong Cinema 1997–2017

     

    1st Jun 2017

    Creative Visions: Hong Kong Cinema 1997-2017, JUNE 1-23 OPENING NIGHT | THURSDAY, JUNE 1 FILMMAKERS IN ATTENDANCE 6:30pm – Reception with refreshments 7:30pm – Echoes of a Rainbow | Introduced by Hong Kong filmmakers Alex Law and Mabel Cheung This year marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administration Region...

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  • [Screening] Under Fire: Inside a Chinese Roasted Meats Shop in Vancouver

     

    27th May 2017 1:00 pm
    Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

    Join us for the screening of Under Fire: Inside a Chinese Roasted Meats Shop in Vancouver produced by Christy Fong and Denise Fong, followed by a panel discussion on historical and contemporary activism in Chinatown. Produced in 2016 for UBC FIPR 469a, Under Fire has screened at the Vancouver Asian Film Festival and was a nominee for the VAFF Best Canadian Short Award 2016.

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  • [Presentations] Asia Connect Student Working Group Showcase

     

    27th May 2017 1:00 pm
    Harbour Centre, Simon Fraser University

    The event comprises 11 post-secondary students from B.C. (UBC, SFU, UFV, and TRU) who have researched on topics related to youth and contemporary issues in Asia for the past 20 weeks.

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  • [Forum] Causeway Bay Books founder to speak on the right to freedom of speech in Hong Kong (in Cantonese)

     

    19th May 2017 7:00 pm
    Auditorium, Asian Centre

    Mr. Lam Wing-kee, founder of Causeway Bay Books, will speak on freedom of speech in Hong Kong.

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  • [Various] Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Festival

     

    1st May 2017

    Friends in Vancouver should not miss the festivities of the Asian Heritage Month.

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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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  • [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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  • [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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  • [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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  • [Symposium] Hong Kong: 20 Years After

     

    26th Apr 2017 4:00 pm
    Room 120, C. K. Choi Building

    The past two decades have not been the best of times for Hong Kong. What have been the sources of tensions for this former British colony? As Hong Kong is set to enter the Carrie Lam era, what promises does Deng Xiaoping's formulation of "One Country, Two Systems" still hold for this special administrative region of China? Please join our distinguished panel for conversations and reflections.

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  • [Exhibition] Danny Yung’s Tian Tian Xiang Shang

     

    22nd Apr 2017
    Nelson Square

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  • [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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