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An exciting endeavor at the University of British Columbia

Relive the launch of the UBC Hong Kong Studies Initiative!

In a video public service announcement (in Cantonese), Dr. Miu Chung Yan, a HKSI Associate, urges all to vote in the upcoming provincial election.

In the Second World War, Canadian soldiers first engaged in battle while defending the British Crown Colony of Hong Kong against a Japanese attack in December 1941. The Canadians at Hong Kong fought against overwhelming odds and displayed the courage of seasoned veterans, though most had limited military training. They had virtually no chance of victory, but refused to surrender until they were overrun by the enemy. Those who survived the battle became prisoners of war (POWs) and many endured torture and starvation by their Japanese captors. The fighting in Hong Kong ended with immense Canadian casualties: 290 killed and 493 wounded. The death toll and hardship did not end with surrender. Those Canadians who fought in the defence of Hong Kong sacrificed much in their efforts to help bring peace and freedom to the people of Asia and the Pacific. Their task was a difficult and costly one, but their sacrifice would serve as an example of the kind of effort that would be required to eventually triumph. The survivors' ordeal that followed as prisoners of war serves as an additional reminder of the great cost of war. This talk is part of the Remembrance Day speaker series, in conjunction with an exhibit at the Chung Collection curated by Clifford Pereira.

Cantonese Worlds is a two-day workshop that aims to begin an important conversation about how to make sense of the transformations of the last 50 years. In gathering leading scholars and observers to lay out an initial set of workshop themes for discussion, this pilot process will help create guiding questions that will shape the next few years of research, outreach, and public education.

Forum Series for the Hong Kong Canada Crosscurrents Project (2014-2019) Featuring: The Honourable Dr. Vivienne Poy Dr. Leo K. Shin (UBC History and Asian Studies)| Dr. Helen Leung (SFU Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies)| Dr. Henry Yu (UBC History) Thursday, October 2, 2014 (3:00-5:00 p.m.) St. John’s College at the University of British Columbia 2111 […]

Last night at the 2013 Yip So Man Wat Memorial Lecture, Gage Averill, Dean of Arts, announced a $2,000,000 donation to sponsor the development of a Cantonese Studies program at UBC.

Professor Leung Ping-kwan 梁秉鈞 (pen name: Ye Si 也斯) is a highly prolific poet, novelist, cultural critic, and multimedia artist. Dr. Leung is Chair Professor of Comparative Literature, Lingnan University in Hong Kong. His recent research on the film culture of Hong Kong in the 1950s formed the basis of this year's Wat Lecture.