[Community Talk] Colonialism at Work: Hong Kong in the 1920s

[Updated 30 May 2018: For friends who might have missed this community talk, here is the photo album]

Sunday, 15 April 2018, 1 pm
Gateway Theatre
6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond
Free and open to the public

A City Inscribed event. Registration is encouraged.

Hong Kong in the 1920s was a city of contradictions. It was a city of abundant opportunities, but it was also a city of crimes and grievances. It was then the only Chinese city (apart from Macau) that was formally colonized, but it was also a city where, in the words of Governor Cecil Clementi (1925–30), “Chinese studies should be instituted . . . for no other reason than promulgating the glory of Chinese culture.” Such contradictions, of course, cannot be resolved in an accidental lecture, but they certainly deserve to be further reflected on.

Leo K. Shin is Associate Professor of History and Asian Studies as well as Convenor of the Hong Kong Studies Initiative at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. A former reporter for The Hong Kong Standard, he now regularly teaches a course on the history of Hong Kong.

This community talk is co-hosted by the Hong Kong Studies Initiative, LiterASIAN Festival, the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of BC, and Gateway Theatre, in conjunction with the staging of Nine Dragons (tickets for the Sunday matinée show are sold separately).


Online registration is now closed. To find out if it is still possible to attend, please email us @ hksi.ubc@ubc.ca.