[Seminar] “There’s No Place Like It”: Promoting Colonial Hong Kong as a Tourist Destination

[Updated 22 April 2019: For those who might have missed this talk by Prof. John Carroll, here is the photo album.]

Hong Kong Studies / History Seminar
Wednesday, 20 March 2019, 12:30 pm
Prof. John M. Carroll (The University of Hong Kong)
Fairmont Social Lounge, St. John’s College, UBC
2111 Lower Mall, Vancouver

Registration required

From the early 1950s on, Hong Kong became a major tourist destination where visitors could have a taste of Chinese culture and catch a glimpse of the PRC beyond the “Bamboo Curtain.” This talk explores how the Hong Kong Tourist Association, established in 1957, promoted Hong Kong as a unique cultural and geopolitical space: Chinese but not quite China; a harmonious blending of East and West and of old and new; and a modern, bustling metropolis coexisting side-by-side with the rural, quaint New Territories. Especially within the contexts of the Cold War and the disintegration of the British Empire, tourism was about more than economics and the movement of people. It became a way for Hong Kong to position itself within Asia and across the globe.

John M. Carroll is Professor of History and Associate Dean (Global) in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Hong Kong. Raised in Hong Kong and Taipei, he is author of Edge of  Empires: Chinese Elites and British Colonials in Hong Kong, A Concise History of Hong Kong, and the forthcoming Canton Days: British Life and Death in China. This talk draws from his current book project, Destination Hong Kong: Promoting Tourism in Britain’s Chinese Colony.

This seminar is organized by the UBC Hong Kong Studies Initiative and co-sponsored by: Department of Asian Studies, Department of History, Centre for Chinese Research, Histories Research Cluster, and St. John’s College.

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Registration for: “There’s No Place Like It”

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