UTL Dragon Boat Crew


After two month of practice, UTL’s first ever dragon boat team, the Library of Conquest, participated in the annual DDRA Canada Day Regatta at Toronto’s Centre Island on July 1, 2015.

Captained by Jack Leong, and crewed by staff members from various departments at UTL, the team elegantly finished two rounds of heats in the morning, followed by the finals in the afternoon.

It has been a great practicing experience sharing the same boat over the last two months. We would like to thank you all for the support! Special thanks to Ann Forbes Arndt and Tim MacFarlane for their superb coaching and coordination, and Stephen Hong for documenting the event with his fantastic photography skills.



“我城故影 – Images of Our City” Photo Exhibition

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On June 24, 2015, the opening ceremony of the photo exhibition “Images of Our City: Landmarks and Coastlines of Central” took place at the Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library at the University of Toronto.  The event, attended by over 100 guests, was co-organized by Old Hong Kong Photos, HKGN Hong Kong Global Network, the Library, and the Canada-Hong Kong Crosscurrents Project.  It was sponsored by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Toronto.

The opening ceremony was officiated by The Honorable Vivienne Poy, former Chancellor of the University of Toronto, Larry Alford, Chief Librarian of UTL, Gloria Lo, Director of the HKETO in Toronto, Joseph Kuang, Chairman of the Hong Kong Global Network, and Stanley So, representative of Old Hong Kong Photos.

A forum was held immediately following the opening ceremony. Prof. Tong Lam of the History Department and Joseph Kuang spoke on topics such as nostalgia in photography, the history of Hong Kong, as well as their personal connections to the photos. Participants of the forum also shared their personal stories and asked many insightful questions. The forum was followed by a well-received gourmet food tasting session.

The photo exhibition will be open to the public at the Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library on the 8th floor of Robarts Library, 130 St. George Street, until July 10.  We invite you to drop by and view the exhibition!



2015 Orbis Plane Pull for Sight

This past weekend, on Saturday, May 23rd, Dr. Jack Leong, Director of the Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library, led a team of more than 25 library staff, students, community partners and friends to participate in the 2015 Orbis Plane Pull for Sight.  The team members combined their strength to pull a Boeing 757 cargo plane in order to raise money for Orbis, an organization dedicated to restoring vision worldwide.

Participants arrived at 10:30 on a cool but sunny Saturday morning and were greeted by a loud and festive atmosphere.  Before the plane pulling began, everyone had the option to tour the interior of a cargo plane and visit booths promoting Orbis’ work and eye health in general.  When it was their turn to pull the plane, the team was able to get the plane moving and past the finish line in only 9.4 seconds.

We wish to thank everyone who came out to participate in the plane pull, as well as those who supported us with donations.  With your help, we raised $2 874, placing sixth out of 28 teams for our fundraising efforts.  Thank you!Team plane pull Group shot

From “Den of Iniquity” to “The Internet’s Favourite Cyberpunk Slum”: The Kowloon Walled City 20 Years On

The Kowloon Walled City, before its demolition in 1993, is widely acknowledged to have been the most densely populated place on earth: over 35,000 people living in 300 interconnected high-rise buildings crammed into a single Hong Kong city block. Built without con- tributions from architects or engineers – and without government oversight – the Walled City was dismissed as a “den of iniquity” where drugs, prostitution, and other vices circulated. However since its demolition the Walled City is better known now than when it existed, having influenced a generation of architects, designers, writers, artists and others, prompting the website Motherboard to christen it “the Internet’s favorite cyber- punk slum”. Greg Girard and Ian Lambot’s new book, City of Darkness Revisited, updates the story of the Walled City, as first revealed in photographs and text in their 1993 book City of Darkness, and examines its unexpected influence in the 20 years since its demolition.

Reception follows to launch the Constructing Asian Infrastructures: Politics, Poetics, Plans Series.

Please RSVP here: munkschool.utoronto.ca/ai/event/16645

Greg Girard is a Canadian photographer currently living in Vancouver, Canada whose work has examined the social and physical transformations in Asia’s largest cities for more than three decades.

Tong Lam (PhD, University of Chicago) is a professor of history at the University of Toronto. His research focuses on empire, nation, and urban space. He is also a multimedia visual artist with ongoing photographic and documentary film projects.


Dr. David Chu Program in Asia Pacific Studies Richard Charles Lee Canada Hong Kong Library

Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library and Hong Kong-Canada Crosscurrents Project Reception

You are cordially invited to a reception jointly hosted by the Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library and the Hong Kong-Canada Crosscurrents Project (2014-2019).

The reception will include an update of the library activities and live broadcast of the Crosscurrents Project’s inaugural forum entitled “Youth, Pop Culture and Media, and Not Speaking Cantonese,” featuring The Honourable Dr. Vivienne Poy.

The Hong Kong Canada Crosscurrents Project is a 5-year research project in partnership with the Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library, University of British Columbia and the University of Macau Library, with the objective to study the reasons and effects of migration between Hong Kong and Canada.

Refreshments will be provided.

Date: October 2, 2014
Time: 5:30 to 7:30PM
Venue: Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library, 8th floor Robarts Library, 130 St. George St., Toronto, ON

Updated: High Noon in Hong Kong: Negotiating over the Nomination Committee for the 2017 Chief Executive Election

You are invited to the seminar “High Noon in Hong Kong:” Negotiating over the Nomination Committee for the 2017 Chief Executive Election.  

Dr. David Zweig (崔大偉)
Chair Professor, Division of Social Science
Director, Center on Environment, Energy and Resource Policy
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Mr. Yuen Pau Woo (胡元豹)
President and CEO, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada

Date: May 27, 2014, Tuesday
Time: 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Venue: Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library
8th floor
Robarts Library
130 St. George Street
University of Toronto

Please RSVP to events.rclchkl@utoronto.ca by May 21, 2014. More event details attached.

Here is a media report about the event:
Singtao: http://news.singtao.ca/toronto/2014-05-28/city1401259631d5071891.html
Farichild TV: http://www.fairchildtv.com/news.php?n=c322182e6279fd00cf24101223265689

Recent Donations

The following are some recent donations to the Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library:

John Higginbotham’s donation – As a former Commissioner for Canada in Hong Kong and a trade commissioner in Beijing, Mr. Higginbotham gathered and donated to the library unique materials, including press summaries and events organized by the Commission in Hong Kong in the 1990s, his office records and a few hundred of book on Hong Kong and China.

Publications of art collection by Mr. Jordan Wu and Mr. Ken Chui, who also donated two pieces of art works for public display in the library.

Thank you for your generosity. To find out more information about these donations, please e-mail events.rclchkl@utoronto.ca.

Update: Governance in Hong Kong – Anson Chan and Martin Lee

What a wonderfully lively discussion we had yesterday at the event Governance in Hong Kong – Updates by Anson Chan and Martin Lee! Thank you to everyone who attended. The following are media reports for yesterday’s event:


Fairchild TV:

OMNI News:

Invitation: Governance in Hong Kong – Anson Chan and Martin Lee – April 9

Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, Asian Institute at the Munk School of Global Affairs, and the Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library would like to invite you to join the public speaking event by Mrs. Anson Chan (陳方安生) and Mr. Martin Lee (李柱銘). Mrs. Chan and Mr. Lee will visit the Library and provide some updates about the Governance in Hong Kong on April 9, 2014, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Please see the flyer at http://hongkong.library.utoronto.ca/pdf/GovernanceHKChanLee2014.pdf or visit http://munkschool.utoronto.ca/ai/event/16084/  for more details.

Please RSVP by April 5, 2014 at events.rclchkl@utoronto.ca.

“Yinglish/Englishized Cantonese” and Cultural Identities in Hong Kong


On March 12, 2014, Professor Kwok-kan Tam, Dean of the School of Arts & Social Sciences at the Open University of Hong Kong, gave an excellent talk about “Yinglish,” a form of Englishized Cantonese that has come to define the culture and identity of Hong Kong nationally and internationally. Yinglish not only affects the daily lives of those residing in Hong Kong but its effects can also be seen and is widely accepted in contemporary Hong Kong performance theatres and poetry. Professor Tam also discusses the influence of Mainland Chinese influx and migration have on Hong Kong’s culture and the struggles of non-ethnic Chinese living in Hong Kong facing pre- and post-Handover anxiety.

Professor Tam’s presentation is available on Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library’s website (http://hongkong.library.utoronto.ca/news/yinglish-englishized-cantonese-and-cultural-identities-in-hong-kong) for those who missed the event.

“‘Yinglish/Englishized Cantonese’ and Cultural Identities in Hong Kong” is a seminar in the Hong Kong-Canada Crosscurrents Speakers Series at the Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library.