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.

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

In Hong Kong, most people speak a hybrid language, which is a mixture of Cantonese and English and is a marker of the local identity. The changes in education policy and the growing presence of Chinese mainlanders in Hong Kong make many Hongkongers feel being marginalized. In this talk, Professor Kwok-kan Tam will take examples from poetry and the theatre to illustrate “the anxiety of identity” among the Hongkongers who feel their identity being threatened.

Professor Kwok-kan Tam, Chair Professor and Dean of Arts and Social Sciences, Open University of Hong Kong

Professor MENG Yue, Department of East Asian Studies, University of Toronto

Date: March 12, 2014
Time: 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Venue: Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library, 8th floor, Robarts Library, 130 St. George Street, University of Toronto

For more details, please visit http://hongkong.library.utoronto.ca/pdf/FlyerMar12-2014.pdf

Please RSVP by March 9, 2014 at http://munkschool.utoronto.ca/ai/event/15868/ should you plan to attend.

Reporting: Launch of the Hong Kong-Canada Crosscurrents Project

The Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library thanks everyone for their attendance and support at the Launch of the Hong Kong-Canada Crosscurrents Project on February 27, 2014. The following are some media reports about the event:

Report from Singtao Newspaper:

Report from Ming Pao:

OMNI news:

Fairchild TV news:

We hope to see you again soon!

Launch of the Hong Kong-Canada Crosscurrents Project

THE HON. DR. VIVIENNE POY, Chair, Advisory Committee of the Hong Kong-Canada Crosscurrents Project cordially invites you to a ceremony and reception on the launch of the Hong Kong-Canada Crosscurrents Project (港加交匯研究計畫) and the “Pray Standing” book talk by Mr. Frank Ling, C. M., at the Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library.

Date: February 27, 2014
Time: 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Location: 8th Floor, Robarts Library
               130 St. George Street
             Toronto, ON

As space is limited, and to allow us to make appropriate arrangements for refreshments, please RSVP by 23 February 2014 at http://munkschool.utoronto.ca/ai/event/15653/ should you plan to attend.

Please see attached invitation and the following link to the event poster for more details: http://hongkong.library.utoronto.ca/pdf/Flyer27Feb2014.pdf