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

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

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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.

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

Chair:
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.