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!
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
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.
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.
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:
Fairchild TV news:
We hope to see you again soon!
RCL CHKL Director Jack Leong announced the five-year Hong Kong Canada Crosscurrents Project last week:
The project primarily aims to research and document a large flow of migrants between Canada and Hong Kong in the last 50 years (1962-2012) and to illustrate the how these interactions and migrations between have transformed both societies. Dr. Vivienne Poy has agreed to serve as the Chair of the Advisory Board for this project. Project partners include HKETO, University of British Columbia, the Simon Fraser University and the University of Hong Kong. The Ontario version of the project will be launched in 2014.
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