Annual Conference of Academy of Hong Kong Studies

Our Research Director, Prof. Ray Yep, attended the Annual Conference of Academy of Hong Kong Studies in Education University of Hong Kong last week (6-8 March 2024). A great opportunity to introduce the development of the Centre to friends in Hong Kong and mainland China. A very engaging dialogue on the state of Hong Kong studies with Prof. Lui Tai Lok, Director of the Academy as well.

And we were on tour in Japan last week!

And we were on tour in Japan last week!

On Tuesday our Co-directors Robert Bickers & Vivian Kong were at a roundtable at Kyoto University, introducing the Centre and some of its major research outputs. On Thursday & Friday, the team moved to Tokyo and presented on their individual research at the Hong Kong History Symposium at Rikkyo University. It was a fruitful week, and we thank our hosts in Kyoto and Tokyo for giving us the opportunity to showcase our work and exchange with other Hong Kong Studies colleagues in Japan.

Digital Humanities Approaches to Navigating the Early Colonial Hong Kong History

香港浸會大學圖書館的Eric H. C. Chow和我們香港史研究中心的Ryan Iu整理並介紹了有助探索早期殖民地香港歷史這段豐富時期的數碼平台。

如果你對這段時期的香港歷史感興趣,或者正在學習和研究相關議題,推薦你閱讀以下這篇文章。

Digital Humanities Approaches to Navigating the Early Colonial Hong Kong History

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節錄:

//近年來,早期殖民地香港的研究開始積極參與發展涵蓋各種歷史主題的數碼人文項目。學者,尤其是專注於早期殖民地香港歷史的歷史學家,已利用計算工具和線上數據庫的力量,對數碼學術作出重大貢獻,增進研究、教學,甚至視覺呈現。這些努力設法改善觀察並產生新的實證證據,同時還嘗試將學術信息轉移到公眾歷史領域。在這篇短文中,我們希望提供有關早期殖民地香港歷史的數碼人文工具、數據庫和計劃的簡介概覽(從英國香港的建立到二戰期間日本佔領為止)。這個概覽旨在為對這個領域感興趣的初學者提供資源指南。所介紹的計劃將分為三個主要類別:遙距閱讀的文本數據庫,地理信息系統(GIS)和社會網絡研究。//

以下為介紹的計劃(詳細介紹請點進上面鏈結閱讀):

【遙距閱讀的文本數據庫】
The Hong Kong Government Reports Online(1842-1941) | (Earlier Version)

Hong Kong Government Reports Online(1842-1941) | (Later Version)

Colonial Office correspondence collection (CO 129) | (Subscription Required)

Old Hong Kong Newspapers Collection

【地理信息系統】
Hong Kong Historic Maps

Hong Kong Historical GIS (1900 to 1933)

1941年香港戰役空間史研究計劃

【社會網絡研究】
Networks in Early Colonial Hong Kong

Mapping Sino-Foreign Networks and Mobility in Nineteenth Century China

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Eric H. C. Chow from Hong Kong Baptist University Library and our Hong Kong History Centre’s Ryan Iu have compiled and introduced useful digital platforms for navigating the rich period of early colonial Hong Kong History.

If you are interested in this period of Hong Kong History, or studying and researching related topics, you may find this piece inspiring.

Digital Humanities Approaches to Navigating the Early Colonial Hong Kong History

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//In recent years, the study of early colonial Hong Kong has begun to actively engage in the development of digital humanities projects encompassing various historical topics. Scholars, particularly historians specializing in the history of early colonial Hong Kong, have harnessed the power of computational tools and online databases to make significant contributions to digital scholarships, enhancing research, teaching, and even simply visual representation. These efforts also seek to improve observations and generate new empirical evidence while also attempting to transfer information from the scholarly to the public historical domain. In this short post, we aim to provide an introductory overview of digital humanities tools, databases, and projects related to the history of early colonial Hong Kong (spanning from the establishment of British Hong Kong to its occupation by Japan during the Second World War). This overview is intended to serve as a resource guide for beginners who are interested in this field. These projects will be categorized into three main groups: textual databases for distant reading, Geographical Information System (GIS), and social network studies.//

Below are the introduced projects (detailed introduction please read in the link above):
【Textual Databases for Distant Reading】
The Hong Kong Government Reports Online(1842-1941) | (Earlier Version)

Hong Kong Government Reports Online(1842-1941) | (Later Version)

Colonial Office correspondence collection (CO 129) | (Subscription Required)

Old Hong Kong Newspapers Collection

【Geographical Information System】
Hong Kong Historic Maps

Hong Kong Historical GIS (1900 to 1933)

The Battle of Hong Kong 1941: a Spatial History Project

【Social Network Study】
Networks in Early Colonial Hong Kong

Mapping Sino-Foreign Networks and Mobility in Nineteenth Century China

“Hong Kong Documented” / 《香港史. 記》

Hong Kong Documented / 《香港史. 記》

“Hong Kong Documented”, a 10-episode series co-produced by Hong Kong History Centre and Society for Hong Kong Studies, showcases the works of experts and scholars of Hong Kong history studies. These committed history lovers adopt different approaches in preserving and promoting the knowledge of local history, with their fascinating works covering a wide range of issues: fashion, military, economy, identity, heritage building and Hong Kong representation in Britain etc. Together, they uncover the resilience of the city and enrich our understanding of our past.

New episodes will be released bi-weekly.

You can watch the video on our Centre’s YouTube Channel Playlist.

《香港史. 記》訪問系列,由香港史研究中心與香港學會聯合製作。一連十集的專輯,尋訪十位熱愛香港歷史的專家學者,介紹他們如何以不同形式和手法去探討各種課題目。他們的研究興趣廣泛,包括時裝、經濟、防務、身份認同、文物保育以至香港在英國的形象等。這些共同努力成果,呈現出香港這個城市的韌力,也大大提高我們對本地歷史的認識。

每兩星期將上載新一集影片。

你可以到我們中心的YouTube Channel Playlist觀看影片。


【Episode 1 / 第一集】

We talk to Dr. Vivian Kong, Co-Director of Hong Kong History Centre. She shares with us her career trajectory and her latest work on the multifaceted nature of the Hong Kong-UK bonding.

第一集,我們訪問了香港史研究中心聯合總監江偉欣博士。江博士與我們分享她的學術經歷,更闡述她對香港人親英情意結歷史軌跡的研究成果。


【Episode 2 / 第二集】

What is digital history? What is the role of Hong Kongers in the Battle of Hong Kong in 1941? Why does Chi Man fall in love with military history?

Dr. Kwong Chi Man, Hong Kong Baptist University, shares with us his passion about military and social history of Hong Kong and his new projects.

何謂數碼歷史?香港人在1941年的香港保衛戰有甚麼角色?鄺智文又何以會對軍事史有濃厚興趣?

在這個訪問中,香港浸會大學的鄺智文博士將會與我們分享他的研究興趣和觀察。


【Episode 3 / 第三集】

When did western suits become popular in Hong Kong? What are the historical and social implications behind this change of dress code? Dr. Katon Lee of Hong Kong Baptist University will share with us his insights on these issues in this new episode.

香港人何時開始穿著西裝?洋服潮流背後又有甚麼歷史和社會意義?今集請來香港浸會大學的李啟雋博士,為我們分析箇中故事。


【Episode 4 / 第四集】

Have you heard about Tai Ping Theatre in Western District? It was in fact a landmark building in Hong Kong movie business, and also a major venue for Cantonese traditional opera performance for artists in Hong Kong and Guangdong. In this episode, we will talk to Prof. Ching May Bo of City University of Hong Kong about her latest works on the history of Tai Ping Theatre.

有聽過西環的太平戲院嗎?你又可知道它不單止是香港電影業的地標,還曾經是廣東大戲在粵港一帶的重要表演場地。今場我們請來城市大學的程美寶教授,為我們細訴箇中歷史。


【Episode 5 / 第五集】

There has been growing interest in promotion of study of local history and heritage conservation in civil society in recent years. We will talk to three activists in coming episodes. Let’s start with David Bellis, who has been running Gwulo.com, a webpage of old Hong Kong photos for more than a decade.

學院以外,公民社會中有不少朋友以不同的方式去推動歷史教育以至保育工作。一連三集,我們會與大家分享三位民間高手的故事。率先登場的,是長期經營歷史圖片網頁Gwulo.com的 David Bellis(貝大衞)。


【Episode 6 / 第六集】

Art is an ideal form to document and reflect on the emotion and experience of people living through historical moments. In this episode, we will talk to Wu Hoi Fai, founder of One Pant Theatre Company. The Company has been very enthusiastic in producing drama on topics of Hong Kong history like 1967 and the transition.

藝術是反映歴史跌宕中人們的感情起伏和心路歷程的理想載體,我們今集訪問《一條褲劇團》的胡海輝,便一直喜愛以本地歷史課題例如1967和過渡期去創作話劇,以回應時代。


【Episode 7 / 第七集】

Paul Chan of Walk-in-Hong Kong has been very active in conservation movement in Hong Kong. Through walking tours, petition and film making, he has been making huge contribution to the preservation of our collective past. In this episode, he will share with us his strategies and thinkings behind all these initiatives.

在香港近年的歷史保育行動中,總可以找到《活現香港》陳智遠的身影。他努力以文化導賞、社會行動以至電影製作去保存香港歷史風貌。今集就由他來作親身解說,和我們分享他的理念和策略。


【Episode 8 / 第八集】

Can you imagine what kind of Hong Kong story was told a hundred years ago? Based on his research on Hong Kong’s participation in London’s British Empire Exhibitions in 1924 and 1925, Dr. Gary Wong of University of Leeds revisits the representations of Hong Kong in global scene in the inter-war years.

一百年前的香港故事,究竟是一個怎樣的故事?今集請來列斯大學的黃培烽博士,與我們分享他對1924-25 年期間在倫敦舉行的大英帝國博覽會(《英京賽會》)香港參展部份的研究,為我們揭示當年的香港形象。

Hong Kong History Centre on tour in Japan!

Hong Kong History Centre on tour in Japan!

In the first of two events in Japan in February, Robert Bickers and Vivian Kong will be meeting scholars at the Jinbunken, Kyoto University, to introduce the HKHC and their work.

「近現代中国の制度とモデル」班関係者

香港史に関するラウンドテーブル(220日)
本年1~3月に人文研に客員教授として赴任され、いただいたブリストル大学のRobert Bickers先生と先生の同僚のVivian Kong氏を囲んで以下のようにラウンドテーブルを開催することになりました。

日時:2月20日 15時~17時
場所:人文科学研究所本館4階セミナー室5
内容:
ブリストル大学のHong Kong History Centre(香港史研究中心)の紹介
Vivian Kong氏の新著、Multiracial Britishness: Global Networks in Hong Kong, 1910–45の紹介。
https://www.cambridge.org/jp/universitypress/subjects/history/east-asian-history/multiracial-britishness-global-networks-hong-kong-191045?format=HB

Bickers先生からは以下の様にメールをいただいています。

是非、ご参加いただければと思います。なお、使用言語は英語になります。

In this roundtable the co-directors of the Hong Kong History Centre 香港史研究中心 (HKHC), established at the University of Bristol in September 2022, will provide an introduction to the initiative and its work.

Professor Robert Bickers will first introduce the rationale for the development of the Centre, and present its team, its aims and ambitions.

In a talk on ‘Multiracial Britishness in 1910-45 Hong Kong’, Dr Vivian Kong will introduce her newly published book.

We hope to engage scholars internationally in the work of the HKHC, and would welcome feedback and suggestions from colleagues.

Website: https://www.hkhistory.net/