HKHC Speaker's Series: Prof. Cecilia L. Chu, The Chinese University of Hong KongCecilia Chu's event poster.

Book Talk: 'Building Colonial Hong Kong: Speculative Development and Segregation in the City'
Date and Time: 24 October 2023, 3:30 - 5pm (BST)
Venue: Lecture Room 8 (LT8), Arts Complex, University of Bristol

To attend, please register in Eventbrite.

In Building Colonial Hong Kong, Chu traces what she calls “speculative urbanism” where different constituencies–British developers, colonial officials, as well as property-owning and working-class Chinese–struggled over the politics of colonial difference and property rights in shaping the built environment. These struggles helped to determine racial and class segregation, the provision of urban services, and practices of cultural representation and identity formation. While the examples of opportunism and speculation chronicled in Building Colonial Hong Kong will resonate with those familiar with Hong Kong’s property market today, her exploration of the interplay between British colonial governance and the political practices of native propertied classes offer new insights into Hong Kong’s development. Engaging a broad, interdisciplinary, and geographically comparative body of literature, Chu moves beyond her case study to make bigger claims about the relationships and tensions among liberal property markets, racist exclusion, cultural representations, and various "improvement" schemes within urban colonial contexts.

This book has just received the 2023 Best Book in Non-North American Urban History Award by the Urban History Association.

Screening Details

Date & Time: September 24, 2023 (Sun) 3:15pm @Screening Room
Venue: Hong Kong Institute of Contemporary Culture Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity
Address: 135 Junction Road, Kowloon (10-minute walk from Lok Fu MTR station)
Film duration: 80 minutes, followed by a Q&A session with the directors
Language: Cantonese & English (with Chinese and English subtitles)
Entry fee: Free of charge (open seating)

Additional Information:
– Confirmation of ticket registration will be sent via email by the Society for Hong Kong Studies (
– Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the screening for registration. The film will start promptly.


日期及時間:2023年9月24日(星期日)下午3:15 @放映室
地點: 香港兆基創意書院文化藝術中心(香港九龍聯合道135號 – 樂富地鐵站步行約10分鐘)
語言: 廣東話、英語(輔以中文及英文字幕)
片長: 80分鐘(放映後設導演分享會)
票價: 免費(不設劃位)

– 以由香港學會發出的電郵確認為成功登記門票。
– 請提早15分鐘到場,登記後方可入座,逾時不候。

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HKHC Speaker's Series: Dr. Florence Mok, Nanyang Technological University

Book Talk: 'Covert Colonialism: Governance, Surveillance and Political Culture in British Hong Kong, c. 1966-97'
Date and Time: 5 October 2023, 3:30 - 5pm (BST) 
Venue: Research Space (1.H020), Arts Complex, University of Bristol

To attend, please register in advance via this link.

Covert Colonialism fills the long-standing void in the existing scholarship by constructing an empirical study of colonial governance and political culture in Hong Kong from 1966 to 1997.Using under-exploited archival and unofficial data in London and Hong Kong, it overcomes the limitations in the existing literature which has been written mainly by political scientists and sociologists, and has been primarily theoretically driven. It addresses a highly contested and timely agenda, one in which colonial historians have made major interventions: the nature of colonial governance and autonomy of the colonial polity. This book focusing on colonialism and the Chinese society in Hong Kong in a pivotal period will generate meaningful discussions and heated debates on comparisons between 'colonialism' in different space and time: between Hong Kong and other former British colonies; and between colonial and post-colonial Hong Kong.
Hong Kong History Day

Date and Time: 16 Sep 2023 (Saturday), 10:15am -5:40pm (HKT)
Venue: The University of Hong Kong Campus (Exact location TBC)
Organizer: Society for Hong Kong Studies & Hong Kong History Centre, University of Bristol
Language: English and Cantonese
Format: In-person only

To attend, please register in advance via this link.

You may find the rundown here: Programme_HK History Day 2023

The upcoming “Hong Kong History Day” on September 16, co-organized by the Society for Hong Kong Studies (SHKS) and the Hong Kong History Centre (HKHC), will feature four academic panels. These panels will cover topics such as the challenges and achievements of archiving Hong Kong’s history, the study of music, cinema, and entertainment in Hong Kong’s past, the sharing of teaching experiences in Hong Kong history education, and a revisiting of the “Golden Era” of the 1970s through scholarly writing. The event aims to provide a platform for academic discussions and insights into various aspects of Hong Kong’s history.
1st Workshop of Early Career Scholars on Hong Kong History

Date and Time: 8 June 2023 (Thursday), 12-6pm (BST)
Venue: Research Space (1.H020), Arts Complex, University of Bristol

Global Histories of (Anti-)Colonialism with colleagues from the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill)

Date and Time: 17-18 May 2023 (Wednesday)
Venue: Room G50, Arts Complex, University of Bristol
HKHC Speaker's Series: Prof. Jeffrey Wasserstrom, University of California, Irvine (in-person only) 

Conversations on Hong Kong History with Prof. Jeffrey Wasserstrom, hosted by Dr. Vivian Kong 

Date and Time: 17 May 2023 (Wednesday), 10-11:30am (BST) 
Venue: B.H05 LT, Arts Complex, University of Bristol 
To attend, please register in advance via this link.

HKHC Speaker's Series: Dr. John D Wong, University of Hong Kong (in-person only) 

Book Talk: Hong Kong Takes Flight: Commercial Aviation and the Making of a Global Hub  

Date and Time: 3 May 2023 (Wednesday), 4-5:30pm (BST) 
Venue: Room 4F2, Priory Road Complex, University of Bristol 

Please register for the event in advance via this link.
HKHC Speaker's Series: Dr. Gina Anne Tam, Trinity University (online only)

'Gender and Agency in Hong Kong's History of Activism: The Case of the 1978 Golden Jubilee Secondary School Protest'

Date and Time: 27 April 2023 (Thursday), 4-5:30pm (BST)

Please register for the event in advance via this link.