HKHC Speaker’s Series, Dr. Catherine S. Chan, Lingnan University

Remembering the Canine Bloodbath: The Dark Side of Hong Kong’s Progressive Seventies
Speaker: Dr. Catherine S. Chan, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
Date and Time: 7 March 2024, 9 - 10:30am (UKT) / 5 - 6:30 (HKT)
Venue: Online (Zoom)
Language: English

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1970s Hong Kong is usually remembered as a period of optimism, progress, and constructive reinvention. The MacLehose administration, the longest in the history of British Hong Kong, introduced a series of social reforms—free education, more housing projects, better social welfare, etc.—to regain local confidence following the social disturbances of 1966 and 1967. There was, however, a dark side to this narrative of ‘progress.’ The well-publicised ‘Hongkong Clean Campaign,’ which ran for years in hopes of improving the city’s sanitation, was more than a call to sweep the city’s streets and housing estates clean. It resulted in the irrational mass slaughter of thousands of dogs and the restructuring of human-canine relations, particularly with the lumping of domesticated, stray, and feral dogs under the shared categories of ‘nuisance’ and ‘undesirable.’ Delving into the anti-dog movement that emerged in the early twentieth century yet climaxed during the ‘Hongkong Clean Campaign,’ my study will uncover, from a more-than-human perspective, narratives of cruelty that helped underpin Hong Kong’s progressive seventies.

Catherine Chan is Research Assistant Professor of History at Lingnan University. She is a social and urban historian of diaspora, heritage preservation issues, and human-animal relations in colonial and postcolonial Hong Kong, Macau, and Philippines. Chan has published extensively on the Macanese diaspora and is currently working on a book project concerning the more-than-human history of dogs in twentieth-century British Hong Kong.

日期:2024年2月24日 (星期六)   
地點:布里斯托大學 | Arts Complex, 7 Woodland Road, University of Bristol, BS8 1TB  






【History Salon】 MacLehose and ICAC 

Date: 24 February 2024 (Saturday) 
Time: 2:30 - 4pm 
Venue: Arts Complex, 7 Woodland Road, University of Bristol, BS8 1TB 
Language: Cantonese 
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ICAC was created in 1974 after decades of debates and deliberation inside the government. Why did it take so long? How could it survive the police mutiny in 1977? Is MacLehose a hero? Prof. Ray Yep will share with us his research on these matters in the second Hong Kong History Salon. 

Prof Ray Yep, Research Director, Hong Kong History Centre 

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