Past Events



日期:2024年1月27日 (星期六)  
地點:布里斯托大學 | Arts Complex, 7 Woodland Road, University of Bristol, BS8 1TB 


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【History Salon】Multiracial Britishness in 1910-45

Date: 27 January 2024
Time: 2:30 - 4pm
Venue: Arts Complex, 7 Woodland Road, University of Bristol, BS8 1TB
Language: Cantonese


Additional Information:

Please register on Ticketpass. A small amount of Hong Kong-style refreshments will be provided.


Multiracial Britishness in 1910-45: Hong Kong and its contemporary implications

What does it mean to be British? In the Hong Kong History Centre’s first History Salon, Dr. Vivian Kong offers some answers to this question by sharing with us the findings of her recently published book, Multiracial Britishness: Global Networks in Hong Kong, 1910-45. She will take us to an under explored site of Britishness - the former British colony of Hong Kong, where all those born and naturalised there had access to a British nationality status. Amidst rising nationalism and stark racism in the interwar years, residents of Hong Kong in fact understood Britishness not only as a racial category, but also as a means of social advancement, and a form of cultural and national belonging. We will also explore how these diverse notions of Britishness shaped Hong Kongers’ continued engagements with Britishness, and the development of Hong Kong’s multicultural society.


Dr Vivian Kong, Lecturer in Modern Chinese History, University of Bristol; Co-Director, Hong Kong History Centre


HKHC Speaker’s Series, Dr Helena F. S. Lopes, Cardiff UniversityHelena Lopes's Book Talk poster.

Book Talk: Neutrality and Collaboration in South China: Macau during the Second World War
Speaker: Dr Helena F. S. Lopes, Cardiff University
Date and Time: 6 December 2023, 3:30 – 5pm (GMT)
Venue: Research Space (1.H020), Arts Complex, University of Bristol

To attend, please register on Ticketpass.

This talk introduces the recently published book Neutrality and Collaboration in South China: Macau during the Second World War (Cambridge University Press, 2023). The South China enclave of Macau was the first and last European colonial settlement in East Asia and a territory at the crossroads of different empires. Exploring the intersections of local, regional and global dynamics, the book analyses the layers of collaboration that developed from neutrality in Macau during the Second World War. 

Drawing on extensive research from multilingual archival material from Asia, Europe, Australasia and America, Lopes explores connections between a variety of multinational actors with competing and collaborative interests, including Chinese Nationalists, Communists and collaborators with Japan, Portuguese colonial authorities and British and Japanese representatives. Lopes argues that neutrality eased the movement of refugees of different nationalities who sought shelter in Macau during the war and that it helped to guarantee the maintenance of colonial rule in Macau and Hong Kong in the post-war period. Following refugees, diplomats, colonial officials, intermediaries, philanthropists, and spies, this book rethinks Asia-Europe connections in the 1930s and 1940s, the uses and abuses of neutrality in East Asia, and the interplay of imperialism and anti-imperialism in a global Second World War. The presentation will give particular emphasis to Hong Kong-Macau connections during the war.

Dr Helena F. S. Lopes is Lecturer in Modern Asian History at Cardiff University.
香港史研究中心 /《尚未完場》/ 私人放映 Hong Kong History Centre / “TO BE CONTINUED” / Private Screening

We are excited to invite you to a private screening of ‘To Be Continued’ in Bristol, organised and brought to you by Hong Kong History Centre. 
We will also be providing a sneak preview of episode one of: ‘Hong Kong Documented’ (12 mins), co-produced by Hong Kong History Centre and Society for Hong Kong Studies. 

Please register on Ticketpass: 
'To Be Continued' poster. 

同場加映:香港史研究中心 暨 香港學會 共同製作——《香港史. 記》第一輯(12分鐘) 



Screening Details 
‘To Be Continued’ 
* Includes Post Screening Online Sharing with Directors 
* Additional Screening: ‘Hong Kong Documented’ Episode 1 (12 mins) 

Date and Time: 3 December 2023 (Sun), 10:30am-1pm (Entry opens at 10:15am) 
Venue: Watershed Cinema 3 (1 Canons Road, Bristol BS1 5TX) 
Language: Cantonese & English (with Chinese and English subtitles) 
Entry fee: Free of charge (registration required, open seating) 

Additional Information: 

– This is a private screening. Tickets are only available from the Hong Kong History Centre. 
– One ticket per registration; no entry to the venue without a ticket. 
– Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the screening for registration. The film will start promptly. 



* 設有映後導演線上分享環節 
* 同場加映:《香港史. 記》第一輯(12分鐘) 
日期及時間:2023年12月03日(星期日)上午10:30-1pm (10:15am開放入場) 
地點: Watershed Cinema 3 (1 Canons Road, Bristol BS1 5TX) 
語言: 廣東話、英語(輔以中文及英文字幕) 
票價: 免費(須事先登記,不設劃位) 
– 私人放映,門票經香港史研究中心免費派發 
– 每個名字只能登記一張門票,只允許事先登記者入場 
– 請提早15分鐘到場,登記後方可入座,逾時不候 


“To Be Continued” Facebook: 
收看預告 Click here for trailer: 
聯絡 Contact: 


Synopsis of <To be Continued> 
Convenient, tired and vapid, ‘East-meets-West’ is a cliché that has for decades been used to sell the ‘Hong Kong story’ to the world. Yet in the forgotten legend of Harry Odell, Hong Kong’s first impresario, a rediscovery of the city’s soul awaits. 

Flamboyant and cigar-chomping, Odell was a Cairo-born, Shanghai-bred Russian Jew who stamped his mark on the cultural life of post-war Hong Kong. His hopeful, if chronically loss-making adventures pushed the cultural frontiers of his adopted home, capturing the open, dynamic and inclusive spirit of a bygone era to leave a legacy that resonates to this day. What began as a conservation campaign to save the iconic State Theatre in Hong Kong morphed into five years of research and interviews with those who witnessed Odell in action. The result: a film that is as much a study of one indomitable pioneer as it is a soul-searching journey of what defines Hong Kong. 




他是叱吒⼀時的娛樂⼤亨,是皇都戲院前⾝ - 璇宮戲院的創辦⼈,五⼗年代戰後蕭條,他已⼀⼿引入多位國際知名⾳樂家,永遠叼着⼀⼝雪茄⾒報寫專欄,演藝事業虧損慘重,卻為香港⽂化開闢了新天地,被稱為「香港⽂化史前⼈物」。 



在那個⽩天上映⿈⾶鴻和林黛電影的⼤戲院,晚上有名家如 Isaac Stern、Fournier坐鎮,華洋雜處,雅俗共賞,只此⼀家。標誌香港新時代的⼤會堂開幕,第⼀場演奏正是由歐德禮承辦。 


HKHC Speaker's Series, Prof Philip Thai, Northeastern UniversityPhilip Thai's talk poster.

Topic: A Hole in the Bamboo Curtain: Hong Kong in the Cold War
Speaker: Prof. Philip Thai, Northeastern University
Date and Time: 28 November 2023, 3:30 - 5pm (GMT)
Venue: Online (Zoom)

To attend, please register on this form.

During the Cold War, Hong Kong played a crucial role supporting the economic and foreign policies of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The British colonial enclave helped the PRC circumvent an array of embargos and trade restrictions imposed by a hostile international community. This paper examines the histories of “red capitalists” and Chinese Communist front companies who operated within the interstices of Cold War rivalries and fractured jurisdictions. The former were shadowy middlemen who brokered connections between the PRC and the global economy, while the latter were businesses that served the geopolitical aims of the PRC by promoting Chinese exports, earning foreign exchange, cultivating overseas ties, and collecting outside information. Though they remain relatively understudied, red capitalists have amassed vast fortunes while front companies rank among the largest firms in China and the world today. This talk will consider how the history of both red capitalists and front companies could address critical questions in the history of Hong Kong and the Cold War more generally.

Philip Thai is Associate Professor of History and Asian Studies and Director of the Global Asian Studies Program at Northeastern University.


HKHC Speaker’s Series: Prof. Angelina Y. Chin, Pomona CollegeAngelina Chin's Speaker's Series book talk details.

Book Talk: Unsettling Exiles: Chinese Migrants in Hong Kong and the Southern Periphery During the Cold War
Speaker: Prof. Angelina Y. Chin, Pomona College
Date and Time: 17 November 2023, 9 - 10:30am (GMT)
Venue: Online (Zoom)

To attend, please register in Eventbrite.

The conventional story of Hong Kong celebrates the people who fled the mainland in the wake of the establishment of the People’s Republic of China in 1949. In this telling, migrants thrived under British colonial rule, transforming Hong Kong into a cosmopolitan city and an industrial and financial hub. Unsettling Exiles recasts identity formation in Hong Kong, demonstrating that the complexities of crossing borders shaped the city’s uneasy place in the Sinophone world.

Angelina Y. Chin foregrounds the experiences of the many people who passed through Hong Kong without settling down or finding a sense of belonging, including refugees, deportees, “undesirable” residents, and members of sea communities. She emphasizes that flows of people did not stop at Hong Kong’s borders but also bled into neighboring territories such as Taiwan and Macau. Chin develops the concept of the “Southern Periphery”—the region along the southern frontier of the PRC, outside its administrative control yet closely tied to its political space. Both the PRC and governments in the Southern Periphery implemented strict migration and deportation policies in pursuit of border control, with profound consequences for people in transit. Chin argues that Hong Kong identity emerged from the collective trauma of exile and dislocation, as well as a sense of being on the margins of both the Communist and Nationalist Chinese regimes during the Cold War. Drawing on wide-ranging research, Unsettling Exiles sheds new light on Hong Kong’s ambivalent relationship to the mainland, its role in the global Cold War, and the origins of today’s political currents.

Angelina Y. Chin is associate professor of history at Pomona College.
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。

Relevant Links:
“To Be Continued” Facebook:
Click here for trailer:
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.