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Research Highlights

Studies on the early life of Chinese emigrants in America


Starting in the middle of the 19th century, many Chinese people emigrated to the United States in search of a better life, and not a few of them decided to settle there permanently. Taking Hanford and Fiddletown in California as examples, this project highlights the life of the American Chinese as revealed through their clubs and associations, temples and festivals, gambling and other forms of entertainment as well as the practices of Chinese herbal medicine and allows us to trace the inseparable relations between Hong Kong and the overseas Chinese communities.


Studies on the districts of Tsim Sha Tsui and Yau Ma Tei


This research project focuses on Tsim Sha Tsui and Yau Ma Tei, the most well-developed areas of the Kowloon Peninsula. Starting with a look at the districts before British colonial rule commenced in 1841, the project proceeds to examine the contributions they have made to the overall development of Hong Kong in terms of land and sea transport as well as commerce and trade up to the end of the 20th century. Significant historical figures and events closely associated with the districts will also be explored in detail, allowing us to understand the changing facets of the Kowloon Peninsula from a wider perspective.


Hong Kong People's lives from the 19th to the middle of the 20th century


This research project sets out to explore the changing facets of Hong Kong people's lives from 1842 to 1945 in terms of clothing, food, housing, transportation, entertainment and education. In addition to indicators of rising living costs, the news coverage and interesting episodes relating to these themes will also be examined, allowing the urban development of our city and the changing lifestyles of the general public to be explained in vivid detail.


Hong Kong Society and People's Livelihood through Hong Kong Films from the 1930s to 1990s


Life is like a drama. This research project examines footage of Hong Kong films from the 1930s to the 1990s in the six areas: clothing, food, housing, transportation, entertainment and education.


Buddhism and Hong Kong Society

(In progress)

With the aim of tracing the development of Buddhism in Hong Kong, this research project looks at various milestones – including the opening of Hong Kong's port in 1841, the end of the Japanese occupation in 1945 and the reunification of Hong Kong with the Chinese mainland in 1997 – to study in detail the interaction of the Buddhist communities in Hong Kong with society at large and how they contributed to the growth of our city.


Mainland-Hong Kong Relations from 1949 to 2017

(In progress)

This research project examines the major political, economic and social events from the establishment of the People's Republic of China in 1949 to the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in 2017 with the aim of exploring the changing relationship between Hong Kong and mainland China over the last 60 years and more. The research will be divided into three phases marked by the milestones of the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, the Hong Kong riots in 1967 and the handover in 1997.


Studies on the districts of Tsuen Wan, Kwai Chung and Tsing Yi

(In progress)

Through studies focusing on Tsuen Wan, Kwai Chung and Tsing Yi, this research project aims to show the changes that these districts have undergone from 1898 to the present, including the rapid transformation that took place during the new town developments that began in the 1950s. In addition to written texts, the project will be supplemented by a wide array of visual evidence, including historical photos and maps, which vividly reveal the changing face of Hong Kong.


Once upon a time in Hong Kong

(In progress)

This research project examines empirical information (newspapers, government archives, diaries, memoirs, etc.) from 1841 to 2017. After verifying the authenticity of the information, major events related to politics, the economy, society, culture and historical figures which took place in Hong Kong every day from the study period are selected and compiled with an introduction to each event.