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"Traces of Yau Ma Tei: Life of the Early Chinese People" Talk Series

As early as the 1870s, many Chinese people lived in Yau Ma Tei, most of them working class and boat people. The population continued to grow at the turn of the 20th century, driving the development of Yau Ma Tei and nearby areas. In 1904, Tung Wah Hospital established a free school in Temple Street to provide education for school-age children; subsequently in 1911, Kwong Wah Hospital, the first hospital in Kowloon, was founded in Yau Ma Tei in response to the government's proposal to provide Chinese and Western medical services to Chinese people. Over time, the area has changed substantially as the government's urban planning efforts called for reclamation works in Yau Ma Tei – its landscape today is much different from the past. Making use of invaluable historical images and archives, this talk series will explore the development of mass education and healthcare services in Yau Ma Tei, share stories of the area, and examine the life of the Chinese people.

Organised by Tung Wah Museum

In association with Hong Kong Museum of History

Venue: Lecture Hall, G/F, Hong Kong Museum of History

Seats: 139 seats, free admission, first come, first served. (Audience will be admitted 15 minutes before the lecture starts)

Language: Cantonese

The Museum makes no representation concerning the contents of the lectures. 

All lectures will be conducted in Cantonese and delivered in hybrid mode unless otherwise specified. You may click here to subscribe our YouTube channel for receiving notifications.

Subject to the consent from the speakers, video archives will be available on our online platform "Talking History, e-Go!".


Vicissitudes of History: Early Development of Yau Ma Tei

20 / 5 (Sat)

3 - 5pm

Mr KO Tim Keung
(Researcher on Hong Kong History)

Nurturing Talents: The Origin and Development of Mass Education in Kowloon

10 / 6 (Sat)

3 - 5pm

Dr LEUNG Cho Nga
(Part-time Guest Lecturer of Department of Literature and Cultural Studies & Department of Social Sciences, The Education University of Hong Kong)

Saving Lives, Helping the Needy: Yau Ma Tei Public Dispensary and Kwong Wah Hospital

15 / 7 (Sat)

3 - 5pm

Mr SUN Tak Wing, Kevin
(Curator, Hong Kong Museum of History)

Sentiments around the Corner: People and Stories in the Streets of Yau Ma Tei

12 / 8 (Sat)

3 - 5pm

Professor TING Sun Pao, Joseph
(Adjunct Professor, Department of History, The Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Programmes are subject to change without prior notice.

For programme details, please contact us at 2724 9082.


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