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“Fallen Leaves Returning to their Roots: Bone Repatriation Service of Tung Wah Group of Hospitals and Preservation of its Cultural Heritage” Exhibition
 

“Fallen Leaves Returning to their Roots: Bone Repatriation Service of Tung Wah Group of Hospitals and Preservation of its Cultural Heritage” Exhibition

 

12.6.2024 – 19.8.2024

Main Lobby, 1/F, Hong Kong Museum of History

Free Admission

Organised by
Tung Wah Group of Hospitals

In association with
Hong Kong Museum of History

Beginning with its pioneering Tung Wah Hospital, Tung Wah Group of Hospitals had provided service for the deceased since its founding in 1870 in accordance with the law. Besides free coffins and assistance in burials, Tung Wah’s bone repatriation service helped hundreds of thousands of Chinese people who died overseas return to their roots. The service has transcended clan and geographical boundaries, and showed respect for the deceased – a core value of Chinese funeral and burial traditions. Today, Tung Wah Coffin Home and the extensive collection of invaluable relics and historical records related to the bone repatriation service are testimonies to Tung Wah and Hong Kong’s role as a global hub in bone repatriation for Chinese people around the world. Through this exhibition, it is hoped to share the relevant cultural heritage with younger generations and pass on the humanistic spirit of the bone repatriation service.


Special Programme:
Tung Wah Coffin Home Tour
   
Date: Saturday, 6 July 2024
 
Time: 10:00 am to 12:00 nn
 
Venue:

Tung Wah Coffin Home
9 Sandy Bay Road, Pok Fu Lam
   
Quota: 40 persons
 
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Participation is free. Interested participants should register through Tung Wah Group of Hospitals Records and Heritage Office website; first come, first served. 
https://rho.tungwah.org.hk/en
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The tour will be conducted in Cantonese.
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Participants shall make their own arrangements for transport to and from the Tung Wah Coffin Home on the day of the event.
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Out of respect for the occasion, all participants are advised to avoid wearing flashy or revealing clothing.
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All participants should follow the instructions of the staff on site. The staff reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone who has/is deemed to have breached the instructions.



Link to websites:

Tung Wah Group of Hospitals Records and Heritage Office
https://rho.tungwah.org.hk/en

“Fallen Leaves Returning to their Roots: Bone Repatriation Service of Tung Wah Group of Hospitals and Preservation of its Cultural Heritage” Symposium cum Exhibition
https://tungwahsymposium.etnet.com.hk

 

 

Contract for a Chinese worker bound to Cuba
1 April 1860
Courtesy of Mr. KO Tim Keung

 

Coffin passport issued by the Custom House of Chinkiang, China
18 September 1934
Collection of Tung Wah Group of Hospitals

 

Letter from LAI Pak Hei, Cuba, to Tung Wah Hospital
12 November 1930
Collection of Tung Wah Group of Hospitals

Wooden plaque in commemoration of the renovation of Tung Wah Coffin Home
1948
Collection of Tung Wah Group of Hospitals

 

 

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