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Research Highlights

Studies on the early life of Chinese emigrants in America

(Completed)

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

(Completed)

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

(Completed)

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

(Completed)

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

(Completed)

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

(Completed)

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

(Completed)

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.

 

Study on the Pioneers of the Hong Kong Television Industry

(In progress)

Since the launch of Rediffusion Television in 1957, Hong Kong's television industry has been in operation for over six decades, and the young people who joined the industry in its early years are now enjoying their twilight years. In this project, the researcher interviews entertainers and production crew who worked in Hong Kong's television industry in its infancy to illustrate the industry's early development through their oral history accounts, including their personal stories, how and why they joined the industry and their work in Hong Kong television.

 

Research on the History of the Lei Cheng Uk Resettlement Area

(In progress)

Lei Cheng Uk Estate was not Hong Kong's first resettlement area, but it was the site of a number of major historical events, such as the discovery of the Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb in 1955 and the "Kowloon Riots" in 1956. This research investigates the history of the Lei Cheng Uk resettlement area by collecting related photographs and architectural drawings and interviewing former residents. The findings will be used to reconstruct the unique face of post-war resettlement areas in the new permanent exhibition.

 

Research on the History of Hong Kong Football after WWII

(In progress)

In the 1950s, Hong Kong was hailed as the "Football Kingdom of the Far East". Football was not only an important form of mass entertainment in Hong Kong during the last century; it was also intricately connected with the city's political, economic and social development. The purpose of this research is to illustrate the development of Hong Kong football and introduce classic matches along with football stars. It will also look into the relationship between the development of football and society, as well as people's livelihood in Hong Kong after the Second World War.

 

Festivities: Yesterday and Today

(In progress)

Hong Kong is a city of cultural diversity. While the people of Hong Kong celebrate a wide array of Chinese festivals, Western festivals are also emphasised. This research sets out to explore the relationship between festivals and Hong Kong's historical development by examining the Chinese and Western festivals widely celebrated in the Chinese community. The research also illustrates changes in the everyday lives of Hong Kong people over the decades and their diverse and complex sense of identification.

 

The Ancient History and Culture of Hong Kong from an Archaeological Perspective

(In progress)

Even though Hong Kong is located in the border area of mainland China, more than 200 archaeological sites have been discovered in the city to date, yielding a wide variety of relics. This research sets out to organise and examine the existing archaeological information about Hong Kong, in an effort to clarify the relationship between Hong Kong and mainland China, and reconstruct the city's social and cultural landscape in the prehistoric period and during the many dynasties of ancient China.

 

Hong Kong's Portuguese Community

(In progress)

In Hong Kong's early years as a free port, Portuguese people moved to the city along with the British. During the colony's early development, the Portuguese community, taking advantage of their language talent and unique "neither Chinese nor Western" status, acted as a bridge between British government officials and merchants and the Chinese people in Hong Kong. They also flourished in various industries. This research examines the history of the Hong Kong Portuguese community's development from their perspective and reveals their contribution to Hong Kong's urban development.

 

The Life of Hong Kong Chinese People in the Early 20th Century

(In progress)

In the early 20th century, life was harsh for underprivileged Chinese people in Hong Kong. Yet with great perseverance and adaptability, they overcame numerous work and life challenges. This research sets out to collect interesting stories about people from all walks of life in Hong Kong from first-hand historical materials, with a focus on the lower and middle classes between the early 20th century and the dawn of the Second World War.

 

New Kowloon and New Territories

(In progress)

The New Kowloon and New Territories areas were leased to Britain when China and Britain signed the "Convention Respecting an Extension of the Hong Kong Territory" in 1898. Though development in the areas started later than that of Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, many invaluable historical and cultural relics have been preserved. With the Second World War as a watershed, this research sets out to illustrate the development of New Kowloon and the New Territories before and after the war.