Jack Leong

Director, Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library, University of Toronto




8th floor, 130 St. George St.


Dr. Jack Leong is the Director of the Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library at the University of Toronto. He chairs the International and Community Outreach Committee at the University of Toronto Libraries, which oversees the library’s visiting and exhibit programs.

With his passion in education and information science, he has successfully established the Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library housing the largest research collection on Hong Kong and Chinese Canadian studies in North America. As the founding director of this library, Dr. Leong successfully developed the library into an innovative hub for community and scholarly interactions on Chinese Canadian studies. He has initiated, led and participated in a number of exhibit projects that improve cultural understanding, form international collaborations and enrich the library’s exhibit program. He was the Chair of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions’ standing committee on “Library Services to Multicultural Populations” from 2015 to 2017.

Dr. Leong’s research interests include Asian studies, Chinese Diasporas and knowledge organization. He has published a number of academic articles and organized numerous conferences on Asian studies and Chinese Canadian studies. From 2008 to 2017, he has organized more than 70 conferences, symposiums and seminars on Hong Kong and Chinese Canadians attended by most prominent scholars in this field from Asia, North America and Europe. In these conferences, he connected academics with politicians, media and the general public from Toronto for intellectual exchanges of ideas on the current research of Hong Kong and Chinese Canadians. He has supervised a summer internship program since 2010 to conduct a series of surveys on Chinese in Toronto. Dr. Leong co-founded and is leading the Toronto Chapter of the Hong Kong Canada Crosscurrents Project (2014-2019) that provides coordination and depository infrastructure for the research, collection development, and public education of the effects of migrations and cultural connections between Hong Kong and Canada from the 1960s to the 2010s

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