The Making of Hong Kong Since the 1960s

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Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

Tuesday, September 25, 20184:00PM - 6:00PMRichard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library, 8th floor, Robarts Library, 130 St. George Street
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Hong Kong Seminar Series


This seminar illustrates the significant developments of Hong Kong since the 1960s. We will approach the making of today’s Hong Kong from two very interesting perspectives.

The first one, entitled “HOPS, SKIPS, AND JUMPS: HONG KONG BECOMING A WORLD HUB”, by Dr. Andrew Parkin, presents a personal and poetic picture of the rapid changes and comparisons of Hong Kong in the 1960s to 1990s, two crucial periods in the development of Hong Kong as an Asian focus of business and finance as well as East-West cultures and education. Dr. Parkin first lived in Hong Kong in the period 1963-67. It was an era of massive influxes of refuges from the famine years in the People’s Republic of China under Chairman Mao. Returning in 1990, Andrew joined the Chinese University and its newly founded Shaw College not as an Englishman but as a Canadian citizen. During the next decade this university saw many changes for the better, with its growing international presence.

The second one, entitled “HONG KONG’S MIRACULOUS GROWTH PATH: COINCIDENCE, NURTURED OR CULTIVATED?” by Dr. Kui-Wai Li, discusses Hong Kong’s economic development since 1950s from a social science researcher’s point of view. This talk will identify and highlight the key growth features in each decade, consiering many of the known reasons and turning points. By contrasting the key economic strategies between pre- and post-1997, the speaker will also elaborate on the contemporary issues in the Hong Kong economy, making projections on its future trend. The discussion will address whether Hong Kong’s miraculous growth experience was just a historical coincidence, nurtured artificially by governments or cultivated by the ingenuity of the Hong Kong people.

Please RSVP by emailing or calling 416-946-3892


Florence Tsang
Opening Remarks
Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office (Toronto)

Dr. Andrew Parkin
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Dr. Kui-Wai Li
University of Toronto, City University of Hong Kong


University of Toronto Libraries

Richard Charles Lee Canada Hong Kong Library

Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office (Toronto)

Asian Institute

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