On the Verge of Metropolis: Squatters in Hong Kong | Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong Talks
On the Verge of Metropolis: Squatters in Hong Kong by Mr. Ko Tim Keung (English)
The speaker will talk about how the squatters dominated the city scene between the 1950s and 1970s. He will also share with the audience some stories about life in squatters in those unforgettable years.
Some Historical Notes on Two Squatter Areas by Dr. Patrick Hase (English)
The talk is based on historical research into two squatter areas: the Hau Wong San Tsuen, outside Kowloon City, and Kwu Tung, between Sheung Shui and Yuen Long, an area typical of the more dispersed type of squatter settlement typical of the New Territories.
About the Speakers
Mr. Ko Tim-keung, Historian-in-residence, was formerly council member of Royal Asiatic Society (Hong Kong Branch) and member of Antiquities Advisory Board. At present, he serves as museum expert adviser for the Leisure and Culture Services Department and advisor of the Hong Kong Maritime Museum. He has written extensively on various aspects of Hong Kong history.
Dr Hase has studied the history and traditional life of the New Territories and its people for over forty years. He is the author of several books and numerous articles on the history of the New Territories, including The Six-Day War of 1899, Hong Kong in the Age of Imperialism and Forgotten Heroes: San On County and its Magistrates in the Late Ming and Early Qing. He is a past president and honorary fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society, Hong Kong, and serves as honorary advisor to several museums in Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Kaiping.
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