Public Lecture - The Hong Kong Resettlement Programme: 1950-1972
Similar to squatting, resettlement was among the most prominent features of post-war Hong Kong housing development. By 1967, a million of Hong Kong people (a quarter of the population then), lived in overcrowded resettlement estates. The resettlement programme had become well-known internationally. Life in resettlement estates was an important shared memory among many Hong Kong people.
Illustrated with rare historical photos, Tim Ko, Historian-in-Residence of UChicago Yuen Campus Hong Kong, will share with the audience the stories and primary objective of the resettlement programme, which was always mistakenly believed to be housing refugees per se. This is, in fact, far from the truth.
Date: November 12, 2020 Thursday
Time: 8:30pm - 9:45pm
Speaker: Mr. KO Tim Keung
Mr. KO Tim Keung, Historian-in-Residence, was formerly council member of the Royal Asiatic Society (Hong Kong Branch) and a member of the Antiquities Advisory Board. He also served as a museum expert adviser for the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. At present, he is an advisor for the Collection Committee of the Hong Kong Maritime Museum. He has written extensively on various aspects of Hong Kong history.