2016/2017 School of Chinese Research Student Seminar
Hong Kong in the Song Sources
宮秀秀 Cecile Kung
February 17, 2017 (Friday); 5:30-6:45pm
Room 730, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus
Evolving from what Lord Palmerston (1784-1865), British foreign secretary during the First Opium War, famously labelled as ‘a barren rock with nary a house upon it’ into an international metropolis has been the favourite story of Hong Kong. This historical narrative has been, however, put to immense challenge by the massive archaeological findings at the construction site of To Kwa Wan station of the MTR Shatin-Central Link from November 2012 to December 2013. Are the recently unearthed cultural relics related in one way or another to the last emperors of the Song Dynasty (976-1279), as told in generations of the local folklores? Can they retrieve a lost chapter of pre-colonial history of Hong Kong? This presentation is an attempt to reconstruct the rarely known history of Hong Kong in the Song Dynasty with extensive references to the Song sources and latest archaeological findings.
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