On the evening of 23 May, the Centre for Humanities Research (CHR) of Lingnan University and Chung Hwa Book Co (HK) Ltd held an open lecture on “Ye Si’s 1950s – Hong Kong Cultural Identities Seen from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Europe and America”.
The seminar also included the book launch of Ye Si’s 1950s: Criticisms on Hong Kong Literature and Culture edited by CHR. This latest book is a collection of Prof Leung Ping-kwan’s critical essays on Hong Kong literature and cinema of the 1950s, in which he examined the works of Stephen Soong, Ronald Mar, Sang Jianliu, Cao Juren, Ye Lingfeng and Lee Wai-ling. Funded by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, this book is also part of the Research Grants Council General Research Fund project “Hong Kong Literature and Culture of the 1950s”.
At the seminar chaired by Dr Mary Wong Shuk-han, Acting Director of CHR, Prof Huang Wanhua of Shandong University, Prof Andrea Riemenschnitter of the University of Zurich, Dr Shen Shuang of the Pennsylvania State University, and Dr Chen Kuo-wei of National Chung Hsing University highly regarded Prof Leung’s essays and shared their views on Hong Kong identities from their respective regional perspectives.