After one and a half years of comprehensive research, Associate Professor Lau Chi-pang of Lingnan’s Department of History concluded his study of Hong Kong’s airports – from the Kai Tak era to Chek Lap Kok – in his new publication Legend of the Sky – from Kai Tak to Chek Lap Kok, a project commissioned by the Airport Authority Hong Kong. A book launch was held at Asia Society Hong Kong on 12 September.
The set of books, in Chinese, has two volumes. The first volume provides an overview of the airport’s development in Hong Kong and, in particular, the close ties between the airport and Hong Kong’s economy. The second volume includes collective memories of the airport with a mosaic of precious photographs. A total of 36 oral history interviews added a personal tone to the historical study.
“Our airport is a source of pride for every Hong Kong citizen living under the same sky, as well as a legend in airport development around the world. We have referred to many historical files, official publications, newspaper reports, literature, photos, maps and also oral history interviews during the research process,” said Prof Lau at the book launch.