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31 May, 2013
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The Centre for Humanities Research (CHR) hosted an international academic conference on “Hong Kong Literature and Culture of the 1950s” on 21-23 May 2013. As the round-up conference of the Research Grants Council General Research Fund (RGC-GRF) project “Hong Kong Literature and Culture of the 1950s”, the conference was also funded by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.

Prof Stephen Chan Ching-kiu, Academic Dean of the Faculty of Arts, addressed the conference to mark its opening. Prof Grace Lau Yin-ping from the Department of Chinese reviewed the achievements of the organising committee, which comprised the late Prof Leung Ping-kwan, Prof Sun Yifeng, Dr Mary Wong Shuk-han and Prof Lau herself. Then Dr Wong launched three books under the “Hong Kong Literature and Culture of the 1950s” series, namely Ye Si’s 1950s: Criticisms on Hong Kong Literature and Culture, Stories after a Long Night: Selected Short Stories of Li Kuang and True Lies: Selected Short Stories of Evan Yang. All these titles were edited by CHR and published by Chung Hwa Book Co (HK) Ltd.

During the three-day conference, more than 20 scholars have presented papers and shared their insights on a wide range of topics related to the culture and literature of Hong Kong during the 1950s, such as newspaper columns, literary journals, visual arts, sub-cultural fiction, Cantonese opera, music, cinema, fiction, translation and poetry.

The GRF project set sail in 2011, and since then CHR has conducted industrious archival research that led to the publication of two books: Legacy and Transformation of Hong Kong Literature (2011) and An Anthology of Hong Kong Short Stories(2011). Besides, CHR has held nearly 20 seminars on different aspects of Hong Kong culture and literature in the 1950s, including literature, cinema, Chinese opera, music, photography, fashion, newspaper history and visual arts.