The theme of ELC’s extra-curricular activity series in 2017 Fall is “British Culture.” Following the first two UK-themed activities facilitated by ELC teachers “Life in Britain” “English Afternoon Tea”, the ELC invited a guest speaker Prof. Mark Hampton from Lingnan University, Hong Kong to give us a talk titled “Hong Kong and British Culture, 1945-1997””on November 16, 2017.
Prof. Mark Hampton’s talk mainly focused on Hong Kong and British Culture, as well as the significant impact of Hong Kong’s colonial history. Students have learned a lot from Prof. Mark Hampton’s talk.
Prof. Hampton has written two books about Hong Kong and British Culture and his talk this time was based on his second book which was published in 2016. He first talked about the inspiration of investigating such topic and his research projects by sharing his personal stories. Then he showed a video about the changes of Hong Kong made by the profound influence of British culture and colonial history. Prof. Hampton also brought up many interesting ideas in this talk such as Hong Kong’s colonial portray in different archives, the way the UK saw Hong Kong as a colony, the transition for both Chinese and British people in Hong Kong before and after the handover, etc. By the end of the talk, students had the opportunity to ask Prof. Hampton some questions. Overall, the atmosphere was relaxing and enjoyable, and all the students enjoyed the talk very much.