“Leisure Space and Historical Memory: A Photo Exhibition on Sun Yat-sen Parks in the World”

2016-11-14


 Mr. Vincent Kwan, Executive Director of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, Vancouver, Canada, delivered a presentation.

The Department of History and the University Library collaborated to present the “Leisure Space and Historical Memory: A Photo Exhibition on Sun Yat-sen Parks in the World” at HKBU Au Shue Hung Memorial Library in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Dr. Sun Yat-sen. The exhibition, which takes place between 11 November 2016 and 29 December 2016, is divided into three parts - “History”, “Current Situation” and “Highlights”. It deals with a number of historical sources of 106 Sun Yat-sen parks worldwide to give an overall introduction of the parks as well as to examine their backgrounds, establishments, developments, features, and facilities. Several Sun Yat-sen parks are highlighted in the exhibition. 

Dr. Henry Tan, CEO of the Luen Thai International Group Ltd.; Prof. Adrian J. Bailey, Dean of Social Sciences Faculty, HKBU; Mrs. Lily Chan, Director of the University Advancement Office, HKBU; Mr. Li Hexie, Secretary General of the Tan Siu Lin Foundation; Dr. Jim Hok-yan Chang, Chief Librarian of Hong Kong Public Libraries, Leisure and Cultural Services Department; Mr. Vincent Kwan, Executive Director of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, Vancouver, Canada; Mr. Kendall Crilly, HKBU University Librarian, and Prof. Clara Wing-chung Ho, Head of History, HKBU, officiated at the opening ceremony, which was held on 11 November 2016.

The exhibition is funded by the “Sun Yat-sen Research Fund” which was jointly established by Luen Thai International Group Ltd., Tan Siu Lin Foundation, and Sun Yat-sen Education and Charity Foundation. Additional sponsorship was also received from the HKBU Institute of Creativity and the Hung Hin Shiu Charitable Foundation. The exhibition is an extended event following the creation of the HKBU-produced database “Sun Yat-sen Parks in the World” (http://digital.lib.hkbu.edu.hk/sunyatsen/), which was launched in March 2016. In addition, there will be a parallel session of the exhibition at Weiyuanlou, Quanzhou, Fujian, from 11 November 2016 to 25 November 2016; and an extended exhibition at the Hong Kong Central Library from 4 January to 28 February 2017.

The opening ceremony was followed by a public seminar at Dr. & Mrs. Hung Hin-shiu Lecture Theatre (SCM012), G/F, Jockey Club School of Chinese Medicine Building. The speaker, Mr. Vincent Kwan, Executive Director of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, Vancouver, Canada, delivered a presentation entitled “Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden in Vancouver – Past, Present and Future” to introduce the symbolic meanings, cultural orientation and social values of the garden  from the angles of nation, race, culture and tourism. He also stressed the necessity of re-examining the relation between the garden and community, building external partnership, and renewing the mission of the garden. The presentation was followed by a public dialogue moderated by Dr. Kam-chau Kwok and Dr. Raymond Kwun-sun Lau of the History Department. In this session, they discussed the meaning of the garden within Vancouver's mainstream society, the relation of the garden and the identity construction of overseas Chinese, the operation mode of the garden, etc.