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Hakka Cultural Forum
2017-10-13

13 October 2017 | Kowloonbay International Trade & Exhibition Centre

 

 

The 29th World Hakka Conference was held in Hong Kong from 12 to 15 October 2017. 2017 is a meaningful year for both Hong Kong and the World Hakka Conference. Not only is it the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to the motherland, but it also marks the return of the World Hakka Conference to Hong Kong, where it originated in 1971. Hence, the Hong Kong Meizhou Association and the Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies co-hosted a Hakka Cultural Forum on 13 October 2017, bringing together scholars and Hakka people from all over the world to discuss the continuation of Hakka culture amidst a wave of globalization.

The Forum consisted of four keynote speech sessions, and a Q&A session. The Forum was open to the public and attracted nearly 1,400 people. Mr Yun-kee Lee (Vice-Chairman, Hong Kong Meizhou Association), Mr Cho-jat Lee (President, Council of The Newspaper Society of Hong Kong) and Prof. Fanny M. Cheung (Pro-Vice-Chancellor, The Chinese University of Hong Kong) delivered speeches of welcome. Four keynote speeches were delivered by Prof. Chak-yan Chang (Head, Taima Journalism and Information Academy, Malaysia), Prof. Wei-An Chang (Professor and Dean, College of Hakka Studies, Chiao Tung University, Taiwan), Prof. Xuejia Fang (Former Director, Hakka Research College, Jiaying University, Meizhou, China), and Prof. Jianxin Zhou (Executive Deputy Dean, Institute for Cultural Industries, Shenzhen University, China). Prof. Chun-fat Lau (Professor, Department of Chinese Language and Literature, Xiamen University, China) was the moderator of the Forum.

The Q&A session wrapped up the Forum. In the forty-minute session, participants raised their concerns about the preservation of Hakka culture, and key ideas and views were further elaborated upon and discussed between the keynote speakers and participants. The session ended with closing remarks by Prof. Chun-fat Lau.