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“The Fall and Rebirth of the City: Hong Kong during the Japanese Occupation” Talk Series

28 November 2021 to 15 May 2022

Valid museum admission ticket required


2021 marks the 90th anniversary of the Mukden Incident, as well as the 80th anniversary of the Asia-Pacific War, and the devastating dark period of the Fall of Hong Kong during the Japanese Occupation, also named as “Three Years and Eight Months”, a metonym of the occupation. Starting from November 2021 to May 2022, the Hong Kong Maritime Museum will organize a series of seven talks using cross-disciplinary approaches and various perspectives such as war-related historical sites, archives, oral history, medical science, history, visual culture, literature, and film to reveal more about this neglected Hong Kong history. In addition, this talk series will be the prelude to the new special exhibition entitled “Hong Kong’s Maritime Miracle: The Story of Our City Since 1945” organized in mid-2022, that will introduce the rebirth of this port city and her development after World War II.

Open to the public to participate. Register below.

Programme Speakers

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28 Nov 2021 (Sunday)

Image, Imagination and Imaginarium: Remapping World War II Monuments in Greater China

Speaker: Prof. Pan Lu

(Associate Professor, Department of Chinese Culture, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)

Time: 16:00 - 18:00 

Language: English

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19 Dec 2021 (Sunday)

Places and Traces of War

Speaker: Mr. Tim Ko

(Hong Kong Historian)

Time: 14:30 - 16:00

Language: Cantonese


9 Jan 2022 (Sunday)

Free Fall: How Imperial Collapse in both 1942 and 1945 set Southeast Asia Adrift

Speaker: Prof. Brian Farrell 

(Professor of Military History, The National University of Singapore)

Time: 14:30 - 16:00

Language: English

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13 Feb 2022 (Sunday)

Leisure Activities Under the Japanese Occupation

Speaker: Dr. Kelvin K Chow 

(Hong Kong Historian)

Time: 14:30 - 16:00

Language: Cantonese

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13 Mar 2022 (Sunday)

Four Issues on the Military Government of Hong Kong during Japanese Occupation: Banknote Printers, Quarantine Ships, the Hong Kong Shrine and the Bacterial Research Institute of Hong Kong

Speaker: Prof. Fung Kam Wing 

(Fellow, Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, The University of Hong Kong)

Time: 14:30 - 16:00

Language: Cantonese


10 April 2022 (Sunday)

Hong Kong Internment, 1942-1945:Life in the Japanese Civilian Camp at Stanley

Speaker: Mr. Geoffrey Charles Emerson 

(Hong Kong Historian)

Time: 14:30 - 16:00

Language: English


15 May 2022 (Sunday)​

From the Ashes: On Eileen Chang’s Love in a Fallen City, Lust Caution and Others 

Speaker: Prof. Hoyan Hang Fung Carole

(Associate Professor, Department of Chinese Language and Literature, The Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Time: 14:30 - 16:00

Language: Cantonese

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