Item description for Growing With Hong Kong: The University and Its Graduates, the First 90 Years : A Convocation Project by University of Hong Kong...
The book witnesses and chronicles the past 90 years during which the University of Hong Kong and its graduates have been intimately engaged with the development of Hong Kong. The numerous anecdotes, descriptions and photos about the graduates of the University vividly delineate these people and their great contributions to the building of Hong Kong as we know it. The book shows the part the University through its graduates has played in the economic, intellectual, medical, legal and administrative spheres.
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Studio: University of Washington Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.97" Width: 8.58" Height: 1.26" Weight: 3.66 lbs.
Publisher University of Washington Press
ISBN 9622096131 ISBN13 9789622096134
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An impressive book that charts the course of history Aug 22, 2003
This magnificent volume charts the foundation and development of the University of Hong Kong, one of Asia's most renowned educational institutions, from its humble but significant beginnings (it was, after all, one of the earlier western style universities established in the region which possessed a wider regional outlook) to what it is today. Not only have the admirable editors meticulously documented the often colourful history of the University, given that for a long period of time the University of Hong Kong was the only tertiary institution in Hong Kong, they have also allowed readers to have more than a glimpse of the various political, economic and social changes (and, in certain instances, upheavals) that Hong Kong has undergone over the past century or so.
Indeed, the history of the University runs a parallel course to that of Hong Kong - which gives rise to the title of this volume, "Growing with Hong Kong" - with those columns and marbles that adorn some of the older buildings in the campus having witnessed the transformation of the city from a tranquil colonial outpost through its position as an entrepot hub of the Far East and a manufacturing centre of toys and textiles into an international financial and servicing metropolis of 6.8 million people, an impressive progress that has been marked by British colonial rule, the Pacific War and the Japanese occupation, riots and confidence crises, the resumption of sovereignty by China and the many challenges that all these epochs posed on its burgeoning population.
One of the major focuses of this book is on the University's graduates. The narrative touches upon how different generations of graduates have helped to shape and build Hong Kong through the years. There are separate and substantial chapters on the graduates' contributions in the fields of medicine, law, society and environment, business, industry and commerce, professional bodies, governance and administration, social services, education, arts and culture, politics etc. It is understandable that the editors have to be selective when faced with the monumental task of putting together a book of this kind, as it is virtually impossible to include every one on the list of the University's graduates who have had a significant contribution to society. Nevertheless, this volume still documents in an objective and neutral tone (which, thankfully, is shorn of pomposity or any sense of self-congratulation) the school-life and major post-graduation contributions and peregrinations of an imposing number of its illustrious graduates stretching all the way back from Dr Sun Yet-sen (who graduated from the Hong Kong College of Medicine, which became the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Hong Kong upon the latter's incorporation in 1911) to those newer generation of graduates who have rapidly make their mark in society by excelling in the respective fields that they have chosen for their careers.
This book is extremely well designed in terms of layout and artwork. It is lavishly illustrated by over a thousand photos, including some rare ones, showing the different faces of old Hong Kong, the various buildings of the University both past and present as well as many of its more famous graduates. In my view, such a wonderful feast of photos is already worth the price for the entire book, which also contains time-lines, chronologies, charts and lists that are appropriate for a publication of its kind, as well as interesting anecdotes and side-articles on some of the more amusing traditions of the institution. In fact, each of the well-filled 350 pages of this book is packed with amusing details, nostalgic reminiscences, robust and inspiring examples or can serve as a reminder of certain time-honoured traditions or show a promise for the future. As a result, it makes a hugely satisfying and informative read.
For the editors, who are alumni of the University, this project, which was commissioned to coincide with the 90th anniversary celebrations of the institution, is obviously a labour of love. And they have indeed produced a most handsome volume that does their alma mater proud. From a wider perspective, as the development of the University is so intricately entwined with the development of Hong Kong, this book is also a valuable addition to the catalogues in field of Hong Kong studies, and it can therefore be warmly recommended to the general reader who has an interest in the subject.