HKUL Centenary Book Talk Series

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University Life and Other Episodes

Theme Book : Memories, A Family Album
Speaker : Mr Edward Sing-tin Ho (何承天先生)
Moderator: Mr Peter Sidorko, HKU Librarian
Date : 14 April 2011(Thursday)
Time : 7:15 - 9:00 pm
Venue : Special Collections, 1/F, Main Library, The University of Hong Kong
Language : English

 

About the Speaker

Edward Sing-tin Ho, graduate of the Hong Kong University, is an architect. He is Group Chairman of the Wong Tung Group of Companies. He has wide-ranging experiences in architectural projects in Hong Kong, the United States, and Mainland China.

 

Besides his architectural works, Edward has participated extensively in public services in Hong Kong. He was a member of the Executive Council and an elected member of the Legislative Council representing the Architectural, Surveying and Planning Functional Constituency. He was also a member of the Housing Authority, the Hospital Authority, the Town Planning Board, Chairman of the Hong Kong Industrial Estates Corporation, Chairman of the Antiquities Advisory Board and Chairman of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Society.

 

Edward is currently a board member of the Hong Kong Mass Transit Railway Corporation, Chairman of the Opera Hong Kong and Chairman of the Hospital Governing Committee of the Prince of Wales Hospital.

 

About the Book

Excerpt from the book’s Introduction: ‘This is a story of a small and ordinary family in the southern part of China, from the end of the 19th Century to the beginning of the 21st Century, a time span of 138 years. Though our family has nothing extraordinary about it, the period we had gone through was a period of immense upheavals in China, of a war and the transition of sovereignty for Hong Kong; and around the world, of great changes and inventions that shaped people’s lives all around the world. It is a story how the common folks lived through these tumultuous times.’

 

Intended to chronicle the time and life of the Ho Family for the author’s grandchildren, this is a self-published book of memoirs. The family is ordinary, but the time is not. It evokes memories of childhood during the Japanese Occupation of Hong Kong, school days, university days, and the days of sovereignty transition.