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Power and Charity: A Chinese Merchant Elite in Colonial Hong Kong
written by Elizabeth Sinn

Speaker : Dr the Honourable Leong Che-hung (梁智鴻醫生)
Moderator: Mr Peter Sidorko, HKU Librarian
Date : 13 October 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

Dr Leong Che-hung is the current Council Chairman of the University of Hong Kong, a position he has held since 2009. Dr Leong graduated from HKU in 1962 and worked in the Department of Surgery from 1964 to 1978.   He has been an elected Member of the Council of the University since 2004, is Chairman of the Council's Grievance Panel, an Honorary Professor of the Faculty of Medicine and an Honorary Graduate (DSc honoris causa) of the University.

Dr Leong has led an illustrious public service career.  He is a non-official Member of the Executive Council, Chairman of the Elderly Commission, Chairperson of the Council on Human Reproductive Technology, and a Member of the ICAC Complaints Committee, the Family Council and the Honours Committee.

Dr Leong was appointed Justice of the Peace in 1993, awarded an OBE in 1991 and a Gold Bauhinia Star in 2001.


About the Book

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Through the history of a charitable institution, the Tung Wah Hospital, Elizabeth Sinn reshapes and greatly deepens our understanding of the evolving interactions between the Chinese community in Hong Kong and the colonial rulers. She traces the rise to power of the Chinese merchants who organized and operated the Hospital and the complex relationships that the Hospital developed with the colonial regime, Mainland Chinese officials and the Chinese people of Hong Kong.