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CBS Alumni Club of Hong Kong cordially invite you to the next social event - "19th Century Urban Evolution" - talk by Jason Wordie!! Space is limited - SIGN UP NOW!

Date: Thursday, June 17, 2021

Time: 6:30-7:30pm HKT (+30min Q&A) followed by 8:00-9:00pm HKT dinner & drinks.

Cost: $600 HKD ($320 HKD for Jason Wordie Talk + $280 HKD for food and free-flow drinks).

Venue: 6/F, The Night Market, 11 Stanley St, Central Map

“19th Century Urban Evolution” - Jason Wordie explains - through reference to the past - how Hong Kong has evolved into the form a modern-day resident would begin to recognise.

Contemporary Hong Kong often seems a random jumble, with little apparent planning. This general perception obscures as much as it reveals. To understand better how and why the modern city “is how it is” we need to step back into the mid nineteenth century to see how the urban fabric was laid and subsequently evolved.

While geographically close, Central, Wanchai, Causeway Bay and the Mid-Levels all evolved in distinctly different manners, due to the presence (or absence) of industrial enterprises, military installations, community religious or cultural frameworks or infrastructure facilities.

These various component parts of Hong Kong’s early urban evolution will be explored in this extensively-illustrated lecture. Along the way, the various fragments about Hong Kong that even relatively short-term residents all “know” will be concisely fitted together into a coherent, meaningful, composite picture. Which helps to explain - through reference to the past - how Hong Kong has evolved into the form a modern-day resident would begin to recognise.

About the Speaker: Jason Wordie

Jason Wordie is an established local historian and writer in Hong Kong. He has made his home in the New Territories for over thirty years.

A History graduate from Hong Kong University, Jason periodically conducts historical walks in Hong Kong for Hong Kong residents, as well as giving historical lectures for a variety of local community groups and cultural organisations, in addition to various well-known corporate bodies.

His books include Macao – People and Places, Past and Present, published by Angsana Ltd in 2013; Streets: Exploring Hong Kong Island, published by Hong Kong University Press in 2002 and its companion volume Streets: Exploring Kowloon, published 2007 by Hong Kong University Press. He is currently engaged in further research and writing towards future book projects.

For over twenty years, Jason has had a series of regular columns in the South China Morning Post. His current column, Then and Now, appears every week in the Sunday Morning Post’s Post Magazine.