Hong Kong's development from being a farming and fishing village to the present global commercial centre has her origins not just locally in Hong Kong but also in our neighbouring areas of Zhuhai (珠海) and Zhongshan(中山). This 3 days trip will take us to these neighbouring towns where we see the birthplace of Dr. Sun Yat Sen, and a museum in his honour. On the economic front, many of us are familiar with the local iconic stores, namely: Sincere Department Store and Wing On Department Store. The founders of these stores had their hometown in this area. We shall spend our time here looking at the origins of some of the people who shaped the history of Hong Kong, both politically and economically.
We are very privileged to have as our guest lecturer, Dr. Joseph Ting (丁新豹博士), formerly Chief Curator of the Hong Kong Museum of History. Dr. Ting graduated from the Department of Chinese, University of Hong Kong in 1974, majoring in Chinese Literature and Chinese History. He acquired his Ph.D in 1989 from the same department. He joined the Hong Kong Museum of Art in 1979 as Assistant Curator II. He was transferred to the Hong Kong Museum of History in 1988, and became the Curator. He retired as the Chief Curator of the Hong Kong Museum of History. At present he is honorary adviser to a number of cultural institutions both in Hong Kong and China.