In March this year, 20 undergraduate students from the Preserving Cultural Heritage course and several research postgraduate students at The Chinese University of Hong Kong conducted a field trip in Lei Yue Mun under the guidance of Professor Sharon Wong. The research topic was preserving the Hong Kong ceramics factory site and its intangible cultural heritage — ceramics craftsmanship from Jingdezhen to Hong Kong. After the field trip, 8 undergraduate and postgraduate students volunteered, conducting archaeological fieldwork and artifact analysis, and then curated an exhibition supported by Jockey Club Lei Yue Mun Plus and The Lord Wilson Heritage Trust. This exhibition presents the rise and fall of the ceramics industry in Hong Kong during the late colonial period from an archaeological perspective; multiple interpretations of ceramic objects: from fake antiques, handicrafts, movie props to archaeological artifacts, and how the ceramic factory played a role in the daily lives of the Lei Yue Mun community and the "Hollywood of the East" during the 1960s to 1970s.
This will be followed by a guided walk exploring Lei Yue Mun village, its history and development over the years. We will conclude with an optional lunch in one of the seafood restaurants inside the village.
Professor Sharon Wong will lead the guided visit and talk about the exhibition behind the scenes. She is an assistant professor from the Department of Anthropology at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She studied Southeast Asian archaeology and cultures and received her PhD in Southeast Asian Studies from the National University of Singapore. She was originally trained in archaeology and was awarded her Master from the School of Archaeology and Museology in Peking University. Dr. Wong serves on the Antiquities Advisory Board and is a Museum Expert Adviser (Archaeology), Leisure and Cultural Services Department. She is currently working on an intangible cultural heritage project on Hong Kong traditional ceramic crafts sponsored by The Lord Wilson Heritage Trust and a Khmer-Chinese ceramics research project in Angkor, Cambodia funded by the University Grants Committee, Hong Kong.