Two Exhibitions between Two Strikes:
Exhibiting Hong Kong at the British Empire Exhibition
a Collection of Items
Author, designer: Gary Pui-fung Wong
Shortlisted in Exhibition Catalogue, 2022 British Book Design and Production Award
Finalist in the History: General category of the 2021 International Book Awards
Honourable Mention in Art and Culture Books, Creative Communication Award 2021
185mm x 252mm
English, traditional Chinese
History/ collecting/ society/ humanities
Poster printed as the inside back of book jacket
The only comprehensive showcase of Hong Kong to take place in Britain during the colonial era
In 1924 and 1925, the British Empire Exhibition was held at Wembley Park in London to promote cooperation within the British Empire. Hong Kong took part, with its own exhibition area – the Hong Kong Section – which was the only comprehensive showcase of Hong Kong to take place in Britain during the colonial era. The exhibition occurred at a time of great ferment in Hong Kong. In the 1920s, British imperialism and Chinese nationalism shaped the city’s sociopolitical environment. Two large general strikes, both of which involved two major political parties from China (the Communist Party of China and the Nationalist Party), also took place in Hong Kong before and during the exhibition. The organising of the Hong Kong Section, the design of the pavilion, the exhibits, and the contemporary responses in both Britain and Hong Kong all reflect Hong Kong’s relationship with Britain and China in the 1920s.
Hong Kong’s involvement in the exhibition is not very well known in Hong Kong. None of the buildings from the British Empire Exhibition survive today. This book is based on the author’s archival research, and more than 180 items he has collected to tell the story of the Hong Kong Section. The valuable items are a tangible reminder of the era, which bring us back to the 1920s.
Table of contents
- Overall operation of the Exhibition
- The Hong Kong Section
- Other sections and facilities
- Images of Hong Kong in the 1920s
- Souvenirs, media coverage and others
Gary Pui-fung Wong is a lecturer in the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds. He received his PhD from the University of Birmingham in the UK and his Bachelor and MPhil degrees from HKU. He now specialises in research and teaching on Hong Kong society, media studies, urban studies, as well as culture and heritage. He has been a lecturer at City University of Hong Kong, Kingston University London and HKU Space Global College Suzhou. Before working in academia, he spent some years in public affairs consultancy and worked at Commercial Radio Hong Kong. He has also been involved in editing and producing more than 50 publications on Hong Kong culture and current affairs. His books include Flat C, 18/F; Evacuating from London and the Chinese version of City of Darkness (co-editor – awarded Hong Kong Book Prize 2015).
入圍2022年度英國圖書設計及製作獎（展覽目錄）（British Book and Production Awards）
入圍2021年度國際圖書奬（International Book Awards）「歷史：一般類別」決選（Finalist in the History: General category）
2021年度Creative Communication Award 藝術及文化書籍榮譽獎（Honourable Mention in Art and Culture Books）
185毫米 x 252毫米
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