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Hongkong’s Intangible Cultural Heritage

November 25, 2017 4:49 PM
By Merlene Emerson, Co-Chair of Chinese Liberal Democrats

At Hongkong Intangible Cultural Heritage with Priscilla To & Merlene EmersonOn 15th November, Ming Ai Institute together with curators from Hongkong held an exhibition at the China Exchange of Hongkong's Intangible Cultural Heritage. Following consultation earlier this year, the 20th anniversary year of the establishment of the Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, a list of 20 items have been drawn up relating to the intangible cultural heritage of Hongkong.

So what are these items considered uniquely Hong Kong culture as distinct from the culture in Southern provinces of China? These range from the Performing Arts, such as Cantonese Opera, Hakka Unicorn Dance, to Social Practices and Festivals, such as the Tai O Dragon Boat Water Parade and Mid Autumn Pok Fu Lam Fire Dragon Dance, to Traditional Crafts such as Cheong Sam sewing and Bamboo Theatre building techiques.

Throughout the evening, we were treated to free flow Kam Cha, the delicious Hong Kong milk tea.

I did wonder whether the right to demonstrate or vote for LegCo representatives would be considered part of Hongkong or the SAR's intangible heritage, but clearly not related to culture, hence not on the list.

I couldn't help but be reminded of a blog written by CLD member, Alex Payton, on our erstwhile study visit to HongKong in 2013 and our meeting with Jasper Tsang, the then President of Legco. See:

https://www.libdemvoice.org/postcard-from-china-2-the-pearl-of-the-orient-37584.html

And also the more recent "Reflections on the 20th Anniversary of the Handover of HK" by Sharon Chiu-Werharn

https://chineselibdems.org.uk/en/article/2017/1221757/reflections-on-the-20th-anniversary-of-the-handover-of-hong-kong