The Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library of the University of Toronto organised a seminar on May 10 to discuss Hong Kong migrants from a historical perspective. The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto) (HKETO) is a sponsor of the seminar.
At this seminar entitled “Hong Kong and the Gold Mountain Dream”, the keynote speaker, Professor Elizabeth Sinn from the University of Hong Kong, spoke on how Hong Kong rose to become an international port and migration hub during the latter part of the 19th century, when Chinese migrants went through Hong Kong to different parts of the world and on their way home.
Also speaking at the seminar, Deputy Director of HKETO, Miss Florence Tsang, noted that over the years, Hong Kong has become a focal point of global talents. “Because of the enduring advantages of doing business in Hong Kong, more than 7 500 overseas and Mainland Chinese enterprises have set up headquarters and offices in Hong Kong. Abundant work opportunities have also been brought about by closer economic integration with Mainland China, attracting talents from all over the world to pursue careers in the city,” she said.
To sustain the momentum of economic development, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government has put into substantial efforts to attract talents to live and work in Hong Kong through the implementation of various admission schemes. “For example, the HKSAR Government introduced a pilot scheme in 2015 to facilitate the second generation of Chinese Hong Kong permanent residents to return to work in Hong Kong. And in order to develop Hong Kong into an international innovation and technology hub, the HKSAR Government will also launch a new Pilot Technology Talent Admission Scheme next month to fast-track the processing of applications for the admission of overseas and Mainland Chinese research and development talent,” Miss Tsang said.
Other distinguished speakers at the seminar included the Honourable Dr Vivienne Poy, Chancellor Emerita of the University of Toronto and retired Senator of Canada, Professor Joan Judge, faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies of York University, Professor Abidin Kusno, Director of the York Centre for Asian Research, and Mr Larry Alford, Chief Librarian of the University of Toronto Libraries. They shared with participants their insights of the history and life of migrants transiting through Hong Kong.
The Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library has been organising seminars with different Hong Kong-related themes. The seminars were well received and enabled the Canadian public to better understand the different aspects of Hong Kong, thus fostering closer relations between Hong Kong and Canada.
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