‘Another great adventure through the wonder city of Hong Kong!’ Dr. Hendley and History students return from overseas course

August 12th, 2014 | Categories: Uncategorized

The History Department’s Dr. Matthew Hendley as well as Dr. Ho Hon Leung (Sociology, main instructor) and Jasmine Lee (student assistant) have returned from their successful overseas course ‘Cities and Architecture: Hong-Kong’. They led a group of ten students to learn about mixtures of Chinese and British colonial architecture in and around the port city and study the practice of land reclamation and the issue of rapid gentrification in the area. They also enjoyed local food and ancient tea houses, visited bird markets, attended the Dragon Boat races in Aberdeen Harbor, and did a tour of the University of Hong Kong (HKU). For student Madelon Visintainer, a trip to nearby Lantau Island was one of the highlights of the course. ‘With stilted houses, murky waters, and eccentric locals,’ she reports, ‘the island was like something out of an old folk tale.’ Students also enjoyed learning about ‘the vanishing heritage of Hong Kong’, the different influences on Chinese architecture and ‘the things that make a city great, which is the sacredness of a place, the ability to provide security and project power and animating the role of commerce.’ On their last day in the city, the group ‘passed a quote in the subway that said “the world is a book, and those who do not travel only read a page.”’ We thought that this quote was very fitting for our trip, concludes Kaitlyn Crowley, one of the students who returned from this summer’s ‘magical and unforgettable’ ‘Cities and Architecture’ course to Hong Kong.