Remembering War in Hong Kong: Narrating and Promoting Public Military History
“War” seems to be a very distant memory for the general public in Hong Kong. The city has enjoyed peace for nearly eighty years following the end of the “three years and eight months” Japanese occupation in 1945. Nevertheless, the military past of Hong Kong gains enormous public interest in recent years. We see a surge of social media pages on military history and the growing popularity of old military sites among local visitors. While the Battle of Hong Kong in 1941 receives the most attention, there are conversations on the clan wars in the pre-colonial era and the lives of Hong Kong servicemen during peacetime. In this panel, we reflect on the rising enthusiasm for local military history and discuss why and how should we narrate and promote it, especially for a public audience.
June 26 (Sun)