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Selected Development Project

Project Title

Disappearing Voices: An Oral History of Leftist Film Workers during Cold War Hong Kong

Principal Investigator Dr Hui Kwok-wai
Area of Research Project
Project Period
From 1/1/2018 To 30/6/2021
  1. To conduct oral history interviews with Hong Kong leftist film workers who were active in Hong Kong from 1949 to 1966
  2. To create oral history archives containing oral interviews with accompanying written transcripts
  3. To promote the archives through creating a database, a webpage and launching an exhibition
  4. To conduct research on the history of the leftist movement in Hong Kong by the combined use of oral data collected, untapped archival materials, and other written and visual materials
  5. To connect the study of Hong Kong history with the history of communist revolution in China and the history of cold war
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Summary of Findings


Selected Output
Biography of Principal Investigator

Dr Hui Kwok-wai is an Assistant Professor of Department of Literature and Cultural Studies of The Education University of Hong Kong. She received her doctoral degree in the Department of History at the University of Chicago.  Her dissertation is on the production, dissemination and reception of Chinese Opera Film in Socialist Shanghai and Capitalist-Colonial Hong Kong between 1949 and 1966.

Dr Hui got her BA in Philosophy at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and her M.Phil in the Division of Humanities at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Dr Hui’s research interests include the history of the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong leftist community, theories of modernity, and Chinese cinema. She has been interested in the intersection between culture and politics, the relationship between modernity and tradition, the formation and circulation of discourses, and the modalities of ideological flow between communist and capitalist/ colonial regions.
Funding Source

General Research Fund