EID Lecture Series | 60m2 : 19th Century Urban Evolution

19TH CENTURY URBAN EVOLUTION – A talk by Jason Wordie

Contemporary Hong Kong often seems a random jumble, with little apparent planning. This easy-to-form general perception – like much else in Hong Kong - obscures as much as it reveals. To understand better how and why the modern city “is how it is” we need to step back into the mid nineteenth century to see how the urban fabric was laid and subsequently evolved.

While geographically close, Central, Wanchai, Causeway Bay and the Mid-Levels all evolved in distinctly different manners, due to the presence (or absence) of industrial enterprises, military installations, community religious or cultural frameworks or infrastructure facilities. These various component parts of Hong Kong’s early urban evolution will be explored in this extensively-illustrated lecture. Along the way, the various fragments about Hong Kong that even relatively short-term residents all “know” will be concisely fitted together into a coherent, meaningful composite picture.​

Speaker Info :

Jason Wordie is an established local historian and writer.  He has made his home in the New Territories for more than twenty five years.

A History graduate from The University of Hong Kong, Jason was a Council Member of the Royal Asiatic Society, Hong Kong Branch for some years. He also served in the Royal Hong Kong Regiment (The Volunteers) from 1990-1992. A keen recreational hiker and an enthusiastic gardener, Jason is an active member of the Hong Kong Gardening Society.

Jason conducts historical walks in Hong Kong, Macao, Canton (Guangzhou) and Humen as well as giving historical lectures for a variety of local community groups and cultural organisations, in addition to various well-known corporate bodies.

His books include Macao – People and Places, Past and Present, published by Angsana Ltd in 2013; Streets: Exploring Hong Kong Island, published by Hong Kong University Press in 2002 and its companion volume Streets: Exploring Kowloon, published 2007 by Hong Kong University Press.

For more than fifteen years, Jason has had a series of regular columns in the South China Morning Post. His current column, Then and Now, appears every week in the Sunday Morning Post’s Post Magazine.