Bernard H. K. Luk Memorial Lecture in Hong Kong Studies

A beloved teacher and colleague, Professor Bernard H. K. Luk (1946-2016) was an internationally recognized authority on the history of Hong Kong. Endowed by Professor Luk’s friend and former student, the Honourable Dr Vivienne Poy, the Bernard H. K. Luk Memorial Lecture in Hong Kong Studies has been created in honour of his work, and will be an annual event hosted by YCAR.

Organized by a group of Hong Kong scholars in Toronto, the lectures will focus on Hong Kong as a distinct society, its influence on the wider world or the experiences of the Hong Kong diaspora.

An obituary co-authored by Professor Luk’s colleagues and friends is available at

2017 Inaugural Bernard Luk Memorial Lecture

Former colleague and friend of Professor Luk’s, Professor Choi Po King, delivered the inaugural Bernard Luk Memorial Lecture on 27 April 2017. Her lecture, Should the Chinese Language be Taught in Putonghua?, explored the nationalist politics and debates around the medium of instruction of the Chinese language in Hong Kong. Video of Professor Choi’s lecture is available on YCAR’s YouTube Channel:

Information about future lectures will be made available on this page soon.