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.

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

Organized by a group of Hong Kong scholars at York University, the lectures and accompanying events focus on Hong Kong as a distinct society, its influence on the wider world or the experiences of the Hong Kong diaspora.

The Lecture Committee at York University:

  • Yuk-Lin Renita Wong (School of Social Work) who also serves as Chair
  • Susan Henders (Politics)
  • Jack Leong (York University Libraries)
  • Guida Man (Sociology)
  • Wendy Wong (Design)

2021 – Chinese State Capitalism and Its Discontents in Hong Kong

The Fourth Bernard H. K. Luk Memorial Lecture in Hong Kong Studies was held in June 2021 along with a three panel symposium on the future of Hong Kong as a “distinct society”.

The fourth Bernard H.K. Luk Memorial Lecture in Hong Kong Studies was presented by Ho-fung Hung (Johns Hopkins University) on 8 June 2021: Chinese State Capitalism and Its Discontents in Hong Kong

Symposium: Hong Kong Beyond Hong Kong

Panel 1: Resistance and Contention: Identities, Connections, and Power
Panel 2: “Studying Hong Kong: The National Security Law and Beyond” Roundtable Conversation
Panel 3: Hong Kong-Canada Relationships


2019 – Integrative Medicine from China to the World

The eminent Vivian Taam Wong, a leader in the establishment of the field of integrative medicine in Hong Kong, presented the third Bernard H.K. Luk Memorial Lecture in Hong Kong Studies on 26 April 2019 at York University.

Lecture: Integrative Medicine from China to the World

Inaugural Hong Kong workshop: Synergies between Chinese and Western Medicine in Hong Kong and Beyond: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives workshop


2018 – Hong Kong & the Gold Mountain Dream

Elizabeth Sinn (Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Hong Kong University) delivered the second memorial lecture on 10 May 2018. It explored the early history of Hong Kong as a migration hub for Chinese migrants across the Pacific.

Photos for the event can be viewed HERE.


2017 – Inaugural Bernard H. K. Luk Memorial Lecture in Hong Kong Studies

Professor Luk’s former colleague and friend, 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.

Photos can be viewed here. The video of Professor Choi’s lecture is available on YCAR’s YouTube Channel: