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Study project on history gives students a new learning experience


Fifty-three schools participated in the 1st Inter-school Competition of Study Projects on Hong Kong's History and Culture, jointly organised by the Hong Kong Museum of History and the Hong Kong Institute for Promotion of Chinese Culture, in association with the Public Records Office and the Education and Manpower Bureau.

The competition received 85 entries, all on the theme "Immigrants and their Impact on the Development of Hong Kong (1841-1979)".

Speaking at the prize presentation ceremony at the Hong Kong Central Library today (September 29), the Assistant Director (Heritage and Museums) of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, Mr Chung Ling-hoi, noted that the Museum of History is committed to preserving and promoting knowledge of Hong Kong's history and culture.

"For years, the Museum has organised different kinds of activities for schools, including the inter-school competition of study projects on local history. Since its launch in 1992, it has been very well received. To more effectively use our resources, the Museum collaborated with the Hong Kong Institute for Promotion of Chinese Culture to organise the competition. A series of activities, including forums, lectures and workshops, were also organised to foster students' interest in history," said Mr Chung.

The competition was divided into two sections - Junior Secondary (Form 1 to Form 3) and Senior Secondary (Form 4 to Form 7). Entrants had to be groups of two to 10 students, working under the guidance of one or two teachers. The submissions had to be mainly in written form, though they could be supplemented by CD-ROMs, videos, dioramas or models, artefacts, photo albums or cassette tapes.

The written reports were judged according to relevancy of the theme, systematic use of collected materials, objectivity in analysis, concrete analysis of the topic, bibliography and footnotes, and overall quality production.

The results:

Senior Division

First Prize - "From immigrant to garment tycoon: How Mr Tien's contribution to the garment industry paved Hong Kong's road to success, 1945-1979", by Wong Shiu Chi Secondary School.

Second Prize - "Hong Kong Cantonese Boatpeople and the History of Hong Kong", by Aberdeen Technical School.

Third Prize - "The reluctant immigrants: Ups and downs of Hong Kong Tiu Keng Leng refugees", by Buddhist Wai Yan Memorial College.

Merit Awards - "A cultural ark in a storm: the forgotten struggle of exiled scholars to perpetuate traditional culture under an alien flag", by Queen Elizabeth School; "European workers in early Wan Chai", by Tung Wah Group Hospitals Lee Ching Dea Memorial College.

Junior Division

First Prize - "Between religious services and culture: a brief history of the Italian community", by New Method College.

Second Prize - "Missionaries and their impact on the field of female education in Hong Kong (1841-1979)", by Diocesan Girls' School.

Third Prize - "Immigrants and the development of the textile industry in Hong Kong", by Yan Chai Hospital Lim Por Yen Secondary School.

Merit Awards - "One story, three generations of 'Wonton' noodles in Hong Kong: using the 'Mak' family as an example to uncover the connection between Guangzhou's emigrants and Hong Kong's food culture", by Wong Shiu Chi Secondary School; "The role of Chiuchow immigrants in the rice business in Sheung Wan and Western Market from the 1930s to the 1950s", by Notre Dame College.

Best Supplement Award - "The immigration tide in the period 1946-1950 and its impact on housing policy in Hong Kong", by Madam Lau Kam Lung Secondary School of Miu Fat Buddhist Monastery.

End/Monday, September 29, 2003

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