With approximately half a million people of Hong Kong descent residing in the metropolitan regions of Vancouver and Toronto, Canada has one of the strongest Hong Kong communities abroad. Understanding the issues around the handover of Hong Kong’s sovereignty in 1997 is an important step in comprehending the immigration story of Hong Kong Chinese Canadians.
The digitized materials at the Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library has approximately 15,000 pages of books, academic papers, original art works, manuscripts, newspaper clippings, ephemeral materials documenting the handover ceremony, photographs, and government documents. The subjects of this digitized collection include “one-country, two-systems”; Hong Kong people ruling Hong Kong; Sino-British Joint Declaration of 1984; Hong Kong Basic Law; Opium War of 1841; People’s Liberation Army in Hong Kong; and immigration to Canada. With about 60% in English and 40% in Chinese, the digitized items document and reflect the experience of Hong Kong Chinese Canadians.