Hong Kong Memories: Miniatures & Photographs of Old Hong Kong Streetscapes 香港回憶:香港舊街景縮影及照片

2:00–5:30 pm
The Hong Kong Jockey Club University of Chicago Academic Complex | The University of Chicago Francis and Rose Yuen Campus in Hong Kong

Talk on campus & Zoom webinar

UChicago Yuen Campus in Hong Kong
168 Victoria Road, Mount Davis
Hong Kong

Organizer: UChicago Yuen Campus in Hong Kong



The University of Chicago Hong Kong and two unique local organizations will present old Hong Kong visually. Funded by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, the exhibition will feature 1960s miniature replicas of buildings from Wind Concept Art & Culture Association, its first public display.  We will also feature AI-enabled colorized images from the 20th century contributed by OldHKinColour. Through these colorful historical pictures and miniatures, the bricks and stones of Hong Kong architecture, culture, and history will bring the past to life.

Exhibition Partner:

OldHKinColour (oldhkincolour.org) focuses on colorizing and animating old Hong Kong photos by using artificial intelligence and post-editing techniques with a view to promoting public education through history. (Exhibited Image and video list)

Wind Concept Art & Culture Association strives to promote art and cultural conservation through the efforts of Mr. Daniel Wong Wing Fai since 2018.  In 2021, the old Hong Kong miniature project was launched by Mr. Eric Yung and Miss Kay Kan, who hand-crafted a set of nostalgic 1960s Hong Kong buildings.


Research projects on the integration between Hong Kong studies and state-of-the-art technology have flourished in recent years.  OldHKinColour, an Instagram page that has managed to attract the attention of over 130,000 Hong Kong culture enthusiasts over the past two years, is one representative project. OldHKinColour focuses on colorizing historical photos of old Hong Kong with the aid of artificial intelligence and post-editing techniques.

This talk aims to provide a brief introduction to OldHKinColour, including its research background, photo selection and restoration process as well as interesting stories reflected in the images. It will also discuss future directions of the project such as colorizing monochrome footage of the city, developing web-based applications for the promotion of Hong Kong stories, creating an online platform for a 3D virtual tour of Central in the late 19th century, and publishing a book of selected colorized pictures.

*The talk will be conducted in Cantonese.

About the speaker:
SIU Sai Yau (aka Loka Siu) is the founder of OldHKinColour, specialized in photo colorization and digital history. He received his BA (First Class Honors) and MPhil from The University of Hong Kong and completed his Ph.D. in Translation at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.  He is currently an Assistant Professor at the Hang Seng University of Hong Kong.  His research interests include Digital Humanities and AI, Translation History, Chinese Studies, and Buddhist Scripture Translation.

Talk + Exhibition Preview on campus

December 10, 2022 (Saturday)

In-person Event Program:
2:00pm - 2:30pm  Guests check-in
2:30pm - 3:20pm  Heritage tour
3:30pm - 4:30pm  Hybrid talk by Professor Sai Yau Siu
4:30pm - 5:30pm  Exhibition preview
5:30pm                   Event ends

Online Zoom webinar

December 10, 2022 (Saturday)
3:30pm     Hong Kong | Beijing | Singapore
4:30pm     Japan
1:00pm      Delhi
8:30am      Paris
7:30am      London
1:30am      Chicago

Regular Exhibition

December 13, 2022, to May 15, 2023 (available from Tuesday to Saturday, except public holidays)


*Contact us at heritage_enquiry@uchicago.edu for group visit arrangement

*We will continue to monitor the situation of Covid-19 and review our arrangements. Please stay tuned to our website (https://heritage.uchicago.hk/) for the latest updates.



OldHKinColour (oldhkincolour.org) 致力利用人工智能和後製技術,將香港舊照片彩色化,並添加動態效果,以期推動公眾歷史教育。(展出圖片及視頻表單)







校園演講 + 展覽預覽

2:00pm - 2:30pm  活動簽到
2:30pm - 3:20pm  文物展示中心導賞團
3:30pm - 4:30pm  蕭世友演講
4:30pm - 5:30pm  展覽預覽
5:30pm                  活動結束


3:30pm     香港| 北京 | 新加坡
4:30pm     日本
1:00pm     德里
8:30am     巴黎
7:30am     倫敦
1:30am     芝加哥


20221213 – 2023515(星期二到星期六,公共假期除外)



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About Hong Kong Redux

The UChicago Yuen Campus’ new Yuen Lecture Series ‘Hong Kong Redux’ seeks to explore the deep corners of Hong Kong’s cultural history and society.  UChicago and other subject matter experts representing decades of knowledge of Hong Kong will join together to celebrate the evolution of Hong Kong’s arts, literature, cinema and more.  Get in the Yuen Campus team’s virtual time machine to have a nostalgic look back at Hong Kong’s bygone Post War era and discover how Hong Kong became the mega-city it is today.  Read More