Embracing our past
In recent years, there has been fervent debate about what should be preserved as part of our heritage.
But what is indisputable is the fact that Hong Kong people are today undergoing an awakening of social consciousness about their past. We are witness to a certain urgency to understand our history, know our roots and discover who we were – and in doing so – who we are.
Large companies set up corporate archives to preserve valuable historical information about their activities, whilst community history projects conduct oral history interviews to enrich the collective memory of society.
Our Home, Our History – The Hong Kong Heritage Project, commissioned by Sir Michael Kadoorie in May 2007 for an initial period of three years, combines the best of both worlds.
Our aim at the project is to build an Archive of historical materials from the Kadoorie Family and their business interests and to put these in the wider perspective of Hong Kong’s social and economic development; by capturing oral history testimonies from all walks of life. In this way, we hope that living history will complement, strengthen and provide alternative vantage points to the written records.
Whilst we are still hard at work collating our archival collection and collecting oral history interviews, we are keen to share with the community some of the valuable information and resources through this website. We'll regularly update the website and keep you posted. In the meantime, enjoy learning about Hong Kong history through the many interesting documents, photos, oral history interviews and videos here!