Nàng Tự Do – The archive of Art In the Camps (Garden Streams) and the traces of Vietnamese boatpeople in Hong Kong - Public Programmes

20/10/2020 to 17/04/2021

Public Programmes

Exhibition Talks

1. Religions, Social service and Art
Speaker: Adam Voysey
                Chan Mei Yung
                Steven Nesheim
                Host by Samson Wong
Date: 2020.11.07 (Sat)
Time: 8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Venue: Online (zoom)
Language: English

Former artists from the collective, Art In the Camps, are going to share their experience working inside the detention camps in Hong Kong back in the late 80s. Also, they are going to share reflection and insights on how they see the relationship among religions, social service and art are.

Recorded talk link :
Passcode : AIC_sharing1

2. A Sea of Ties: Vietnam, Hong Kong and their Southeast Asian Neighbours from 1970s-1990s
Speaker: Carina Hoang, PhD
Date: 2021.02.26 (Fri)
Time: 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Venue: Online (zoom)
Language: English
Registration: https://www.lib.cuhk.edu.hk/en/node/2517

Hong Kong played a significant role during the Vietnamese boat-people crisis, taking in over 190,500 boat-people, second to Malaysia (254,000), and ahead of Indonesia (121,000), Thailand (117,000) and the Philippines and Singapore. What were the sociopolitical impacts of this monumental feat to Hong Kong and its Southeast Asian neighbours? Carina Hoang, PhD, author of 'From both sides of the fence - History of Vietnamese boat people in Hong Kong from 1975 to 2000’ , will expand our understanding of Southeast Asia and its relationship with Hong Kong.

About Dr. Carina Hoang:
Dr. Hoang escaped from Vietnam at the age of sixteen on a wooden boat with her two siblings and 370 other people. She survived the harrowing journey and the extreme challenges that followed in a primitive refugee camp, and ultimately was accepted for resettlement in the United States. She completed a BA in Chemistry, a BA in Gender and Cultural Studies, an MBA and a PhD in Humanities. In 2011 Dr. Hoang was inducted into the Western Australia Women Hall of Fame. In 2012 she was appointed as Special Representative to the UN Refugee Agency's Australian charity, Australia for UNHCR. Her first book, Boat People: Personal Stories from the Vietnamese Exodus 1975-1996 received the 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards for Best Regional Non-Fiction (Australia and New Zealand). Her latest book HOLODOMOR - Silenced Voices of the Starved Children received the 2019 Independent Publisher Book Awards for Europe Best Non-Fiction.

3. What is ‘Art In the Camps’?
Speaker: Prof. Sophia Law Suk-man
               Ocean Chan Wai Kwong
               Leung Ho Yin
               Host by Samson Wong
Date: 2021.03.13 (Sat)
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Venue: Digital Scholarship Lab, G/F, University Library, CUHK
Language: Cantonese

Art in the Camps was an art programme for Vietnamese boatpeople in detention centres. The experiences, artworks and archive left behind have inspired three different academic studies from the perspectives of Anthropology, Art and Trauma, and Socially-Engaged Art. The three writers of the studies will gather to share their perspectives and findings, and provide audiences with a fuller understanding of what it was, and what we can learn from it.

Registration: https://www.lib.cuhk.edu.hk/en/node/2518

4. Rethinking the Concept of ‘Refugees’
Date: 2021.04
(details to be announced in 2021 January)

Registration: https://www.lib.cuhk.edu.hk/en/node/2518

5. Workshop : Art Education for Children with Trauma
Speaker: Gladys Chiu
               Thomas Yuen
Date: 2020.12.12 (Sat) 2021.04.24 (Sat)
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Venue: Digital Scholarship Lab, G/F, University Library, CUHK
Language: Cantonese
Target: Educators, MA students in Social Work, Art Therapy and Psychology
Quota: 15 (On a first-come-first-served basis)

About the Workshop:
What role could art play when it is mediated with children with traumatic experience? Gladys Chiu, who was the art teacher at Whitehead Detention Camp back in the late 80s, is partnering with Thomas Yuen, an art facilitator with over 10 years to share their experience. This workshop is designed with first-hand experience and practical skills about running art workshops with children with traumatic experience. This workshop is designed for educators and MA students.

Registration: https://www.lib.cuhk.edu.hk/en/node/2563

Talk - Art Education for Children with Trauma (Zoom)

Speaker: Gladys Chiu
               Lara Hanson
               Wanda Ng (all are former artists worked inside the detention camps in Hong Kong)

Date: 2020.12.12 (Sat)
Time: 10am to 12pm
Language: English

This talk is a companion to the Art Education for Children with Trauma workshop. Based on artworks and actual curriculum, Art in the Camps art educators Gladys Chiu, Lara Hanson and Wanda Ng will talk about how they designed the art curriculum for boatpeople children in the camp, and how it was executed. 

Recorded talk link :
Passcode : AIC_Talk2 

6. Field Trip to Tai Ah Chau with Les Bird
Host: Les Bird & Leung Ho Yin
Date: 2020.12 05 (postponed until further notice)
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Venue: Tai Ah Chau
Language: English
*Transportation fee will be charged.