China Through Western Eyes (CTWE) provides open access to full-text historical books and articles from HKUL’s rare collections, in particular Hankow Collection, Morrison Collection and Chater Collection. The strength of CTWE is China studies including multidisciplinary work, spanning history, culture and custom, religion, philosophy, geography, politics, literature, arts and sciences. These materials were accounts of Western foreigners and Jesuit missionaries who experienced China in the eighteenth-century to the early twentieth century, written chiefly in English, but also French, German, Dutch, and Portuguese. CTWE also includes some historical publications relating to other Asian countries like Japan, Korea and Indochina, where these places were also points of interests along Westerners’ travel route to China in the nineteenth century.
Mr. Lai Cho-tin (1921-1994) was one of Hong Kong’s most respected composers and music directors. Not only had he composed and arranged a large number of popular songs and chorus, but he had also created many film scores and theme songs to locally produced movies and stage plays. Mr. Lai was also active in the promotion of choral music by creating and arranging music for choirs as well as conducting choirs. He was famous in composing Cantonese dialect songs for the choirs too.
HKUL has received the generous donation of 600 pieces of Mr. Lai Cho-tin’s music manuscripts from Ms. May Fu. The manuscripts mainly include Mr. Lai’s composition, chorus, arrangement and accompaniment, where genres comprise film music, foreign songs, Cantonese songs, stage music, etc. With the consent of Ms. Fu, the manuscripts have been digitized and made publicly available online. The aim of this digital collection is to make Mr. Lai’s music scores discoverable and accessible for the benefit of teaching, learning and knowledge sharing. MIDI music files for some pieces are also made available for enhancing knowledge sharing purpose.
This project was supported by the HKU Knowledge Exchange Funding for Impact Project.
HKUL eBooks Collection chiefly contains books and texts the Libraries has digitized from its own print collections in order to enhance access and improve preservation of library materials. The Collection includes Hong Kong materials which were published before 1950, colonial Hong Kong government publications, as well as other textual materials which are shared by the rights holders.
This is a project undertaken jointly by the HKU Press and the HKU Libraries. Realizing the worth of the Press' past titles, the Press and the Libraries are working together to place these titles online. Most titles concern Hong Kong or were written by Hong Kong authors. While the Press' earliest print title was published in 1956, the earliest title in these pages is 1991. Online titles in this project will show a link to display the full text, and another one to enable users to order the printed work. In the future, the Press and the Libraries plan to make most titles available in this manner three years after print publication.