Hong Kong and Western Cultures

Hong Kong and Western Cultures

Hong Kong and Western Cultures

Hong Kong and Western Cultures

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Friendship between nations, like friendship between persons, grows only where there is mutual respect and give and take. Through their attainment in culture nations win the respect of one another. Through their cultural interflow nations are bound to be adaptive in dealing with each other. It is thus that a historical study of cultural exchanges between China and West has arrested the attention of many a scholar.

Since its cession to Great Britain in 1841, Hong Kong has become a great free port where Chinese and Western cultures meet, spread, and influence each other. It was Hong Kong's role in this respect that brought me to attempt this task; I had finished it in 1961 and had dedicated it to the University of Houg Kong in commemoration of its Golden Jubilee (1911-1961). But I was so pressed then for time that I could only append an English summary to the Chinese edition.

In October 1962, Professor Enoki Kazuo of the Centre for East Asian Cultural Studies arrived from Tokyo and arranged with me for its publication in English. I felt much honoured; I was delighted to see this work of mine enjoy a new lease of life. I therefore asked Mr. Yen Chih-shih to translate it into English; I also had the privilege of having Mr. G. B. Endacott, formerly senior lecturer in history, University of Hung Kong, to edit the English version. The end of March was then set as the target date of publication; but we had not foreseen that time would have to be spent on looking up references, and on the translation for we aimed simultaneously at a faithful, readable, and elegant English version. Though we do not profess to have achieved all this, we have nevertheless completed the work of . . .

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