Master Project Plan: 2019-2027
1. Mission & Vision
Hong Kong Chronicles Institutes Limited (HKCI) was established by Our Hong Kong Foundation (OHKF) on August 27, 2019. Through the community’s collective wisdom and efforts, HKCI was officially opened on Sept 06, 2019 for a first-ever series of comprehensive, systematic and objective local chronicles as a treasure of cultural significance.
By tracing, transcribing and preserving historical information, Hong Kong Chronicles serves as a record of progress over the past thousands of years and promotes a better understanding of history, and culture, and of the shared background and long-standing ties with China.
2. Goals & Scope
Hong Kong Chronicles is a mega project with extensive coverage on the social, cultural and people history of Hong Kong. The project will comprise 25 million words and is scheduled for completion in eight years’ time (2019 – 2027) upon the 30th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to China.
HKCI has launched the first book, Overview & Chronology, in Dec 2020 and will be releasing a second book, Hong Kong’s Participation in China’s Reform & Opening Up, by the end of 2021. Editorial guidelines are with reference to the local chronicles of China but are also based on the unique characteristics of Hong Kong. The project is initiated by OHKF with government support and community participation under the editorship of scholars.
The time coverage of local chronicles generally extends from the earliest ancestral traces reflected in an archaeological site to the latest depending on the region. For Hong Kong Chronicles, with all factors in consideration, it covers a period from the ancient era about 7,000 years ago to the 20th anniversary of HKSAR on July 01, 2017.
3. Governance & Implementation
HKCI is non-profit making and is governed by a 27-member Council with academic, business and community leaders, sector professionals and government representatives under the chairmanship of Mr C H Tung.
Operational functions are supported by four committees under an Executive Committee chaired by Mr Bernard Chan. The four committees are: Academic Review Committee chaired by Prof. Chack-fan Lee, Development Committee chaired by Dr Daryl Ng, Promotion Committee chaired by Prof. Yuk-shan Wong, and Audit Committee chaired by Mr Lin-cheng Kung.
4. Community Support
Community and government support are key to the publication of Hong Kong Chronicles. HKCI is honored by the patronage of HKSAR Chief Executive Mrs Carrie Lam and Director of the CPG Liaison Office Mr Huining Luo.
HKCI is under the support of Chinese institutions and HKSAR government bureaus, including China’s Steering Group for Local Chronicles and provincial/municipal offices across the Mainland, through exchanges and access to historical information and photos.
With assistance from the HKSAR government, HKCI is graciously funded by donations from Hong Kong Jockey Club’s Charities Trust, business enterprises, community organisations and prospective sponsorship from Chinese companies. HKCI is indebted to its benefactors for their contribution in support of the project.
Hong Kong Chronicles consist of 10 content categories: Overview, Chronology, Nature, Economy, Culture, Society, Politics, People, Monographs and Appendices. The book series will comprise 66 volumes with about 350,000 words per volume for a total of 25 million words on nearly 300 subcategories published in 42 books.
|Nature||Phases of Development|
|Nature||Natural Resources & Ecology|
|Nature||Environmental Protection & Conservation|
|Economy||Professional Services & Service Industries|
|Economy||Urban Development & Management (1)|
|Economy||Urban Development & Management (2)|
|Economy||Construction & Housing|
|Culture||Lifestyle & Livelihood|
|Culture||Archaeology & Artifacts|
|Culture||Architecture & Landscape|
|Culture||Literature & Literary Arts|
|Culture||Library, Publishing & Printing|
|Culture||Broadcast & Television|
|Society||Leisure & Entertainment|
|Society||Social Groups & Households|
|Society||Chinese Overseas & Settlements|
|Politics||Colonial Hong Kong|
|Politics||The Return of Hong Kong|
|Politics||Administration & Governance|
|Politics||Anti-Corruption & Prevention|
|Politics||Law & Judiciary|
|Politics||HK-Mainland Political Relationship|
|People||People & Profiles|
|Monographs||HK’s Participation in China’s Reform & Opening-up|
|Monographs||HKJC & Social Development|
Local chronicles differ from history books in that chronicles only “describe” – and not “interpret” – historical information. They are comprehensive records rigorously compiled with hundreds of years of government and non-government information as well as oral history interviews. It is a challenge of unprecedented scale to publish Hong Kong’s first-ever series of local chronicles by a non-government entity.
An inclusive approach has been adopted for collaboration with professors and historians. About 45% of the 66 volumes will be outsourced while the remaining will be completed by in-house editors. For quality assurance, each volume is under the supervision and editorship of one or more scholars and is subject to review by a third party. More than 100 professors and scholars are expected to take part in the editorial review process.
Local chronicles are comprehensive, descriptive documents based on first-hand information from archives, newspapers, historical records, inscriptions, private writings, industrial/commercial materials, original images/photos, oral history, and field inspections, etc. They must be diligently identified and verified as to ensure truthfulness, accuracy and entirety according to the standards of local chronicles. Likewise, for Hong Kong Chronicles, multiple safeguards are in place.
5.4 First Book Launch
The first two books are: Overview and Chronology and Hong Kong’s Participation in China’s Reform and Opening Up. The first title was launched in Dec 2020, while the second title will be released in late 2021.
5.5 Talent Development
The editorial team is built upon a mentorship structure. Under the guidance of professors and scholars, young historians are positioned as future leaders in historical research and academic development. The editorial team has a staff of 34 – of whom 55% are holders of master’s degrees while two are holders of PhDs as of Nov 2020. A full editorial team of 60 scholars, researchers and editors is expected to be in place.
6. Publishing & Distribution
6.1 e-Publication: accessible online free of charge and downloadable upon registration.
6.2 Print edition: available as paid and complimentary copies.
7. Communications & External Relations
Besides history preservation and policy advisory, education is an important function of local chronicles. HKCI is committed to bringing history to life, promoting the significance of Chinese culture, and fostering a greater sense of cultural pride and identity through community engagement with the public.
For educational purposes, initiatives will be implemented through 1) advocacy, 2) community engagement, 3) digital outreach, and 4) promotional activities.
To fully drive the initiatives in these four areas, a team of professionals are dedicated to public/media relations, external affairs, and digital communications.
8. Description of Historical Facts without Interpretation
Local chronicles are a unique cultural tradition dating back thousands of years. They play an important role in bringing people together, promoting cultural identity, and helping to keep the Chinese culture standing among all nations of the world.
Local chronicles are where history speaks for itself. To preserve history accurately, editors must diligently screen and verify any information and objectively and comprehensively describe all historical details.
Based on the guiding principle of “description of historical facts without interpretation,” HKCI is committed to inspiring the future by reflecting on the past through a comprehensive, systematic and objective series of Hong Kong Chronicles.