Yip So Man Wat Memorial Lectures

The Yip So Man Wat Memorial Lectures are made possible by the generous support of Messrs. Alex and Chi Shum Watt in honour of their mother, the late Mrs. Wat, and her passion for Chinese literature and culture.


Q &A Session during the 2018 Yip So Man Wat Memorial Lecture with Dr. Rey Chow
from Duke University

Past Events

2019 Yip So Man Wat Memorial Lecture – ‘Where Silence Reigns,Startling Claps of Thunder’ 於無聲處聽驚雷

With Dr. Geremie Barmé 白杰明 (Professor Emeritus, Australian National University)

Tuesday, November 5th, 2019
6pm Reception with light refreshments
7pm Lecture
Ponderosa Commons Ballroom

2019 Yip So Man Wat Lecture

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2018/2019 Yip So Man Wat Memorial Lecture – The Worldly Engagement of the Greater Pearl River Delta Region

With Professor Helen Siu (Yale University)

Wednesday, October 3, 2018.
6pm Reception with light refreshments
7pm Lecture
Asian Centre Auditorium, 1871 West Mall, Vancouver

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2018 Yip So Man Wat Memorial Lecture Banner

2017/2018 – The Guest’s View: Some Thoughts on Director Ann Hui’s許鞍華 Work

With Dr. Rey Chow, Professor of Literature at Duke University

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

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2017 – Living the Cultural Revolution: Impact Events and the Making of Cultural Memory

With Dr. Barbara Mittler, Modern China Chair at University of Heidelberg

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

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2015 – Social Practices, Moral Education, and Decent Human Lives

With Dr. Philip J. Ivanhoe, Chair Professor of East Asian & Comparative Philosophy & Religion at City University of Hong Kong

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

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2014 – Changing Language in China: The Evolution of Chinese and the Impact of the Internet

With Dr. Victor Mair, Professor of Chinese Language and Literature at the University of Pennsylvania

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

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2013 – Father and the Republic

With Mr. Pai Hsien-Yung, Emeritus Professor of Chinese literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

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2012 – Shoes, Umbrellas, and Tofu: Appraising Local Officials in Late Imperial China

With Dr. Wang Fan-Sen, Vice President of Academia Sinica, Taiwan

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

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2011 – Transformative Identities: Literary Adaptation and Cultural Negotiation in Hong Kong Cinema of the 1950s

With Dr. Leung Ping-Kwan, Chair Professor of Comparative Literature at Lingnan University, Hong Kong

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

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2010 – Writing History after Post-History: On Contemporary Chinese Fiction

With Dr. David Der-Wei Wang, Professor of Chinese Literature at Harvard University and Director of the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Inter-University Center for Sinological Studies

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

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