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Bringing Old Perspectives to
New Audiences: a history of
BC’s First Bilingual
Newspaper
Allan Cho
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
University of British Columbia Library
Cantonese Worlds – “Collecting Hong
Kong”
(May 14-15, 2015)
Perspectives Newspaper at UBC (1992-2012)
Perspectives in 1992
Dennis Chung
Angela Tsang, Phyllis Kwan,
Natasha Hung
The Life of Perspectives (1992-2012)
1992-1999 (Coping)
1999-2005 (Adapting)
2005-2012 (Identity)
1997 - “It All Started With the Tiananmen”
1993 Survey of UBC Students from HK
Remembering “Nostalgic” Hong Kong
• Zunzi (尊子)- one of
Hong Kong’s most
famed local
cartoonists, whose
work channeled HK
society’s frustrations
into comedy and
caricature
• Ming Pao Daily, Apple
Daily and Next
Magazine
Political Issues
Hong Kong Mainstream Culture & Entertainment
“Connecting” Chinese Clubs
Advertising: Hong Kong–Vancouver Connections
Perspectives 2.0: “Cultures in Flux”
Frome Journalism to Creative Writing
Transition to the Literary
Raelians in Vancouver
Preparing for Return
● Articles focused on
job opportunities in HK,
Taiwan, Mainland China
● Less about politics;
more about
“normalized” relations
Building a Network
Perspectives 3.0 - Search for Identity
Perspectives in 2012 – The Final Frontier
1970’s UBC Overseers
Perspectives Newspaper
was not the first,
perhaps not even the
second
● Chinese Students
Association
● Tommy Tao, Paul Yee,
Laifong Leung,
Hanson Lau,
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Bringing Old Perspectives to New Audiences: a history of BC’s First Bilingual Newspaper