- Introduction to New Asia History Gallery
- Visiting Information
- Memory Lanes
- College History
- College History
- Early Teachers (1949 – 1976)
- College History
- Early Student Activities
- Videos and Oral History
- Highlights and Milestones
- Establishment and initiation of the Asia Evening College of Arts and Commerce
- Groundbreaking ceremony of the Shatin new campus
- Professor Hector Sun-on Chan succeeds as College Head
- Asia Evening College of Arts and Commerce is restructured and changed its name to New Asia College
- Establishment and initiation of the New Asia Night School
- Publication of the initial issue of the New Asia College Journal
- First graduation ceremony
- Establishment of the New Asia Institute of Advanced Chinese Studies
- Commencement of cooperation with the Yale-in-China Association
- First meeting of New Asia members
- Publication of the initial issue of New Asia Journal
- Department of Foreign Languages was installed
- Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony of the Farm Road Campus
- Inauguration ceremony of the Farm Road Campus
- Department of Chinese and History was divided into the Department of Chinese and the Department of History
- A two-year Fine Arts programme is added
- First issue of New Asia Life Bi-weekly Magazine published
- Graduation of the first batch of postgraduates
- Department of Business Administration is set up, and the Fine Arts programme renamed to the Department of Fine Arts
- College Head renamed as President
- First graduation ceremony of New Asia College’s Fine Arts programme
- Faculties of Arts, Science, and Business instituted
- Department of Philosophy and Education renamed to the Department of Philosophy and Sociology
- Department of Mathematics and the Department of Biology instituted
- New Asia, Chung Chi, and United College co-initiated the combined graduation ceremony
- Establishment of the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Physics
- Celebration of the completion of the third phase of the new campus
- Establishment of the Staff Association
- Declaration of the establishment of The Chinese University of Hong Kong
- Inauguration of the first Vice-Chancellor of The Chinese University of Hong Kong
- Resignation of President Ch’ien Mu
- Professor Ou Tsuin-chen succeeds as the President
- Department of Journalism included in the Faculty of Arts
- Department of Business renamed to Department of Accounting and Finance
- Department of Philosophy and Sociology restructured to the Department of Philosophy and the Department of Sociology
- Professor Y.T. Shen succeeds as President
- Death of Dr. Tchang Pi-kai
- Professor Y.P. Mei succeeds as President
- Relocation to Shatin campus
- Professor Yu Ying-Shih succeeds as President
- Professor Chuan Han-sheng succeeds as President
- Legislative Council of Hong Kong passes the “Chinese University of Hong Kong Ordinance” in the third reading
- Professor Ambrose King succeeds as College Head
- Death of Mr. Tang Chun-i
- Opening of Xuesi Hall and Yun Chi Hsien
- Initial issue of the ‘New Asia Academic Bulletin’ is published
- Mr. Ch’ien Mu presents the handwritten drafts of Zhuzi Xin Xue An to the Ch’ien Mu Library
- Mr. Ch’ien Mu appointed speaker of the first “Ch’ien Mu Lecture in History and Culture”
- First College Cultural Dinner Talk
- Mr. and Mrs. Ch’ien Mu and representatives of the Yale-China Association attended the 30th anniversary celebration events
- Opening of the Yali Lounge
- Mr. and Mrs. Liu Haisu visit New Asia
- First “ S. Y. Chung Visiting Fellow” Professor Qian Weichang visits New Asia
- “Dream of The Red Chamber” translator John Minford visits New Asia
- First “New Asia Mingyu Foundation Scheme” scholar visits New Asia
- Kunqu performing artist Mr. Yu Chun-Fei (transliterated) visits New Asia
- 30th Anniversary of Partnership between New Asia College and Yale-China Association
- Head of Shanghai Chinese Painting Academy Mr. Cheng Shifa visits New Asia
- Professor Lin Tzong-biau succeeds as College Head
- Celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the Establishment of the New Asia College/ Asia University Exchange Programme
- Opening of the New Asia Conference Room
- Death of Mr. Ch’ien Mu
- Mr. and Mrs. Professor Eto Shinkichi of Asia University visit New Asia with a delegation
- National Taiwan University President Yen Chen-Hsing visits New Asia
- Professor Kazuo Takamatsu, President of Soka University visits New Asia
- Professor Leung Ping-chung succeeds as College Head
- Lo Fung Society co-organises the “The Symposium on Literature Exchange amongst Scholars from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau”
- “Institute of Dunhuang-Turfan Studies” established
- First student exchange programme with Yale University
- Opening ceremony of the Hui Gallery and the first exhibition
- New Asia College organises “Student Exchange Programme of the Mainland and Taiwan Universities”
- “Language Academic Seminar”
- “The Academic Seminar in commemoration of the 100th Birthday of Mr. Ch’ien Mu”
- Seminar of “Enhancement of Language Ability by Reading Literature”
- Opening of Beijing Tsinghua University’s “Ch’ien Mu Memorial Library”
- “The International Conference on Cantonese Opera ”
- “Confucianism and the 21st Century” international academic seminar
- “Fou Ts’ong Piano Recital for New Asia’s Golden Jubilee Fundraising”
- “International Conference on Hong Kong Literature”
- Seminar on “The Retrospect and Prospect of Chinese Culture”
- Professor Yuan-tseh Lee lectures on “Chinese Culture and Education”
- Mr. George Yeo lectures on “Chinese Culture and Politics”
- “New Asia Golden Jubilee Concert”
- Professor Ambrose King lectures on “Chinese Culture and Society”
- Professor Yang Chen-Ning lectures on “Chinese Culture and Science”
- First “Seminar on Traditional Chinese Culture”
- Yale-China Association Centennial Delegation visits New Asia
- Topping-out Ceremony of Daisy Lee Hall
- First “Seminar on Chinese Moral Education”
- Professor Henry N.C. Wong succeeds as College Head
- Opening of Daisy Lee Hall and Chow Kwen-lim lounge
- Collaboration with the Yale-China Association in “New Asia College/ Yale University Summer Community Service Exchange”
- Opening of the Pavilion of Harmony
- “Ceremony of Unveiling of the Bust of Mr. Ch’ien Mu cum Completion of the Refurbishment of the Ch’ien Mu Library”
- Celebration and seminar of New Asia / Yale-China: The first 50 Years
- Naming Ceremony of the Leung Hung Kee Building
- First “Yu Ying-shih Lecture in History”
- “Our Life in West” exhibition
- Professor Lap-chee Tsui hosts the lecture “New Asia‧Genes”
- Professor James C. Y. Watt hosts the 60th anniversary celebration academic lecture cum the 22nd Ch’ien Mu Lecture in History and Culture
- Unveiling Ceremony of the Statue of Mr. Tang Chun-i
- “Six Decades of Endeavour: A Pictorial History of New Asia College” organised
- The “Chinese Painting and Calligraphy in the Collection of New Asia College” organised
- 60th anniversary drama production “Our Starlight Stories” performed in the Hong Kong City Hall
- Professor Shun Kwong-loi succeeds as College Head
- Joint-organised overseas cultural exchange programme with Hertford College, Oxford University
- Joint-organised Global Alumni Leadership Exchange Program with Yale University’s alumni association
- First “New Asia Lectures on Contemporary China”
- First “New Asia Lectures on Confucianism”
- Celebration and seminar of the 60th Anniversary of Partnership between New Asia College and Yale-China Association
- Opening of the New Asia History Gallery
- Professor Henry N.C. Wong once again succeeds as College Head
- Naming Ceremony of Mr. Bill Lam Wing Tak Lounge
- “Unveiling Ceremony of the Statue of Professor Pi-kai Tchang”
- Professor Yu Ying-Shih lectures on “New Asia College and Chinese Humanities Studies”
- “Banquet in Celebration of the 65th Anniversary of New Asia College”
- Professor Yu Kwang Chung lectures on “A Comparative Study of Chinese and Western Pastoral Poetry”
- First “Yen Kwo-Yung Lecture in Life Sciences”
- Completion Ceremony of Kwelin Street Public Open Space (New Asia College Former Site)
- New Asia Charles Leung Gymnasium Naming Ceremony
- Student Lui Lai Yiu wins the bronze medal in the women’s 100m hurdles in the 2018 Asian Games
- “Changes of China’s Culture of Learning since Late 19th Century” speech delivered by Professor Ambrose King
- “Together We March Forward: New Asia 70 Years An Exhibition”
- Donation for Collections
- Online Appreciation
Recap of Student Activities
The early days of New Asia College’s establishment, especially during the Kweilin Street period, were exactly like what the anthem says: “empty hands, not an object”. Teachers and students were often occupied with their academics and livelihoods, with little spare time. Extra-curricular activities for students were a luxury. Nevertheless, teachers and students still cherished group activities, as students would gather and organise parties or balls every Christmas or new year or on special festival, when academic staffs participated enthusiastically. Both sides enjoyed the functions together, like a big family. Another remarkable “activity” was publishing bulletins, which was considered the most economic-efficient and direct method to draw readers and writers together. Students of New Asia constantly excelled in the academic fields of literature, history, or philosophy. This was more or less attributed to the extensive reading and writing tradition.
The Farm Road campus was instituted in 1956. The campus size was not large, yet facilities were comprehensive, including a student hostel. Students hailing from Southeast Asia or other distant locations were accommodated there. Hostel residents could save much time for transportation, and, as most non-local students were scholarship awardees, they were comparatively well-off. As a result, the extra-curricular activities organised by them were typically more successful than those by locals. One of the most active student bodies in the early 1960s was the “Nanyang Students’ Club”.
The institution of the Farm Road Campus signified a new era of the relationship between the Yale-in-China Association and New Asia. From 1956, the Yale-in-China Association commenced to deploy Yale graduates by selection to New Asia for English teaching. The majority of the Yale academic staffs were fresh graduates, mingling with local students easily. Among the Yale graduates, many were talented scholars or athletic prospects, who eagerly provided assistance for various activities outside lessons, truly making cultural exchange between the East and the West.
The most historical student bodies of New Asia would be the department societies of Literature and History, Philosophy and Education, Economics, and Business Administration. Sadly, records and archives of such societies have been long lost, leading to a void in their history. It is known that the departments above were the first to be set up by the College, and their respective student bodies were also the first in New Asia College.
As for student interest groups, the Christian Fellowship and Catholic Students’ Club were pioneers. For internationally recognised groups, it would be the World University Service.
In terms of organisation, these student bodies were all independently operated, without a centralized hub of co-ordination, nor an institution-wide students’ union.
After long years of preparations, the Chinese University was officially instituted in 1963. As the students from the three colleges yearned for a schoolwide celebration, students’ unions of colleges were prompted into existence.
Initially, the University was skeptical of a strong and organised students’ union. As most academic staff originated from mainland China, they had a solid grudge against mainland Chinese student bodies led by pro-communist “students” during the pre-liberation era. The staff also had the perception that, upon the establishment of a students’ union, clashes with the University would emerge, sabotaging the harmony between students and teachers. Thus, the student organisers back then spent huge efforts in negotiations before finally successfully convincing the university management to abandon its prejudices. As a result, a students’ union was authorized to be founded in 1964.
The year 1964 could be regarded as a milestone for extra-curricular activities of New Asia College. In line with the constant development of the University and a growing number of students, the duties of the students’ union were becoming arduous. The organisers of the union in that year were as the following: Chan, Chung-ling (History), Wu, Yiu-fai (Chinese), Chu, Ping-chiu (Economics), Cheng, Hei-chiu (Chemistry), Law, Ling and Nip, Ka-pik (Sociology). Cheng had the title of the President of the first Students’ Union, while Nip was the head of the Council.
The establishment of the Students’ Union turned over a new leaf of students’ life, and its annual election became one of the most prominent events on campus. The Union ran in the form of a responsible cabinet, and the council (later re-structured to a representative council) supervised the operation of the Union. Heated elections occurred every year in early October in a fiery, vehement atmosphere. It drew a stark contrast to the indifference and coldness nowadays.
All student bodies were supervised by the Disciplinary Office (renamed to the Dean of Students’ Office) of the College. All student organisations must be registered to the College, which treated all registered groups with absolute equality. All these years, the organisations co-existed in harmony without dissension at all.
Apart from the students’ union, department societies, religious groups, and diverse interest groups could be found in New Asia College, which activities infused the campus with a rich academic and artistic ambience.
New Asia’s most successful interest groups must be the Chinese Music Society and the Student Social Service Society. The former was founded in 1960, with zealous support from the College and community enthusiasts. The society was granted a venue site (even the Students’ Union did not have its own back then), allowing the purchase of more musical instruments, training and research classes, and the engagement of local renowned masters to give lectures. The Chinese Music Society immediately became Hong Kong’s largest traditional Chinese Music institute, playing a fundamental role in propelling Chinese music education in Hong Kong. Another characteristic of this club was the eager participation of academic staff and their spouses. Former president Ch’ien Mu and Mrs. Ch’ien, Mrs. Tang Chun-i, wife of the registrar, Department of Chinese Chairman Professor Pan Cong-kui, Mr. Su Lin-guan from the Physics Department and many more, had all actively partook of the Society’s classes and projects. Tam Yue-him from the English Department was one of the founding members of the Society, and had been its president several times. In 1975, Doctor Tam returned to CUHK, and took up the role of society advisor, assisting in its affairs.
The Student Social Service Society was founded by Economics student Kam Wai-pui in 1968, who subsequently was elected as Students’ Union President. This Society was one of the most stable and robust student bodies of New Asia College. Even when student movements were in a slump, the Society still connected like-minded students to engage in different functions to serve our society.
The rise and fall of student interest groups were as unpredictable as the weather. The once popular Chinese Opera Society, Chess Society, Bridge Society, Fishing Society, and others all withered due to a lack of leadership. The Chinese Culture Society also could not escape such fate. It once arranged well-acknowledged academic seminars in its heyday (mid-1970s). Its publication Ren Wen (translated as “The Humanities”) was among the best in the tertiary education circle. Most notably, Wang Dao Bian Jing Tian Di Kuan (literally, Beholding the Way, You Will Find What an Amazingly Wide World It Is) published in 1975 became a bestseller, and bought huge revenues to the Society. Sadly, the Society ceased operation in the late 1970s due to the lack of successors.
Some student bodies developed steadily. They were not in the limelight, but demonstrated the power of persistence. The Photography Society, the Folk Song Society, and the Astronomy Society were such examples. The Photography Society was a long-standing student body with a darkroom and basic equipment. The Astronomy Society was blessed with relentless efforts from Sun Jing-wu of the Physics Department, which resulted in the success of the assembling of a telescope with a 12.5-inch diameter, the largest among local amateur astronomy groups in 1977, the society’s inauguration year. The then Dean of Students, Tam Yue-him, provided enthusiastic assistance by soliciting support from the University, and by earning a subsidy from the optic instrument tycoon Haking Wong for an observatory-standard device to install Sun’s telescope. The Folk Song Society persistently summoned up the support of compatible students to outstanding outcomes. The College Plaza was their activity venue at night, and eminent popular singers like Aling Choi and Christopher Wong were core members. Their performances from their university days are still cherished to this day. The motive for establishing the Society was to consolidate amity through enhancing students’ interest in and knowledge of folk songs. With 95 members, the Folk Song Society not only stimulated folk music on campus, but also liaised with their peers at the University of Hong Kong, and the Hong Kong Polytechnic, forming amiable bonds. Apart from this, the Society also published songbooks and compiled teaching material for guitar courses.
The history of the New Asia Choir could be described as a legend. The choir had performances dating back to student-arranged gigs in 1958, with academic staff Tang Duan-zheng, Chow Cheunk-waai, Hu Shi, and Huang Lian as members. Mr. Chiu Wai-yin acted as conductor. He left for the United States sometime later, signifying a halt in the choir’s operation. From the mid-1960s to mid-1970s, English Department lecturer Father Joseph Egan prized the Choir. With the recruitment of Yale-in-China teaching staff as new blood, the Choir successively performed classic operas like Madame Butterfly and The Mikado, earning critical acclaim from various fields. Upon Father Egan’s retirement in 1974, the Choir experienced another hiatus until 1980, when Chiu returned to greet staff and students, infusing remarkable energy and positivity on campus.
The Drama Society was also a long-standing student body. The New Asia Drama Club won multiple inter-university drama competitions in the early 1960s. Early key figures included Li Jin-zhong, Tam Yue-him, Poon Wah-dong, Lei Yuan-xi and others. Given a well-equipped school hall during the Farm Road period, the annual inter-faculty drama contest often drew a large audience, making it one of the most prominent student events. After the College’s relocation to the Sha Tin campus, specifically after the opening of the more sophisticatedly furnished Sir Run Run Shaw Hall, students’ interest in drama was even more elevated. The Club achieved brilliant results throughout the history of the drama competitions among the three early colleges. New Asia almost secured every major award.
With merely a history of a decade or so, the Kungfu Society was one of the most flourishing student bodies, somehow entirely rooting from the College’s Board of Trustees member Cheung Wai-lun’s immense support. Trustee Cheung not only financially aided the Society (sponsoring $23,000 every year for remuneration for the Kungfu masters), but was also actively involved in the annual “Night Congee Meeting” to promote the exchange of martial arts. In the past, the Kungfu Society would deploy a lion dance squad to hostels every lunar Chinese new year to greet staff and students, infusing remarkable energy and positivity on campus.
The Business Administration Society was a body formed in 1970, which aimed to facilitate bonding and academic research simultaneously. It ceaselessly organised activities for academics, amity, welfare, external communications and others throughout its history. The 1988 “Showcase of Hong Kong Industries” organised alongside the Business Administration Society of United College was a rare student-led large-scale activity.
Last but not least, the three hostel residents associations of Chih Hsing, Xuesi, and Grace Tien must be introduced. As their names suggest, their service targets were hostel residents. Besides arranging a tuck shop for convenience, resident associations also arranged different activities to build up rapport. Since half of our students are hostel residents, the significance of hall life has gained widespread attention.