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Anti-opium campaigner remembered

Anti-opium campaigner remembered

The exhibition featuring China’s anti-drug history displays valuable historical items, such as the two antique opium containers dating back to the years between 1914 and 1941, when opium was a legal trade operated by the colonial government of Hong Kong. (Provided to China Daily)

HONG KONG – China’s historical experience in opposing opium should never be forgotten, a leading Hong Kong academic said on Tuesday.

Lam Kin-keung, president of LKK Anti-Drug Culture Foundation, said people should also remember the remarkable life and work of Lin Zexu, a famous anti-opium official in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).

Lam made these comments at the opening ceremony of an exhibition featuring China’s anti-drug historical relics. The exhibition was organized by the foundation.

To reflect on Opium War and the history of Hong Kong since it was colonized by Britain 175 years ago, Lam, stressed the importance of promoting opposition to drugs. He believed this would encourage more people - especially youngsters - to say no to drugs.

Precious historical anti-drug relics and documents in Qing Dynasty and the period of Republic of China (1912-49) are on display at the exhibition held in Civic Centre in Sheung Wan.

Documents recording anti-opium laws, which were published 222 years ago; comics demonstrating against Britain’s opium trade in Hong Kong and the anti-drug movement in China are among the exhibits.

At a seminar on Tuesday afternoon, three experts shared their research on the two Opium Wars, Hong Kong society from 1839 to 1860 and the life of Lin Zexu.

President of Society of Hong Kong History Tang Ka-jau talked about the anti-opium ambassador. Tang said Lin Zexu should not be ignored, as he was a national hero and a great individual from Chinese history. Tang suggested that a monument to Lin Zexu should be built in some historical sites to raise public awareness.

Lin Min, the descendant of Lin Zexu also attended the opening ceremony and the seminar.

Lin said she appreciated the invitation and hoped more people could learn about the anti-opium activities of Lin Zexu.

The exhibition is open to the public from Aug 30 to Sept 3.

Kathy Zhang contributed to this story.

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