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Thursday, December 1, 2016, 01:09

HK boosts Chinese history study through scholarship

By Li Yinze

HONG KONG - Ten Hong Kong students on Wednesday received a scholarship with a cash award of HK$50,000 each for excellence in Chinese history studies.

Endeavour Education Centre, formed earlier this year to enhance Hong Kong students’ understanding of Chinese history and culture, presented the scholarships.

These were sponsored by Bank of China for 10 students who were either recommended by their universities, or top students in history in the Diploma of Secondary Education Examination. They are now are studying history in post-secondary education programs.

Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai, Hong Kong member of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, who is also the chairwoman of the Management Committee of the Endeavour Education Centre, said Hong Kong needs to encourage students to learn Chinese history, or choose the subject at college.

Fan praised schools teachers in Hong Kong who have provided helpful guidance to students in cultivating an interest in Chinese history.

Ho Wing-ki, one of the scholarship recipient, is an undergraduate student studying Chinese history at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Ho said she was impressed with the richness of Chinese culture, after she has conducted research on the Song Dynasty (960-1279). She learned that the growth of science and technology experienced a peak period and Chinese classical literature a golden age. She said the sense of national identity among Hong Kong people, of being Chinese, would be stronger, if more people studied Chinese history.

Ho plans to use the cash award to go to Tibet, a place she has longed to visit. Ho said she is hoping to experience a distinctive Chinese culture there.

yinzeli@chinadailyhk.com
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