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Club Lunch Panel: Whose Records Are They, Anyway? The Hong Kong Archives Law and the Public’s Right to Information

PANEL
Whose Records Are They, Anyway?
The Hong Kong Archives Law and the Public’s Right to Information
 
 

PANELISTS
Stacy Belcher Lee
HKU University Archivist and Member of the Law Reform Commission Archives Law Sub-committee
 
Prof. John Bacon-Shone
Director, Social Science Research Centre, HKU
 
Don Brech
Member of the Archives Action Group and former Director of the HK Government Records Service
 Tuesday, April 30, 2019
12:30pm for 12:45pm – Lunch
1:00pm – Panel
Event ends by 2:00pm
1st Floor
 

Watch live on Facebook from 1pm.

How can we make sense of what is happening today if we don’t have the context of yesterday? And that includes having access to official files and records of the past. But unlike most advanced societies, including China, Hong Kong currently suffers from the lack of an Archives Law, stipulating how records should be kept, preserved and made available to the public. As a consequence, and particularly since the Handover, many official records — meeting notes, transcripts — have been lost, or perhaps deliberately destroyed.

 

To tackle this problem, the Law Reform Commission has come up with a report looking at both the need for an archives law and legislation guaranteeing public access to information. Some journalists, historians and archivists think the proposals are too weak. But there is still time for the public to respond.

 

 
 
 
Club Lunch Panel
Panelists: Stacy Belcher Lee, Prof. John Bacon-Shone, Don Brech
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
12:30pm
Dining Room
 
Menu
 
Parma Ham & Artichoke Heart Salad with Lemon Mayo
 
Cream of Tomato
 
Roasted Beef Roulade with Mushroom & Red Wine Gravy
Served with Garlic Sautéed Spinach, Mashed Potatoes and Caramelized Carrot
OR
Fish Roulade with Mustard Cream Sauce
Served with Garlic Sautéed Spinach, Mashed Potatoes and Caramelized Carrot
 
Marble Cheesecake
 
Coffee or Tea
Petit Fours
 
 
Vegetarian Menu
 
Artichoke Heart Salad with Lemon Mayo
 
Cream of Tomato
 
Indian Vegetable Biryani
 
Marble Cheesecake
 
Coffee or Tea
Petit Fours
 
*Please inform us if you have any food allergies or intolerances
 

 

Speaker: Stacy Belcher Lee, HKU University Archivist and Member of the Law Reform Commission Archives Law Sub-committee; Prof. John Bacon-Shone, Director, Social Science Research Centre, HKU; Don Brech, Member of the Archives Action Group and former Director of the HK Government Records Service,