Date and Time 

Date: 20 October, 2017 (Friday)
Time: 7:00PM – 8:30PM


Looking into Hong Kong history books, it is no wonder to find out that the authority of the governor was limited by the opinions of a union of British merchants, led by Jardine Matheson. In fact, the Dutch, British and French East Company and business Hongs, like Jardines and Dent &Co., could not only exert their influence on the local governors, but also as a whole on Eurasia logistics and politics.

This seminar will discuss the 7-years war between Britain and France (1756-1763), the Thirteen Hongs in Guangzhou and opium trade and the political and business tycoon, the Jardines/ Keswicks family. Trade has always been a catalyst of wealth, but also of conflicts. Facing the present world where trade is becoming more widespread and inter-connected, it is therefore appropriate to see what this part of history can teach us.


Mr. Roger Wu Ho Chi (an experienced senior secondary school history teacher with research interest in South East Asia)

Master of Humanities, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Postgraduate Diploma in Education, Hong Kong University
B.A. in History, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Meeting Room, Flats A-B, 11/F, China Overseas Building, 139 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong


General Public

Medium of Instruction


Please submit your registration here. Seats are limited on a first-come-first-served basis.

Application Deadline: 3 October, 2017 (Tuesday)

SLAA reserves the right to change or modify the content of this course outline.

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