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Lecture - Through the Dragon's Gate: Memories of a Hong Kong Childhood - Dr. Jean O'Hara

  • Centre for Visual Arts 7A Kennedy Road Hong Kong Island Hong Kong (map)

‘Through the Dragon’s Gate’ is a fascinating autobiographical account of a childhood in Hong Kong through to the years of medical training in London. Sensitive, multidimensional and culturally poignant, it is a personal story seen as much through the author’s eyes as through the eyes of her grandmother, a central figure of quiet strength, wisdom and traditional Chinese values. Going through the dragon’s gate symbolises the achievement of one’s potential and is testament to the perseverance and sacrifices to get there. The author will share key moments and influences from her unique journey across cultures.   

The Speaker

Jean O’Hara grew up in colonial Hong Kong in the 1960s, the daughter of an Anglo-Burmese librarian (later a senior civil servant) and his Chinese wife. Her childhood was a simple one, sleeping on a straw mat in an overcrowded one bedroom flat with basic sanitation. She left in 1978 to study medicine in the UK, against the advice of her headmaster and the government education department. Jean is now a prominent psychiatrist in London, and England’s national clinical director for learning disabilities. This book is her account of a childhood steeped in Chinese culture and first steps in medicine.

Reception opens 6:30 pm, talk starts 7:00 pm


Admission: RAS Members $100; Non-Members / Guests $150

Booking: Please email in advance to reserve your place and pay at the door