Hong Kong Heritage

Hong Kong Heritage

類型:視像語言:英文分類:文化Arts & Culture狀態:播放中 節目簡介: Hong Kong has inherited traditional Chinese cultures. Situating at a unique geographic position while having a special role historically, for over a century, Hong Kong has always been an important hub for Chinese people to travel abroad as well as the new home for them to settle down. People of different races and nationalities from all over the world gather in this place. Cultures, customs and skills of all kinds can be passed on, evolved and integrated as a result, and thus enabling this small city to preserve its rich cultural heritage. Following the implementation of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage which was put into effect by UNESCO, the concept of “Intangible Cultural Heritage” has been increasingly popular while the local community has been placing more emphasis on the conservation of cultural heritage.

This programme is set in Hong Kong with the aim to present the characteristics of Hong Kong’s local culture from different perspectives, so as to let the general public have a more in-depth understanding of various kinds of cultures, as well as to enhance the awareness of the society to preserve the already endangered local culture. At the same time, different cultures have taken roots in the local communities. Not only do they bring about different social meanings, but also a cohesive force to bring various types of people together. On top of that, this programme will show specifically that cultural inheritance does not merely serve as a positive force for small communities and the society as a whole, but an indispensable element for social development in a modern society as well.

Narrator: John Culkin

Broadcast Details:
This 11-episode programme will be broadcast from 26 October 2018 on RTHK TV 31 and 31A.

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Poon Choi – Eating From the Same Basin 00:21:37 2019-01-17
Poon Choi – Eating From the Same Basin

In preparing Poon Choi, which means “basin meal”, ingredients cooked in advance are placed layer by layer in a basin, starting from the bottom. The more refined the ingredient is, the upper layer it forms. There are no specific rules in terms of what to put in a Poon Choi, but in general it includes Chinese turnips, deep-fried tofu, bean curd robes, shiitake mushrooms, and stewed pork, which is the essence of the whole Poon Choi and most challenging to make.

Poon Choi feast has been the traditional banquet of indigenous inhabitants of walled villages in the New Territories for centuries. Whether it is a wedding, a newborn baby boy, the Jiao festival or moving into a new house that a family would like to celebrate, the host family do not even need sending out invitation cards. They only have to post a red notice announcing the arrangements of the Poon Choi feast on the village’s notice board or their own door, and their relatives and friends will come to the feast naturally, either in the ancestral hall or grain hall (the place where threshing used to be done).

Gathering villagers in a Poon Choi feast also serves as a crucial process in the confirmation of identity. In the first lunar month of the year, any family with a boy newly born in the previous year will light up a lamp in the ancestral hall, and invite fellow villagers to a “lamp gathering”, which is a Poon Choi feast in celebration of the newly born male. It is only after all these ceremonies that a newborn male is officially accepted as a member of the village and entitled to inheriting his great-grandfather’s legacy. As for weddings traditionally, a couple wed and pay tribute to ancestors inside the ancestral hall. After the bride formally became part of the groom’s family, the couple invite their relatives to a day-long feast of Poon Choi and wine, which implies their acknowledgement of the marriage.

To many walled villagers, gathering in a Poon Choi feast symbolises unity and equality. Major clans such as the Tang and the Liu families from Yuen Long’s Ping Shan and Sheung Shui respectively also hold Poon Choi feasts after rituals venerating their ancestors. They even have the custom of cooking and eating on the hillside. Since the ancestral graves of major clans are often located at auspicious sites far from people’s home, villagers have to go all the way up to graves on the hillside during the season for offerings every year. The various limitations and lack of facilities on the hill mean they have to set up their cooking utensils on-site to cook. The wine and meat they bring as offerings are also included in the meal. With all the meat and vegetables put in wooden basins, members of the clan sit on the ground and eat together intimately in unity and harmony.

Producer: Bill YIP