Lingnanian pop-up café celebration connects with alumni for tastes of the Lingnan legacy
Lingnan University's Alumni Relations Team of the Office of Institutional Advancement and Public Affairs has organised its first-ever month-long themed café at the Jao Tsung-I Academy (JTIA) in Lai Chi Kok from 24 August till 23 September. With the aim of “Sharing Lingnan history with the community”, the Lingnanian pop-up café features unique characteristics of Lingnan's culture, heritage, and development milestones, along with the Red Grey Special Menu and the Reading Corner with historical publications. It allows the public to gain insights into the University’s storied history and remarkable achievements while fostering connections among alumni and Lingnanians, inviting everyone to savour the Lingnan legacy while enjoying the aroma of coffee.
A opening ceremony was held to mark the kick-off of the Lingnanian pop-up café at JTIA on 11 September, officiated by Mr Leung Man-kwong, Member of the Legislative Council, Mr Paul Wong Yan-yin, Sham Shui Po District Officer of the Home Affairs Department, and Prof S. Joe Qin, President and Wai Kee Kau Chair Professor of Data Science of Lingnan University.
Mr Paul Wong Yan-yin, Sham Shui Po District Officer of the Home Affairs Department
In his opening speech, President Qin emphasised that the history of Lingnan University is a treasure trove for all Lingnanians, which carries the passion and dedication of numerous predecessors to education. It also witnesses Lingnan’s growth, progress, and brings together the wisdom and emotions across generations of teachers, students, and alumni.
“The Lingnanian pop-up café combines exhibition, social, and interactive elements with the theme of Lingnan history, which not only passes on the legacy of Lingnan but also serves as a window to showcase the treasures of Lingnan culture to the world,” says President Qin.
To immerse visitors in the historical ambiance of Lingnan, it sets up the Lingnan History Wall portraying the University’s development milestones from 1888 to the present day, an interactive voting game on different Lingnan elements, and a reading corner housing rare publications and books written by Lingnanians from antiquity to the present day.