Wednesday, February 28, 2024
[In-person] Miller Theater, Asia Society Hong Kong Center
19:00 Filming Screening
19:18 Q&A with audience
ASHK Member Ticket: HKD60
Non-Member Ticket: HKD80
Hong Kong has over 700 kilometres of coastline, more than any other global city. The archipelago's rich maritime past from fishing village to major trading entrepot is well documented. Less well known is the city's unusual swimming history.
Simon Holliday will share some of the pioneering swims that have taken place in these waters, including an exclusive documentary screening of a daring wartime escape by Admiral Chan Chak who led a multinational band of men to safety on the eve of Hong Kong's surrender during the Second World War.
Despite a rich swimming history and success at the elite level of the sport, Hong Kong needs to address a problem: why is it, in an affluent city with an abundance of swimming pools and beaches, do more than half the population not know how to swim? Simon will share Splash Foundation's work in providing thousands of kids and adults the opportunity to learn to swim, significantly improving mental health as a result.
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