Document: Disc jockey at Radio Hong Kong studios, 1969. Catalogue ref: CO 1069/467 (4)
To mark September’s East and Southeast Asian Heritage Month, we are showcasing this photograph from 1969 Hong Kong, showing a disc jockey seated in front of a turntable at Radio Hong Kong studios.
Hong Kong was a British colony from 1842 - when Hong Kong Island was ceded to Britain after the First Opium War - until 1997.
This photo shows the studio of Radio Hong Kong in 1969. The British Hong Kong government started public radio broadcasts in 1928, which became Radio Hong Kong in 1948 and finally Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) in 1976. RTHK is still the public broadcasting service of Hong Kong.
This photo was taken just after Radio Hong Kong moved into its brand new studios at Broadcast Drive. The original description reads: “Spinning the discs in Radio Hong Kong’s new 16 studio complex.” It’s part of a government series of photographs by photographer Adam Lynford promoting the radio and TV industry in Hong Kong.
With this document, students could consider:
- When do you think this photo was taken? Is there evidence in the image of a particular time period?
- What do you think the people in the photograph are doing, what is their work?
- Why do you think this photograph was taken, and by whom? Who is the audience?
- What kind of music do you think people might have heard on Radio Hong Kong in 1969?
- How can this photograph help us understand the history of Hong Kong in the 1960s?
- What are the advantages and disadvantages of visual evidence?
Learn more about Hong Kong and the Opium Wars in our lesson resource:
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