Let's share the joy of reading
Hong Kong Education Commission Chairman Dr Rosanna Wong and CityU President Professor H K Chang launched the Ceremony and spoke on reading. Dr Wong maintains a reading habit despite her busy life. She encouraged students to develop a reading habit since childhood. She suggested young readers to start with favourite titles and keep on reading persistently. Professor Chang shared his reading secret as well, “I read every day.
To celebrate the World Book Day, Professor Chang also announced that fostering reading culture is one of the themes of CityU’s 20th anniversary celebration. Talks and book fairs will be held on campus to encourage students to read more. Professor Chang is invited to be one of the reading ambassadors to promote proper reading habits in the community. (Audio link to Professor Chang’s two recommended book in RTHK’s one-minute reading promotion (in Cantonese).)
Symbolism of World Book Day
In 1995, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization announced 23 April as the World Book Day to encourage reading and publishing, and to promote the protection of intellectual property. April 23 is chosen because it is the birthdays of great authors including William Shakespeare and Vladimir Nabokov. Coincidently, on this day in 1616, Shakespeare, Miguel de Cervantes, and Inca Garcilaso died. It is also a Spanish tradition that on the world book day, book recipients present a rose to their book givers.