Three generations of a Hong Kong family gather for a meal to celebrate the winter solstice in 1988.
Lisa Lim
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Language Matters by Lisa Lim

Winter solstice in China is a time for family, harmony and lavish meals

The shortest day of the year – or longest night – is celebrated with dishes symbolising togetherness

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Three generations of a Hong Kong family gather for a meal to celebrate the winter solstice in 1988.
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Lisa Lim

Lisa Lim

Lisa Lim has worked in Singapore, Britain, Amsterdam and Sri Lanka, and until June 2018 was Associate Professor and Head of the School of English at the University of Hong Kong, where she still holds an Honorary position. She now is Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Sydney. She is co-editor of the journal Language Ecology, founder of the website linguisticminorities.hk, and co-author of Languages in Contact (Cambridge University Press, 2016).