AsiaGlobal Dialogue 2018 took place at Loke Yew Hall, Main Building on the HKU’s Main Campus. This Edwardian Baroque-style building was completed in 1912. It was a gift from Sir Hormusjee N Mody, a distinguished Parsi businessman and land developer in Hong Kong.
During its early days the Main Building housed all departments of the University, including administrative offices, lecture rooms, a library, a clinic, and even a temporary student hostel.
In December 1941 the Main Building was converted into a relief hospital due to the outbreak of war. During the war, parts of it were badly looted; the roof of the Great Hall was removed and the timber used as fuel.
In the 1950s the Main Building was extended with the addition of two new courtyards and a further floor at the rear. In 1956, the old Great Hall was renamed Loke Yew Hall in memory of Dr Loke Yew, an early benefactor of the University.
The Main Building was declared a monument by the Hong Kong Government in 1984.
AsiaGlobal Dialogue 2018 was hosted by the Asia Global Institute and took place at the historic Loke Yew Hall, The University of Hong Kong.