Pet Sounds: Jason Eng Hun Lee

  Pet Sounds: A series in which teaching staff and students from the English Department reflect on a piece of music or song. [Read all entries.] [Revisit the “Headspace” series.] [Revisit the “Ongoing” series.] [Revisit the “Interrogative” series.] It’s a Terrible Beauty We’ve Made: Singing Through the Barricades with Spandau Ballet There are some songs…

“The Edge of Vast Shores” by Jason Eng Hun Lee

But now I only hear Its melancholy, long, withdrawing roar, Retreating to the breath Of the night-wind, down the vast edges drear And naked shingles of the world. —Matthew Arnold, “Dover Beach” Standing at the edge of vast shores I hear ancestor spirits invoke their unbidden siren call so the sea bursts as they command…

Umbrella Uprising — What We Think

. I have run out of umbrellas to lend to my students, braving all weathers, all scorn, for a future they no longer have any option but to believe in. Now it is my heart I would shelter them with. I do so happily, without reservation. They were the first, and will be the last,…

“HongKongopoly” by Jason Eng Hun Lee

. . The object of the game is to become the wealthiest player through buying, renting and selling property. Parker Brothers Pick up a top hat, tailor made, or try on new leather boots, the latest edition for players, enter by steam ship or train and take a stroll across town, ready to turn your…

The Interrogative Mood: Questions with Jason Eng Hun Lee

The following questions are taken from Padgett Powell’s The Interrogative Mood. What are the top three things in your life you wish you had not done, or done differently from the way you did them? Probably I wish I had not been so stubborn, and clung to some of my ideals so much, as they prevented…

“The Guess Who Quiz” by Heidi Huang

Click image to enlarge. From left to right: Florence Leung, Jason S Polley, Douglas Berman, Heidi Huang, Tammy Ho Lai-Ming, Jason Lee, Julia Wang, Ruth Hung and Stuart Christie. This “Guess Who Quiz” is actually ‘stolen’ from our students’ inspired descriptions of each teacher during our farewell dinner held on 2 May. When perusing the joyful photographs of that…

“45 Belgrave Square” by Jason Eng Hun Lee

“Nelson’s Column, 7th March, 2010” by Tammy Ho We waited under the buzz of a rotating fan, sheets neatly printed against palms, waiting for my annual summons to citizenship. Dad led the way, preceding me by thirty year’s toil under a hot tropical sun as we sat under the crescent gaze of a woman with…