Pride of Place: Jeff Chow

Pride of Place: A series in which teaching staff and students from the English Department reflect on a place in Hong Kong. [Read all entries.] [Revisit the “Pet Sounds” series.] [Revisit the “Headspace” series.] [Revisit the “Ongoing” series.] [Revisit the “Interrogative” series.] Hong Kong: Station Finally, we are marching in democratic spirit, to have our…

Pet Sounds: Jeff Chow

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.] Photograph: Jeff Chow Forgotten Song in Spanish She turns on the radio, listens to it from the balcony,…

“(Post-)Diaspora Home-searching in Shelter (2016)” by Jeff Chow

Published in 2016, Jung Yun’s debut novel Shelter presents a gripping tale of suffocation and immobility within the illusion of familial comfort. The book starts off with Kyung, a thirty-six-year-old professor and his wife, Gillian, in the middle of a house deal. The meeting with the agent is cut short, however, when Kyung’s mother, Mae,…

“The Sun and The Moon On October 25” by Jeff Chow

On 25 October my grandma passed away and I remember the sun felt peculiar. Sitting at a computer finishing up my essay, I received a call from an unknown number. It was my father calling on my cousin’s mobile. “Your grandma passed away just now. She left in peace,” he said with his usual calmness….

Announcement: Jeff Chow won Most Creative Award

Jeff Chow, a final-year student in the Department of English, won the Most Creative Award in Hong Kong’s Top Story 2016 competition, co-organised by Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK), EJ Insight and the Hong Kong Economic Journal Education. All winners received books from Pan Macmillan and dining vouchers from Lan Kwai Fong Group. The theme of the competition…

Headspace: Jeff Chow

Headspace: A series in which teaching staff and students from the English Department write about a place or space they go to write, read, study or create. [Read all entries.]  [Revisit the “Ongoing” series.] [Revisit the “Interrogative” series.] At last I had the chance to get away from my parents, even if only for a…

“The Salesman Sleeps His Way to Death” by Jeff Chow

“Morning Light” by Tammy Ho Today is a Wednesday. A horseracing day for my father but just an ordinary Wednesday for me. Waking up to another dull day, the air is humid and suffocating. I am holding a cup of chamomile tea, sipping, watching my father in his deep sleep. My father used to wake…