Pride of Place: John Wakefield

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.] Dark green waters brushed with tinges of orange from the setting sun. Damp…

Pet Sounds: John Wakefield

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.] Bertrand Russell The philosopher Bertrand Russell said, ‘There are two reasons for reading a book; one, that you…

Announcement: The Seventeenth Workshop on Cantonese

日期: 2017 年 4 月 22 日 (星期六) 地點: 香港浸會大學, 思齊樓, 719 主題: 粵難粵學 Date: April 22, 2017 (Saturday) Venue: David C. Lam Building (DLB) 719, Hong Kong Baptist University Theme: The Teaching and Learning of Cantonese as an Additional Language “The Seventeenth Workshop on Cantonese” will take place on April 22, 2017 (Saturday) at…

Headspace: John Wakefield

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.] No phone. Only natural and mental distractions. natural The glare of the sun. Pounding rain. Cracks of…

“And Then Follow Through” by William Ng and John Wakefield

Drinking coffee in Amsterdam before heading to Antwerp to present a paper on Sociopragmatics William: What led you to the pursuit of further studies in Cantonese and Sociopragmatics? John: In comparison to most white, native English-speaking immigrants, I have assimilated linguistically and culturally to an unusual degree. That being the case, I have tried to…

Ongoing Moments: John Wakefield

Ongoing Moments: A series in which teaching staff and students from the English Department respond to a photograph of their choice. [Read all entries.] [Revisit the “Interrogative” series.] . Chemistry your photograph: the chemistry of remembering fixed on the card your child: the chemistry of remembering folded in the flesh —by Brian Holton (a friend…

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,…

The Interrogative Mood: Questions with John Wakefield

The following questions are taken from Padgett Powell’s The Interrogative Mood. Are boys meaner than girls, or vice versa? I think both sexes are equally capable of both good and evil. Are you more troubled by a lie or by a theft, or are they the same metaphysically? I don’t think they are the same metaphysically;…

“Monkey Man” by John Wakefield

I ask you a question, or say what I think. You don’t give an answer… don’t respond to my thoughts. Instead you say “Wow, you talk like I do… …that’s funny as hell.” I’m a monkey on a bike, wearin’ a hat ‘n a coat. When I talk like you do, you just gotta laugh…….