Pride of Place: Victoria Ip

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.] Kowloon Park . Kowloon Park—the less glamorous yet much more soulful sister of…

Pride of Place: Magdalen Ki

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.] My natural favourite place is—of course—a couch. My preference was different in the…

Pride of Place: Karen Wong

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.] From Personal Memory to Collective Memory: Nam Shan Estate Nam Shan Estate (南山邨)…

Pride of Place: Pino Cao

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.] If it weren’t for the Science Fiction course last semester, I probably would…

“She Waits” by Pamela Wong

  It is a Tuesday in the blue winter. As she walks in and sits down, as usual, on this maroon seat in this shadowless corner, the barista, knowing that she stays for a whole afternoon, has served her an espresso, and she knows it’s her last one today. She never gives a careful look…

“The Fragility of Our Benign Authentic Self” by Janet Lau

Editor’s note: This review contains spoilers. If you have not yet watched the Black Mirror episode “USS Callister”  (or the entire show), please go watch it already. ‘William couldn’t find you, Dolores. But out there, among the dead, he found something else: himself.’ ─ Man in Black, Westworld The crew on USS Callister faces a…

Pet Sounds: Michael Cheuk

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.] “Shut Up and Keep Talking” is track 8 from the album Ordinary People. “Shut Up…” is a song…

“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….

“Circles” by Katie Wong

::::: Katie Wong is a final-year student studying in the Department of English Language and Literature (Class of 2017). She is currently researching on the semiotics of book covers.

“Re/discovering the Lost Voices” by Suzanne Lai

. History is a record of transit. You have always been trying to describe the condition of being in-between. Syrian refugees battle the ocean and risk their lives to flee from their homes. They seek shelter in lands of abundance, while people sitting in their own castles of casual luxuries watch from high and above….

“It’s a Dog’s Life” by Magdalen Ki

Please allow me to introduce myself: my name is Golden, a dog by chance and a student by profession. Neither is my choice though, the first has much to do with fate, the second has something to do with the world I happen to live in. Given the number of certified professionals and the enthusiasm…

“The Ineffable” by Lian-Hee Wee

  “Back to Basics” by Tim Kranz You know, it’s like …, but the blanks never get filled, even if the response were Yes, absolutely, I know it’s really, you know? When I was growing up, I didn’t know what was ineffable, nothing was. I said anything I damned pleased except when I can’t find…

“Con- or perhaps, Sub-juncts” by Lian-Hee Wee

And with conjunctions bookending this sentence it conjoins to anything but.* Nor yet for so, exhausting all the co-ordinations, that is why true freedom and democracy are faulted for being too difficult. Because subordinates are pliable, As long as, by the time, even if, in case, lest, once, provided that we do not realize how…

“Cohesion” by Tammy Ho Lai-Ming

This was the speech I gave at the inauguration ceremony of Eminence on 19 February 2014.  Thank you for allowing me to speak to you today. It is a great honour indeed. I am glad to see that so many of you managed to come tonight and gather together as one group. This is a…

“Thoughts from Edinburgh” by Grace Wong Hiu Yan

Looking out from where I am sitting at my desk, I count 46 other windows, a lone yellowing tree surrounded by dumpsters and an 11-sided slice of sky framed by sandstone walls and the occasional line of roosting pigeons on a slate roof. Clouds move quickly here. The weather is almost unbearably volatile. On a…

A Reading of C.P. Cavafy’s “Candles” by Nicola Chan Oi Ching

“The Penitent Magdalen” (detail) by Georges de la Tour C.P. Cavafy in “Candles” (1984), regarded by himself as ‘one of the best things [he] ever wrote’ (Cavafy qtd. in Liddell 139), transforms the abstract conception of daily birth of life into a metaphorical image of a row of candles, in which the first-person persona’s past and…

“Three Observations” by Cheng Tim Tim

Curtain breathes. It makes a silent mosquito on my skin. I can’t always tell the hour from the filtered sunbeam. I grasp a corner of the curtain and pull. A strip of morning sky is to be scrambled by more buildings and cranes. I must get up. My hand feels its way to the windowpane….

“An Overdue Sentiment” by Helen Hao

“Coffee Thing” by Ricky Garni It was a delightful March day spent on Lamma Island this year. Whenever stress threatens to do me in and I come close to buckling under, my mind invariably endeavours a course back to that lovely day when the wind stood fair and the ray of the sunshine was perfect….

“In and Out of Cambodia” by Zabrina Lo

15 February 2016 What is the point of going to the Louvre to look at the Mona Lisa when you can simply Google it? Thus two years ago a friend of mine challenged my high hopes for my travels. All I insisted was that I needed to see it with my own eyes. ‘It’s about…

Headspace: William Ng

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.] The arrival of my double-decker bus affords its own simple pleasure on my daily commute. I scan…

“Every Me A We, Every We A Me” by Jason S Polley

rare indeed a man sent me an autograph from Beau Jack. he said that Beau Jack asked him to send it on to me. I told the man to tell Beau Jack that I was honored. have you heard of him? he was a prizefighter. many men box but he was a fighter, a terror,…

Headspace: Gary Lam

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.] Café Je t’aime, Sheung Shui Calm, blissful nights with fine weather. Dark, quiet alley in Shek Wu…

“From Inhumanly Minuscule to the Lion Rock Spirit” by Finn Lai

The HP Series showcases excerpts from excellent Honours Projects by students from the Department of English Language and Literature. [Read all entries here.] Supervisor: Dr Jason S Polley In September 2015, while on boyfriend duty, I accompanied my girlfriend in search of a supposed ‘shop’ in Tsim Sha Tsui. She had ordered a skincare product…

“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…

“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…

“Bookworm Moments” by Tammy Lai-Ming Ho

Earlier this month, funded by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, I attended the Beijing and Suzhou Bookworm Literary Festivals. In Beijing, I was a speaker on the panels “Poetry Around the World” and “Writing Place” and in Suzhou, I was on the panels “Agree to be Different!” and “Literature Across Frontiers”. During my stay…

“The English Sense” by Vinton Poon

For many people, learning a second language involves familiarising themselves with the grammatical rules of the language. My experience of learning the English language has been no different. In my younger years, I assiduously memorised the participle forms of verbs, acquainted myself with the infinitives, and processed the differences between definite and indefinite articles. I…