“The Window” by Daisy Lam

One drunken night, people living on my floor decided that they wanted more windows. ::::: Daisy Lam is a third-year student studying at the Department of English and the Department of Education. [Read all entries by Daisy.]  

“Gastritis” by Vinton Poon

. My stomach acid suddenly decides to be adventurous. Without a passport, they travel up. Little do they know, they’re not the most refined tourists, Leaving a trace of blazing pain in my throat. The body is not the most adaptive object. To accommodate, only congee can pass my lips, Their grand voyage has chased…

Ongoing Moments: Anna Tham

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.] . My brother and me, at sundown chasing waves I lived by the sea in Sai Kung until I was four. It was a small village with…

Ongoing Moments: Tiffany Tsoi Wing Yan

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.] . After years and years in school, I am now classified as ‘Fresh Graduate’—a concise oxymoron revealing the trick of age. I am now old enough to…

Ongoing Moments: William Ng

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.] . “Gold Diggers Receiving Letter from Home” (circa 1860), attrib.William Strutt. Oil on canvas, 91.5 x 72.3 cm. Psst, can you feel his longing for a return?…

Ongoing Moments: Jason S Polley

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.] This is a photo of a photo of me. Believe it or believe it not. But this—this this—is not about me. Or, actually, meaning really, this is…

Ongoing Moments: Nicola Chan Oi Ching

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.] . Janet and me. If moments could be ongoing … . Together we live twenty-nine days, moving from Russia to France, France to England. . In response…

Ongoing Moments: Paulina Lee

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.] . This was one of the most extraordinary scenes that I saw in my journeys. Indeed, the mystery of nature has never failed to amaze me. ….

Ongoing Moments: Ivan Delazari

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.] . Nevsky Prospect, St. Petersburg, Russia, either the Indian summer of 1999 or the spring of 2000: in front of the long colonnade of the Gostiny Dvor…

Ongoing Moments: Louis Chung

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.] click image to enlarge Recently I had the opportunity to go to Penvénan, a small town in the Brittany region of France with some friends during my…

“So Much Depends Upon A Pretty Heroine” by Tammy Ho Lai-Ming

Everyone knows the story of Snow White. A wicked stepmother,1 upon finding out from her magic mirror that her stepdaughter, Snow White (who is ‘as white as snow, as red as blood, and as black as the wood in the window frame’), is fairer than herself, orders a huntsman to kill the girl. The man, influenced by…

“You Can’t Take a Picture of This” by Holden Liang Qichao

It is a perfect Sunday afternoon in autumn. The sun finally decides to grace the earth with its warm glow after days of bleak grey sky and biting wind. The shedding trees have been giving the sanitary crew a hard time, but in the comforting nook of one’s own backyard, their rich foliage has weaved…

“緣 Yuan” by Vinton Poon

An experience I had when I was an undergraduate is still vivid today. On one breezy autumn afternoon, I was strolling around the campus between classes. In a community centre I saw a poster advertising a series of religious talks, one of which was on Buddhism. Since the Buddhist talk was just half an hour…

“Julia” by Stuart Christie

Julia, you recall, was Winston Smith’s great love in George Orwell’s 1984. She is both a character in the book and, at least for me, an emblem of what disinterested love itself can, and often does, result in just prior to the moment of capture, just prior to the moment the repressive secret police (of…

“How Honest Are You In Your Diary?” by Tammy Ho Lai-Ming

Someone once told me a story from Greg Egan‘s Axiomatic. The story, titled “The Hundred Light-Year Diary”, is about a future invention that allows people to send messages to themselves from the future. Every person can send about 100 words every day. The protagonist of the story is a guy who has been writing a diary…

“Now Lost” by Lian-Hee Wee

Watercolour sketch in about 20 minutes, 8.3.2013. Accompanying Eunice who didn’t want to study alone. I playfully refused to make a gift of the painting, instead it went to the wall at a nearby restaurant. Later, Eunice offered to buy the painting from the restaurant owner who refused (I don’t know why). The owner sold…

“A Wintry Hypothesis” by Tammy Ho Lai-Ming

On 9th January 2015, I became an aunt for the first time. My youngest sister, Ying, gave birth to a baby girl having been in labour for over fifteen hours. On 9th January 2015, I gained a new identity—I am now my little niece’s “Big Aunt Mother” (大姨媽). It sounds so old. When I first…

“Urban Youth” by William Ng

. It was inspiring for me to attend the English Department seminar “Urban Youth, Language and Literacy Development in the Digital and Global Environments” [abstract] delivered by Dr. Myrrh Domingo from the Institute of Education, University College London on Monday 26th January 2015. Recently, the image of me approaching the classroom of my future students has…

“What Broccoli Tells Us About the Umbrella Movement” by Vinton Poon

From a poster “KEEP CALM & STAY TOGETHER” seen in Mong Kok. Photo by Jason S Polley. The people involved in the Umbrella Movements have been called many names by those who disagree with them. They were described as being ignorant, provoked, misinformed, and manipulated. In the eyes of the opposition, the protesters, who wore…

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 Interrogative Mood: Questions with Vinton Poon

The following questions are taken from Padgett Powell’s The Interrogative Mood. What for you are the characteristics that make a person extremely likable?  For me, extremely likeable people are those who know who they are and are happy with who they are. These people have nothing to hide or be ashamed of, and they will not…

“De-seats” by Tammy Ho Lai-Ming

Seats that I have seen but never sat on. . . ::::: Tammy Ho Lai-Ming is Assistant Professor at the Department of English Language and Literature. She is the administrator of Agora. [Click here to read all entries by or about Tammy.]

The Interrogative Mood: Questions with Jason S Polley

The following questions are taken from Padgett Powell’s The Interrogative Mood. If you could be instantly fluent in a language you do not now speak, what language would it be? I have two answers. Cantonese, both as a means to develop a deeper solidarity with the majority of my fellow Hong Kong residents and as a…

The Interrogative Mood: Questions with Heidi Huang

The following questions are taken from Padgett Powell’s The Interrogative Mood. If you could emigrate to any country in the world and support yourself there, which country would it be? Germany – for the good beer and the way German children are taught. Is there a particular odour or situation guaranteed to nauseate you? People squabbling…

The Interrogative Mood: Questions with Douglas Robinson

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? I wish I hadn’t had so many regrets. … let us say then on an island all by your own self…

“The Pensieve” by Liu Yuwei

Photo by Liu Yuwei. Click image to enlarge. The merry-go-rounds The two merry-go-rounds, sitting apart by the straits, one facing a deserted beach and the other facing rose bushes, had got used to the life they had being sticking to for ages, without realising the existence of the other. . The cobblestones The cobblestones were…

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;…