“Instinctually Allegorising Ruth Hung’s Seminar on Wolf Totem” by Benjamin Lam

November 5, 2018 happened to be sandwiched between two significant “democratic” exercises—the previous day saw an “independence referendum” in New Caledonia, where the pro-independence indigenous Kanaks outnumbered by European and Asian settlers to legitimise the continued exploitation of their native land—home to a quarter of the planet’s nickel deposits—for the benefit of the French treasury….

“On Kingsley Ng’s after the deluge” by Tammy Ho Lai-Ming

It is easy to forget, in a city as modern and seemingly functional as Hong Kong, how it has been shaped by a long succession of disasters, both natural and man-made. There have been outbreaks of plague, the notorious Happy Valley racecourse fire, which took place 100 years ago this month, other conflagrations such as…

“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…

“On Waiting for Godot” by Magdalen Ki

Directed by Wu Xing-guo, this production opens in heavy shadow and with brooding music. Two tramps then enter the stage, walking with a heavy gait. Godot (果陀) is sinicized to become the Buddha, the symbol of hope that can save humans from dukkha (suffering). The plight of Gogo (哭哭) and Didi (啼啼) is that nirvana…

“Philippe Parreno’s Films” by Tammy Ho Lai-Ming

The exhibit by the French-Algerian artist Philippe Parreno I went to see is made up of four video installations. While most video works presented in a gallery are continuously played on a loop, these four videos are projected in order and the viewers are led from room to room by lights turning on and off…

“(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,…

“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,…

“Ten Years” by Lam Man Tsun

“Who wanted to deal with politics? I do it just for a living.” Explicitly or implicitly, the directors of the five stories in the movie Ten Years, a low-budget indie film made and released in 2015, tell us the same message: no matter what, we are doomed in the end. All set in 2025, I…

“Anti-Japanese Drama” by Benjamin Lam

‘A scene from a TV series that shows a Chinese man repelling a Japanese soldier with his fist.’ (Source: China Daily) Dr. Ruth Y.Y. Hung’s presentation on Monday 11 January 2016, entitled “Classic or Farce? Making a Spectacle of the Latest ‘Anti-Japanese Drama’” [abstract], touched upon the concept of the Anti-Japan shenju (神劇) — also…

“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…

“Don Yuan: A Review” by James Au

Don Juan is just as irresistible to writers as he is to women: both attractive and repulsive, courageous and honourable, yet entirely amoral and self-centred. We have all met someone like him, or at least someone who would like to be him. —Peter Gordon Two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of joining Dr. Tammy Ho to see Don Yuan (presented…