Pet Sounds: Janet Lau

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.] The Umbrella Man . 他出發找最愛 今天也未回來 He sets off in search of his dearest And has still not returned…

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,…

Pet Sounds: Ivan Delazari

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.] One Time Music is a time machine. Proust knew it. Even though there were no pop songs in…

Pet Sounds: James Au

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.] It was yesterday, if my memory did not fail me, yes, it was yesterday that I first heard…

Pet Sounds: Victoria Ip

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.] The first time I listened to Marvin Gaye’s “I Want You” was in 1995, when Madonna did a…

Pet Sounds: Lian-Hee Wee

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.] I know there is Impressionist music like Debussy etc which I enjoy, but there’s something else too, more…

“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…

“The Dark Room” by Leo Lau

. *’Ethnic Minority’ refers to a group within a community with different national and cultural traditions from the main population. In Hong Kong, the term ‘Ethnic Minority members’ refers to citizens whose origins are in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and other subcontinental Asian countries. The phrase ‘dark room’, linguistically speaking, is polysemous—a literal ‘dark room’…

“Routine Application” by William Ng

The printer, sheet after sheet, roars off another batch of applicants in the Pre-Interview Processing zone. For the first time a full-screen dialogue box pops up on the screen of his laptop – COLLECT FORMS. He floats down the grey-carpeted corridor past the cubicles of others, retrieves his ream of ivory-coloured forms, and retreats to…

“(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,…

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…

“Comics and Graphic Narratives; or, The Art of the Matter” by Jason S Polley

The fourth-year English course “Comics and Graphic Narratives”, a title as ambiguous as, say, “Short Stories and Novels”, and even the more equivocal “Prose Fiction”, is organised into several unstable thematic groupings: underground comics (or comix), revisionist narratives within the mainstream, memoirs & confessionals, new journalism, and auteur comics. The texts most recently selected for…

“Red Butterfly” by Victoria Ip

. Son of the tailor to old Hollywood heartthrobs Every performance of yours was The most precisely made suit Like the rouge lipstick Fleur meticulously put on   Starched collars protected your suggestive voice All buttons fastened like your best-kept secrets The bow-tie was your red butterfly Unashamed of her beauty She gently landed on…

“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….

“A Secret About a Secret About a Secret” by Tammy Ho Lai-Ming

Jo Shapcott’s poem “Myself Photographed” begins with an affirmative statement: “So this is me.” This line draws our attention to the subject of the photograph, although it does so with a slightly wry, or perhaps uncertain, tone provided by the word “So.” The next line, “In the field after we got lost,” continues this tone,…

“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.

“Red Leaves for Diane” by Victoria Ip

  For every single memory Has become a part of me —George Michael, “Jesus to a Child” The online poetry collection Red Leaves is dedicated to the memory of my dear friend Diane—the reason why I started writing when I was 19 and haven’t stopped since. There are 14 poems in total, one for each year since I became…

“The Edge of Vast Shores” by Jason Eng Hun Lee

But now I only hear Its melancholy, long, withdrawing roar, Retreating to the breath Of the night-wind, down the vast edges drear And naked shingles of the world. —Matthew Arnold, “Dover Beach” Standing at the edge of vast shores I hear ancestor spirits invoke their unbidden siren call so the sea bursts as they command…

“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….

“Stress Caused by Unrealistic Expectations” by Lam Man Tsun

The news reports of three young secondary school students committing suicide after the Lunar New Year holidays is alarming. There have been a number of these tragedies over the past few years. Some people put the blame on the education system in Hong Kong. As a teacher, I completely agree that students face too much…

“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…

“All Those Moments” by Mignon Chiu

“Clack!”—my pen falls from the table of the lecture chair; I’ve dozed off with my hair— sometimes red, sometimes blue—on my face; here and there I find friends, laughter, footprints, knowledge greeting me from time to time; it is not rare to see people exposing their toes to feel the breeze and the freeze with the…

“Mu Dan and Ambiguity” by Candy Wang

Mu Dan’s (1918-1977) poems, while incorporating elements and sentiments of classical Chinese poetry, also exhibit characteristics of Western modernist aesthetics and thoughts. For example, his poetry was influenced by William Empson (1906-1984), and this influence partially ushered Mu Dan’s shift towards Modernism. Perhaps the most significant impact of Empson on Mu Dan’s poetry was the…

“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…