Pet Sounds: Sophia Zhang

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.] As I am currently preparing to move out of Hong Kong, I find myself really lucky to have…

Pet Sounds: Jensen Ho

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.] “Pumped Up Kicks” is the 2010 debut single by Foster The People. Soon after its release, it topped…

Pet Sounds: Olivia Kwok

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.] This scene used to keep popping up in my mind: I am crying so hard in a taxi…

Pet Sounds: Abel Han Song

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.] A still from Dust in the Wind The Time Boat This story sounds like a one-sentence joke: a…

Pet Sounds: Grace Hiu-Yan Wong

  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.] In September 2013, I visited the Jane Austen Centre in Bath, UK. It was a modest establishment…

Pet Sounds: Hiroko Itakura

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.] Shostakovich wrote Piano Concerto No. 2 as a birthday present for his son Maxim Music amuses us, raises…

Pet Sounds: Kwun Kiem Foeng

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.] From the music video, “Born to Die” Lana Del Rey’s Born to Die One manoeuvres through life along…

Pet Sounds: Holy Yoong

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.] Artwork by Jerek Puczei Faye Wong’s “Oi Mui” (曖昧) ‘To try to write love is to confront the…

Pet Sounds: Holden Liang Qichao

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 have always appreciated melodrama – in storytelling, that is. Even as I have got older and more…

Pet Sounds: Tasha Chung Wai Yin

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.] Moana The Adventure is Calling: How Far Will I Go? This piece is all about the song “How…

Pet Sounds: Lam Man Tsun

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.] Swing’s “The Other Side” . You know what? Over the past two decades, around 1000 people per year…

Pet Sounds: Jessica Siu-yin Yeung

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 ‘Beautiful’ ‘New’ Hong Kong” (2015) It was only recently I found out that the albums I listened…

Pet Sounds: Kobe Kwan

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 Egg and the Lamb” Imagine if you were kidnapped and sold into slavery. Which of the following…

Pet Sounds: Zabrina Lo

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.] Shower Plays Reality was a robe I could peel off as I slithered into the bathtub to savour…

Pet Sounds: Nicola Chan Oi Ching

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.] James R. Eads, “The Impermanence of Things” 寫一首歌讓你帶回去, I wrote a song for you to carry with you…

Pet Sounds: GiGi To Man Chee

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.] Antony Caine, “Old Man with Dog” Childhood Memories of Dogs and Cats         Last night, I dreamed of…

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…

Pet Sounds: Vinton Poon

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 am a very lucky person. I sleep on a soft bed every night; I have food (three…

Pet Sounds: Cheng Tim Tim

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.] (Y)ears – after Joe Brainard’s “I Remember” I remember the incessant minimal waltz of exit A’s escalator in…

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…

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…