Monthly Archives: October 2012

PHOTOGRAPHY – ‘1 Year in Hong Kong’ by Brian Yen 4

Brian Yen has been photographing Hong Kong for six years. His long exposure series captures bright, cultural and festive scenes that epitomise the busy populated metropolis that is our city. He is planning a photobook depicting a year in HK.

More of his photography can be found on his Flickr page and click here for an earlier Hong Wrong post on his work which reflects a less glamorous side of the Big Lychee…

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ART – HK’s Got Talent! Paul Lung’s Amazingly Realistic Pencil Drawings 1

Who says our city is not creative? Hong Kong’s got talent (and integrity!) 38-year-old business design consultant Paul Lung admits that he ‘really loves drawing’ – having mastered the 2B pencil (and occasionally 4B), he refuses to sell his work or do commercial / commission-based projects. Lung particularly enjoys drawing cats and capturing people’s personalities in their pencil portraits.

See more of his work on his Facebook page or Deviant Art portfolio. Click here for his main portfolio page.

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POLITICS – Citizens Left to Clean Beaches Still Brimming with Plastic Pellets 8

It has been left to the citizens to clean up the mess left by the plastic pellets spill back in June. 150 tons of snow-like plastic confetti was deposited in Hong Kong waters after a vessel was rocked by category 4 hurricane winds earlier in the year…

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Environmentalist Tracey Read, NatGeo photo by Gary Stokes

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The beads resemble fish eggs, making them a disaster for marine life and the environment…

POLITICS – New HK PSA: Shut Up and Love China 6

A new creepy Public Service Announcement encouraging Hong Kongers to “protect our treasured Motherland” is attracting ‘dislikes’ on YouTube. It contains the usual HK PSA tropes and themes following the standard format of ‘highly-contrived-family-conversation-in-a-park‘. Click here for more cringe-inducing government ads, and here for a trip down PSA memory lane.

PHOTOGRAPHY – Poverty, Age & Loneliness in HK: by Brian Yen 6

Brian Yen is planning a photobook depicting a year in Hong Kong – a book about birth and death in the most crowded place on Earth. Much of his work involves long exposure photography, but his series also uncovers a less glamorous and fast-paced side to HK. Scenes we are all familiar with yet rarely pay attention to – the invisible lives of the poor, elderly and the elderly working poor.

The collection below begins with someone almost all LKF-goers will recognise…

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PHOTOGRAPHY – More Vintage Photos of Old Hong Kong 12

Below is a fascinating mixed bag of vintage photos of old Hong Kong.

See our other Hong Wrong historical galleries: The 1967 Riots, Before & After, When the MTR was New, Rare Kowloon Walled City shots and more.

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“Hot dog” buses, Tsim Sha Tsui, 1987.

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EVENTS – Free Anthropology Talk: ‘Internet Sex & Erotic Self-Display in HK’

Anthropology Club is on this coming Thursday, 7pm, at the TST History Museum. The monthly lectures are free – details and this subject below…

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Internet Sex and Erotic Self-Display in Hong Kong – An Anthropological Talk by Katrien Jacobs

Thursday 18 October 2012, 7:00pm, Hong Kong Museum of History, Lecture Hall, Ground Floor, 100 Chatham Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

The talk is based on theories of participatory ethnography and media activism. It assesses Internet sex as “cybertyping” by elaborating on the self-profiling methods of Chinese web users–their sexual transgressions and play with stereotypes of gender and ethnicity. It dissects the erotic imaging choices and correspondences of culturally diverse web users by means of selected case studies, in which the author functioned as participant observant and interviewer, or “coaxer”, of specific people and sex communities. The aim is not only to analyse changing social relations and inter-racial dating strategies, but also to show how researchers can use sexual subjectivity and online personalities to be emotive participants within internet sex environments.