Category Archives : Culture


NEWS – Authors Protest City U’s Axing of Acclaimed Creative Writing Course

A campaign has been launched to protest the City University of Hong Kong’s decision to close its acclaimed MFA Programme in Creative Writing.

Over two dozen internationally recognised authors from around the world, including US Pulitzer Prize winners Junot Díaz, Rae Armantrout, and Robert Olen Butler, have signed a letter to the President, Provost, and Chairman of the Council of the university decrying the sudden decision. The only reason given for the closure was that “the programme has only been able to enrol a small number of students every year.”

A Facebook campaign, a ‘Faces of CityU MFA’ Tumblr campaign and website have also been launched.

The MFA Programme, established only five years ago by Hong Kong-based novelist Xu Xi, has brought distinguished writers (including letter’s signatories) to the university’s Kowloon Tong campus, and has already resulted in six books and hundreds of published poems, essays, and short stories by MFA graduates and current students.


BLOG – Anti-Discrimination Rules Should Protect LGBT Workers

Guest post by Dallas Sanders

“Mr. Sanders, he is gay,” said the 10 year old pointing to his classmate. I froze. A million thoughts came rushing through my mind such as does the boy know what it means? Is he joking? Is he repeating something on TV to get a reaction from me? I was trying to think of a response. I turned to him and said “If he is then that is good. If he isn’t that is good too. It really does not matter as long as he is happy.” The kid looked at me confused and I am not sure if it was because of what I said or if he didn’t understand.

Being a teacher is easy since I love it but being a gay teacher in Hong Kong is hard. If I had turned to the student and told him I was gay too then my school may not renew my contract. The kid could have complained to his mom or dad and I could have lost my job because Hong Kong does not have any discrimination laws to protect me.

The government has policies guarding against discrimination but they are voluntary with no punishments for those who violate them. They are not laws. Hong Kong needs discrimination laws not only to protect the LGBT community but also for anyone who may be judged by who they are rather than what they can do.

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BLOG – International Pillow Fight Day Highlights, Part 1 of 2

Part 1. Click here for Part 2.

Hong Kong’s 2015 International Pillow Fight Day – the biggest ever – was featured in the Ming Pao, ITN, Buzzfeed, The Washington Post, NBC, CCTV, The Independent, NRT, Toronto Sun, Canberra Times, USA Today & Globe & Mail.

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Many thanks to all who attended, especially to the Hong Kong heroes who helped clean up and to the police and LCSD for letting us have fun! Around 800 people attended this year.

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Post from RICOH THETA. #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA


EVENT – Film Makers & NGOs Unite To Reveal Hidden Side of HK

For Good: Film Project consists of five film makers who, with NGOs, make visible the hidden sides of Hong Kong.

An exciting première was held at the Asia Society Hong Kong Centre’s Miller Theatre in February. Film makers were present for a lively discussion of their personal styles and motivations, as well as how each film developed from idea to finished product. The discussion included the social issues raised in each film, why they matter, along with ways in which all of us can make a difference.


EVENT – UNLEASH THE PILLOWS! Saturday 4pm: Pillow Fight Day 2015

Prithee once more, we shall unleash our cushiony wrath in a ferocious feathery frenzy! For lo – with great vehemence and spirited fury – we shall prepare our fleecy headrests and pronounce: “You can take our freedom, but you cannot take our pillows!”

The unofficial ringmaster strikes an unfortunate pose,via landofnocheese.com

5000+ invited, 2000 confirmed. This Saturday, April 4th 2015 at 4pm – a public holiday!

Facebook event 


EVENTS – Shakespeare in the Port Festival Tickets Go On Sale

Hong Kong’s outdoor Shakespeare festival is returning to Cyberport on April 16th.

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Dates: April 16-May 3, 2015″ 7:30pm weekdays (Wed-Friday). 3pm, 5pm and 7:30pm on weekends. (Saturday and Sunday). Ticket prices are extremely reasonable: HK$150 on weekdays; HK$300 on weekends. Children under 12 go free with purchase of adult ticket.

Shows:

The Tempest 

Follow the characters’ search for hope, love and peace in a play filled with aspiration. Through forgiveness and wisdom, the characters achieve their searches without killing or war. The play begins with a rainstorm. Though fairies continuously creates deceptive scenes, they also manifests a romanticised love.

Weekday Shows: April 16th, 24th, 30th- 7:30pm
Weekend Shows: April 18th- 5pm, 19th- 7:30pm, 25th-5pm, 26th-5pm, May 2nd-7:30pm

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

After a sell-out run at the Fringe Club earlier this year, Shakespeare in the Port is happy to present A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The course of true love never did run smooth, as fairies and humans alike find out one midsummer’s night. With a pinch of magic, comedy and confusion unfold. Perhaps love is nothing but blind, irrational and impulsive, or perhaps not.

Shows: April 18th and 19th at 3pm