03-10-2016 : Transcontinental Study: The HKU-King’s College London Joint PhD Program

By Jackie Militello I am just winding down my first stint in London, preparing to return to Hong Kong. For those of you unfamiliar, HKU has a program...

03-10-2016 : Welcome to the School of English’s new research postgraduates, 2016-2017!

By Scarlett Tun Hao The School welcomed eight new postgrads in September, working on a range of linguistics and literature projects. The Alumni Maga...

01-09-2016 : Three things I learned from yoga that may help me survive the final year of the PhD

By Jennifer Gresham I. yogas citta vritti nirodah Patañjali, Yoga Sutras (c. 400 CE) “Yoga is the stilling of the changing states...

01-09-2016 : *On Fieldwork and Engaging Communities in Polynesia

By Carmen Tomfohrde My PhD travel has been progressively escalating in intensity, “leveling up” like a video game since my first trip to London f...

31-05-2016 : Sendai: My first love with Japan

By Lucy, Liu Yang “So, where are we headed?” “Sendai.” I googled “Sendai” and it led me to a Wikipedia page: a dense description of the...

31-05-2016 : Interview with Prof. Alan Durant

By Jade DU Biyu Alan Durant is currently Visiting Professor in the School of English at HKU. His permanent post is as Professor of Communication ...

28-04-2016 : God Save the SCR

by Aaron Anfinson A well-known bon vivant, the typical clientele of our beloved Senior Common Room. (Please note: smoking is not permitted in the ...

28-04-2016 : ICUA 2016: Islands, Cities, and Interdisciplinarity

By Collier Nogues In March, the School of English and the Department of Geography hosted the 2016 Island Cities and Urban Archipelagos Conference. ...

31-03-2016 : Tale of the Tomato: The Ties that Bind

By Joseph Gualtieri When I first moved to Hong Kong, my impression of the city was limited to images of neon and concrete.  Then I discovered th...

31-03-2016 : Rowing

By Carmen Tomfohrde I began rowing four years ago during a spat of frustration with my bike.  Previously, a knee injury led me into cycling as a lon...

01-03-2016 : Spring Festival in Dali

by Luo Zhengpeng, Edgar One week before the Spring Festival, I was restless and excited, envisioning my trip back to Midu, a remote county in Dali Ba...

01-03-2016 : An Interview with Dr. Brook Bolander

By Sydney Wang Dr. Brook Bolander joined the School of English in August 2015. In the following interview, I talk to Dr. Bolander about her research ...

01-02-2016 : Business Talk

By Janice Lam “There are differences between free goods and economic goods that are free-of-charge... The former are not scarce but may be limited ...

01-02-2016 : An Interest in Australian Studies

By Xu Daozhi (Claire) “Why are you interested in Australian (children’s) literature?” During my four-year PhD at HKU, I often encountered t...

23-12-2015 : The HKU MTR station and me

By Jackie Militello When I came to HKU for my interview, not yet knowing the confusing bus system and not knowing what the bus stop would look like, ...

23-12-2015 : "Past and Present": A brief meditation on a dream

By Niketa Narayan Sometimes I look up from reveling in the riches of the Victorian literature section in HKU’s Main Library, shocked to find myse...

30-11-2015 : After the Peak

By Zhang Weiliang (Aaron) So we parted in Central MTR Station After the night view on Victoria Peak. The jolting tram-ride, the glimmerin...

30-11-2015 : An Interview with Dr. Jon Orman

By Hao, Tun Scarlett Dr. Jon Orman comes from Shoreham-by-Sea, England. He joined the School of English this August. Before coming to HKU, he did...

30-10-2015 : Two Poems by M.L. Chan

By M.L. Chan I Naked she stands before the edge of a waterfall cascading; the blackened clouds unleash their fury: bolts tearing the s...

30-10-2015 : An Interview with Dr. Luciana Gattass

By Collier Nogues 1. Welcome to HKU's School of English! Can you describe the focus of your postdoctoral research here at HKU? What are the proje...

30-09-2015 : Conference Report: Behind the Scenes at ‘The Sociolinguistics of Globalization’

By Huang Fanglei, Corey Having been a helper and attendee at the international conference on ‘The Sociolinguistics of Globalization’, held at H...

30-09-2015 : Who’s Afraid of Being an Events Manager?

By Kelly Tse It was a rather nerve-wracking moment, as I reckon retrospectively – the moment when I assumed the role of an Events Manager in th...

31-08-2015 : A Dangerously Wonderful Journey: The School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell

By Shi Huiwen Dear Readers,  Forgive me if I sound preposterously enthusiastic in the following piece, and forgive me if you spot me babbling ...

31-08-2015 : The Interview

by Jason Eng Hun Lee I had arrived suited and booted as they say, typically drenched in my own sweat and in mortal fear of being given short shr...

29-05-2015 : Nostalgia, Việt Nam

By Aaron Anfinson I get nostalgic about Vietnam. This could certainly be because it was the first move abroad for both my spouse and I. In contra...

29-05-2015 : On Tactics and Invaders: Street Art in Hong Kong (or Wipe Out Part Deux)

By Jennifer Gresham I call a “tactic,” on the other hand, a calculus which cannot count on a “proper” (a spatial or institutional localizatio...

29-04-2015 : An Interview with Prof. Chris Hutton: from a Cantonese learner to a dictionary maker

By Jade Du In my eyes, Professor Chris Hutton of the school of English is like an encyclopaedia. As his postgraduate student, I have always admi...

29-04-2015 : What next?

By Dr. Nick Webber Walking around some of the more peculiar bits of Shek Kip Mei the other day, a friend and I found ourselves trapped at the bas...

31-03-2015 : Spotlight: Creative Writing Studio

By Carmen Tomfohrde in conversation with Page Richards I asked Dr. Page Richards to describe the numerous long-standing activities and new ventures u...

31-03-2015 : Daughter, English & Father

By Janice Lam “Her innocence and English”, said father, “were what first got me interested”. It was one of those quiet post-dinner father-...

27-02-2015 : Myanmar Railways

By Aaron Anfinson Banned and even ceremoniously pulped in the 1960s, a translated version of Orwell's Burmese Days is now an award winning bestse...

27-02-2015 : On the Road: My Musical Bildung in Shun Hing College Schola Cantorum

By Kitty Wong The Shun Hing College Schola Cantorum. ‘The name “Schola Cantorum” is originated from the medieval singing school for church ...

30-01-2015 : Shax Theatre Group announces A Midsummer Night’s Dream

by Cecilia Tsang, Areon Chan, Rosalind Wong and Joyce Ng. For many alumni, theatre at HKU has roots in our days as undergraduates. Here the Shax Thea...

30-01-2015 : Five things that I have learned from finishing a PhD

By Dr. Feifei Zhou Dear readers, my apologies for resorting to list-making when writing down my thoughts on finishing a PhD. The list format comes ...

30-12-2014 : To My Nieces

By Carmen Tomfohrde Having spent nine of the past twelve years overseas, I have been abroad for most of the lives of my nieces, now ages seven an...

30-12-2014 : The Ballardian Character of Lamma Island

By Caitlin Vandertop Loath as I am to admit this, I’m not really a nature lover. So my recent decision to move to Lamma was unsurprisingly met ...

28-11-2014 : A Long Run with Nothing to Think About

by Joseph Gualtieri Although I find the comparison somewhat facile, there is no shortage of websites, articles, and well-intentioned strangers wh...

28-11-2014 : Hiking on Lamma is a Wonderful Experience

By Dr. Rita Kelly Hiking on Lamma is a wonderful experience, provided the hordes of people which usually grace its trails and shores with their p...

31-10-2014 : An October, Collected

An October, Collected  2014 Inspired by the street art that has decorated various spaces across our city, the following is an October collected i...

31-10-2014 : Hong Kong civil disobedience

By Nick Webber As we enter a second month of civil disobedience, this is an eyewitness account of the events of late September. Written just after th...

31-10-2014 : Research and Teaching Staff of the School: Dr. Jessica R. Valdez

by Jennifer Gresham Dr. Valdez is an Assistant Professor in the School of English. She holds a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University and has previo...

30-09-2014 : The Significance of the Fiesta

by Aaron Anfinson Last summer I found myself at a flea market in Barcelona, sifting through hundred-year-old books written in a language that, fo...

30-09-2014 : The Last Book

by Tammy Ho Lai-Ming Tammy Ho Lai-Ming has an MPhil from HKU and a PhD from King's College London. She is an Assistant Professor at Hong Kong Baptist...

30-05-2014 : Research and Teaching Staff of the School: Dr. Frederick Blumberg

By Nick Webber ~ Can you tell us a little bit about your background in the States? As I grew up on Long Island, New York, so did my interest in ...

28-04-2014 : God Save the Dean

By Douglas Kerr  Douglas Kerr, Professor of English, was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Arts upon the departure of Professor Kam Louie at the en...

28-04-2014 : An Interview with Tammy Ho Lai-Ming

By Carmen Tomfohrde and Tammy Ho Lai-Ming Tammy Ho Lai-Ming is a Hong Kong-born writer. She is a founding co-editor of Cha: An Asian Literary Jou...

31-03-2014 : Research and Teaching Staff of the School, a Presentation of Dr Wendy Gan

By Janet Jin (Jiayi) and Jane Tian (Shujing)   ~ Can you give us some background on how you came to be in Hong Kong? How do you find working in ...

31-03-2014 : Shax Theatre Group — a call for help

By Juliette Cheung, Rosalind Wong and Amanda Leong Many alumni fondly remember drama activities in their undergraduate days, and speak of the impor...

31-03-2014 : An Interview with Ms. Lynn Yau

By Xu Daozhi and Lynn Yau Ms. Lynn Yau is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Absolutely Fabulous Theatre Connection (AFTEC http://www.a...

03-03-2014 : From MAES to PHD

By Carmen Tomfohrde I am writing to reflect on my transition from the part-time Master of Arts in English Studies (MAES) to a full-time PhD in the Sc...

03-03-2014 : Students Then and Now; or, from Education to Professionalization

By Julia Kuehn   When I was an undergraduate in the nineties, bizarre students included, at least for my friends and me: those who knitted or...

04-02-2014 : An Interview with Eddie Tay

Words by Huiwen Shi and Eddie Tay. Photography by Keith Hiro. After completing his Ph.D. at The University of Hong Kong, Eddie Tay began his acad...

04-02-2014 : The Way of the Dragon: A Hong Kong Screening (10.27.2013)

By Jenn Gresham One need not look very far before encountering Bruce Lee’s image amidst the bustling streets and terraced cityscapes of Hong Ko...

30-12-2013 : I pressed <UP> and waited for a moment

By Noël Christe Dr. Noël Christe recently completed his Ph.D. in the School of English here at HKU. His thesis was in the field of linguistic ideol...

30-12-2013 : Arts Faculty Vote of Thanks

By Kuldip Kaur Singh Kuldip Kaur Singh graduated with a double major in English Studies and Fine Arts in 2013. She was on the Dean’s Honors List...

28-11-2013 : Taking Pictures

By Aaron Anfinson We all take pictures. At some level, we’re all photographers. More than ever, we’re increasingly noticing light and framing our...

28-11-2013 : Spotlight on a Course: “Countries of the Mind”

By Joseph Gualtieri At the University of Hong Kong, all undergraduates are required to take a number of “core curriculum” courses, each of w...

01-11-2013 : A Week in the Life - Nick Webber

Monday 14th October In the exquisite gloom of a post 29th birthday low, there’s no such thing as a public holiday, so whilst the rest of my colle...

31-10-2013 : “Wild” Camping of a Different Sort: Theory Camp at the School of Criticism and Theory 2013

by Kelly Tse A.D. White House at Cornell University, the home base of the School of Criticism and Theory (SCT) (Photo courtesy of Camille van der...

31-10-2013 : Tribute to Seamus Heaney (1939-2013)

by Huiwen Shi The Irish poet Seamus Heaney died this year. Huiwen Shi remembers him. Timeline Pen Work, Field Work, Dream Work: Monday, March...

27-09-2013 : Trials of a postgraduate language-learner

by Caitlin Vandertop Having a foreign language can be very useful for a graduate student. It can open up entire national literary canons for rese...

27-09-2013 : Writing Shakespeare in/outside his Home Town

By Lau Leung Che, Miriam I embarked on my doctoral studies at the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham in May 2012. Supervised by Professo...

02-09-2013 : Research and Teaching Staff of the School, a Presentation of Dr Lisa Lim

by Xiuhua Shi, PhD student Dr. Lisa Lim is a member of the research and teaching staff as well as coordinator of the language and communication progr...

02-09-2013 : Head Change by Dr Dirk Noël

By Dirk Noël The School of English called on me to become Head relatively soon, less than a full seven years after I joined it, and consequently I...

02-09-2013 : Head Change by Dr Otto Heim

A change of leadership in the School of English took place at the beginning of September. We asked the outgoing Head of English, Otto Heim, and the ne...

28-06-2013 : Conference callings

By Nick Webber As research postgraduates in the humanities, we all have to live something of a double life. For the most part, we burrow away into bo...

28-06-2013 : The Fifteenth Biennial Symposium on Literature and Culture in the Asia-Pacific Region

by Claire Xu The Fifteenth Biennial Symposium on Literature and Culture in the Asia-Pacific Region was successfully held by the School of English on ...

28-05-2013 : Reunion Day

The School of English Reunion Day on Sunday 5th May was a combination of homecoming and housewarming. Former students of the Department of English, t...

02-05-2013 : Research Staff of the school, a presentation of Dr. J.H.C. Leung

by  Jade Du Q: Hi, Janny, thank you for sparing time to do the interview. To begin with, can you tell us something about your background? I ...

02-05-2013 : Shaxbies Theatre Group’s Drama Night: Much Ado About Nothing x As You Like It

Written by Vester Wong, Samantha Lee and Rosalind Wong Shaxbies Theatre Group first started with just 5 undergraduates in 2010. After two years o...

27-03-2013 : 400 Steps

Recollections from the English Studies programme by David C. Bates There are almost 400 steps from the University of Hong Kong’s entrance to this ...

27-03-2013 : International Colloquium on Integrational Linguistics

by Feifei Zhou and Kimberly Tao (Photos: Courtesy of Franky Lau) Dates: January 17-19, 2013 Venue: Seminar Room, School of E...

13-03-2013 : Research Staff of the school, a presentation of Dr. Q.S. Tong

Staff profile : Dr. Q.S. Tong Q. S. Tong joined the University of Hong Kong in 1992. He has been a research fellow at Harvard University and is an...

04-03-2013 : The 2nd Winter School on Health Communication

Photo: courtesy of Alice Yau If medicine is often considered in a mechanistic way where symptoms are signs of diseases calling for specific treatme...

31-01-2013 : A tribute to Leung Ping Kwan

Many of Ping Kwan’s friends and admirers have talked about the way his work reached out to other forms and media, pictorial, filmic, and performance...

31-01-2013 : Moving to the new campus; or Blade Run Run Shaw

By Nick Webber I don’t think it would be going out on a limb to suggest that last year’s move to the new Centennial Campus was met by most Scho...

31-01-2013 : Research Staff of the school, a presentation of Adrian Pablé

To help alumni get to know the School better, we are planning to do a series of profiles of the School of English academic staff, compiled by postgrad...

28-12-2012 : Interview with Tamix Wong, Executive Assistant in the School of English

This month we interviewed the technical mastermind behind the Alumni website – Tamix Wong. In this interview, Tamix talks to us about his colleagues...

28-12-2012 : “The Man Asian Literary Prize”, by Marina Ma Vogt

Marina Ma Vogt graduated with a BA in 2002 and MPhil in 2004. She is now Manager of the Man Asian Literary Prize. The invitation to write this arti...

26-11-2012 : Explorations in the Centennial Campus

By Zach Goh, Matthew Yeung and Kelly Tse Often described as being more local than the locals, Zach Goh has been an ardent explorer of the various noo...

26-11-2012 : Don’t mess with Tess, or, Why I’m Really Upset with Fifty Shades of Grey

By Julia Kuehn [Dr Julia Kuehn is an Associate Professor in the School of English, and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Arts. Her research intere...

26-10-2012 : Lighthouse Productions: Students Guided by the Stage

HKU’s English-run student production company details its exciting journey By Charles Fong & Danielle Chin It all started in 2011 with an unpr...

26-10-2012 : Flooded

By Rita Kelly [Rita Kelly is half Polish half British (Irish-Welsh actually), was born and grew up in francophone Belgium, and did her earlier st...

28-09-2012 : A Brief Interview with Professor Adam Jaworski

The School of English is proud to welcome Professor Adam Jaworski as a new member of its team. In 2011, he spent a semester in our department as a ...

28-09-2012 : The Literary Festival is Coming!

By Douglas Kerr Do you read books? Are you going to the Hong Kong Literary Festival? Hong Kong has its own international literary festival, now ...

28-09-2012 : The School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University

By Nick Webber The School of Criticism and Theory (SCT) began in 1976 at the University of California, Irvine, before moving on to Northwestern and D...

04-09-2012 : A Double Graduation

By Maggie Leung I have never had the good fortune to read literature at the School of English officially – my degrees came from elsewhere. But so...

04-09-2012 : Grace, Hope, Truth, and Refuge

By Divya Ghelani   This article was a last request from my former dissertation supervisor, who asked me to write something ‘short and sna...

06-06-2012 : WE WANT YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS!

By Douglas Kerr This month we are inaugurating our series of photo albums. Please go to the MEMORIES section and take a look at them. We have a la...

04-05-2012 : PHOTOS

This month we are publishing two sets of photographs: one set of pictures of the Farewell to the Main Building event on 22nd April 2012, LINK HERE,...

03-05-2012 : Celebrating the Main Building (II)

At the Farewell to the Main Building ceremony on Sunday 22nd April, we heard Leung Ping Kwan (Ya Si) and Agnes Lam read their poems ‘An Old Colonial...

03-04-2012 : A Study of HKU Signs Around Campus

By Zhou Feifei and Cathy Zhang Ruihan   This year, April has officially been renamed Japan month. A series of cultural activities will be held to...

03-04-2012 : Hunting Books in Boston and New York

By Xu Xi Nowadays e-reading seems to be a common practice with the mushrooming of various digital reading devices. When I began my postgraduate stu...

15-03-2012 : A week in the life

By Douglas Kerr Monday 12th March Got back this afternoon, with a quite significant headache, from a week’s research trip to London and Ox...

15-03-2012 : Occupy 113G: A reading group on Marx’s Capital

By Nick Webber Like most spontaneous uprisings, our student-organised reading group on Marx’s Capital, Volume I succumbed eventually to the p...

09-02-2012 : Interview with Franky Lau, Senior Administrative Staff at the School of English

By Zhou Feifei and Vivian Ding Xiao Yu (Taken at The Ghost City of Xinjiang) 1. When did you start working in the School of English and what k...

07-02-2012 : Joint HKU and King’s College London Ph.D. Programme

By Sarah Downes When I first heard about the Joint Ph.D. Scholarship between The University of Hong Kong and King’s College London, my mind w...

05-01-2012 : My Double Life

By Douglas Kerr   This is a true story. It begins with a rat. http://www.academia.edu/ is one of those networking websites where university peop...

05-01-2012 : There and Back Again: A Hiker's Tale

By Jason Eng Hun Lee   Allow me to steal a line from Bilbo Baggins, that intrepid explorer of The Hobbit. "It's a dangerous business, hiking. You s...

07-12-2011 : Lugard's Pride

By Jason Eng Hun Lee   When Frederick Lugard stepped off the pier to survey his new charge as governor of Hong Kong, he must have wondered what opp...