By Hao, Scarlett Tun
Thanks to the funding support from the ‘Pilot Scheme on International Experience for RPg Students’, I had the chance to participate in the 2017 Linguistic Society of America (LSA) Linguistic Institute this July. The LSA Linguistic Institute is a world-renowned linguistics s...Click here for more details.
by Sydney Wang
The Linguistic Society of America holds summer Linguistic Institutes every two years, which have become prestigious gatherings for linguistics students and scholars. As third year PhD students, Jackie Militello, Corey Huang and I will share our experience from this year’s, which wa...Click here for more details.
by Professor Chris Hutton
Today I’m speaking on behalf of the teaching and professoriate staff, as the longest serving academic staff member in the School of English. Franky has been part of the life of the Department and then the School for as long as I can remember. Indeed a yellowing letter in...Click here for more details.
Dear alumni, Dear friends,
I would like to let you know that I have taken early retirement from HKU from September 1, 2016. I meant to send this message earlier but thought I would wait till I have good news about retirement to report. Well, I can now let you know that retirement is absolutely bril...Click here for more details.
By Kelvin Wong
When I was young, bauhinia was never really my favourite. Unlike banyan and camphor trees, bauhinias are thin and twisted—because, I thought, of the limited space of the city, just as those baby watermelons grown in boxes are misshapen.
And then six years ago, in late winter, this...Click here for more details.
by Nicanor Guinto
Before heading to Copenhagen, I had no concept of what a winter/summer school looked like. My idea of an international academic gathering was limited only to conferences that I’d attended in the past. In my previous experience, these are normally gatherings where, as a ‘small ...Click here for more details.
By Johnson CHAN Man Long
“Meow!” Chu Poh Poh heard a sound behind a stack of cardboards. She slowly moved, pushing the stack aside, and found a grey kitten lying down on all fours. The kitten’s fur was wet; it might have been hiding from the rain that was pouring a couple of minutes ago. ...Click here for more details.
by Pedro Lok
Considering that April is the ideal time to harvest tea leaves (as the fresh buds are still tight and give an optimum flavour and texture), I would like to share the delight of tea drinking. Tea drinking is considered cultured leisure. To be precise, the term “drinking” can be repl...Click here for more details.
By Billy Lok Ming Poon
People travel for different purposes. Some travel for work while others for leisure and relaxation. Whatever the purpose, traveling is indeed something to be excited about. You can escape from your normal routine and spend some time away from your familiar surroundings. Th...Click here for more details.
by Jasper Wu
Anyone interested in Hong Kong culture and martial arts will most probably have heard of Bruce Lee. While Bruce Lee is the man who brought martial arts to big screens, there is another master who brought martial arts to novels—Dr. Louis Cha, also known to his readers by his pen na...Click here for more details.
by Olivia Xu
Dr. Nan Zhang is currently a visiting assistant professor in the School of English at HKU. She holds a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in the U.S. Her research interests include global modernism, late nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature and culture, ethics and literature, ...Click here for more details.
By Aaron Anfinson
The streets of Glasgow, 60 second exposure
Throughout 2016 much of the world seemed to be reading off of an anti-globalisation and anti-immigration script. As a result, we have been experiencing the uncertainty of Brexit and the ‘American Carnage’ of a Donald Trump presid...Click here for more details.
By Vincent Wai Sum Tse
Hong Kong university students are expected do certain things in their university life. These are commonly known as “The Five Things in University” – studying, doing part-time jobs or internships, being an executive committee of a society, living in halls and dating.
I ...Click here for more details.
by Dr. Sanaz Fotouhi
Despite some resistance from my banker father to do a ‘practical’ degree—I am sure he is not the first or the last person to advise so—I decided adamantly that I wanted to study English Literature, to be a writer, and to teach literature at a university.
Without much...Click here for more details.
By Lucy Liu Yang
I was planning my new year’s trip to Hokkaido, Japan, and came across a photo online while gathering information on Hokkaido. It was a photo of an anonymous Japanese girl, wearing a large down jacket with a snow-white cap, with wisps of black straight hair flying in the wind. She...Click here for more details.
by Nicanor L. Guinto
“When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
– Paulo Coelho (The Alchemist)
I was nine when my mom left to work as a domestic helper here in Hong Kong. Back then, Hong Kong sounded so distant to me based on the stories of my aunts...Click here for more details.
Johnson CHAN Man Long
“Once upon a time, before the invasion of the allies, before the ruling of the Qing emperors, or the Mongolian invaders, there was a beautiful Princess, who was the dearest sister of the Emperor.
“The Emperor was touring the South with his sister when suddenly they were a...Click here for more details.
By Caitlin Vandertop
This autumn marks the end of an era, as Professor Douglas Kerr retires. Our own Caitlin Vandertop caught up with Professor Kerr for a conversation about what HKU means to him, and what his plans are now.
CV: When are you retiring?
DK: On the last day of 2016, after upward...Click here for more details.
By Aaron Zhang
Grandpa said he would die at the end of the month.
He would die when the lights are out,
And all the old people in his village would die with him.
‘Quick, quick, strangle me with a rope. I can’t live with it.
Quick, quick, send me to the place where there is light.
Darknes...Click here for more details.
By Sydney Jingtian Wang
Dr. Lisa Lim is an Associate Professor in the School of English at HKU. Her current research interests include the evolution and politics of New Englishes, in particular in contemporary multilingual contact ecologies in Asia, issues of language maintenance, shift, endangerme...Click here for more details.