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Cathy joined the University this year and works in an administrative department. As a young professional, she is eager to immerse herself in all the opportunities that the University offers. With a newcomer’s lack of preconceived notions, she offers a fresh look at the various facets of HKBU life.


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Writing the Metropolis
2012-10-24 14:50:38.0 網誌分類: 我的專業
 


On Friday, I trailed HKBU’s eight visiting writers as they toured Nan Liang garden in Diamond Hill before the official opening of the International Writers Workshop. The theme of this year’s workshop is Writing the Metropolis, and Nan Liang garden, its choreographed stillness framed by the towering skyscrapers and frenetic city beyond its limits, is an iteration of that theme.

Some of the writers were curious about the details of Tang architecture provided by the tour guide; others preferred to absorb the serenity on the garden on their own. A couple of them paired off for a chat. This, after all, is part of the experience of being a visiting writer – getting a taste of what the host city has to offer but also forming bonds and connections with writers from other countries.


The more public aspect of the workshop is a series of talks by the writers on their work and experience. On Monday, they shared their impressions of their home cities and how the locations they write in have influenced their work. A broad range of ideas were raised – from Ajit Baral’s reflections on “pell-mell growth” of Kathmandu to Nguyen Phan Que Mai’s more lyrical presentation of Hanoi.

Meena Kandasamy questioned how cities such as her hometown Chennai in India define insiders and outsiders and highlighted how the Indian city has become a site of moral policing. Being an insider and outsider was also raised by Holly Thompson, a US writer living in Japan, who reflected on the “bothness” of her experience. Pilar Quintana gave the audience a taste of the city as it evolves in Columbian literature, concluding with her own experience of the changes in the town she grew up in. Bina Shah introduced the audience to the contradictions of choosing to live in Karachi – a city that makes her heart sing even as it breaks her heart. She is probably the first person in a long time to describe Hong Kong as “an oasis of calm and peace.”


The writers’ presentations sparked interesting questions from the audience; clearly the breadth of experiences shared had evoked some thoughts in the mostly young listeners. Fortunately, there is a whole month of activities to be inspired by.

For more details on the IWW events, go here: http://iww.hkbu.edu.hk/


 


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