01-11-2022 : Interview with Dr. David Edmonds

by Jisu Bang David Edmonds is a sociolinguist, specializing in social interaction and interpersonal communication. He currently focuses on healthcare communication, with a special focus on interactions between doctors and patients in different medical settings. David obtained his PhD from CUHK in 2020, after receiving his MSc and BSc from V...

01-11-2022 : Notes to self on self-care from a psychology PhD student

Photo by Aziz Acharki on Unsplash by Stephanie Ng “You must have the best self-care routine,” my friend remarked upon learning that I was pursuing a PhD in the field of psychology. This is a common assumption: the idea that our professions seamlessly translate into practical skills in daily life. Doctors are expected to be in excellen...

09-09-2022 : A Reflection on Cats, Community and a little more

By Wan Lok Yee Luisa Meme-worthy brother-sister dynamic In particularly stressful times, just encountering a shop cat in the neighbourhood is enough to make my day. For many, spotting shop cats, or snapping a picture of them doing something silly, has become a way to keep spirits up in Hong Kong these days. In the myriad of Facebook communit...

09-09-2022 : Warriors of Future: Revamping the Hollywood of the Far East

By Lok Hang Vincent Chu Nearing the turn of the millennium, Hong Kong cinema saw an exodus of talent, one stream moving northwards to the Chinese market and another moving across the Pacific Ocean to Hollywood. It marked the end of three glorious decades when the local movie industry was known as the Hollywood of the Far East. Despite co...

02-08-2022 : Photo Essay - On Seeing and Being Seen

By Khadija Azhar I don’t enjoy being visible. The vulnerability in being seen, in taking up space among other people, feels unnerving. My friends think that’s irrational, and I agree; strangers on the streets have places to be, and things to do. They’re probably not looking at me. Funnily enough though, it’s not the fact of being loo...

02-08-2022 : As writers and artists, we have the ability to translate multiple perspectives: Interview with Sanaz Fotouhi

By Khadija Azhar, Lok Hang Vincent Chu, and Rajesh Panhathodi Sanaz Fotouhi was born in Iran soon after the revolution, during the Iran-Iraq war. Her father’s job as a banker took her and her family to many countries before she landed in Australia. Sanaz holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Philosophy from the University of Hong Kong. The...

31-05-2022 : Privileges Made Clear: A Reflection on Theatre Space During Lockdown

By Lok Hang Vincent Chu ‘All animals are equal but some…’ we know how that quote goes. Opportunities for theatre participation have never been equal in Hong Kong, but such privileges have been made clearer during lockdowns. Just as we have moved meetings and work online, theatre groups have also migrated their performances online and cond...

31-05-2022 : Interview with Dr. Jessica Valdez

By Anneliese Ng and Tingcong Lin We are happy to have the opportunity to talk with Dr. Jessica Valdez, about the Nineteenth-Century Research Cluster she established, her interest in interdisciplinary research, and her memorable experiences at the School of English, HKU. Jessica founded the Nineteenth-Century Research Cluster in 2020 to encou...

28-04-2022 : Interview with Dr. Hanwool Choe

By Khadija Azhar, Lok Hang Vincent Chu, and Rajesh Panhathodi Hanwool Choe is a discourse analyst who focuses on digital discourse, multimodal interaction, food discourse, and life stories. She received her Ph.D. in Linguistics from Georgetown University in Washington D.C., U.S.A. in 2020. She was awarded a Fulbright scholarship (2013-2015) and...

31-03-2022 : My Experience in the HKU Summer Research Programme

By Tingcong Lin Last summer, I participated in the 2021 HKU Summer Research Programme and was awarded a conditional offer for the HKU Presidential PhD Scholarship at the end of it. I would like to share my experience for the Alumni Magazine. After selection and enrollment, the Programme provided the participants with eight weeks of intense r...

31-03-2022 : Interview with Professor Adam Jaworski

By Khadija Azhar, Lok Hang Vincent Chu, and Rajesh Panhathodi Adam Jaworski obtained his MA (1979), PhD (1985), and DPhil (1991) in English sociolinguistics from Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, where he taught as Assistant Professor until 1991. Between 1991–1992 he was Lecturer at the Department of Applied Linguistics at Birkbeck, Univer...

01-03-2022 : Reflections on COVID-19 and mental health in Hong Kong

By Khadija Azhar At the tail-end of what has been a particularly long winter in Hong Kong, there is an uncomfortable silence hanging over the city. Yesterday, stepping out into the heart of Central, I almost felt accosted by the pervasive stillness, disturbed only by the spattering of raindrops on the pavement. Threads of rain wove the city int...

01-03-2022 : Interview with Jackie Militello

By Anneliese Ng *The interview was conducted during the 20/21 academic year Formerly a student of the HKU-KCL joint PhD programme, Jackie is now an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the School of English. Having passed her PhD with flying colours in the summer of 2020, Jackie is now teaching on our MA programme. I talked to Jackie about her new...

27-01-2022 : Review of Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

By WU Tong Sixteen years after his first science-fiction-like novel Never Let Me Go (2005) was published, Kazuo Ishiguro revisits the future to produce Klara and the Sun (2021). Many things have changed during those sixteen years; the bland monologue of his latest protagonist evokes a sense of familiarity, and soon, readers find something new i...

27-01-2022 : Interview with Dr. Claire Gullander-Drolet

By Khadija Azhar, Lok Hang Vincent Chu, and Rajesh Panhathodi Claire Gullander-Drolet earned her PhD in English from Brown University in 2019 and was a visiting assistant professor at Clark University during the 2019-2020 academic year. Her writings have appeared in The Journal of Transnational American Studies, Resilience: A Journal of the Env...

22-12-2021 : Interview with Dr. Anjuli Gunaratne

By Khadija Azhar, Lok Hang Vincent Chu, and Rajesh Panhathodi Anjuli Gunaratne grew up in Colombo, Sri Lanka and received her Ph.D. in English and the Interdisciplinary Humanities at Princeton University. She has held postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Hong Kong’s Society of Fellows in the Humanities (2018-2020) and at Brown U...

14-04-2021 : My literary research in Old English texts

By Midas Fridas How should we understand the behavior of a (military) general who purposely orders his army to give up the geographical advantage of a defensive position (which effectively blocks the enemy troops from landing), and instead allows the full force of the foe to unload and assemble in an open field? Is it because the general has go...

14-04-2021 : 2020: A Short Chronology of Uncertainties

by Shellie Audsley Just as my little platter of succulents sat snuggly back into the box in which I carried it to the postgraduate office, I turned and saw—through the closing door—a white suitcase rolling quickly down the long aisle. Perhaps as heavy with books as my own tote, it belonged to a PhD student from another School, whom I surmis...

29-05-2020 : Interview with Dr Nicholas Luke

Dr Nicholas Luke joined the faculty of the School of English this year as an Assistant Professor. He holds a DPhil and an MSt in English Literature from The University of Oxford, and degrees in Law and Arts from the University of Queensland. His first book, published with the Cambridge University Press and titled Shakespearean Arrivals: The Birth o...

02-04-2020 : Integrating Integrationism and Roy Harris at HKU

by Kwok Man Ka Sinead Featuring conversations with Prof. Christopher Hutton, Dr. Adrian Pablé, Dr. Jaspal Singh, Jasper Wu and Nina Fang Situated in the School of English at HKU is a strand of studies that has often slipped below the radar – integrationism (integrational linguistics). It is never easy to summarize this strand in one wo...

27-12-2019 : Butterflies and Spiders: A glimpse into Lammaians’ lives

by Andy Hui, Gloria Dou If you live in Hong Kong, Lamma Island is a place you have definitely heard of. With its nice scenery and easy trails, it’s a popular destination for hikers. Situated off the southwest of Hong Kong Island and occupying an area of 13.55km2, Lamma Island is home to 6000-7000 Hong Kongers, and is the fourth biggest island in...

27-12-2019 : Estranged

K.S. The following is based on an interview I had with a friend of mine. He has agreed to sharing his story here, on the premise that not even our closest friends can recognize it is him. Therefore, his name and many of the details have been altered to protect his privacy. But during the process of my writing, I altered everything through my cinem...

18-11-2019 : Reflections on the COEDA Conference at HKU: Shifting Worlds: Navigating the Global English Context

by Simon Whitaker Participants at the close of proceedings on Saturday 5th October HKU hosted the 2nd Conference of the Coalition of English Departments in Asia on October 4th-5th of this year, after the successful first conference in Seoul at Seoul National University in October of 2018. The aims of this coalition are various, involving all poss...

11-10-2019 : A Colloquium on Preparing and Publishing Academic Articles by Dr. Brian King

by Juan Zhong A new series of professionalisation colloquia has been launched this year. For each, a member of the School or a visiting scholar will be invited to give a talk on professionalisation skills for postgraduate students. The first talk was given by Dr. Brian King, a critical sociolinguist from the School, who has a number of publications...

11-10-2019 : Interview with Dr Daniel Weston

by John Scott Daly Daniel Weston read English Language and Literature for his BA at the University of Oxford and obtained his MPhil and PhD in Linguistics from the University of Cambridge. Prior to taking up a position at HKU, he was employed at Birkbeck, University of London; Portsmouth University; and, latterly, at the Norwegian University of Sci...

08-07-2019 : When something is meant for you, there is no force that can stop it from being yours

by Dave Kenneth Cayado I first visited the University of Hong Kong back in 2017 to meet some of the Filipino scholars who are already studying here. At that time, I was still a few months away from finishing my UG studies but the aspiring academic in me was already thinking of where I could do my postgraduate degree. Despite having a clear vision o...

22-05-2019 : Mount Longhu in Jiangxi, China

by Scott Xuekun Liu Longhu Shan (Mount Dragon and Tiger) is a popular place to hike and see Hong Kong’s beautiful scenery near the HKU campus. Zhengpeng Lou, in his 2018 feature article, introduced us to a trail he described as ‘treacherous’, where one can start from Longhu Shan to Mount High West to see the marvelous sunset and cloud sea. I ...

22-05-2019 : The School of English Seminar Series: An Interview with Natalie Mo, Anneliese Ng and John Scott Daly

by Juan Zhong The Seminar Series is of great significance for the School as it gathers visiting scholars and School members to share their latest research. Last month, MPhil students Natalie Mo and Anneliese Ng, and PhD candidate John Scott Daly, each gave a talk on their research. After the seminar, they kindly accepted this interview to share the...

29-04-2019 : Autobiography of an Unknown Prude

by Monirul Huq Let us go then, you and I, When the evening is spread out against the sky Like a patient etherized upon a table – T.S. Eliot, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” (1915) “Is it an extension of the Winter, or the beginning of Autumn, or by any chance a makeshift rainy season?” Clouds were slowly crawling over the tree tops ...

29-04-2019 : Professor Julia Kuehn discusses her new role as Head of the School of English

Interviewed by John Scott Daly Professor Julia Kuehn has postgraduate degrees from the Universities of Oxford, Bonn and London, and also completed the Habilitation at the University of Bamberg. Her research interests lie in Victorian literature and culture, travel writing (related to China) and critical theory. She is currently Head of th...

15-03-2019 : The Sea Witch

by Natalie Mo The sea witch had lied to her. She had promised that by the third sunset, if the prince had not fallen in love with Ariela, she would turn into sea foam, returning to the ocean that birthed her. But when she cast herself in the sea, instead her borrowed legs had split into four, scales spreading across her skin like a disease. When A...

15-03-2019 : Assistant Professor Brian King discusses coming to HKU and new directions for his research

Interviewed by Eric Yin Liu   Could you please tell me about your academic background? I did my PhD in New Zealand, where I focused on language use in sexuality education classrooms. I found a secondary school teacher who was willing to let me come into the classroom, record sessions and do ethnographic research. Before that, my Master’s dis...

22-02-2019 : The Space Between in Ourselves

by Wilson Chik The space in room 7.45 is reconfigured: although the rectangular tables placed in a U-shape and used for seminars are present, now – right down the center – a passageway opens. For three days, this spatial configuration becomes an activated place, charged with different histories as participants and presenters from as far as Hawa...

22-02-2019 : HKU Alumni Stories: An Interview with Carmen Tomfohrde

Interviewed by Giulia Usai    After earning an M.A. and a Ph.D. from HKU, Carmen Tomfohrde has become part of the HKU Centre for the Humanities and Medicine. In this interview, she shares her experience as former HKU student, gives some advice to current MPhils and PhDs, and recounts the steps of her research and career path, which has ta...

15-01-2019 : Reflections on the Victorians Institute Conference 2018 at Asheville, North Carolina

by Anneliese Ng I am very grateful for the travel support by the University Research Committee (URC), which enabled me to attend the Victorians Institute’s 2018 conference held in Asheville, North Carolina on November 9-10. At one stroke, three of my dreams came true: it was my first Victorian conference, my first conference outside Asia, and my ...

15-01-2019 : The School of English Seminar Series with Dr. Anya Adair

Interviewed by Andre Theng Thursday afternoons are something of a special time at the School of English: it’s the one time a week we gather for our weekly seminar series where we get the opportunity to hear from School members and visiting scholars on their latest research. This year, we have Dr. Anya Adair in charge of putting these sessions tog...

03-12-2018 : Assistant Professor Ricky Chan on his path to forensic phonetics research

Interviewed by Vincent Tse Dr. Ricky Chan is Assistant Professor at the HKU School of English. He obtained a BA&BEd double degree and an MPhil from HKU, and another MPhil and a PhD from the University of Cambridge. Here, he discusses his studies and research journey, shares his UK teaching experience and gives some advice to (potential) researc...

03-12-2018 : Dr. David Karlander, Fellow at the Society of Fellows in the Humanities, on language politics, mobile semiosis and graffiti

Interviewed by Nicky Runge   Could you tell me a little bit about your research? How did you start out, and how did you get where you are now? I did my BA and MA at Uppsala University and obtained my PhD at Stockholm University in the Centre for Research on Bilingualism. This was also where I stayed and did research for my Postdoc. As for my r...

08-11-2018 : Interview with Clara Dawson

Interviewed by Simon Whitaker Clara Dawson, Visiting Professor from the University of Manchester, discusses poetry as a window into the nineteenth century    What drew you to the poetry of the Long Nineteenth Century?  I think for our own culture poetry occupies a very marginal role, but in the nineteenth century it was hugely import...

08-11-2018 : Interview with Harriet Hulme

Interviewed by Jackie Militello Harriet Hulme, of the HKU Society of Fellows in the Humanities, talks about her new book, Hong Kong, and her next project Interviewer: Your forthcoming book, Ethics and the Aesthetics of Translation (UCL Press), sounds like an extension of your dissertation research.  I'd be interested in hearing how you adap...

12-10-2018 : Aubade

by Gloria Dou Attente à la fenêtre by Marcel Rieder Sunlight through the window pane, through the flora-embroidered sheer curtain, upon the window sill, upon the wooden desk and chair, upon the roses in the glass vase whose flamboyance needs to be awakened by fresh water, upon the sky blue bedsheet and the visage that just bids farewell to nos...

12-10-2018 : Dr. Jaspal Singh on sociolinguistics, fieldwork in India and research ethics

interviewed by Sean P. Smith Dr. Jaspal Singh joined the HKU School of English in August 2018 as an Assistant Professor of sociolinguistics. Here, he discusses how the field of sociolinguistics needs to focus more on the body, his research on hip hop and dance in India, and his reflections on how academic work can be discussed with research partici...

03-07-2018 : How to practically apply discourse analysis in real life: Communicating with veterinarians

Anson Chan (BA HKU) Email: ansonchan94@gmail.com The School of English at HKU offers a diverse range of courses related to English linguistics and literature. The thing I like most about the undergraduate curriculum is that it recognises the importance of viewing English in a global and interdisciplinary context and provides multidisciplinary cours...

03-07-2018 : Introducing Treacherous Trail

Edgar, Zhengpeng Luo People often ask me: ‘What do you like most about studying in Hong Kong?’. My answer to this question is: undoubtedly the perfect integration of nature and the city. Coming from a remote area with endless mountain ranges in Southwest China, I have developed a keen interest in nature exploration since childhood. Before I cam...

03-07-2018 : A week out of town

Kelvin Wong The airport express to Taipei city passed through a valley. The windows on both sides were filled with different shades of green. There were acacia trees, the only kind I recognised, with pinnate leaves, tipped with tiny yellow flowers. This species is commonly used for forestation and can easily be found in country parks and around res...

06-06-2018 : First Conference at Florence

By Olivia Xu I attended my first academic conference in Florence, Italy in May last year. It was the supernumerary NYU/Purdue University NAVSA/AVSA conference – NAVSA stands for North America Victorian Studies Association, the largest academic association of Victorian literature studies in North America. Due to its location in Florence, Italy, th...

06-06-2018 : Facing the Fish: Language Learning for Monolinguals

by Sean P. Smith Tonal languages are intimidating. Infinitesimal variations in sound can encode entirely different meanings, posing to the Indo-European native a puzzle about as inviting as the Cretan labyrinth. The imperfectly inflected vowel is always lurking just around the corner, threatening to devour the novice speaker in a feast of incompreh...

17-04-2018 : On presenting outside of my discipline

By Aaron Anfinson Last summer, my partner and I were fortunate enough to receive funding to present on a recently published article. The conference, however, was to be my first presentation outside of an explicit disciplinary focus on sociolinguistics that I had just been starting to get acquainted with in the School of English. It was an inte...

17-04-2018 : An Interview with Kitty Mak

By Giulia Usai This month, we bid farewell to Kitty Mak, School of English office manager, who has recently accepted an offer as Senior Manager in Human Resources in the Faculty of Education. During the years spent working in the School office, she has collected many precious memories, made long-lasting friendships and efficiently coordinated th...

17-04-2018 : An interview with Dr. des. Nicole Eberle

by John Scott Daly Dr. des. Nicole Eberle is a temporary assistant professor with the School of English at HKU. She completed her PhD studies at The University of Zurich, in Switzerland. Her research interests include sociolinguistics, language variation and change, contact linguistics, lesser-known varieties of English, English varieties in t...

26-03-2018 : Eurovision, politics and the dominance of English

by Billy Poon I first came across the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2010 when I was looking for new genres of music apart from the ones I used to listen to all the time. Ever since, I have been quite involved in the Eurovision fan community and various blogging platforms. Essentially, the Eurovision song contest is an annual competition with eac...

26-03-2018 : Interview with Dr. Anya Adair

by Anneliese Ng This semester saw a couple of new faces among our academic staff, one of which was Dr. Anya Adair. Holding a BA & LLB from the University of Melbourne, and graduate degrees in English from Melbourne, Oxford and Yale, Dr. Adair researches medieval English literature, as well as pre-modern English law and legal culture. When...

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15-02-2018 : “Living Droplets”

by Vincent Tse “Long time no see” (好耐冇見; Cantonese pinyin: hou2 noi6 mou5 gin3) and “add oil” (加油; Cantonese pinyin: gaa1 jau2) have become well-known Chinglish terms, which are probably used comfortably and frequently among certain English-speaking communities around the world. To some people, terms like Chinglish, Hong Kong E...

15-02-2018 : The Cinder Girl and the Bird

By Natalie Mo             When the prince finally tracked down the owner of the mysterious glass slipper, the whole kingdom rejoiced.            All except the king and queen, of course. They’d condoned the silly search, but never actually expected anything to come out of it. After all, what were the odds the shoe coul...

25-01-2018 : Interview with Dr. Harriet Hulme, Fellow, Society of Fellows in the Humanities

By Jackie Militello, 3rd year PhD candidate This month we are introducing Harriet Hulme, from The Society of Fellows in the Humanities: "a prestigious new initiative that attracts exceptional, early-career, post-doctoral scholars from around the world to the University of Hong Kong."  (You can read more about this new program here http://ar...

25-01-2018 : An Interview with Dr. Brandon Chua

By Andre Joseph Theng There is a new face in Professor Douglas Kerr’s former office, and he is none other than Assistant Professor Brandon Chua who recently joined the School this academic year. Originally from Singapore, he has spent time in the United Kingdom and more recently, in Australia before coming to Hong Kong. Coming to Hong Kong has ...

25-01-2018 : Interview with Assistant Professor Elizabeth Ho

By Collier Nogues, 3rd year PhD candidate Elizabeth Ho CN: Welcome to HKU’s School of English! In the talk you gave as part of our seminar series last year, I remember that you discussed the 150th anniversary map of Hong Kong that HSBC just installed in the floor of its atrium in Central, and the politics of that map as public space. The ta...

25-01-2018 : The Last Jedi: An epic or a disaster?

by Jasper Wu I am informed that this article will be scheduled for January. So, first of all, welcome back! Hope we all had an enjoyable and relaxing winter holiday. Speaking of holiday entertainments for December 2017, the film Star Wars: The Last Jedi – the second episode in the recent trilogy and the eighth episode in the Star Wars saga, has ...

13-10-2017 : Trip to the 2017 LSA Linguistic Institute

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 summer school, which aims to provide advanced train...

13-10-2017 : An unforgettable experience at the LSA Linguistic institute 2017

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 was held over 4 weeks in July and August in Lexingto...

31-08-2017 : Remarks on the occasion of Mr. Franky Lau’s retirement, 31 May 2017

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 the department files records that Franky transfer...

31-08-2017 : Message from Professor Elaine Yee Lin Ho

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 brilliant! Though I wouldn't go so far as to say I sho...

31-05-2017 : Bauhinia and the City

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 guy first had his heart broken. I was walking bac...

31-05-2017 : Copenhagen PhD Winterschool: A research trip of many firsts

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 potato’ researcher, you’re expected to rush th...

09-05-2017 : Homeless

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. Chu Poh Poh smiled. It had been a long time sinc...

09-05-2017 : Snatch a Little Leisure for Tea Appreciation

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 replaced by “savouring” which more vividly depicts...

06-04-2017 : Travel to Write

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.  This is one of the reasons I began my research on to...

06-04-2017 : Jin Yong’s novels and the Jin Yong Gallery

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,[1] also known to his readers by his pen name, Jin Yong. The works of Jin Yong have been, si...

10-03-2017 : An Interview with Dr. Nan Zhang

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, intellectual history, and aesthetic theory.   O...

10-03-2017 : On Asylum and Migration, visiting the Glasgow Refugee and Asylum Network

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 presidency. Additionally, an ultra-nationalist party is ...

07-02-2017 : Mei6 Jyun4—Not Finish!

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 will not talk about all of them, but will focus on...

07-02-2017 : To do or not to do an English Literature Degree: Taking a leap of faith and landing in a safe space

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 choice as to where I was going—my expat parents...

06-01-2017 : A Red Down Jacket

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 had a cute face smiling gently, moving about like...

06-01-2017 : When the universe conspired

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 and uncles who had never been here, but had alway...

29-11-2016 : The Swan

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 attacked by local bandits. In the chaos, the Empero...

29-11-2016 : An Interview with Professor Douglas Kerr

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 upwards of 37 years at HKU. First I was in the Departmen...

01-11-2016 : Grandpa’s Funeral

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. Darkness is creeping into my body and chokes me from with...

01-11-2016 : An Interview with Dr. Lisa Lim

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, endangerment and revitalization in minority communities, and...

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 with King’s College London (KCL) for a joint PhD in the humanities/social sciences. (There is a similar program with Imperial College London for the Sciences.) The rough guidelines are that a stude...

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 Magazine asked them to share a little about themselves, so we can all get to know them better. Below you’ll find their answers. Look for their contributions to the Magazine over the course of the coming...

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 of the mind.” (Trans. Edwin F. Bryant)   “Yoga is the cessation of movements in consciousness.” (Trans. B.K.S. Iyengar)   “Yoga is the ability to direct the mind exclusively toward an o...

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 for archival research.  Most recently, I spent more than seven weeks in French Polynesia, where I assisted museum development for “Te Ana Peua” (The Open Cave), the museum in Vaitahu, Tahuata, Mar...

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 city’s history, its significance as the most prosperous and densely populated city in Japan’s northeastern Tohoku Region, followed by updates on its reconstruction progress after the 2011 Japanes...

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 in the School of Law at Middlesex University, London, where his teaching and research involve applying a background in linguistics and cultural analysis to legal fields, especially in media and intell...

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 SCR) After I graduate, I will remember HKU fondly—my memories painted in shades of mahogany, brass and technicolour carpet. I’ll reminisce about the long, awkward walk to the 15th floor of the KK...

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. Presenters hailed from a broad swath of academic fields, ranging from landscape architecture to economics to English. Though I’ve been to, and presented at, several conferences and colloquia, this w...

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 the majesty of our country parks, which we need and must protect. It is only after a few years, however, that I have begun to share with many other Hong Kong people a growing awareness of both the prese...

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 long-term alternative to knee surgery.  One night a cyclist behind me accidentally swiped my rear wheel with his front tire, and we sprawled across the pavement.  Though I eventually got back on my bik...

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 Bai Autonomous Prefecture surrounded by the continuous mountain range on Yunan-Guizhou Plateau in Southwest China. Having been away from home for over six months, I was beginning to miss the landscape, ...

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 interests in computer-mediated communication (CMC), language-related inequality in education, global English and sociolinguistic theories. SW: From my personal experience, communication via the Int...

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 in supply... For the latter, supply can be more elastic given more time to respond... In the long run firms may reduce production levels or eventually leave the industry with the expectation of loss....

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 this question when telling friends what my dissertation was about. For some time into my PhD I still hadn’t figured out a good answer to this. I had a Master’s degree from Renmin University of Chin...

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, I took a taxi.  Upon finishing at 5pm or so, I saw the bus stop near the East Gate, and thought I couldn’t get too lost going home.  I found the right bus to Admiralty and boarded, thinking I woul...

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 myself there. Dreamily, I run my fingers along the spines of books which explore everything from fairy tale motifs in Dickens to medicine in Wilkie Collins, and I smile to myself. Five years ago, I was mi...

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 glimmering and booming city with beauteous abstraction, Like you, often appear in vacant dreams, ushering hopes of my darkest desires. It repeats and turns around, as the mountain view swirls in dimmed c...

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 his BA at University College London and both his MA and PhD at Queen Mary, University of London. In 2008, his PhD thesis Language Policy and Nation-Building in Post-Apartheid South Africa was publish...

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 sky apart, roars amplifying the downpour, and raindrops diluting the salty tears. Downward she fearfully gazes to find foaming and fuming the face of a lake that is battered by frailty a...

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 project's scope and goals, and who are your collaborators (if any)?  LG: Thanks for the opportunity and it is an honor to join HKU. After quite a bit of search in the HK area, I was absolutely delighted ...

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 HKU from June 3-6, 2015, I was convinced that I was one of the luckiest new postgraduate students to be doing sociolinguistics research at HKU. Back in early June, I was still a graduating MA stu...