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Is inspiration the source of creation? Sharing by Dr Chow Yiu-fai

10 Jan 2020

Is inspiration the source of creation? Sharing by Dr Yiu-fai Chow

Creativity in everyday life


Is inspiration the source of creation? To Dr Chow Yiu-fai, inspiration is nothing but an illusion. Only living is real.


Dr Chow is an Associate Professor of the HKBU Department of Humanities and Creative Writing and a veteran lyricist. He believes that lyrics reflect his way of life and recount his sentiments. Like riding a roller-coaster, Dr Chow has experienced the ups and downs of life. He has evolved from a well-groomed model civil servant to a stylish scholar, from starting a new life in the Netherlands to returning to his homeland and influencing Hong Kong youngsters’ hearts and souls, and from being a novice in creating lyrics to inspiring students to get to know themselves through creativity...Nevertheless, his elemental belief has never been shaken. He still sees society and the world through the lens of inclusiveness, freedom, equality and love, and he crafts his life story through everyday encounters.


“We can never predict our future. There is nothing as it is, creativity is no exception.” To Dr Chow, creativity surrounds our everyday lives, and it is not merely groundless imagination. People can only get hold of the most candid thoughts of themselves, their family and friends – and even society – through real-life experiences. It is through this process that they can create something imbued with soul.


As a former media practitioner, Dr Chow was accustomed to a flexible and hassle-free work style. However, what made him devoted to his teaching career, which is now somewhat institutionalised since he joined HKBU, is a passion for influencing the younger generation.


He understands how his students think, and has gone through what they are encountering. He aspires to put his life experiences to good use by influencing youngsters, and he hopes to make a positive impact on them and ultimately change their destiny.


“Being influential is a form of art and a privilege of teaching,” says Dr Chow. Through delivering lectures, he engages students in in-depth exchanges, during which everyone’s thoughts can interact and affect one another. He also encourages students to share their thoughts and value self-management, and he subsequently guides them to nourish their creativity through self-reflection and introspection.


Dr Chow believes that learning to ask why is a way of pursuing knowledge. He encourages students to ask questions in lectures, as this enables them to understand surrounding people and situations, gain insight into an issue and explore boundless possibilities.