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Cantonese culture in Hong Kong discussed at HKBU conference

01 Feb 2013

Scholars, cultural critics, artists and film professionals gather at HKBU to discuss the future of Cantonese culture in Hong Kong
Scholars, cultural critics, artists and film professionals gather at HKBU to discuss the future of Cantonese culture in Hong Kong

Co-organised by the Department of Humanities and Creative Writing, the Department of History and the Department of Geography, a conference on “the Future of Cantonese Culture in Hong Kong” is being held on campus from today to 3 February 2013 to discuss the changes in Cantonese culture in Hong Kong during the past decade and its future. About 60 scholars, cultural critics, artists and film professionals are participating in the event.

 

The conference aims to explore how Cantonese culture is being refigured over the past decade, a time when a series of events related to the rise of China and its soft power calls for a renewed understanding of the future of Cantonese culture in Hong Kong. This conference endeavours to open up the boundaries of Hong Kong culture and its studies by investigating the importance of Cantonese culture in Hong Kong.

 

Twelve themes will be discussed during the conference, which cover culture and daily life in Hong Kong. They are Cantonese and Literary Writing; Cantonese Music and Opera; Cantonese Culture and its representations; Cantonese Theatre; Hong Kong Cantonese Films in Mainland China; Ethnic Minorities, New Immigrants, and the Cantonese Majority; Cantonese Cuisine: Eating Well: Food, Care and Well-being; Space Issues and Cantonese Culture; On Cantopop; Martial Arts and Cantonese Culture; Speaking Loud: Cantonese, Identification and Cultural Politics; and the Future of Cantonese Education and Hong Kong Studies.

 

A Sunday Forum will be held on 3 February afternoon at the Hong Kong Central Library with the theme “Beyond Cantonese: The Future of Cantonese Culture in Hong Kong”. Speakers include Ms. Cheuk Wan-chi (artiste), Ms. Tang Siu-wa (cultural critic), Mr. Adrian Chow (singer) and Mr. Herman Yau (film director)

 

The conference is open to the public. For details, please view the conference web page at http://hum.hkbu.edu.hk/conference/.