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Mr Chan Koonchung discusses the contradictions of our time in SEED Talk

12 Jun 2020

(Clockwise from top left) Mr Chan Koonchung, Professor Eva Man, student Kathy Ng, alumnus Rondo Mak and student Martin Law.
(Clockwise from top left) Mr Chan Koonchung, Professor Eva Man, student Kathy Ng, alumnus Rondo Mak and student Martin Law.
(From left) Mr Chan Koonchung; Professor Eva Man; Dr Melanie Lee, Director of Alumni Affairs; and Dr Albert Chau, Vice-President (Teaching and Learning).
(From left) Mr Chan Koonchung; Professor Eva Man; Dr Melanie Lee, Director of Alumni Affairs; and Dr Albert Chau, Vice-President (Teaching and Learning).

Mr Chan Koonchung, an influential Sinophone writer, spoke at an online SEED Talk entitled “Living Out the Contradictions of Our Time” on 5 June. He boldly revealed the unavoidable contradictions many of us will encounter in life. With the belief that our epoch presents challenges to young people, but that in turn they are the ones who will shape our epoch, he encouraged the younger generation to uphold their faith and eagerness to learn, equip themselves proactively, think big and search for a more meaningful life amidst the existence of contradictions and difficult choices.


The SEED Talk attracted some 500 participants. Moderated by Professor Eva Man, Chair Professor in Humanities and the Director of the Academy of Film at HKBU, Mr Chan had a dialogue with Kathy Ng, a Humanities Year 4 student; Martin Law, a Creative and Professional Writing Year 4 student; and alumnus Rondo Mak. He also answered questions from the online audience. The talk can be viewed here.


Foreseeing the challenges the graduating cohort will encounter during the current economic downturn, HKBU recently launched Project SEED to help students better prepare for employment and unleash their career potential by engaging with HKBU community leaders. The online SEED Talk series is one of the initiatives of Project SEED. By engaging thought leaders and experienced advisors and mentors with rich knowledge from a diverse range of backgrounds and disciplines, the talks aim to nourish HKBU students and young alumni, improve their competency, and provide them with a more enriched outlook as they chart their path for a fulfilling and rewarding life. Please click here to register and learn more about the upcoming SEED Talks.