The 2018 “Backreading Hong Kong” symposium, co-run by the Department of English at Hong Kong Baptist University and the literary journal Cha, took place on Saturday 5 May 2018. The symposium was organised by Tammy Lai-Ming Ho (tammyh@hkbu.edu.hk) and it was part of “Hong Kong Week @ HKBU”. {Facebook registration.} {Download the programme here.}

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  • 8:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Morning presentations {View}
  • 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Keynote address {View}
  • 3:30 p.m. – 6:20 p.m. Afternoon panels {View}
  • 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Poetry Reading at Dusk {View}



Venue: HKBU Phonology Lab

OEM 708, OEN Hall Building, Ho Sin Hang Campus

  • 8:45 a.m. Welcoming Remarks
    — Tammy Lai-Ming Ho (HKBU)
  • 9:00 a.m. Conflicts and Complexities: A Study of Hong Kong’s Bilingual Street Names
    — Song Ge (Lingnan University)
  • 9:30 a.m. Allusions to the 1967 Riots in Lung Kong’s Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow (1970): Reality and Imagination Entwine
    — Tom Cunliffe (SOAS, University of London)
  • 10:00 a.m. Law as Narrative: A Literary Deconstruction of Hong Kong’s Basic Law
    — Holmes Chan (HKU)

  • 10:30 a.m. Chu Hoi Dick as an Artist
    — Leung Ho Yin (CUHK)
  • 11:00 a.m. Empire of the Dragon: Bruce Lee’s Counter-Colonisation of Japan
    — Loren Goodman (Yonsei University)
  • 11: 30 a.m. The “Sinophone” Writes Back? Revisiting Two Uchronian Narratives of Dung Kai Cheung and Ng Kim Chew
    — Heidi Huang (Sun Yat-Sen University)
    — Abel Han (HKBU)
  • 12:00 p.m. Co-opting Cold War Institutions: Gu Cangwu’s Grassroots Activism in Iowa and Hong Kong
    — James Shea (HKBU)
  • 12:30 p.m. Reframing Hong Kong
    — Leo K. Shin (Convenor, Hong Kong Studies Initiative, The University of British Columbia)



Venue: RRS 905, Sir Run Run Shaw Building, Ho Sin Hang Campus

2:15-3:15 p.m.

Professor Stuart Christie
(Professor, HKBU).

Professor Wong Kin Yuen
(Professor and Head of Department of English, Shue Yan University)
“The Hong Kong Generation, 1965-1980”
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Venue: HKBU Phonology Lab,
OEM 708, OEN Hall Building, Ho Sin Hang Campus

  • 3:30-4:20 p.m. “Writing Hong Kong in English: A Dual Challenge”, presented by PEN Hong Kong
    Speakers on this panel will discuss the twin threats facing English-language writers in Hong Kong: a declining readership and the shrinking space of free expression

    — Speakers: Pete Spurrier and Kate Rogers
    — Participating Moderator: Jason Y Ng (President of PEN Hong Kong)

  • 4:30-5:20 p.m.Hong Kong Studies: A Beginning”, presented by the editors of Hong Kong Studies (Chinese University Press)
    — Speakers: Edmund Cheng, Winnie W. C. Lai and Samson Yuen
    — Moderators: Michael O’Sullivan and Eddie Tay
  • 5:30-6:20 p.m. “The Fallacy of the Middle Ground”, presented by the editors of Cultural Conflict in Hong Kong: Angles on a Coherent Imaginary (Palgrave)
    — Speakers: Yu Heidi Huang, Wesley McLaughlin, Kum Hoon Ng and Janice A Wong
    — Moderator: Jason S Polley

Venue: HKBU Phonology Lab,
OEM 708, OEN Hall Building, Ho Sin Hang Campus

6:30 p.m. onwards



Selection Committee_Backreading Hong Kong 2018.jpgLian-Hee Wee, Tammy Lai-Ming Ho and Jason S Polley