A Tribute to Yasi: Watching Over Hong Kong - City, Art, Poems
02 Mar 2017
To commemorate the fourth anniversary of the passing of one of Hong Kong’s foremost literary figures, Leung Ping-kwan, better known under his pen name Yasi, the University hosted a multimedia lunchtime event and evening seminar yesterday (March 2) in Haking Wong Podium and the Main Building.
A Tribute to Yasi: Watching Over Hong Kong – City, Art, Poems, was co-organised by the NGO Read-Cycling, the General Education Unit, the Faculty of Arts, the Department of Comparative Literature, and the Hong Kong Studies Programme of the School of Modern Languages and Cultures. This year’s commemoration featured a series of activities inspired by Yasi’s writings under the theme of “Watching Over Hong Kong”, the title of the epistolary book he co-wrote with Japanese author Inuhiko Yomota and which was published after Yasi’s death.
HKU Students performed alongside renowned musicians and artists Keith Lam, Tina So, Priscilla Leung, Fragrant Village, and the Interzone Collective & Ky Chan. Other activities, supported by Hong Kong Open Printshop, DINA, and Kin’s Kitchen, included letterpress printing and the serving of Hong Kong traditional snacks. A wide range of translated poems by Yasi in various languages, collected by Echoes – a student driven creative group, have been exhibited at Bijas Vegetarian Restaurant and the GE Office.
The evening seminar featured Mr. Chan Ping Chiu, Artistic Director of the On & On Theatre Workshop, fashion designer Ms. Amy Wong, Professor Mary Wong, Associate Professor in the Chinese Department and Associate Director of the Centre for Humanities Research at Lingnan University, and Professor Stephen Chu, Director of the Hong Kong Studies Programme at the University of Hong Kong. The seminar was moderated by Dr. Fiona Law of the HKU Department of Comparative Literature and will feature a special guest appearance by Dr. Eman Leung.
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Read-Cycling is a Government-registered non-profit organisation aimed at promoting resource sharing and the joy of reading. Established in 2009, it has helped find new homes for over 20,000 quality used books and organised many community projects, including readers’ carnivals, author sharing sessions, and school outreach programmes. www.read-cycling.org