Literature, My City
The project aims at exploring various writing styles from a literary perspective, such as martial arts novels, children’s literature, pop songs, food culture, etc., in an attempt to piece together a puzzle which outlines the literary and cultural features of Hong Kong. The project invites viewers and readers to observe daily social phenomena, as well as the interaction and emotional structure of people within ethnic groups. The handpicked topics of the project will be curated in the form of short films. Such popular format allows audiences trapped at home to survey literature through entertainment, and to find pleasure through literature.
Writer, scholar, literary and cultural critic Choi Yick-wai (commonly known by his pen names Nanshan and Xu Nanshan) is a veteran in literary creation and creative writing teaching. His 16 publications covers a wide range of genres, including critical essays and anthologies on Hong Kong literature, novels and appreciation in Chinese literature. Choi was a winner of the Youth Literature Award in Hong Kong (1989), the “Global Feng Zikai Prose Award” (2015), the Hong Kong Publishing Award (2017) and the “Awards for Creative Writing in Chinese” (2020) among others.
Finding Local Culture and Literature in Popular Pastime and Entertainment
Inspired by the British cultural theorist Raymond Williams’s seminal writing, “Cultural Is Ordinary”, the project aims to portray the multifarious cultural landscape of Hong Kong through topics which are popular and relevant to the daily lives of the public.
With a total of 20 short clips covering the 5 areas of wuxia novels, children’s literature, food culture, popular music and ethnic minorities, viewers are encouraged to learn about literature through a lighter and entertaining perspective while gaining insights to local culture. The videos will be released on YouTube and Facebook. Viewers can post feedbacks and interact with the hosts in the comments section.