Posts Tagged ‘culture’

The Storyteller’s Tale

The Storyteller’s Tale

He weaves life into stories and stories into life. Varsity talks to Yuen Che-hung, better known as storyteller Uncle Hung, who takes us on a journey from his firebrand days as a teenage rebel in San Po Kong to what he sees as the utopian world of occupied Admiralty.

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The Body Politic

The Body Politic

Performance art has been around in Hong Kong since the mid 1970s but many members of the public are probably still baffled by what it means. Although you may not be familiar with the concepts and theories of performance art, you have probably seen it at protests and social events as the city’s performance artists are doing more and more political works.

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It’s Not Only Rock ‘n’ Roll

It’s Not Only Rock ‘n’ Roll

Mention concerts in Hong Kong and most people think of glitzy shows by Cantopop stars in venues like the Hong Kong Coliseum. But in recent years, the territory has been playing host to a very different kind of music event. An increasing number of outdoor music festivals are attracting big name international headliners and showcasing local indie talent and changing the way Hong Kongers experience live music.

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The Company of Books

The Company of Books

Hong Kong is not just about fast money, fast food and fast fashion. In the heart of the city, there is an oasis for reading and reflection. Varsity visits the Coming Society for a dose of intellectual stimulation.

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The last letter-writers of Yau Ma Tei

The last letter-writers of Yau Ma Tei

Tucked away behind the busy streets of Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong’s last professional letter-writers ply a trade that has existed in Hong Kong for more than a hundred years. Their heyday was during colonial times, when many hired their English translation and writing services. The field is in decline now, but the letter writers say they’ll keep on writing.

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New Stars of Cantonese Opera

New Stars of Cantonese Opera

No longer considered a pastime for the elderly, Cantonese Opera is finding a new generation of devotees. Varsity meets the young Cantonese Opera performers who are spearheading the revival of a tradition that has been recognised by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity.

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Local Bands Snub Government’s Flyover Venue Plans

Local Bands Snub Government’s Flyover Venue Plans

Fly the Flyover is a project to turn the underpasses of Kowloon East into venues for rock concerts and other cultural events. The government says it will help to revitalise the area and provide more cultural spaces in Hong Kong. But local bands tell Varsity they believe the plan is just a ploy to jack up rents and squeeze them out of Kwun Tong’s factory buildings.

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The Gentle Rebel

The Gentle Rebel

Chang Tieh-chi may not look like a Rock ‘n’Roll rebel but beneath the calm exterior of the Editor-in-Chief of Hong Kong’s iconic “City Magazine” beats the heart of a former student activist who still wants to change the world. Varsity finds out what makes him tick.

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Flash Mob Takes off in Hong Kong

Flash Mob Takes off in Hong Kong

From a seemingly spontaneous mass performance of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” in Mong Kok, to an apparently aimless pillow fight in Central, to a mass gathering to call for the elimination of violence against women – flash mobs have become increasingly popular in Hong Kong. Varsity finds out how something that started as a sarcastic commentary on urban hipsters turned into a way to connect people and raise social awareness.

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Playing with Shadows

Playing with Shadows

Chinese shadow play, involving intricately cut out puppets made from cow and donkey hide, are thought to have originated more than 2000 years ago during the Han dynasty. Varsity meets a Hong Kong shadow play master who is attempting to keep this ancient art alive by incorporating modern storylines, introducing modern characters and training a new generation of puppeteers.

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