Welcome to the Project for Public Culture公共文化計劃

Created in August 2007, the Project for Public Culture (PPC) is dedicated to enhancing public cultural life in Hong Kong and Greater China.

A multi-disciplinary programme run by the University of Hong Kong’s Journalism & Media Studies Centre, the PPC conducts research and studies on the media, humanities and culture, with a special focus on Hong Kong and the region.Other PPC activities include research colloquia, public forums, seminars and public courses on cultural policy and heritage issues. The PPC fosters partnerships between the public and academia, offering an open platform for the sharing of ideas and public participation.The Project for Public Culture is supported by Azalea (1972) Endowment Fund and HKU Culture and Humanities Fund.

Joi Ito – Inspiring Innovation: Creating the Future at the MIT Media Lab 28 Nov 2011

Joi Ito – Inspiring Innovation: Creating the Future at the MIT Media Lab

Joichi Ito, Japanese entrepreneur, venture capitalist, chair of Creative Commons and director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Media Lab, will talk about how to successfully innovate and inspire others to invent the future.  The talk will be held at the University of Hong Kong on November 28, 2011.

In order to celebrate the third anniversary of Creative Commons Hong Kong, Ito will talk about his pioneering role in some of the world’s most innovative Internet companies, including PSINet Japan, Twitter, Flickr and others. Hear how he views the future of research and development in the age of networked social media.

Speaker: Joichi Ito
Date: Monday, November 28, 2011
Time: 5 pm – 6.30 pm
Venue: Wang Gungwu Lecture Hall, Graduate House, HKU
Free Admission, all are welcome. No registration required.

The Road to 1911 : A Visual History 30 Aug-4 Oct 2011

The Road to 1911 : Visual History

The “1911” exhibition, a programme to mark the centenary of The University of Hong Kong, features an extraordinary selection of 86 photographs brought together for the first time from collections worldwide by Liu Heung Shing, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photo-journalist. The photographs, which date from the 1860s to the early 1920s, provide an insight into the origins of modern China, in which Hong Kong played a key role.

「大道之行——辛亥革命一百周年影像展」乃中港十一地紀念辛亥革命百周年的大型圖片展覽,香港大學百周年校慶項目,港大為聯展的首發展場,展出86幅1850年至1930年的珍貴圖片,反映1911年前後中國社會的實況,照片來自世界各地萬餘幅歷史圖片中遴選的精品,大部分屬首度公開發表。展覽重點描繪了辛亥革命及其前後幾十年間中國的社會、經濟、政治、文化等變遷,以影像呈現辛亥革命前後的社會形態,勾勒近代中國的變革歷程。

  • 展覽由普立茲新聞攝影獎得獎人、國際著名攝影家及《壹玖壹壹-從鴉片戰爭到軍閥混戰的百年影像史》主編劉香成任總顧問,劉先生獲中華世紀壇世界藝術館支持,歷時一年從世界各地知名檔案及個人收藏中搜羅具歷史價值的珍貴圖片。香港大學新聞及傳媒研究中心及香港大學美術博物館聯合主辦「大道之行」展,獲北京中華世紀壇世界藝術館支持,及「港大人文基金」贊助。

Film and Talk on Jin Yan : The Rudolph Valentino of Shanghai

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the births of Shanghai stars Ruan Ling-Yu(阮玲玉) and Jin Yan(金焰), Dr. Richard J. Meyer will present excerpts from a restored film The Peach Girl (桃花泣血記)starring them.  The Peach Girl was the third in a series of films produced by the legendary Lianhua film company in 1931 that featured Jin and Ruan.   Meyer has written two books about the stars:  Ruan Ling Yu:  The Goddess of Shanghai (神女)and Jin Yan:  The Rudolph Valentino of Shanghai.  He will talk about them and will be available to sign his books, both of which are published by Hong Kong University Press.  Dr. Meyer has taught at HKU’s Journalism and Media Studies Centre and currently teaches film history at Seattle University and Arizona State University. The event is organized by the Project for Public Culture of the JMSC

Speaker : Dr. Richard J. Meyer

Date : 14 October 2010(Thursday)

Time : 4:30pm to 6pm

Venue : T4, Meng Wah Complex, HKU

All are welcome, no registration required. 

About the book :

Jin Yan: The Rudolph Valentino of Shanghai tells the remarkable story of the “Emperor of Film”, who dominated the golden age of Chinese silent movies. Jin Yan (金焰) achieved his greatest stardom in the 1930s, when women literally threw themselves at his feet. Married first to the Shanghai actress Wang Renmei, his movie roles with “the Goddess” Ruan Ling-yu spurred public demand for more of them together in films made by the leading studio, Lianhua. It was Jin who made Ruan aware of film’s awesome power to portray social problems while evading the censors with melodramatic soap opera formats.

About the movie :

The Peach Girl  桃花泣血記  Starring Jin Yan(金焰) and Ruan Ling-yu (阮玲玉)
Ruan plays Lingu, a peasant girl, who falls in love with the landlord’s son De’en, played by Jin, who fathers her child. He promises marriage but is forbidden by his mother to see her because of class differences. De’en finally comes to Lingu’s side, as she lies dying. The landowner relents after her death and allows her son to raise the child.

Jin Yan: The Rudolph Valentino of Shanghai (with DVD of The Peach Girl) can be ordered at:
http://www.hkupress.org/book/9789622095861.htm         

The Project for Public Culture is supported by the Azalea(1972) Endowment Fund.

Public Exhibit : Eileen Chang Uncovered「發現張愛玲」公開展覽

 

「發現張愛玲」公開展覽
設張愛玲遺產執行人宋以朗博士導賞環節

我覺得是香港的臨去秋波,帶點安撫的意味,若在我憶舊的份上。……但是我畢竟笑不出來,因為疑心是跟它訣別了。”~《重訪邊城》張愛玲

展覽主題圍繞一代文壇才女張愛玲和香港以及母校香港大學的緣份和香港情,包括近年出版的作品:The Book of Change《易經》, The Fall of the Pagoda 《雷峯塔》、《異鄉記》、《張愛玲私語錄》等珍貴手稿和書信;以及一篇從沒發表的英文小說 My Hong Kong Wife;和摰友宋淇及鄺文美夫婦往來的書信、語錄便條等。展覽也為紀念九月為張愛玲九十歲冥誕暨逝世十五週年。「發現張愛玲」公開展覽由香港大學新聞及傳媒研究中心「公共文化計劃」及葵里畫廊合辦。無須登記,免費入場。
日期:17 ~19/9/2010 (五至日)
地點 :中環堅道99號J舖葵里畫廊   (近中環行人電梯)  
時間:17/9/2010(五)3pm ~ 6:45pm
   導賞時段 : 6pm
   18/9/2010 & 19/9/2010, (六及日) – 2pm ~ 6:45pm
   導賞時段 : 2pm & 5:30pm 導賞語言:廣東話,周日下午二時為英語
查詢:2546-3210 港大新聞及傳媒研究中心「公共文化計劃」由「杜鵑(1972)基金」贊助

The exhibit will showcase original manuscripts of Chang’s work, including the handwritten manuscript of her recent Chinese and English publications : The Book of Change, The Fall of the Pagoda and Private Sayings of Eileen Chang, Strange Country, and a never-before published English short story, My Hong Kong Wife. Also on display are the correspondence, photos and personal works of Chang’s close friends, Stephen and Mae Soong. This September also marks the 90th birthday and 15th anniversary of Chang’s death. The “Eileen Chang Uncovered” public exhibit is co-hosted by the Project for Public Culture of Journalism and Media Studies Centre, HKU and Galerie Klee. All are welcome, admission is free  and no registration required.http://jmsc.hku.hk/ppc/

Dates :17 ~19/9/2010 (Fri – Sun)
Venue :Galerie Klee, 99 Caine Road, Shop J, Central(near Central escalator)

  Time : 17/9/2010(Fri) 3pm ~ 6:45pm 
            Guided tour : 6pm 18/9/2010 & 19/9/2010, (Sat & Sun) – 2pm ~ 6:45pm
            Guided tours : 2pm & 5:30pm Guided tours are mainly in Cantonese, Sun 2pm tour will be in English Enquiry : 2546-3210 The Project for Public Culture of JMSC is sponsored by the The Azalea(1972) Endowment Fund

Eileen Chang’s The Book of Change a near-masterpiece

 

Dr Roland Soong and Professor Leo Ou-fan Lee.

The Hong Kong University Press and University’s Project for Public Culture of Journalism and Media Studies Centre , HKU co-hosted a book launch for a noted contemporary Chinese writer, Eileen Chang’s (1920-1995) semi-autobiographical novel The Book of Change《易經》today at HKU, the book launch also marks the 90th birthday and 15th anniversary of Chang’s death.

The Book of Change was written in English, likes its prequel, The Fall of the Pagoda, depicting Chang’s childhood in Tianjin and Shanghai. It provides a first-hand account of life in wartime Hong Kong following the Japanese invasion, with scathing details of widespread cowardice, as well as inspiring examples of human resilience.

Eileen Chang (1920-1995) arrived in Hong Kong from Shanghai in 1939 and enrolled in the University of Hong Kong. Her childhood in Shanghai was a gothic horror tale in which she finally ran away from her father and stepmother. Her student life in Hong Kong was a happy interlude, but Chang soon found herself stranded by the war. The Japanese occupation of late 1941 provided many brutal lessons on the fragile nature of personal attachments.

Dr Roland Soong, executor of Eileen Chang’s estate, HKU’s Pro-Vice Chancellor, Professor S.P. Chow and renowned scholar Professor Leo Ou-fan Lee attended the book launch. Professor Chow congratulated Hong Kong University Press for delivering this incredible project after publishing Chang’s first part of her semi-autobiographical novel, The Fall of the Pagoda in April. Professor Chow also expressed his thanks to the Project for Public Culture at HKU’s Journalism and Media Studies Centre, which started its Eileen Chang Project three years ago and has worked hard to bring Eileen Chang back home to HKU.

The Book of Change is the second part of Chang’s English which depicts lively wartime HK and the protagonist also bears a large resemblance to Chang during her student life at HKU from 1939 to 41.

At the launch, Dr Roland Soong donated a photocopy of the manuscripts of Eileen Chang’s English novel The Book of Change to HKU. Last year, Dr Soong donated one million dollars to set up the Eileen Chang Memorial Scholarship in her memory, Ms Yang Zhi Yan, who received the second ever scholarship to study at the Faculty of Arts also attended the book launch.

Dr Soong shared his views of The Book of Change saying that Eileen Chang initially wanted to publish it as a literary work when it was completed in 1963.

“By publishing it today, we offer readers the choice to decide on its literary merits.  But I believe today that the book is just as important as a historical document about Eileen Chang.  The 1964 The Book of Change stands between the 1944 From the Ashes and the 1976 Small Reunions and gives us an intermediate point in her evolving thoughts and attitudes about the events in her own life.”

He also said, “Beyond the particularity of this author, this book contains the observations by a certain Hong Kong University student during the one and only time that Hong Kong was wounded by the trauma of war.  This Hong Kong University student hailed from Shanghai and therefore had an outsider’s eye for things.  She wrote down and reflected continuously on what she saw, leaving us with a legacy that continues to touch and influence us even today.”

Professor Leo Lee, renowned scholar and cultural critic, analyzed the book. He said The Book of Change is proof that Eileen Chang is an international writer in the literary landscape. “This is a near-masterpiece,” he added and recommended that it should be a required reading for every student in the Faculty of Arts.

Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Professor Kam Louie, said that The Arts Faculty has housed some very talented and famous writers in the last hundred years. Eileen Chang has been one of them. “I am overjoyed that HK University Press has been able to publish her The Book of Change which describes that part of her life with HKU as background.”

Eileen Chang (1920-1995) is now recognized as one of the greatest modern Chinese writers, though she was completely erased from official histories in mainland China. She was the most popular writer in Japanese-occupied Shanghai during World War II, with English and Chinese stories focusing on human frailties rather than nationalist propaganda.

At the launch, Professor Ying Chan, Director of Journalism and Media Studies Centre announced the forthcoming Eileen Chang public exhibit to be held from 17 until 19 September in the Galerie Klee-Yushi House on Caine Road, Central, with 6 guided tours by Dr Roland Soong.

Entitled “Eileen Chang Uncovered”, the exhibit will showcase original manuscripts of Chang’s work, including the handwritten manuscript of her recent Chinese and English publications : The Book of Change, The Fall of the Pagoda and Private Sayings of Eileen Chang 《張愛玲私語錄》Sayings, Strange Country《異鄉記》, and a never published English short story. Also on display are Chang’s forever best friends Soong Qi couple’s correspondences with Chang, photos and personal works.

The Book of Change can be ordered at: http://www.hkupress.org/book/9789888028207.htm

 “Chang is quick to tell us she is one of those people she sets out to satirize: first shocked by the disorder of war, yet becoming accustomed to the new order of life in a short time… what concerns her most is food. She calls attention to people’s grotesque behavior and ‘bizarre wisdom’ inspired by the instinct to survive. Physical intimacy, like food, becomes a poignant index to convey the primordial needs of humanity.”

From the introduction by David Der-wei Wang, Harvard University

For enquiries, please contact : Ms.Velentina Ma, Journalism and Media Studies Centre, HKU at velentinam@hku.hk or tel: 2219 4012 / 9123 0252

The book launch is also supported by HKU Libraries and Faculty of Arts, HKU. Project for Public Culture of JMSC is sponsored by the Azalea(1972) Endowment Fund.

Book Launch : Eileen Chang’s The Book of Change

Book Launch on Eileen Chang’s The Book of Change

 

The Hong Kong University Press and University’s Project for Public Culture of Journalism and Media Studies Centre (JMSC) will co-host a book launch for a noted contemporary Chinese writer, Eileen Chang’s (1920-1995) semi-autobiographical novel The Book of Change《易經》on 3 September 2010. The book launch also marks the 90th birthday and 15th anniversary of Chang’s death.

 

The Book of Change was written in English, likes its prequel, The Fall of the Pagoda, depicting Chang’s childhood in Tianjin and Shanghai. It provides a first-hand account of life in wartime Hong Kong following the Japanese invasion, with scathing details of widespread cowardice, as well as inspiring examples of human resilience.

Eileen Chang (1920-1995) arrived in Hong Kong from Shanghai in 1939 and enrolled in the University of Hong Kong. Her childhood in Shanghai was a gothic horror tale in which she finally ran away from her father and stepmother. Her student life in Hong Kong was a happy interlude, but Chang soon found herself stranded by the war. The Japanese occupation of late 1941 provided many brutal lessons on the fragile nature of personal attachments.

At the launch, Dr Roland Soong, the executor of Eileen Chang’s estate will donate a photocopy of the manuscripts of Eileen Chang’s English novel The Book of Change to HKU and shares his views on Chang’s writing career. Professor Leo Ou-fan Lee, renowned scholar and cultural critic, will analyze the book.

All are welcome, the details are:

Date : 3 September 2010(Friday)

Time : 12pm noon

Venue : 1/F, Main Library, HKU

Language : English

Guests :

Prof. SP Chow, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, HKU

Dr Roland Soong, Executor, Eileen Chang’s Estate

Prof. Leo Ou-fan Lee, Renowned Scholar and Cultural Critic

Mr. Michael Duckworth, Publisher, Hong Kong University Press

Prof. Kam Louie, Dean, Faculty of Arts, HKU

Prof. Ying Chan, Director, Journalism and Media Studies Centre, HKU

Ms Yang Zhi Yan, July, second Eileen Chang Memorial Scholarship recipient

 “Chang is quick to tell us she is one of those people she sets out to satirize: first shocked by the disorder of war, yet becoming accustomed to the new order of life in a short time… what concerns her most is food. She calls attention to people’s grotesque behavior and ‘bizarre wisdom’ inspired by the instinct to survive. Physical intimacy, like food, becomes a poignant index to convey the primordial needs of humanity.”

From the introduction by David Der-wei Wang, Harvard University

Eileen Chang (1920-1995) is now recognized as one of the greatest modern Chinese writers, though she was completely erased from official histories in mainland China. She was the most popular writer in Japanese-occupied Shanghai during World War II, with English and Chinese stories focusing on human frailties rather than nationalist propaganda.

The Book of Change can be ordered at:

http://www.hkupress.org/book/9789888028207.htm

For enquiries, please contact : Ms.Velentina Ma, Journalism and Media Studies Centre, HKU at velentinam@hku.hk or tel: 22194012/91230252

The book launch is also supported by HKU Libraries and Faculty of Arts, HKU. Project for Public Culture of JMSC is sponsored by the Azalea(1972) Endowment Fund.

Book Launch: Eileen Chang’s The Fall of the Pagoda

HKU Press and HKU’s Project for Public Culture at the Journalism and Media Studies Centre (JMSC) co-hosted a book launch for noted Chinese writer, Eileen Chang’s English novel The Fall of the Pagoda《雷峯塔》on April 15, 2010.

The Fall of the Pagoda is the English-language precursor to her semi-autobiographical novel Little Reunion (《小團圓》), which was a number one bestseller in Hong Kong, Taiwan and mainland China in 2009.  The book is the first of a two-part novel series (the second volume, The Book of Change, will be released in September 2010 by HKU Press).

At the launch, Dr Roland Soong, the executor of Eileen Chang’s estate will donate a photocopy of the manuscripts of The Fall of the Pagoda and Long River to HKU and shares his views on Chang’s writing career.

Perry Lam, Editorial Director of Muse will give a brief review and analysis of the book. The first Eileen Chang Memorial Scholarship recipient, Xue Jun Yuan of the Faculty of Arts, will share her aspirations for studying at HKU.

Last year, at the book launch of Little Reunion, Dr Roland Soong chose to set up a HK$1 million scholarship fund at HKU in memory of Chang (1920-1995), to create opportunities for students with backgrounds similar to hers, so that they could be freed from financial constraints and able to prosper and excel.

The Fall of the Pagoda introduces a young girl, Lute, growing up in Shanghai amid many family entanglements with her divorced mother and spinster aunt during the 1930s, when the International Settlement in Shanghai was known as the “lonely isle” and relatively safe from the invading Japanese army.

Guests :

Prof. SP Chow, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, HKU

Dr Roland Soong, Executor, Eileen Chang’s Estate

Perry Lam, Editorial Director, Muse Magazine

Michael Duckworth, Publisher, HKU Press

Tony Ferguson, Librarian, HKU Libraries

Xue Jun Yuan, First Eileen Chang Memorial Scholarship Recipient

 

“The Fall of the Pagoda begins as a comedy of manners and gradually evolves into a gothic thriller … Contradictions and aberrations are the norm in Lute’s family. This is a household immersed into decaying grandeur amid the intoxicating smell of opium, but it never hesitates to pursue new and exotic things from automobiles and to movies. Desolation and decadence rule …” From the introduction by David Der-wei Wang, Harvard University.

The book launch of Chang’s The Fall of the Pagoda is also supported by HKU Libraries and Faculty of Arts, HKU. The JMSC’s Project for Public Culture is sponsored by the Azalea (1972) Endowment Fund.

For enquiries, please contact Velentina Ma, Journalism and Media Studies Centre, HKU at velentinam@hku.hk tel: 2219 4012 / 9123 0252.

Qian Gang public course: Understanding China and the Media. Enroll now!

Qian Gang

錢鋼:《通傳媒.識中國》公共文化課程

Applications are now open for the public course “Understanding China and the Media” to be conducted by veteran journalist and noted author Qian Gang.

All HKU colleagues, students and alumni are welcome to enroll in the eight-session course from March to May 2010. This course will give an overview of the development of contemporary Chinese society through studies of the news media, and is conducted in Putonghua.

Mr. Qian is currently co-Director of the China Media Project at the JMSC, and the former managing editor of Southern Weekend. He is also one of the founders of China Central Television’s News Probe, a weekly investigative news magazine that attracts 20 million viewers. Qian’s award-winning book, The Great China Earthquake, an account of the earthquake that struck Tangshan in north China in 1976, is required reading for Hong Kong secondary school students. For course details and enrolment please visit: http://jmsc.hku.hk/ppc/qiangang10 Read more

Professor Leo Lee Inspires Students

Nine students who attended the Humanities Now: Perspective Across Cultures lecture series joined lecturer Professor Leo Ou-fan Lee(李歐梵) for an evening of discussion over dinner last Friday.

This event marked a perfect close to Professor Lee’s landmark lecture series at HKU.

Dinner with Leo Lee

Professor Lee is positioned in the centre of the front row

Dinnertime conversation danced across a myriad of topics related to literature and the humanities.

One participant, MA student Xue Hong from the Department of Comparative Literature, who had attended all six of Lee’s lectures, said that the series played to her personal interests: music, movies and literature. She said meeting Professor Lee at over dinner was inspiring.

“It was fun to share your thoughts and opinions in such close contact,” Xue said.

Lee said he was reviewing the content of the six lectures and planned to incorporate them into a book in Chinese. Read more