Everyday Hybridity

Dr Paul O'Connor
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  1. Telling stories about key life events is not only an important part of creating our own personal biographies, but they also forge personal bonds, and construct a cultural narrative. The significant life events that are shared tend to be shared with those who have been through similar things. When I hear mothers sharing birth stories with each other, the significance is poignant because it is an experience that although different and individual, is one specifically about motherhood.

    After recently watching the Hill Street documentary about skateboarding in Ireland, I was enthused by the way in which the different skaters shared stories of their first boards, and their first experiences of skateboarding. Skaters tend to vividly remember their first board. These memories are all the more significant because they pinpoint the beginnings of an activity that, unknowingly, would come to dominate their lives, their friendships, and their own culture. 

    In listening to these stories there were many shared points of reference, relating to films, physical experiences, and social encounters that echoed with my own experiences. I took a great deal of pleasure in immersing myself in these stories. 

    So I have set up a new tumblr blog to provide a platform for people to share their stories, and for others indulge in the reading these past experiences too. It is for young an old alike. 

    Please feel free to share and to contribute to myfirstboard.

     
     
  2. I was near the Theology building at CUHK yesterday, a fairly remote bit of campus and I stumbled on this sign. At first I thought it was another Umbrella Revolution sign, but on closer inspection….
Despite being entirely un-related, I couldn’t help but read the sign as some sort of urge for caution in the protests, a subtle signal about changing tactics.

    I was near the Theology building at CUHK yesterday, a fairly remote bit of campus and I stumbled on this sign. At first I thought it was another Umbrella Revolution sign, but on closer inspection….

    Despite being entirely un-related, I couldn’t help but read the sign as some sort of urge for caution in the protests, a subtle signal about changing tactics.

     
     
  3. Occupy Art. These photos come from @penguinesix and document some of the art that has been produced and posted at protest sites.

     
     
  4. Call For Papers - Skateboard Culture - Drew University
This coming January Drew University will be holding an Irish studies conference and holding a special panel on skateboard culture. The conference will include the screening of  the 'Hill Street' documentary which charts the history of Irish Skateboarding.
I am very enthusiastic about the documentary and encourage the viewing of the trailer below.

The call for papers is extended to academics, artists, community workers, business owners, and skateboarders all interested in exploring the idea of skateboard culture.
I have the privilege of chairing up the panel. So please spread the word.
Go here for more

    Call For Papers - Skateboard Culture - Drew University

    This coming January Drew University will be holding an Irish studies conference and holding a special panel on skateboard culture. The conference will include the screening of  the 'Hill Street' documentary which charts the history of Irish Skateboarding.

    I am very enthusiastic about the documentary and encourage the viewing of the trailer below.

    The call for papers is extended to academics, artists, community workers, business owners, and skateboarders all interested in exploring the idea of skateboard culture.

    I have the privilege of chairing up the panel. So please spread the word.

    Go here for more

     
     
  5. Quick tour of the wifi-enabled, ever-expanding study corner at #OccupyHK

    Originally @tomgrundy

    (Source: vine.co)

     
     
  6. elwynbrooks:

    everydayhybridity:

    One of my students turned in a paper earlier this week and provided the first photo above as an addition. It shows the area in Admiralty where the protesting students have set up a study area. It is here that people are catching up with their classes and writing up coursework.

    For those who are not in Hong Kong, the protests have been remarkable not because of the political atmosphere, but because of the reclamation of the city and of public space.

    The really radical thing about the last few weeks has been the co-operative ethos instilled and enacted by the students. In reclaiming a part of the city they have also introduced a new measure of civility in the city. People are enjoying walking around their city and actually talking and communicating with each other. Strangers are helping one another and working for collective goals. Despite being a `safe city, Hong Kong is so ordered by other forces (think of Sassen’s global business elite) that people have little say in the city. In recent years Hong Kong people have felt the city slip away from them. There is a real rich argument here from the closure of Queen’s Pier in Central in 2007 and its eventual demolition in 2008, to the reclamation of land for the Central Wanchai Bypass. With reference to the new road, a good chunk of Victoria Park has now been removed. There are too many other examples that also cut right into issues of public and social division. Little ownership of the city has resulted in a mass occupation and a renaissance of city decorum. 

    Democracy itself is an ambiguous goal. This however is a participatory democracy, an engaged public forum. Something that even democratic countries have trouble in pursuing, cultivating, or supporting. If people actually have a say in their lives, what remarkable things they can achieve.

    These new spaces of civic engagement are also full of emotional ties. The fact that they will soon be gone is saddening to many, but there is such pride and joy that they have existed.

    The other picture I include comes from a colleague who posted the photo and the comment on Facebook. I’ve kept her anonymous, but she posts a great point. It just goes to show what the city can really be like when people co-operate and share. This is after all ‘our’ city.

    On a more personal note: when I was in Hong Kong, it was not a city that was friendly in this way. There wasn’t much sharing. Everyone was polite, but there are just so many people that it’s impossible to look out for everyone else as well as yourself on a regular, normal, daily basis. This might not be true for all of Hong Kong, I don’t want to pretend that my own experience is the only valid one.

    But seeing this sort of civic harmony between the civilians who really care about each other, it’s really beautiful.

    Thanks for your comment. It is indeed one of the key things about this protest. It’s changing how people feel about the city.

     
     
  7. Interesting blog by Robert Castillo on Africans in China. Plenty of information. Castillo challenges ideas about the actual numbers of African in Guangzhou in his postings.

     
     
  8. One of my students turned in a paper earlier this week and provided the first photo above as an addition. It shows the area in Admiralty where the protesting students have set up a study area. It is here that people are catching up with their classes and writing up coursework.

    For those who are not in Hong Kong, the protests have been remarkable not because of the political atmosphere, but because of the reclamation of the city and of public space.

    The really radical thing about the last few weeks has been the co-operative ethos instilled and enacted by the students. In reclaiming a part of the city they have also introduced a new measure of civility in the city. People are enjoying walking around their city and actually talking and communicating with each other. Strangers are helping one another and working for collective goals. Despite being a `safe city, Hong Kong is so ordered by other forces (think of Sassen’s global business elite) that people have little say in the city. In recent years Hong Kong people have felt the city slip away from them. There is a real rich argument here from the closure of Queen’s Pier in Central in 2007 and its eventual demolition in 2008, to the reclamation of land for the Central Wanchai Bypass. With reference to the new road, a good chunk of Victoria Park has now been removed. There are too many other examples that also cut right into issues of public and social division. Little ownership of the city has resulted in a mass occupation and a renaissance of city decorum. 

    Democracy itself is an ambiguous goal. This however is a participatory democracy, an engaged public forum. Something that even democratic countries have trouble in pursuing, cultivating, or supporting. If people actually have a say in their lives, what remarkable things they can achieve.

    These new spaces of civic engagement are also full of emotional ties. The fact that they will soon be gone is saddening to many, but there is such pride and joy that they have existed.

    The other picture I include comes from a colleague who posted the photo and the comment on Facebook. I’ve kept her anonymous, but she posts a great point. It just goes to show what the city can really be like when people co-operate and share. This is after all ‘our’ city.

     
     
  9. The ‘Feeling Ethnic’ symposium at Baptist University begins tomorrow. It includes a refreshing mix of academics, community leaders, and films made by some of Hong Kong’s ethnic minority youth.
The website for the symposium can be found here. I will also be speaking at the symposium tomorrow afternoon.
Feeling ethnic: visuality, emotions, and minority culture on 15 to 17 October 2014

Our ethnic minority population seems small yet keeps increasing. In recent years, ethnic minorities have received more attention, in particular politically, socially, and legally. Related studies, however, do not often explore ethnic minorities’ inner worlds. ‘How do people feel ethnic?’ is a question rarely asked and consequently central to the symposium. Coupled with a focus on media production, the symposium looks at how ethnic minorities use media forms to express themselves and what can be learnt from visual works about ethnic minority culture.

Programme
15th Oct (Day 1): Academic discussion: keynote speech, paper presentations and discussion
16th Oct (Day 2): Screening videos made by HK ethnic minority youth; discussion with community stakeholders
17th Oct (Day 3): Paper presentations; rounded up with closing remarks
Symposium Programme
 Venue
RRS905, Sir Run Run Shaw Building, Ho Sin Hang Campus, Hong Kong Baptist University (Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong) (Map)
 Scholars
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Elspeth Probyn (The University of Sydney, Australia)
Prof. Kim Hyun Mee (Yonsei University, South Korea),
Prof. Lo Kwai Cheung (Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong),
Dr. Ku Hok Bun (Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong),
Dr. Julian Groves (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong),
Dr. Jennifer Biddle (The University of New South Wales, Australia),
Dr. Selvaraj Velayutham (Macquarie University, Australia),
Dr. Paul O’Connor (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong),
Dr. Yuko Kawai (Rikkyo University, Japan),
Dr. Tanja Dreher (University of Wollongong, Australia),
Dr. Clifton Evers (University of Nottingham, Ningbo China)
Community speakers
Dr. Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee (Chairperson, Hong Kong Unison),
Lau Kwok Cheong (Film Director of Tactical Unit),
Vivek Mahbubani (Stand-up Comedian),
Ricky Chan (Actor),
Jan Yumul (Radio Host, Pinoy Fuse/President of ‘Section Juan’),
Maria Malik (University Student),
Kandal Satish (University Student),
George Gurung (Student),
Teresa Kwong (Assistant Programme Director of Hong Kong Arts Centre),
Lu Castro Luisa (Teacher at Islamic Kasim Tuet Memorial College),
Lo Kai-chung (Unit-in-Charge, HKSKH Lady MacLehose Centre),
Sky Sui (Acting Executive Director, KELY Support Group),
Dr. Chan Kui Pui (Principal of Glee Path Delia Memorial School),
Eric Tsang (Filmmaker),
Hector Telmo(Co-founder of Without Equal Productions),
Barua Olique Kumar (University Student)
Organized by
Department of Humanities and Creative Writing, Hong Kong Baptist University
Department of Cultural Studies, Lingnan University
Supported by
Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities

    The ‘Feeling Ethnic’ symposium at Baptist University begins tomorrow. It includes a refreshing mix of academics, community leaders, and films made by some of Hong Kong’s ethnic minority youth.

    The website for the symposium can be found here. I will also be speaking at the symposium tomorrow afternoon.

    Feeling ethnic: visuality, emotions, and minority culture on 15 to 17 October 2014

    Our ethnic minority population seems small yet keeps increasing. In recent years, ethnic minorities have received more attention, in particular politically, socially, and legally. Related studies, however, do not often explore ethnic minorities’ inner worlds. ‘How do people feel ethnic?’ is a question rarely asked and consequently central to the symposium. Coupled with a focus on media production, the symposium looks at how ethnic minorities use media forms to express themselves and what can be learnt from visual works about ethnic minority culture.

    Programme

    15th Oct (Day 1): Academic discussion: keynote speech, paper presentations and discussion

    16th Oct (Day 2): Screening videos made by HK ethnic minority youth; discussion with community stakeholders

    17th Oct (Day 3): Paper presentations; rounded up with closing remarks

    Symposium Programme

     Venue

    RRS905, Sir Run Run Shaw Building, Ho Sin Hang Campus, Hong Kong Baptist University (Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong) (Map)

     Scholars

    Keynote Speaker: Prof. Elspeth Probyn (The University of Sydney, Australia)

    • Prof. Kim Hyun Mee (Yonsei University, South Korea),
    • Prof. Lo Kwai Cheung (Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong),
    • Dr. Ku Hok Bun (Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong),
    • Dr. Julian Groves (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong),
    • Dr. Jennifer Biddle (The University of New South Wales, Australia),
    • Dr. Selvaraj Velayutham (Macquarie University, Australia),
    • Dr. Paul O’Connor (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong),
    • Dr. Yuko Kawai (Rikkyo University, Japan),
    • Dr. Tanja Dreher (University of Wollongong, Australia),
    • Dr. Clifton Evers (University of Nottingham, Ningbo China)

    Community speakers

    • Dr. Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee (Chairperson, Hong Kong Unison),
    • Lau Kwok Cheong (Film Director of Tactical Unit),
    • Vivek Mahbubani (Stand-up Comedian),
    • Ricky Chan (Actor),
    • Jan Yumul (Radio Host, Pinoy Fuse/President of ‘Section Juan’),
    • Maria Malik (University Student),
    • Kandal Satish (University Student),
    • George Gurung (Student),
    • Teresa Kwong (Assistant Programme Director of Hong Kong Arts Centre),
    • Lu Castro Luisa (Teacher at Islamic Kasim Tuet Memorial College),
    • Lo Kai-chung (Unit-in-Charge, HKSKH Lady MacLehose Centre),
    • Sky Sui (Acting Executive Director, KELY Support Group),
    • Dr. Chan Kui Pui (Principal of Glee Path Delia Memorial School),
    • Eric Tsang (Filmmaker),
    • Hector Telmo(Co-founder of Without Equal Productions),
    • Barua Olique Kumar (University Student)

    Organized by

    Department of Humanities and Creative Writing, Hong Kong Baptist University

    Department of Cultural Studies, Lingnan University

    Supported by

    Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities

     
     
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