Hong Kong: A Blueprint for all China?
Does Hong Kong's political, linguistic and geographical separation from China make it feel insular or outward looking? A debate from Hong Kong's City University.
Could this tiny, crowded, enclave of free capitalism become a model for cities on the Chinese mainland? And does Hong Kong's political and geographical situation make it feel insular or outward looking? These are some of the issues being debated in this week's Forum from the City University, which is part of the Hong Kong International Literary Festival. Bridget Kendall talks to four prominent local residents: writer Xu Xi, photographer Palani Mohan, Americanist Peter Swirski and Hong Kong Arts Festival director Tisa Ho.
(Photo: Hong Kong skyline. Credit: Victoria Prandle)
Xu Xi is the author of nine books of fiction and essays, and editor or co-editor of three anthologies of Hong Kong writing in English. She is currently Writer-in-residence in the English Department of City University of Hong Kong. Her most recent novel, Habit of a Foreign Sky, was shortlisted for the inaugural Man Asian Literary Prize.
Palani Mohan’s photographs have been widely published by many of the world’s leading publications including National Geographic, Stern, Geo, the New York Times, Time and Newsweek. He has also published four photographic books and is working on the next, on Mongolia. He has been recognised with many awards including the World Press Photo, Picture of the Year International and National Press Photographers Association
Tisa Ho has been executive director of the Hong Kong Arts Festival for seven years, during which time she has taken performances out of formal venues into the city's parks, office towers and other unconventional performance spaces. Its offerings have also been extended to include large scale events to broaden the Festival's engagement with different sectors of the population, while preserving core audiences.
The guests on stage with presenter Bridget Kendall
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