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Themed film salon curated by student: Stories of Family, Stories of Self
Dates: 15/10, 22/10, 29/10, 05/11 (Mon)
Time: 18:15 – 21:30
Venue: D2-LP-05, Tai Po Campus, EdUHK
Language: (film) Japanese/Cantonese/Mandarin/English/Penang Hokkien/Tagalog with English subtitles; (post-screening discussion) Bilingual – Chinese & English

The Centre for Popular Culture in the Humanities (CPCH) is looking for fellow movie lovers at EdUHK, who enjoy viewing and analyzing films, and would like to help this platform grow. The upcoming film salon with the theme“Stories of Faimly, Stories of Self” will begin on 15/10 (Monday) with After the Storm by Japanese director Koreeda Hirokazu. For the films that follows, please refer to the following:


這是由學生所策劃的電影沙龍,現邀請教大電影愛好者逢星期一與我們一起欣賞和分析電影。本次電影沙龍的主題為「從家族故事中尋找自我」,我們將首先於 10 月 15 日(星期一)放映由日本導演是枝裕和所執導的《比海還深》,而往後之片單則詳列如下:


1. After the Storm(Japan) by Koreeda Hirokazu | 是枝裕和,《比海還深》(日本)
2. Song of the Exile (Hong Kong) by Ann Hui |  許鞍華,《客途秋恨》(香港)
3. You Mean the World to Me(Malaysia) by Saw Teong Hin | 蘇忠興,《海墘新路》(馬來西亞)
4. Ilo Ilo (Singapore) by Anthony Chen | 陳哲藝,《爸媽不在家》(新加坡)


After the Storm《比海還深》


Dwelling on his past glory as a prize-winning author, Ryota (Hiroshi Abe) wastes any money he makes as a private detective on gambling and can barely make ends meet or pay child support for his son. He makes extra money by offering his own services to the detective agency’s clients, in the name of “getting inspired.” After the death of his father, his aging mother Yoshiko (Kirin Kiki) seems to be moving on with her life with hobbies with the local elderly ladies. Ryota is trying to get back with his ex-wife Kyoko (Yoko Maki), who has grown tired of Ryota’s excuses for his continual failure to pay child support and threatens to stop letting him spend time with their young son, Shingo (Taiyo Yoshizawa). Ryota is aware that Kyoko has a new boyfriend and fears her remarriage will end his relationship with Shingo. In a stormy summer night sheltered at his mother’s home with his family, Ryota attempts to take back control of his existence and to find a lasting place in Shingo’s life.


雙失中年良多(阿部寬 飾)自十五年前拿過文學獎後就陷入創作危機,沉迷賭博,現在淪落到兼職做偵探,自欺欺人說「為小說找靈感」,其實是搵兩餐。在屋邨獨居的老媽(樹林希林 飾)眼見兒子鬱鬱不得志,不禁傷感,但仍對他抱有希望。良多唯一的幸福,是每月一次與兒子的會面。當他發現前妻(真木陽子 飾)有了新男友後,他更渴望跟妻兒破鏡重圓。一夜颱風突然殺到,四口子被迫重聚屋簷下,四分五裂的家在暴風雨後有何領悟?本片入圍康城影展「一種關注」單元。


Hirokazu Kore’eda 是枝 裕和


Hirokazu Kore’eda is a Japanese film director, producer, screenwriter, and editor. He began his career in television and has since directed more than a dozen feature films, includingNobody Knows (2004), Still Walking (2008), and After the Storm (2016). He won the Jury Prize at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival forLike Father, Like Son and won the Palme d’Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival forShoplifters.


是枝裕和,日本電影導演、編劇、製作人,早年從事記錄片拍攝,題材多具社會關懷、充滿人文主義色彩,第一部劇情片─《幻之光》(1995),使其獲得威尼斯影展最佳導演獎,《無人知曉的夏日清晨》(2004)、《橫山家之味》(2008) 使其藍絲帶獎最佳導演,《我的意外爸爸》(2013) 獲得坎城影展評審團獎,其新作《小偷家族》(2018)入選第 71 屆康城影展主競賽片項目,最後獲得金棕櫚獎。


No registration required and we look forward to seeing you at the salons soon.


*All sessions are intended for purposes of giving or receiving instruction through film analysis and commentary among students and teachers.
CPCH hosting Hong Kong’s first One City One Book programme

The Centre for Popular Culture in the Humanities at The Education University of Hong Kong is proud to announce that Hong Kong’s first ever One City, One Book initiative will be hosted during the 2018/2019 academic year.

One City One Book Hong Kong (我城我書)is a community reading programme which aims to encourage as many people as possible, to read and discuss a single book at around the same time. Each year students, scholars, and readers of all kinds will focus their attention on one single book. A series of activities related to the chosen book will be held around Hong Kong, including discussions of the book and its themes, along with exhibitions, film screenings, school events, book discussions, author visits, cultural performances, library events, and so forth. The goals of the initiative are to build a sense of community and promote reading, discussion, and civic engagement. To get started, see below for this year’s book!The book chosen for the first ever One City One Book initiative in Hong Kong is The Arrival (2006), a wordless graphic novel by the Chinese Australian graphic novelist Shaun Tan.

Please visit onecityonebook.hk for further details. Should you have any inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us at oncecityonebook@eduhk.hk.

(Cancellation) “I Used to be Human Once”: Disability in Contemporary Indian Writing

We regret to inform you that the captioned talk is cancelled. Dr. Mallot was scheduled to arrive in Hong Kong over the weekend. He has had to cancel his ticket because of the approaching super typhoon.



“I Used to be Human Once”: Disability in Contemporary Indian Writing

Date: 19 September 2018 (Wednesday)

Time: 12:30 – 14:00

Venue: B3-P-04, Tai Po Campus, The Education University of Hong Kong






How does disability studies impact postcolonial discourse? How do postcolonial writers address differently-abled subjects? This talk seeks to illuminate and interrogate the intersections – fruitful and fraught – between these fields, covering a wide range of texts but paying particular attention to Mahesh Dattani’s Tara (a play about conjoined twins) and Indra Sinha’s Animal’s People (a novel about the 1984 Bhopal disaster).  As South Asian disability rights advocates struggle to achieve more legal rights and more practical modes of accessibility, writers have repeatedly turned to differently-abled protagonists, with mixed intentions and varied results.  At the center of this hotly debated discourse lies a central, uncomfortable question:  what does it mean to be “normal”?  What, in some cases, does it mean to be “human”?



J. Edward Mallot is an Associate Professor of Postcolonial Studies at Arizona State University. His book Memory, Nationalism, and Narrative in Contemporary South Asia was published by Palgrave Macmillan. He has published on a wide range of postcolonial and transnational authors, including Amitav Ghosh, Shauna Singh Baldwin, Michael Ondaatje, Romesh Gunesekera, Kamila Shamsie, Nathaniel Mackey, and Karen Tei Yamashita, among others.


All are welcome and no registration is required. Please send any enquiries to Mr. Manni Cheung at 2948 7360 or via email cheungml@eduhk.hk.

Modernism and Empathy: An International and Interdisciplinary Conference

Date: 15-16 June 2018

Venue: The Education University of Hong Kong

This is the inaugural conference of the Modernist Studies in Asia (MSIA) network. This network was established in 2017 to provide a regional hub for scholars of modernist studies within Asia. A central aim of the network is to facilitate a gathering of international modernist scholars on an annual basis and in a variety of Asian universities and contexts. Our first conference is jointly supported by the Department of Literature and Cultural Studies and the Centre for Popular Culture in the Humanities (CPCH) at the Education University of Hong Kong.

Please visit the conference site for further details

Thinking-with Bark: Activating a postdevelopmental logic in early childhood education

Thinking-with Bark: Activating a postdevelopmental logic in early childhood education

Mindy Blaise, Professor, Early Childhood Education, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia

15:30 – 17:00, 19th April 2018

B3-LP-04, Tai Po Campus EdUHK


This paper sets out to challenge the developmental logic that works hard to tame, simplify, and control young children’s learning. As a challenge to this kind of logic, I have been conducting a long term multisensory and affect-focused inquiry of children’s relations with place. Weekly I go walking with a group of children and their teachers to Stony Creek, located on the lands of the Kulin Nations people in Melbourne, Australia. By paying attention to children’s relations with Eucalyptus trees, we created the Bark Studio as a place for experimentations and provocations.


In the Bark Studio we have been wondering about bark movements and ask, “How does movement let knowing happen?” We are intrigued with this question because it challenges the idea that knowing presupposes what is to be known, or that knowing presupposes the subject.

By thinking with movement, movements of thought, and bark materiality, I show how bark movements put into motion the relational potential of the bark. Several encounters with bark, wind, and water will be explored. I will explore how teachers and young children are putting thinking into movement and movement into thinking and how this makes room for relational complexity. I argue that relational complexity activates a postdevelopmental logic that unleashes, complicates, and opens-up learning in early childhood education.


Professor Mindy Blaise’s interdisciplinary research involves bringing together the environmental humanities and early childhood education to generate postdevelopmental pedagogies for the Anthropocene. She provokes teachers to challenge human exceptionalism and ‘make room for the more’ to generate ethico-political practices for living well together in these uncertain times.


GRF/RAE Workshop by Professor Chris Berry

Date: 28th March 2018 (Wed)

Time: 15:30 – 17:00

Venue: D1-LP-06, Tai Po Campus, EdUHK




Not sure what to submit to the RAE? What is impact, and how can Humanities and Social Sciences researchers achieve it? How do we write a research narrative? Want to improve your GRF chances? How are external reviewers chosen? What makes for an effective grant application? Should I apply again if I get 3.5? How important is having a Hong Kong dimension? Chris Berry has been on various RGC panels, including the GRF, since 2007. He has been through RAE exercises in Australia and the UK. He will offer his insights from these experiences and answer your questions.




Chris Berry is Professor of Film Studies at King’s College London. In the 1980s, he worked for China Film Import and Export Corporation in Beijing, and his academic research is grounded in work on Chinese-language cinemas and other Chinese-language screen-based media, as well as work from neighboring countries. Publications include: Cinema and the National: China on Screen (2006); Postsocialist Cinema in Post-Mao China: the Cultural Revolution after the Cultural Revolution (2004);Chinese Film Festivals: Sites of Translation (2017); Routledge Handbook of East Asian Popular Culture (2016); Public Space, Media Space (2013); Chinese Cinema, 4 vols, (2012); The New Chinese Documentary Film Movement: For the Public Record (2010); Electronic Elsewheres: Media, Technology, and Social Space (2010); Cultural Studies and Cultural Industries in Northeast Asia: What a Difference a Region Makes (2009); TV China (2008); Chinese Films in Focus II (2008); and Island on the Edge: Taiwan New Cinema and After (2005).


All are welcome and no registration is required. Please send any enquiries to Mr. Manni Cheung at 2948 7360 or via email cheungml@eduhk.hk.