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Gender and Pop Culture Salon

Date: 10 Dec 2015(Thu)

Time: 12:30-15:30

Venue: D1-LP-07

Students of ENG3393 Gender and Popular Culture present their final projects.


Dressing between East and West: Inter-textuality of Fashion and Literature

東西更衣記 — 時裝與文學的文本互涉

Date: 12 Oct 2015

Time: 10:30 – 12:30

Venue: D1-LP-06


In the beginning of the 20th century, Paul Poiret designed a high-waisted rope dress inspired by Eastern aura and his wife’s slim figure,  the image of natural bodies re-entered the public scene and women abandoned their corsets gradually.  Since then masculine and feminine representations has been wrestling  in female fashion, signalling the parallel changes of women’s style and rights. In this talk, fashion history and Eileen Chang’s Note on Dressing was being studied together in order to investigate the gender revolution brought by fashion and literature in both the east and west.




Speaker: Fong, Tai Tsor

Hong Kong writer and cultural critic; BA in Comparative Literature, HKU

Moderator: Carman Fung
Research Assistant at the Department of Literature and Cultural Studies, MPhil in Multi-disciplinary Gender Studies, University of Cambridge


講者: 方太初

香港年輕女作家,畢業於香港大學比較文學系,著有《隱物:The Untold Lie》、《穿高跟鞋的大象》等。曾獲多個文學獎項。新作《浮世物哀》及《另一處所在》即將出版。

主持: 馮嘉汶



Popular Culture and Society Series - 

In collaboration the The Department of Literature and Cultural Studies

流行文化及社會系列 - 


Screening: Rock Me to the Moon


Date: 5 Oct 2015 (Mon)
Time: 3:30-6:30
Venue: D1-LP-08

The Centre for Popular Culture in the Humanities cooperated with the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office to bring a loved Taiwanese documentary Rock Me to the Moon to HKIEd. The documentary was awarded the Best Original Film Song (50th Golden Horse Award) and Audience Choice award (Taipei Film Award 2013), among many others.

It is about six Taiwanese fathers of children with rare diseases who are not willing to let fate defeat them. They started to learn music and even form a rock band with the goal to perform in the popular Hohaiyan Rock Festival. The film also documents their daily lives with their children, showing their trials and tribulations.

We are also delighted to have the bands guitarist Papa Li as a guest to share his experience and to perform for us.




Guest: Mr. Li ChengTe

Guitarist in the film. Stay-at-home-dad who works as a website programmer. 

嘉賓: 李正德先生



Study or Entertainment? Why Not Both: Studying Japanese Animation as Cultural Text

讀. 毒. 樂:日本動漫文化的文本研究

Date: 24 Sep 2015 (Thu)

Time: 16:30-18:30

Venue: D1-LP-06


Consumption of popular culture is often associated with corporal desire, it is therefore seldom an object of serious consideration. The speaker of this talk would break the common misunderstanding and general perception of Japanese anime as intoxicating, to discuss its meaning as cultural texts in relation to national history and social changes. He will also raise issues in concern with anime consumers.



Speaker: Karma Kong

BA in Cultural and Heritage Management, City University of Hong Kong

Former Research Assistant, Department of Literature and Cultural Studies, The Hong Kong Institute of Education

講者: 江凱斌




Popular Culture and Society Series - 

In collaboration the The Department of Literature and Cultural Studies

流行文化及社會系列 - 






Philosophy of Resistance: a Cultural Genealogy of Hong Kong “Hero” Films


Date: 18 Sep 2015 (Fri)

Time: 16:30-18:30

Venue: D1-LP-07


The genre of “heroic bloodshed” has long been hailed as one of great historical significance in Hong Kong cinema. In this talk, its origin as well as development will first be introduced, followed by an account of how we may have a glimpse of the cultural characteristics and changes of Hong Kong society through the representative films of the genre. The motif of resistance/revolt inherent in the genre will be highlighted as the key to making sense of its cinematic thrust that alludes to hopes and despairs in Hong Kong.



Speaker: Loi Ho Man, Felix

Graduating from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (M.Phil), he taught a General Education course in the Hong Kong Institute of Education and was a research assistant in the Research Centre for Chinese Literature and Literary Culture. His area of interest includes Hong Kong Cinema, Critical Theory and Visual Culture.

講者: 雷浩文



Popular Culture and Society Series - 

In collaboration the The Department of Literature and Cultural Studies

流行文化及社會系列 -