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Food and Identity in Hong Kong Literature: Student-Led Discussion

25 March @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

What food can best represent Hong Kong? Egg tart, Pineapple bun, or milk tea? In this casual academic dialogue, we will move beyond these cliched representations of the city and critically engage with the complexities of postcolonial identity from a gastronomical perspective. While previous studies on food and Hong Kong identity have mostly relied on theoretical idioms such as hybridity and cosmopolitanism, we will try to put the matter in a new light and see how it has emerged over time. By comparing poems and short stories composed by writers from different generations, including Leung Ping-kwan (Ya Si), Dorothy Tse, Eric Yip, and others, we will ruminate on the relationships between food and the geopolitics in postcolonial Hong Kong. Possible discussion questions may include: how do olfactory-taste sensations evoke our cultural memories and shape our identities? What are the connections between eating, pleasure, and violence in the context of post-1997 Hong Kong? Join our student-led discussion to savour the gourmet of Hong Kong literature and digest questions of postcolonialism and cultural identities together!


25 March
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Common Core