As part of PEN Hong Kong's "Cantonese + Hong Kong" programme, we are teaming up with Cha: An Asian Literary Journal to organise the screening of Boundary《也斯：東西》, the documentary film on the much-respected Hong Kong writer, Ye Si (pen name of Leung Ping Kwan).
There will be a post-screening discussion. Ben Wong 黃勁輝 and Mary Wong 黃淑嫺, the director of and producer of Boundary respectively, will be talking about Ye Si and the documentary film, moderated by PEN Hong Kong's President and Cha's co-editor Tammy Lai-Ming Ho 何麗明.
This event is also part of the Cha Reading Series.
Free entry. All welcome.
BOUNARY《也斯：東西》— SCREENING & POST-SCREENING DISCUSSION
❀ Date: Thursday 31 October 2019
❀ Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. (Please arrive early as the screening will start at 7:00 p.m.)
❀ Venue sponsor: Kafnu Hong Kong (2F, Kerry Hotel, 38 Hung Luen Rd, Hung Hom)
❀ Languages: The film is in Cantonese (with English subtitles). The discussion will be in Cantonese, with some English
❀ Speakers: Ben Wong 黃勁輝 and Mary Wong 黃淑嫺
❀ Moderator: Tammy Lai-Ming Ho 何麗明
❀ Contact: Tammy Ho ([email protected])
▍BEN WONG 黃勁輝 (Director)
Dr Ben Wong King Fai is a multiple award-winning filmmaker and screenwriter from Hong Kong. He is the director of the two documentary films: 1918 (2015) and Boundary (2015) about the writers Liu Yichang and Leung Ping-kwan from Hong Kong. The two films have been shown in Hong Kong and Taiwan as well as worldwide in the USA, Germany, Swiss, Canada and Japan. Ben spent 6 years to explore the form of the writer’s documentary film. Among other honors for his complete oeuvre, in 2018 he was granted an honour “Artist of the Year” by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.
Ben is a mature screenwriter. His script Life Without Principles (2012) had been granted a number of prestigious awards, including the Best Original Screenplay at Taipei Golden Horse Award and the Best Screenwriter at Hong Kong Film Critics Society Award, as well as the Best Screenwriter at Chinese Film Media Award. The film also won the Best Picture at Asian Film Award.
Ben is also a novelist. He wrote many short stories, including Transformation of Russian Dolls(2012) and Hong Kong: Mock City(2009). His new novel Cheung Po Tsai: Fight for Freedom in the Sea has been published in 2019.
▍MARY WONG 黃淑嫻 (Producer)
Mary Wong is a writer and comparative literature scholar in Hong Kong. She is the author of the books Feminine Writing: Cinema, Literature and Everyday Live (2014) and Hong Kong Cinema: Writer, literature and cinema (2013). Major edited works are Hong Kong Literature and Culture of 1950s series (2013) and the upcoming Hong Kong 1960s series. Her major creative works include Against the Grain (2017), From Kafka (2015) and short story collection Surviving Central (2013). She was also the co-producer of the documentaries 1918: Liu Yichang (2015) and Boundary Boundary: Leung Ping Kwan (2015).
▍TAMMY LAI-MING HO 何麗明 (Moderator)
Tammy Lai-Ming Ho is the founding co-editor of the first Hong Kong-based international Asian-focused journal, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, an editor of the academic journals Victorian Network and Hong Kong Studies, and the first English Editor of 聲韻詩刊 Voice & Verse Poetry Magazine. She has edited or co-edited seven volumes of poetry, short fiction and essays, the most recent one being Twin Cities: An Anthology of Twin Cinema from Singapore and Hong Kong (Landmark Books, 2017). Her literary translations have been published in World Literature Today, Chinese Literature Today, Pathlight, among other places, and by the Chinese University Press. Tammy is an Associate Professor at Hong Kong Baptist University 香港浸會大學, where she teaches poetics, fiction, and modern drama. She is also the President of PEN Hong Kong, a Junior Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities, an Advisor to the Leeds Centre for New Chinese Writing and an Associate Director of One City One Book Hong Kong. Tammy’s first collection of poetry is Hula Hooping (Chameleon 2015), for which she won the Young Artist Award in Literary Arts from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. Her first short story collection Her Name Upon The Strand (Delere Press), her second poetry collection Too Too Too Too (Math Paper Press) and chapbook An Extraterrestrial in Hong Kong (Musical Stone) were published in 2018. Her first academic book is Neo-Victorian Cannibalism (Palgrave, 2019). She recently guest-edited a Hong Kong Feature for World Literature Today (Spring 2019) and the Hong Kong special issue of Sweden PEN’s The Dissident Blog.
Re-launched in September 2016, PEN Hong Kong brings together writers and other professionals to celebrate and promote creative and free expression. The mission of PEN Hong Kong is to bring together writers, editors, publishers, booksellers, translators, journalists, academics and others working in the field of the written word to celebrate and promote literature and creative expression. We are focused on defending freedom of expression in Hong Kong and the rest of China and shall join our counterparts in PEN International as advocates for freedom of expression worldwide.
Cha Reading Series takes the online journal out into the physical world. It brings together poets, writers, translators and artists who are in some way or other affiliated with Cha. Readings will take place in various impromptu locations across the city, in public and private rooms, lecture halls, on park benches, in front of billboards, next to a window scratched by tree branches. They will read their work informally or seriously. They will discuss issues, argue, debate and exchange. We also hope to form dialogue and explore specific pertinent topics that inspire or beset the contemporary world. Suggestions for future events can be sent to [email protected]