[Excerpt from my dissertation Hong Kong New Nostalgia Cinema: Reconstructing Local Subjectivity in the Cinematic Nostalgic Space.] Nostalgia has long been entwined with the nationalist and patriotic sentiments at the rudimentary stage. The word itself (from Greek nóstos “return home” and álgos “pain”), originated in the 17th century as a pathological entity denoting an acute homesickness, and … More Why nostalgia matters in our age: theorising nostalgia
Author: Alice Munro I do not remember when Myra Sayla came to town, though she must have been in our class at school for two or three years. I start remembering her in the last year when her little brother Jimmy Sayla was in Grade One. Jimmy Sayla was not used to going to the … More “Day of the Butterfly”, by Alice Munro
Last Saturday, the most-loved Chinese sci-fi writer Liu Cixin and Chinese-British novelist Guo Xiaolu together brought a stimulating dialogue, on the past and present of Chinese science fiction. As a marginal literature genre in China, science fiction has gained increasing prominence from home and abroad in the recent years, especially with Liu Cixin’s internationally celebrated … More [CULTURE] Chinese Science Fiction: Where does it come from? Where is it going?
Flaubert’s Parrot, by Julian Barns, Vintage Books, 2009, 190pp. Words do not only mirror the truth; they can also fashion its own truth, and in turn distorts the established truth. This is what Julian Barns tries to rationalize in his novel Flaubert’s Parrot, a trailblazing subversion of our empirical perception of the relationship between artistic … More Flaubert’s Parrot: A quest of the elusive truth
** It is the last scene from the movie “Dancer in the Dark”. I have made some modification in this essay based on the original story. “It’s time, Selma.” Her thin hands drooped down through the bars, like two withered willows, awaiting the looming dire future which seemed to assert itself as the cracking sound … More The Last Minute of Selma