By Michael Ingham, Xi Xu
Urban Voices is the 1st show off of postwar Hong Kong literature originating in English. Fiction, poetry, essays and memoirs from greater than 70 authors are featured to illustrate the wealthy kind and energy of the city’s literary creation. including paintings from tested authors, either bilingual writers who decide to write in English and expatriate authors who've made Hong Kong their domestic, a piece of ‘New Voices’ introduces the paintings of unknown and younger writers who're a part of today’s surge of latest creativity.
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The smooth level main streets parallel to the shore, lined with shops, crowded with the newest cars; and the narrow, staircased climbing streets which cut across them. In the large level streets can be found all the world's finished goods in profusion, for everything comes to or goes through Hong Kong, and the harbor is full of ships unloading more. "You can buy anything here," is the Colony's motto. Anything from a fighter airplane to the latest perfume. There are no restrictions. And now that the rich have come from Shanghai there is plenty of free capital floating about, and there is a boom on.
At present, only a handful of universities offer doctorates in this field. From and of the City of Hong Kong 21 Putonghua in the 1980s ought to have been required of any Hong Kong writer who wished to observe the cultural and linguistic shifts in her society. However, those arguments fell flat at my American university, resulting in the loss of my fellowship, which was reinstated only because my advisor, the novelist Tamas Aczel, strenuously argued my case. He wrote in English and Hungarian, having fled Hungary in 1956.
The shops are crammed full with everything that the rich can desire, and what do the rich like best but American things, slick and streamlined and colorful? Cameras, bathing suits, lipsticks, perfumes, watches, shoes, nylons, silks and brocades, perfumes and stockings, all in great heaps on the shop counters. Hong Kong is a shopping paradise. Like battalions of sea gulls, the idle rich Chinese women walk from shop to shop, their voices raised above the din of the street, their bracelets tinkling on their wrists.
City Voices: Contemporary Hong Kong Voices in English by Michael Ingham, Xi Xu