“A Secret About a Secret About a Secret” – ASIAN CHA Issue 35 Editorial

  Jo Shapcott’s poem “Myself Photographed” begins with an affirmative statement: “So this is me.” This line draws our attention to the subject of the photograph, although it does so with a slightly wry, or perhaps uncertain, tone provided by the word “So.” The next line, “In the field after we got lost,” continues this tone, and from there onwards, the poem reveals a subject … Continue reading “A Secret About a Secret About a Secret” – ASIAN CHA Issue 35 Editorial

“You Always Collected Lovely and Violent Things” — ASIAN CHA Issue 34 Editorial

‘Send me a postcard darling. How can I make you understand?’ —Shocking Blue In Chris Marker’s 1982 film, Sans Soleil, the female narrator whom we never see—Alexandra Stewart in the English version—reads, in a simultaneously insistent and soothing voice, fragments of letters from a travelling filmmaker against the backdrop of footage from Japan and Africa, two seemingly contrasting worlds that share some deep resonances. These … Continue reading “You Always Collected Lovely and Violent Things” — ASIAN CHA Issue 34 Editorial

“Characters Under the Cantonese Umbrella” — ASIAN CHA Issue 33 Editorial

‘The umbrella’s enigma remains unsolved.’ —Jean Baudrillard, Fragments, p. 79. In If On A Winter’s Night A Traveller, Italo Calvino wrote of “this world dense with writing that surrounds us on all sides.” This was an apt description of the experience of having visited the Umbrella Movement protest sites in Hong Kong in 2014. Writing, drawings, signs, symbols could be seen “on all sides.” Much … Continue reading “Characters Under the Cantonese Umbrella” — ASIAN CHA Issue 33 Editorial

"Observations" — ASIAN CHA Issue 32 Editorial

My love for you is not like new linens—nice for the first week but shrinking after the first wash. “If” is the French for yew. A coniferous tree. I wish I knew who sent me this dream: “Tammy (or Lai-Ming?), I had a dream about you last night. You were managing a restaurant and were very busy. I couldn’t understand why you would become a … Continue reading "Observations" — ASIAN CHA Issue 32 Editorial

"Peculiar Imperatives" — ASIAN CHA Issue 31 Editorial

I am a proud, obsessive aunt. I ask my sisters to tag me whenever they post pictures and videos of my niece and nephew on Facebook. These are the notifications I love to receive the most. I play the videos over and over and I often have a few pictures of my little relatives open on my laptop when I am preparing for a lecture, … Continue reading "Peculiar Imperatives" — ASIAN CHA Issue 31 Editorial

"Please Do Not Film Me" — ASIAN CHA Issue#28 Editorial

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"Valiant Beauty" — ASIAN CHA Issue#25 Editorial

Valiant Beauty Seen on the Hong Kong Baptist University campus  . Words from educators in Hong Kong: My students have told me they’re boycotting classes indefinitely. I am proud of them. How can one not be moved?—Eddie Tay I applaud the courage and restraint of the protesters, who are mostly students, and am as proud as ever to call myself a Hong Konger!—John Wakefield.… and … Continue reading "Valiant Beauty" — ASIAN CHA Issue#25 Editorial

ASIAN CHA Issue#24 Editorial

A Touch Of CrueltyIn The Mouth. Looking at old photos leads me to believe that the body evolves.—Edouard Levé I love to recall my dreams, no matter what is in them.—ibid. Of course, telling someone your insult is like telling someone your dream; the specific emotional core of it cannot be communicated …—Sheila Heti. .. The golden boy Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde’s memorable creation, continues to … Continue reading ASIAN CHA Issue#24 Editorial

ASIAN CHA Issue#23 Editorial

Venice, June 2013 ..Meetings with Remarkable Men and Women (Selected) The editorial for the Sixth Anniversary Issue of Cha i. There was a coffee house not too far from the university library (but far enough to deter most students from taking a pilgrimage). I spent quite a few afternoons there, armed with a book or two. Thinking back, I was good at prolonging the life of … Continue reading ASIAN CHA Issue#23 Editorial

ASIAN CHA Issue#20 Editorial

Hula Hooping (First published in Berfrois on 28 February, 2013.) “First snowfall of the year, Issy-Les-Moulineaux” by Oliver Farry  I don’t want to be like a fruit that is small, round and has a bland taste. I like being written into poems but when someone does that I feel shy but also ridiculously euphoric. I have been using the same perfume since I was sixteen years old. One … Continue reading ASIAN CHA Issue#20 Editorial