If Hong Kong people don’t like drilling or any rotten style of pedagogy, why do we still pay billions of dollars to star tutors for the service of ‘spoon-feeding’ and drill our students for exams? I'm just fascinated by what I have read from Deleuze, Guattari and Bernstein while reading up for my PhD. I … Continue reading Is a schizoanalysis of Hong Kong mentality towards education possible?
'You can always press delete.' (Zygmunt Bauman, in Liquid Love) 'The shameless commodification and commercialisation of everything is, after all, one of the hallmarks of our times.' (David Harvey, in 'The Art of Rent: Globalisation, Monopoly and the Commodification of Culture', Rebel Cities) The purpose of this thought-provoking entry is to help my undergraduate … Continue reading Intimacy on sale – symbolic violence of electronic relationships
(Take it easy. It's just a heuristic piece.) Now the dust settles. Carrie Lam won the (small-circle) (s)election yesterday - with the eerie number of 777 votes out of 1200 from the electoral college. John Tsang, though leading the poll and outmanoeuvring his former colleague by his stunning campaign tactics, lost his bout. Hong Kong is … Continue reading A Kübler-Ross cycle of post-truth grief
Super-rich tycoons have been given a free pass to soak Hong Kong people for years thanks to laissez-faire anarchism, and now the city's richest man is shedding crocodile tears over the eclipse of the mythical 'Hong Kong dream'. I am never interested in such words of wisdom as told by Li Ka-shing a few days ago. However, his … Continue reading The symbolic violence of Li Ka-shing’s crocodile tears
Yesterday I wrote something about the recent decision of HKU to drop physics/maths double major and astronomy in its four-year BSc syllabuses. I have no insider information about which courses are going to be axed, but my instinct told me that the physics and maths departments won't be closed. Here, I can only lament over the loss … Continue reading The forms of knowledge
The row about culling maths/physics and astronomy in the city’s oldest university exposes the unresolved issue of what counts as sacred knowledge in society. The looking-glass logic of my alma mater, the University of Hong Kong (HKU), to drop the astronomy and mathematics/physics major in undergraduate curriculum is inconsistent with the global movement towards STEM … Continue reading Behind the disciplinary turf war at HKU
If my twin brother in Thailand hadn't texted me about the CE Election Debate yesterday, I wouldn't have switched to RTHK live broadcast. Given the rampant cynicism and helplessness in the city after 2014, it may not be too meaningful to discuss whether these politicians will keep their promise or not. The cruel fact that I'm not eligible … Continue reading All that glisters is not gold…