Whither Hong Kong? A Preface

http://www.asiancha.com/content/blogcategory/258/473/
In early July, we sent out a call for poems about the Chinese Government’s White Paper on the “One Country, Two Systems” principle in Hong Kong. At the time, the publication of the paper, which formally precluded true democracy within the city, felt like a watershed moment in Hong Kong history and one that we wanted, in our own small way, to capture in the journal. 

What we couldn’t have foreseen was how the White Paper would lead to subsequent events in the city, especially the Umbrella Revolution. None of us could have imagined how protest sites would blossom on Hong Kong Island and Kowloon or how determined the protesters would be in face of government resistance. Nor could we have foreseen how the protests would leave their mark on the city: the ‘Lennon Wall’ at Civic Square and it’s tapestry of post-its showing how voices are many and one; a solitary yellow umbrella on an Admiralty stage; banners with the words of Lu Xun draped from footbridges.
It is within this context that we launch this special feature, which will hopefully serve as a record of our collective desire for democracy. The poems curated here are as much about the experiences of the Occupy movement and the ‘on-the-ground’ protests as they are about the original White Paper. They capture the emotions, reflections and hopes of people living in Hong Kong at this historic moment. This collection is perhaps another “wall” of post-its, reminding us of how the passion for poetry resonates strongly with the passion for freedom and democracy. 
Poets featured: Kit Fan, Mary Jean Chan, Jason S Polley, Wendy Gan, Andrew S. Guthrie, Ruth Lee, Aaron Chan, Stephanie Han, Peter Gordon, Antony Huen, Natalie Liu, Marco Yan, Emily Cheung, Henry W. Leung 
(Pictured above: “試問誰還未發聲”, seen on the campus of Hong Kong Baptist University. Photo by Jason S Polley. Friday 24 October, 2014.)

Call for Submissions: "Hong Kong Isn’t Going Anywhere Anytime Soon"

Pictured: Hong Kong Column – Translated (http://facebook.com/hkcolumn)

Introduction
Cha is seeking entries on the theme “Hong Kong Isn’t Going Anywhere Anytime Soon” in response to the Chinese Government’s White Paper (click here for more information) to be included in a special section in the journal.

Submission period
20th June (Fri.) – 30th September (Tue.)

Editors of the section
-Tammy Ho Lai-Ming [bio]
-Michael O’Sullivan [bio
-Kate Rogers [bio]

-Michael Tsang [bio]

Guidelines
Please send submissions to t@asiancha.com by 30th September with the subject line “White Paper—your name”. Each writer can submit up to two poems.

A Polite People

First they took their land, then their fish, then their trolleys
After it was their backs, then their loins,
Then their rented apartments, their shacks, their rusting bicycles
In the end all they had was chicken gristle, chickens feet,
And dung lai chas.
Still they waited and said it wouldn’t be polite.

Then they started on their voices,
They took their tones, their gutturals, their
Argumentative low tones, their cackling old woman’s laugh,
Their hanging end-tones,
Their flippant, rising soft tones,
And then their babies’ coughs.
Still they waited and said it wouldn’t be polite.

Then they came to take their shadows,
Their memories and the ghosts of ancestors they
Had buried on their hills
Ma On Shan, Tai Mo Shan, Lion Rock
Old Animals hurting now as they looked on
Over the flagrant ripples washing their tired limbs,
Still they waited and said it wouldn’t be polite.

But when they took their dreams hung with
Luk Fuk red pockets and
Banyan leaves they wondered if their time had come
So they stretched out their legs, gritted their teeth
Counted their number and rose together
As an angry sun told them their day had run.
We waited because they said it wouldn’t be polite.

Iris Ho

Kate Rogers’s City of Stairs

The March 2012 Hong Kong Poetry OutLoud event will be devoted to a book launch: the debut of Canadian poet Kate Rogers’s second collection, City of Stairs, courtesy of Haven Books and the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.

For this extra-special evening Outloud will take place in the FRINGE CLUB STUDIO THEATRE, 8pm, Wednesday 7th March 2012, and Viki Holmes will be the MC. The first set will feature a selection of special guest readers sharing a reprise from Not A Muse: The Inner Lives of Women, with Kate reading in the second set, and an open-mic will grace the evening in the third set. If you’d like to read in the open mic section of the evening, please let us know at PoetryOutloud@gmail.com

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ABOUT CITY OF STAIRS

When the subject calls for it, Rogers’ writing can be delicately wistful, potently visceral, ecstatic, sensuous, or richly contemplative. The many striking, insightful portraits of strong women show an equal adeptness with the contemporary and the mythic – and their overlaps. This book is a treasury, and a real tour de force.

-Allan Briesmaster, poet and editor Quattro Press; co-founder Word Stage Reading Series, Toronto, Canada

ABOUT KATE ROGERS

Canadian poet and educator Kate Rogers has had poetry, essays and reviews published in anthologies and literary magazines in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Canada and the UK. She has been short-listed twice for the Winston Collins Best Canadian Poem Prize by Toronto literary journal Descant. Her work has appeared in Fifty-Fifty: New Hong Kong Writing; The Asia Literary Review, Dimsum; Pressed; Crave it; Many Mountains Moving; Dream Catcher; The New Quarterly, Contemporary Verse II, Canadian Women’s Studies, The Mad Woman in the Academy and Orbis International. She has traveled extensively in Asia and in Southern Africa. A bilingual collection of her essays about conservation in Taiwan, The Swallows’ Return, was published in 2006.
Her first collection of poetry, Painting the Borrowed House, debuted in Hong Kong in 2008 with Proverse Publishing. Not A Muse: the Inner Lives of Women, co-edited by Viki Holmes and Kate Rogers; Haven Books; appeared in 2009.
  • Kate Rogers’ poetry was published in issue#9 of Cha and her review of Todd Swift’s and Chen Ching-In’s poetry collections was published in issue#8 of the journal.
  • Viki Holmes’s poetry was published in issue#3 of Cha and her review of Gillian Sze’s Fish Bones was published in issue#8 of the journal.


Kate Rogers’s City of Stairs

The March 2012 Hong Kong Poetry OutLoud event will be devoted to a book launch: the debut of Canadian poet Kate Rogers’s second collection, City of Stairs, courtesy of Haven Books and the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.

For this extra-special evening Outloud will take place in the FRINGE CLUB STUDIO THEATRE, 8pm, Wednesday 7th March 2012, and Viki Holmes will be the MC. The first set will feature a selection of special guest readers sharing a reprise from Not A Muse: The Inner Lives of Women, with Kate reading in the second set, and an open-mic will grace the evening in the third set. If you’d like to read in the open mic section of the evening, please let us know at PoetryOutloud@gmail.com

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ABOUT CITY OF STAIRS

When the subject calls for it, Rogers’ writing can be delicately wistful, potently visceral, ecstatic, sensuous, or richly contemplative. The many striking, insightful portraits of strong women show an equal adeptness with the contemporary and the mythic – and their overlaps. This book is a treasury, and a real tour de force.

-Allan Briesmaster, poet and editor Quattro Press; co-founder Word Stage Reading Series, Toronto, Canada

ABOUT KATE ROGERS

Canadian poet and educator Kate Rogers has had poetry, essays and reviews published in anthologies and literary magazines in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Canada and the UK. She has been short-listed twice for the Winston Collins Best Canadian Poem Prize by Toronto literary journal Descant. Her work has appeared in Fifty-Fifty: New Hong Kong Writing; The Asia Literary Review, Dimsum; Pressed; Crave it; Many Mountains Moving; Dream Catcher; The New Quarterly, Contemporary Verse II, Canadian Women’s Studies, The Mad Woman in the Academy and Orbis International. She has traveled extensively in Asia and in Southern Africa. A bilingual collection of her essays about conservation in Taiwan, The Swallows’ Return, was published in 2006.
Her first collection of poetry, Painting the Borrowed House, debuted in Hong Kong in 2008 with Proverse Publishing. Not A Muse: the Inner Lives of Women, co-edited by Viki Holmes and Kate Rogers; Haven Books; appeared in 2009.
  • Kate Rogers’ poetry was published in issue#9 of Cha and her review of Todd Swift’s and Chen Ching-In’s poetry collections was published in issue#8 of the journal.
  • Viki Holmes’s poetry was published in issue#3 of Cha and her review of Gillian Sze’s Fish Bones was published in issue#8 of the journal.


Poetry Jam | Hong Kong International Literary Festival | Friday 11 March

Poetry doesn’t get better than this!

“Visiting and local poets read their own and others’ work in a sticky, noisy and unpredictable mix, ring-mistressed by Viki Holmes. Ticket price includes a $30 drinks voucher redeemable at the door.”

Friday, 11 March 2011
Poetry Jam

19:30 – 21:30
Fringe Club
This Friday, if you are in Hong Kong, you should attend Poetry Jam, an evening of poetry organised by Poetry OutLoud Hong Kong, hosted by Viki Holmes. The event is part of the Hong Kong International Literary Festival 2011. Eight Cha contributors will be reading — click the images below to read their works in Cha.

Other participating poets include Akin Jeje, Gillian Bickley, Jason Polley, Nashua Gallagher, and more. 


Cha’s Ode to Hong Kong

[Click the images to enlarge.]
From Issue 1 [Link]

From Issue 1 [Link]

From Issue 1 [Read the entire poem]

From Issue 2 [Read the entire poem]

From Issue 3 [Read the entire poem]
 From Issue 9 [Read the entire poem]

From Issue 12 [Read the entire poem] [The poem is discussed here]
When I go back to Hong Kong, I wish to campaign for putting poetry, both Chinese and English, in public transport. Larger versions of these images for non-commercial purposes can be obtained from Cha editors for free. Please contact editors@asiancha.com.

Poetry OutLoud — A Hallowe’en Reading

From the event host, Kate Rogers:

Dear Poetry Lovers,

October is coming to a close and what better way to see in November than with a spooky poetry reading featuring writers from the International Writers’ Workshop and our local Outlouders?

This extra-spectral Outloud event will be hosted by Kate Rogers – poet, lecturer, editor, and will take place at:

place: Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre, 7A Kennedy Road, Central
date: Sunday 31st October 2010
time: 6.30pm-8.30pm
Kate Rogers’ poetry was published in issue#9 of Cha and her review of Todd Swift’s and Chen Ching-In’s poetry collections was published in issue#8 of the journal.

Jazzetry at Peel Fresco

Time: 26 October · 07:30 – 14:00
Location: Peel Fresco Lounge, Peel Street, Hong Kong

Enjoy an evening of poetry and jazz with poets from the International Writers Workshop and some of the best Hong Kong-based writers, including Kate Rogers, Nicole Wong, Adam Radford and Jason Lee. Mark Peter provides musical accompaniment, Viki Holmes MCs.

See the event Facebook page here.



Cha contributors in Writers’ Digest

There is an interview with Cha contributors Viki Holmes and Kate Rogers in Writers’ Digest. They talk about their own poetry writing and their edited anthology, Not A Muse. Read the interview here.
  • Viki Holmes’s poetry was published in issue#3 of Cha and her review of Gillian Sze’s Fish Bones was published in issue#8 of the journal.
  • Kate Rogers’ poetry was published in issue#9 of Cha and her review of Todd Swift’s and Chen Ching-In’s poetry collections was published in issue#8 of the journal.

Best of the Net 2010 Nominations

We are happy to announce that the following pieces of work have been nominated by Cha for inclusion in Best of the Net Anthology 2010, published by Sundress Publications. Congratulations to these writers and good luck!

Poetry

=Rosanna Oh, “Etude” (issue #11, May 2010)
=Anuradha Vijayakrishnan, “Suicide Note” Read an analysis of the poem here.(issue #10, Feb. 2010)
=Papa Osumbal, “A Bum’s Demise” Read an analysis of the poem here. (issue #10, February 2010)
=Kate Rogers, “Sai Ying Pun Sestina” (issue #9, Nov. 2009)
=Lillian Kwok, “Departure” Read an analysis of the poem here.(issue #8, Aug. 2009)
Fiction
=Drew Calvert, “Improv” (issue #9, Nov. 2009)
=O Thiam Chin, “Pebbles” (issue #8, Aug. 2009)
Creative non-fiction
=Iain S. Baird, “A Night at the Taj” (issue #9, Nov. 2009)
=Anne Tibbitts, “The okinawan Coffeeshop” (issue #8, Aug. 2009)
Also see our Best of the Web, Pushcart and Micro Award nominations this year.


Iris A. Law’s “Circumnavigation”, first published in Issue #7 of Cha, was selected for publication in Best of the Net 2009.


Upcoming Events at City University Hong Kong


The following lectures and readings at City University Hong Kong in Kowloon Tong will be open to the public during the week long MFA summer residency program:

Sessions open to the public (7:30 – 9:00 pm in LT7 unless otherwise specified)

  • Sunday July 25 Distinguished Visiting Writer Timothy Mo will be featured in conversation with Rodney Jones, Associate Chair, Department of English. (7:15 pm at City Top, 9th Floor Amenities Building)
  • Monday July 26 Readings by faculty writers Marilyn Chin and Justin Hill
  • Tuesday July 27 Readings by faculty writers Luis Francia and Robin Hemley
  • Wednesday July 28 Readings by writer-in-residence Xu Xi and guest writer Kate Rogers
    (Kate will talk about Not A Muse, its development and the collaborative aspect of the anthology. She will read poetry by NAM poets (and some of her own work from NAM). Kate will also talk about making a living from teaching creative writing and read from her poetry collection, Painting the Borrowed House.)

-Xu Xi’s creative non-fiction was published in issue #6 of Cha.
-Kate Rogers’ poetry was published in issue #9 of Cha.

Cha contributors in Asia Literary Review

Several Cha contributors have creative works published in the new issue of Asia Literary Review (Vol. 16, Summer 2010). Read O Thiam Chin’s “Grasshoppers“, “Turning a Blind Eye” and “Fireworks“; Steven Hirst’s “It’s All in the Silhouette“, Kristine Ong Muslim’s “Not Sleeping“; Ocean Vuong’s “The Photo” and “Ars Poetica“; and Kate Rogers’ “A Paper House” in the new issue.
  • O Thiam Chin’s fiction has been published in issue #8 of Cha.
  • Steven Hirst’s photography has been published in issue #11 of Cha.
  • Kristine Ong Muslim’s poetry has been published in issue #9 of Cha.
  • Ocean Vuong’s poetry has been published in issue #10 of Cha.
  • Kate Rogers’ poetry has been published in issue #9 of Cha.

one by one OUTLOUD 5 May





one by one

one person:

one poem ~ story ~ song…


the following poets/writers/artists will perform

akin jeje
brian mulcahy
yuen che-hung
christian johnson
zheng danyi
dave mckirdy
fanny-min becker
chan fongie
shoko fujioka
gerard henry
gillian bickley
jessica yeung
jonathan douglas
keon lee
chung ling
mary jane newton
michael holland
michael ingham
pauline burton
salah elewa
sarah brennan
sayed gouda
shahilla shariff
sonia au
stephen richards
mak su yin
tanya hart
virginia chu
wong yankwaii

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5 may 2010 ~ fringe club ~ 8pm ~ free
emcee: madeleine marie slavick
presented by OUTLOUD (est. 1999)

Cha contributors in The Man Hong Kong International Literary Festival 2010

Cha contributors Martin Alexander, Andrew Barker, Blair Reeve, Jason Lee, Ouyang Yu, Kate Rogers, Viki Holmes and Xu Xi will be featured in the 2010 Man Hong Kong International Literary Festival (11-19 March). More details can be found here.

CHA contributors in Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2009

Cha contributors Viki Holmes, Sushma Joshi, Kate Rogers and Ng Yi-Sheng will be appearing in the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival. Support them by joining the festival!

  • Viki Holmes’s poetry was published in issue#3 of Cha and her review of Gillian Sze’s Fish Bones was published in issue #8 of the journal.
  • Sushma Joshi’s fiction has been published inissue #3 of Cha.
  • Kate Rogers’s review of Ching-In Chen’s The Heart’s Traffic: a Novel in Poems and Todd Swift’s Seaway: New and Selected Poems has been published in issue #8 of Cha.
  • Ng Yi-Sheng’s poetry has been published in issue #8 of Cha.

DINNER AT BOX THAI: Poetry, Jazz and Thai Food

Performing poets include Joy Al-Sofi, Nashua Gallagher, Claire Lee, Erica Lyons, Aaliya Zaveri and Cha contributors Viki Holmes and Kate Rogers. Mark Peter will be performing music.

Date: Saturday, 29 August 2009
Time: Starting at 9 pm
Venue: BOX THAI – MODERN EATING

Choose from:
1) Poetry Dinner Package $350 per person
Includes: Set Thai dinner, One drink, A copy of NOT A MUSE
☩☩☩
2) Drink & Performance Package $100 per person
Includes: Entry and one standard drink

Reserve your tickets at 2537-6887 or come along to BOX THAI
For further information call Natalie 3175-8439
Books will be available for purchase on the night

  • Viki Holmes’s poetry was published in issue#3 of Cha and her review of Gillian Sze’s Fish Bones was published in issue #8 of the journal.
  • Kate Rogers’s review of Ching-In Chen’s The Heart’s Traffic: a Novel in Poems and Todd Swift’s Seaway: New and Selected Poems was published in issue #8 of Cha.