Cha Reading Series

The Cha Reading Series, organised by Tammy Ho Lai-Ming, aims to take the online journal out into the physical world. It brings together poets, writers, translators and artists who are in some way or other affiliated with Cha.

Readings will take place in various impromptu locations across the city, in public and private rooms, lecture halls, on park benches, in front of billboards, next to a window scratched by tree branches. They will read their work informally or seriously. They will discuss issues, argue, debate and exchange. We also hope to form dialogue and explore specific pertinent topics that inspire or beset the contemporary world.

Proposals for future readings are very welcome. Please write to t@asiancha.com.

Venues include: Bleak House BooksPAUSE 小息書店Swing A CatKubrick 油麻地店, 序言書室 Hong Kong Reader Bookstore, Hong Kong Baptist University’s Phonology LaboratoryCentre For Community Cultural Development 社區文化發展中心, the Consulado General de México en Hong KongThe House of Hong Kong Literature 香港文學生活館, The Chinese University of Hong Kong’s E-Zone, and CCCD Artspace - 碧波押 Green Wave Art.

(View: The Cha Reading Series Photo Album.)

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Date: Monday 28 August 2018
Time: 7:30 – 8:45 p.m.
Venue: Bleak House Books
(Unit 2705, 9 Pat Tat Street, Well Tech Centre, San Po Kong, Hong Kong)
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In this Cha Reading Series event “Classics Revisited”, three Cha contributors, Reid Mitchell, Kate Rogers and Eddie Tay, will each introduce and read five poems of their choosing. The poems may be written by themselves or by other writers. How do we redefine classics in this modern age? Moderated by Cha co-editor Tammy Ho Lai-Ming.

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Date: Thursday 7 June 2018
Time: 7:30 – 8:45 p.m.
Venue: 序言書室 Hong Kong Reader Bookstore
(7/F, 68 Sai Yeung Choi Street South, Mong Kok, Hong Kong)
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In this Cha Reading Series event “Collective Memories”, three Cha contributors, Michael O’Sullivan, Jennifer Wong and Xu Xi, will each introduce and read four excerpts of their choosing in response to the theme of the reading. How do we document collective memories in literature? What deserves to be remembered? Who’s afraid of collective memories? Moderated by Cha co-editor Tammy Ho Lai-Ming.

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Date: Monday 14 May 2018
Time: 7:00 – 8:15 p.m.
Venue: Swing A Cat
(Rear Shop, G/F, 241 To Kwa Wan Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong)
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In this Cha Reading Series event “Young Hong Kong”, three young Cha contributors, Dorothy Chan, Abel Han and Chris Song, each introduced and read four excepts of their choosing pertaining to Hong Kong. They also talked to Cha co-editor Tammy Ho Lai-Ming about their writing, life, aspirations and their expectations about Hong Kong’s future. We also celebrated Chris Song’s winning the Young Artist Award in Literary Arts 2017, presented by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. [Zolima City Mag]

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Date: Thursday 3 May 2018
Time: 7:30 – 8:45 p.m.
Venue: Swing A Cat
(Rear Shop, G/F, 241 To Kwa Wan Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong)
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In this Cha Reading Series event “Sayang Singapura”, in collaboration with the NUS Alumni Hong Kong Chapter, three Cha contributors originally from Singapore, Kum Hoon Ng, Eddie Tay and Lian-Hee Wee, each introduced and read three excerpts of their choosing on Singapore. The reading served as the prelude to Cha‘s “Writing Singapore” Issue (September 2018), guest edited by Joshua Ip (poetry) and Eddie Tay (prose). It was also the first time we have a reading focusing on an Asian city other than Hong Kong. The speakers also talked to Cha co-editor Tammy Ho Lai-Ming​ about the varied qualities of Singapore.

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Date: Saturday 21 April 2018
Time: 7:30 – 8:45 p.m.
Venue: Kubrick 油麻地店
(Shop H2, Cinema Block, Prosperous Garden, 3 Public square street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon)
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In this Cha Reading Series event, Cha contributors Antony Dapiran and Paul French discussed nostalgia in their work and in the Chinese cities where they have lived and worked for many years. Moderated by Cha co-editor Tammy Ho Lai-Ming.

Nostalgia—from the Greek words nostos (‘homecoming’) and algia (‘pain’ or ‘ache)—a yearning for lost time and place, for a past where one perhaps felt more ‘at home’. We may feel nostalgia for our own past, or for earlier times we could not have personally known. And it seems that nowhere is this more sharply felt than in the rapidly developing metropolises of China. Our cities are sites of collective memory, and collective amnesia. Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing: all suffer forms of the “culture of disappearance”; all have ambiguous—sometimes wistful, sometimes problematic—relationships with the past. Whether in a tourist packed hutong, an old Shanghai-themed café, a G.O.D. store, or gazing at a lone junk sailing on Victoria Harbour—we encounter nostalgia triggers daily. It can be comforting or confusing, positive or negative. It is political and it is personal. Nostalgia is a community, even if those communities are long gone now. [Zolima City Mag]

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Date: Friday 20 April 2018
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Venue: HKBU Phonology Laboratory
(Room OEM708, Oen Hall, Sin Hang Campus, Waterloo Road, Kowloon Tong)
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In this Cha Reading Series event, in collaboration with PEN Hong Kong and the Department of English at Hong Kong Baptist University, Andrei Kurkov, visiting from Ukraine, read with Cha contributors Ilaria Maria Sala and Jessica Yeung. They each introduced and read four excerpts in relation to the theme of the reading. Moderated by PEN Hong Kong’s Vice President and Cha co-editor Tammy Ho Lai-Ming.

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divider 4Coming of Age in Hong Kong
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Date: Friday 15 April 2018
Time: 7:30 – 8:45 p.m.
Venue: Bleak House Books
(Unit 2705, 9 Pat Tat Street, Well Tech Centre, San Po Kong, Hong Kong)
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In this Cha Reading Series event “Coming of Age in Hong Kong”, Cha contributors Nashua Gallagher and David McKirdy discussed poetry, growing up in Hong Kong, identity, the idea of ‘home’, and more. They also read from their poetry collections. Moderated by Cha co-editor Tammy Ho Lai-Ming.

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divider 4Nine Dragon Island: Eleanor Goodman and Lucas Klein
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Date: Wednesday 28 March 2018
Time: 7:30 – 8:45 p.m.
Venue: Kubrick 油麻地店
(Shop H2, Cinema Block, Prosperous Garden, 3 Public square street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon)
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In this Cha Reading Series event “Nine Dragon Island”, contributors Eleanor Goodman and Lucas Klein discussed poetry, translation, and the writing of China—alongside readings from their recent and forthcoming books, including Goodman’s Nine Dragon Island (Enclave/Zephyr, 2016) and Iron Moon: Chinese Worker Poetry (White Pine, 2017), and Klein’s October Dedications: The Selected Poetry of Mang Ke (Zephyr, 2018) and translations of Li Shangyin (NYRB, 2018). Moderated by Cha co-editor Tammy Ho Lai-Ming.

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divider 4Wandering Translators: Natascha Bruce and Jeremy Tiang
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Date: Friday 16 March 2018
Time: 5:00 – 6:15 p.m.
Venue: HKBU Phonology Laboratory
(Room OEM708, Oen Hall, Sin Hang Campus, Waterloo Road, Kowloon Tong)
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In this Cha Reading Series event “Wandering Translators”, Cha contributor and translator Jeremy Tiang, visiting from Brooklyn, read with Hong Kong-based translator Natascha Bruce. They also discussed how their travels have affected their translation practice. Moderated by Cha co-editor Tammy Ho Lai-Ming.

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A Joint Cha and Voice & Verse Reading
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Date: Friday 9 March 2018
Time: 7:30 onwards
Venue: Swing A Cat
(Rear Shop, G/F, 241 To Kwa Wan Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong)
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Cha turned TEN in 2017. To celebrate the occasion, selected poems from the ten-year history of Cha (November 2007-October 2017) are published in a special feature of the Hong Kong-based print poetry magazine, Voice & Verse Poetry Magazine聲韻詩刊, in March 2018. The poems are selected from over 900 published in the past decade in Cha, and they are some of the editors’ favourites, many of them pertaining to Hong Kong. We are happy to see a gathering of our dear writers and friends. (See the selections here.) In this Cha Reading Series event, in collaboration with Voice & Verse Poetry Magazine 聲韻詩刊, ten Cha contributors—Chan Lai Kuen, Henrik Hoeg, Akin Jeje, Lucas Klein, Arthur Leung, Michael O’Sullivan, Jason S Polley, Tegan Smyth, Wawa and Lian-Hee Wee— read their work from the feature and some new, unpublished work. Moderated by Tammy Ho Lai-Ming. [Zolima City Mag]

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In collaboration with the Mexican Consulate General in Hong Kong
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Date: Friday 2 March 2018
Time: 7:30 – 8:45 p.m.
Venue: Mexican Consulate General in Hong Kong
(2506-09 Hopewell Centre, 183 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai)
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In collaboration with the Consulado General de México en Hong Kong, this special Cha Reading Series event featured the Mexican poet Aurelio Asiain and three Cha contributors: Jason Y. NgCollier Nogues and Eddie Tay. Damián Martínez Tagüeña, Consul-General of Mexico in Hong Kong, gave a short remark. Moderated by Cha co-editor Tammy Ho Lai-Ming.

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divider 4Political Urgency: Hong Kong and the World
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Date: Friday 2 February 2018
Time: 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Venue: PAUSE 小息書店
(11/F, Cheung Lee Commercial Building, No.137-143 Cheung Sha Wan Road, Kowloon)
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In this Cha Reading Series event “Political Urgency”, contributors Akin Jeje and Jason S Polley each introduced and read eight poems of their choosing that comment on the current political state of Hong Kong and the world. Moderated by Cha‘s co-editor Tammy Ho Lai-Ming.

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Date: Friday 26 January 2018
Time: 7:30 – 8:45 p.m.
Venue: Swing A Cat
(Rear Shop, G/F, 241 To Kwa Wan Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong)
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In this Cha Reading Series event, Cha contributors Chris Song 宋子江 and Christophe Tong 唐睿 read in Cantonese and English on the theme of “Everyday Sensibility” (人之常情). They also had a conversation on writing, life and Hong Kong with moderator Tammy Ho Lai-Ming.

Cha邀請了「書寫香港」專輯 (“Writing Hong Kong”, Cha, Issue 38) 作者宋子江和唐睿,在九龍進行朗誦會。朗誦會由何麗明主持,主題是「人之常情」。宋子江和唐睿二人以廣東話或英文朗誦各自的作品,及與何麗明對談寫作、生活和香港。

Everyday Sensibility.pngdivider 4Un-bordering the Border: Mariko Nagai and Collier Nogues
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Date: Friday 19 January 2018
Time: 7:30 – 8:45 p.m.
Venue: Kubrick 油麻地店
(Shop H2, Cinema Block, Prosperous Garden, 3 Public square street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon)
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This Cha Reading Series event featured contributors Mariko Nagai, visiting from Japan, and Collier Nogues. They read on the themes of border, border-crossing, borders within borders, and more. Moderated by Cha co-editor Tammy Ho Lai-Ming.

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divider 4When you Come to the Gates of Go
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Date: Wednesday 6 December 2017
Time: 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Venue: 序言書室 Hong Kong Reader Bookstore
(7/F, 68 Sai Yeung Choi Street South, Mong Kok, Hong Kong)
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In this Cha Reading Series event “When you Come to the Gates of Go”, academics and translators Lucas Klein and Chris Song each presented and performed five poems of their own choosing, either in Chinese or English, which have been translated from another language. There was also a discussion on poetry, translation and identity. Moderated by Cha‘s co-editor Tammy Ho Lai-Ming.

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divider 4Take Ten: Jason S Polley and Lian-Hee Wee
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Date: Monday 4 December 2017
Time: 4:00 p.m. onwards
Venue: HKBU Phonology Laboratory, Room OEM708, Oen Hall, Sin Hang Campus, Waterloo Road, Kowloon Tong {information}
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In “Take Ten”, academics and poets Jason S Polley and Lian-Hee Wee each presented and performed ten poems of their own choosing. They told us the stories behind these poems and how their lives have been defined or inspired by these poetic works. Moderated by Cha‘s co-editor Tammy Ho Lai-Ming. This was a collaboration between HKBU English Department and Cha Reading Series.

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divider 4Live from Hong Kong: Shirley Geok-lin Lim and James Shea
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Date: Saturday 2 December 2017
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Venue: Centre For Community Cultural Development 社區文化發展中心
(L205-208, 30 Pak Tin Street, Shek Kip Mei, Kowloon, Hong Kong)
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In this Cha Reading Series event “Live From Hong Kong”, world-renowned writer of poetry, fiction, and criticism Shirley Geok-lin Lim, visiting from America, read with Hong Kong-based poet, translator and academic James Shea. Moderated by Cha‘s co-editor Tammy Ho Lai-Ming.

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divider 4Adventures in Poetry: Viki Holmes and Kate Rogers
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Date: Friday 1 December 2017
Time: 7:30 – 8:45 p.m.
Venue: The House of Hong Kong Literature 香港文學生活館 
(1/F Foo Tak Building, 365-367 Hennessy Road, Wanchai / 灣仔軒尼詩道365號富德樓1樓)
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In this Cha Reading Series event, contributors Viki Holmes and Kate Rogers read from their latest poetry collections, Girls’ Adventure Stories of Long Ago (Chameleon Press, 2017) and Out of Place (Quattro Books, 2017), respectively. They also shared their experience of writing and life with Cha‘s co-editor Tammy Ho Lai-Ming.

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divider 4Writing Poetry in/and Hong Kong:
A Morning with Louise Ho, Tammy Ho Lai-Ming, Jason S Polley and Eddie Tay

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Date: Friday 24 November 2017
Time: 11:30 a.m. onwards
Venue: E-Zone, Chinese University of Hong Kong
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This was a collaboration between CUHK English Department and Cha Reading Series. More about CUHK Department of English Research Seminars: http://www.eng.cuhk.edu.hk/research.php?cid=3

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Date: Saturday 4 November 2017
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Venue: CCCD Artspace - 碧波押 Green Wave Art
(G/F, 404 Shanghai Street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon, Hong Kong)
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In the first Cha Reading Series event, Joshua Ip, of Sing Lit Station, read with award-winning poet Nicholas Wong, and Cha co-editor Tammy Ho Lai-Ming and Reviews Editor Eddie Tay. They read poems centring on the idea of ‘intimacy’.

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