I was raised in the islands of Hong Kong—and began my career as a journalist in this remarkable city/fishing village. Here are some of those stories. (Image: The Youngest and Oldest, 2011, by Lam Tung Pang)
Creating Across Cultures (East Slope Publishing/Columbia University Press)
I wrote three in-depth chapters for the remarkable book Creating Across Cultures: Women in the Arts from China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. Led by Michelle Vosper, the vast project charts the life stories of 16 of the most important living Chinese women artists. Christopher Merrill of the International Writing Program of the University of Iowa called the book “an indispensable resource for anyone seeking to understand the dynamism underpinning what some are calling the Chinese Century.” Evan Osnos of The New Yorker called it "a magnificent book."
Read the chapter about Candace Chong here. Read the chapter about Choi Yan Chi here. Read the chapter about Jaffa Lam here.
A paranormal energy has taken a hold of the Museum of Art. In the momentous new exhibition Looking for Antonio Mak, guest curator Valerie C Doran has achieved the near-impossible: she has thrust a heady, human spirit into the museum’s normally lifeless inner sanctum. Stark, formal galleries have been replaced with a throbbing, commanding exhibition that makes the institution feel like a world-class museum. Read more...
Sarah Howe Profile SCMP Post Magazine, Cover Story, Fall 2016
We meet in a small office on the second floor of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, overlooking a tranquil garden unseen from Harvard University’s main thoroughfares. It’s freezing outside, but the view is spectacular: the bare branches of an ancient tree, contemplated by scholars for generations, silhouetted against a wintry sky. It’s a good view for a poet. Read more...
Hong Kong Art Guide 2010-2016 Time Out Hong Kong
I helped to create the annual Time Out Hong Kong Art Guide in 2010, which was published every spring until 2016. This was a dream project, where I was able to study and locate the evolution of Hong Kong art over seven years. Here's a link to the 2013 guide.
History Unfolding: Valerie C. Doran Interview Art Radar, 2015
I had the luck of peering into the mind of Valerie C. Doran, one of the most talented translators, critics and curators in Hong Kong. Read more.
In Conversation With the Ancients Time Out Magazine, 2015
"As ink painting and literati works sell for colossal sums at auction houses this spring and as China continues to modernise at breakneck speed, a question has been emerging in artistic and intellectual circles: where does Chinese contemporary art stand in relation to its vast history? As the country hurtles ever more quickly into modernity, is there a desire among the younger generation to connect with older ways of being?" Read more...
Gao Minglu Interview South China Morning Post, 2003
"One of the most influential figures of modern Chinese art settles into his seat at the Hong Kong Arts Centre’s Open Kitchen in Wan Chai. “I like to define myself as a critic,” says Gao Minglu, as his eyes rove around the bustling cafe ́. “I also curate exhibitions, but in the 1980s I didn’t think of myself as a curator. I was an editor and a critic ... and perhaps also an art historian.”
'The Art Issue' Time Out Hong Kong Cover Story, 2009
“I named myself in ’83,” says Anothermountainman, eyes gleaming behind his trademark circular, black-rimmed glasses. “Everyone knew me as a creative person in advertising and graphic design, where they call me Stanley Wong. But that wasn’t my ultimate goal in life, so I thought I would do something on my own agenda.” Read more...
Hong Kong's Occupation Points Art Radar, September 2016
One year after the Umbrella Movement, Hong Kong is seeing a crop of new, artist-run spaces appearing throughout the city. I talk to the amazing artist, Linda Lai about the trend. Read more.
'Review: Third Guangzhou Triennial' Time Out Hong Kong, 2009
Stepping out of a dusty cab by the Pearl River, we stared at the imposing Guangdong Museum of Art, and wondered whether it could meet our immense expectations. In the two-hour journey from Hong Kong to the capital of Guangdong, we had mused over the premise of the Third Guangzhou Triennial’s curatorial stance: Farewell to Postcolonialism. Read more...
A View Into Chinese Contemporary Art The Chart, 2015
I had the good fortune of chatting with Robin Peckham, Editor-in-Chief of LEAP Magazine, one of China's most cutting-edge bilingual arts magazines. Robin was born in Maine, and our interview roves between his roots and the current realities of Chinese contemporary art. My first story for The Chart, a wonderful arts journal. More here.
'Dance, Dance Revolution' Time Out Hong Kong, 2008
"When Xing Liang walks into a room, it’s hard not to stare. The tall Beijinger has the air of an elegant punk as he glides into a lounge at the City Contemporary Dance Company’s (CCDC) Wong Tai Sin headquarters. His subtle Mohawk, earrings and baggy black pants, lend him an edgy look that is in keeping with his tendency to push contemporary dance in bold new directions." Read more...
Sowing the Seed Time Out Hong Kong, 2008
"It was during the explosive year of 1967, as anti-colonial riots rocked Hong Kong, that an 11-year old John Alexander Young Zerunge was bundled onto a plane and sent to boarding school in Australia. Half a century later, that boy has grown into one of Australia’s most celebrated and collected painters. Yet, the seed of dispersion set in motion during that fateful year has remained a driving force in his art." Read more...
Writing from the Seoul Fringe Festival
IT'S SATURDAY NIGHT and celebrations for the Sixth Seoul Fringe Festival has begun in the humid and barbeque-scented streets of the Hong-Ik University district. An outdoor concert is pummelling live, raw rock into the pedestrian precinct 'Street Of Try To Walk' and nearby in a raging hip-hop club, six Hong Kong artists are propping up the bar.
Almost a generation older than the gyrating South Korean youths in their midst, they look marginally out of place, until Kwok Mang-ho, alias the 'Frog King', strides into the mosh-pit. The 57-year-old Hong Kong performance artist starts to sway, then throws his arms up in the air with a poster reading 'Kwok Frog King' bearing down on the bemused dancers. Read more...
A Space Odyssey South China Morning Post, 2012
Susanna Chung Yuk-man is on the last leg of a threemonth 10-city research tour of the US and, today, the 29-year-old is at Space Gallery in Portland, Maine, to find out what brings crowds pouring into the club/gallery/community venue. Read more...
Eye Spy Column
When I joined Time Out in 2008, I launched a column called Eye Spy. I sought out the latest movements in the HK art scene, for example, writing about the artist Lee Kit when he was just emerging into the city's consciousness. Click on the above pic to read more.