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Final Rundown

Session 1

Opening Ceremony, Panel 1 & Panel 2

Zoom ID 91972404157

​Day 1, 1 May 2021



Opening Ceremony 

HKT 8:00 - 8:30 am 

Matthew Chew (HKBU) x Leo Shin (UBC) x Stephen Chu (HKU)

Panel 1

Hong Kong (in China) Studies

HKT 8:30 - 10:00 am 


Raymond PAI
University of British Columbia

Hong Kong popular cultures in diaspora: The case of Jia Zhangke’s cinema.


Calvin HUI, College of William & Mary.

Hong Kong films after 2004.


ARIE Kazumi, Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan. 

The post-socialist labor heroine in the risky world of business and finance:

The mainland-Hong Kong encounter, New work ethic and the collective fantasia of a new financial age in the early 1990s.


Emma ZHANG, Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Panel 2

Digital cultures

HKT 10:30 - 12:00 pm 


Calvin HUI
College of William & Mary

Transnational (plat)form and local contents: Virtual YouTuber as an emergent node.

LI Chung-Tai, Kris, Osaka University

An anonymous narrative: A study of HK online pop culture on the public forum.

Alston LI, Peking University.

“The yellow gloves chaos” and beyond: Hong Kong online comics as an emerging visual public sphere.

CHU Kiu-wai, Nanyang Technological University.

Session 2

Panel 3, Panel 4 and Panel 5


Zoom ID 93141784245

Day 1, 1 May 2021

Panel 3

Popular culture and social movement

HKT 1:00 - 2:30 pm 


Maggie LEUNG

The University of Hong Kong

Sau Leng and Sau Sing Kei: Contemporary Hong Kong rap as generational discourse.

Felix CHOW, The University of Hong Kong.

Independent music in/for social movements in Hong Kong: An insider perspective

WONG Hei Ting, National University of Singapore
KWONG Chung Ting, Independent Schola

Contentious repertoires through popular culture: Examining the Lennon Walls in Hong Kong’s Anti-ELAB Movement of 2019.


LI Yao-tai, Hong Kong Baptist University

Katherine WHITWORTH, University of Sydney

Panel 4

Cultures of everyday urbanism

HKT 3:00 - 4:30 pm 


Helena WU
University of Zurich

Yau Ying: The creation of style as an exercise of the right to the city.


Maggie LEUNG, The University of Hong Kong

The Tuen Mun “dancing aunties”: the contradiction between life satisfaction and violation of norms among dancing activity in Tuen Mun.


LEUNG Ho-man Leo, Lingnan University

MO Kwan Tai Michael, District Council of Tuen Mun

Caacaanteng: Popular or Hong Kong Culture?

Samuel Dic Sum LAI, The University of Hong Kong

Panel 5

Dark narratives

HKT 5:00 - 6:30 pm 



Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Where have our zombies gone?: Community building in (post-)apocalyptic Hong Kong.

Helena WU, University of Zurich.

Ghost in the (Hong Kong) Shell: Reexamining Hong Kong’s Urbanscape in Cyberpunk Films.

ZHANG Wenxin, The University of Hong Kong.

Re-conceptualizing the post-Covid world through jianghu noir, or the Hong Kong cinema of space.


Dickson C. L. CHEUNG, Hong Kong Baptist University.

Session 3

Panel 6 & Panel 7


Zoom ID 94974742449

Day 2, 2 May 2021

Panel 6

Hong Kong pop music and identity

HKT 8:30 - 10:00am 


Leo Shin
University of British Columbia


"Deng Xiaoping is coming to town”: Reflections of identity in late-colonial Hong Kong’s Cantopop.


Charmaine LAM, University of St Andrews.

The affordances of hip-hop culture in Cantonese language teaching practices.


Raymond PAI, University of British Columbia.

Poetics of time and identity in Hong Kong lyrics: A digital investigation.


Catherine WONG,

Hang Seng University of Hong Kong.


Charles LAM,

Hang Seng University of Hong Kong.

Panel 7

Cantopop studies

HKT 10:30 - 12:00 pm 


Stephen Chu

The University of Hong Kong

Racial and Linguistic Intersectionality in the Hong Kong Music Scene.


Cyril MA, cultural journalist.

Cantopop in TVB Jade’s variety programmes: The popularisation of Cantopop in the 1970s.


LAM Talyta Kei Tung, The University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong local children rhymes being a part of Hong Kong popular culture.


CHOI Tsz Kei Donald, The University of Hong Kong.

Session 4

Panel 8, Panel 9 & Roundtable


Zoom ID 93683116861

Day 2, 2 May 2021

Panel 8

Popular Literature

HKT 1:00 - 2:30 pm 


Gina Marchetti 
The University of Hong Kong

The haunted 80s: Horror and Hong Kong’s anxiety of transition.

Danny Weng-kit CHAN

College of Professional and Continuing Education, Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Satirical eros: The extradition bill crisis and the pornographic stories of LIHKG Forum.


Gabriel TSANG

College of Professional and Continuing Education, Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Re-imagining the romances in Hong Kong: From transitional period to present.


TSE Wing Tung Jamie, The University of Hong Kong.

Panel 9


HKT 3:00 - 4:30 pm 


LI Yao-tai
Hong Kong Baptist University

Hong Kong popular culture and the not-so-popular Jackie Chan.


Gina MARCHETTI, The University of Hong Kong.

Comedizing Hong Kong: A stand-up comedian's existentialist monologue.


TONG Chung Kit Tommy. Hong Kong Baptist University.

Rethinking the cultural relations between Hong Kong and China: The Chinese reception of Stephen Chow’s films.


Matthew M CHEW, Hong Kong Baptist University


HKT 5:00 - 6:30 pm 

All participants 


Our goals for this workshop are three-fold: first, we are interested in expanding the range of subject matters that could and should be examined under the umbrella of “popular culture”; in addition to films, TV shows, and pop music, we particularly look forward to thoughtful analyses of “less legitimate” popular cultural genres and practices.

The popular culture of Hong Kong has long been recognized as one of the city’s most distinctive and important features. Yet, despite—or perhaps because of—its ubiquity, it has also been understudied and undertheorized.


Second, we would like to facilitate conversations that would lead to innovative ways of situating the distinction and/or importance of the popular culture of Hong Kong. We welcome the placing of Hong Kong’s popular culture in, among others, critical theoretical, comparative, feminist, historical, politico-economic, cultural-sociological, or Sinophone frameworks.

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Third, we are especially interested in bringing together scholars from diverse disciplinary backgrounds as well as those who are at different stages of their academic careers. We believe inter-disciplinary as well as inter-generational conversations are particularly fruitful for the discussion of popular culture.



1 - 2 May 2021

We have in mind a one-day, online, English-language event in which each speaker would provide a 20-minute presentation on a study that analyzes Hong Kong’s popular culture. Our goal is to create as much opportunity as possible for discussions and conversations.


Interested participants are invited to submit, by 15 February 2021, a 200-word abstract and a 1-page CV. Submissions and inquiries should be directed to:

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