Author: yanlinglam

Star Ferry (COM 2501)

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This was taken at around 6:30 pm, on a Star Ferry taking me from Tsim Sha Tsui to Wan Chai.

The trip is short, so it is very challenging for me to take a photo that is not leaned. I am glad that I came up with this photo that captures the sun in the middle of the shot.

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Airfield Ground Maintenance (COM 2501)

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This is a picture taken at the Airfield Ground Maintenance Area near the HKIA.

https://www.google.com.hk/maps/place/HAECO/@22.3006459,113.8960888,15.91z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x3403e2672edb72c9:0x1279590fdb67e95e!8m2!3d22.3042054!4d113.8995938

Click the above link if you want to know how to get there 🙂

Last summer I was working for an airline so I have lots of opportunities to walk around the Airport. I discovered this amazing area and decided to take some snapshots of the sunset. This was taken with SONY XA mobile phone after a short shower. The water left on the surface of rocks reflects the skies.

The photo is then put to the Adobe Lightroom for accentuating the sunset tones.

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Garden Hill (COM 2501)

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This is a picture taken on Garden Hill (named after the bakery brand), the little hill behind Shek Kip Mei.

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Click the above link if you want to know how to get there 🙂

Knowing that the famous bakery brand Garden’s office (the bottom left of the photo) is going to be removed, I climbed up the stairs to Garden hill in one August hot afternoon and used my mobile phone (a SONY XA precisely) to take a few snapshots.

The photo is then put to the Adobe Lightroom to add more pinkish and red tone to this picture to give a strong visual effect.

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Week 6 Class 1: Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice is well known of its ability pointing out the problem of first impression (which is actually the first title given to the work) as well as those things that happened to the society at that time, such as marriage as a sort of trade, the male-as-the-heir system. And Pride and Prejudce did change the world for 21st century women.

There is the matter of education. In the story, Elizabeth was disrespected because Elizabeth and her sisters did not receive any formal education. And Darcy even talked about the lack of ‘class’ within her family. And at the same time,  Elizabeth’s friend Charlotte married to Colins (very probably, for the sake of money matters). Charlotte mentioned that she has no class, received no education and she is getting old and therefore she felt the insecurity. This gave a signal to the female readers: there’s only two choice – to get educated, or marry to someone rich and become someone else’s asset for your rest of time. But we should also take a look at the rules that have women in control at that time, which means that women should try to get educated in order to be free. Therefore, women started to fight for protection of their right of being educated and the social status of women has risen as educated women would try to defend their own rights.

Week 5 Class 1: Lover VS Summer’s Day

Select one of the poems discussed in class today and write a Topic/Theme/Analysis critical reading.  Remember to:
1) Identify which topic you will examine,
2) Articulate what you believe the poem is doing with or saying about that topic,
3) Show how one or more of the elements of poetry are helping to support your analysis.

An analysis of Shakespeare’s love philosophy will be carried out by looking at the lines, the symbols within Sonnet 18, one of the most famous sonnets by Shakespeare.
Shakespeare, though admits that time would wash away the beauty of his lover, he still view his lover as flawless and he will never change his loving, like how sun rises from east. At the beginning of the poem, it says that his lover is fairer than the summer’s day. But in line 7, he wrote about the inevitable mortality of beauty: “And every fair from fair sometime declines”. However, he wrote “But thy eternal summer shall not fade / Nor lose possession of that fair thou owes” after that and to eternalize the lover’s beauty.
In the sonnet, Shakespeare talked about lots of dissapointment towards summer because it is too short. He wrote  ‘and summer’s lease hath all too short a date’ at the beginning, and how the sun behaves imperfectly – sometimes too hot, sometimes covered by clouds, causing a great contrast with his lover, who is much more well-tempered and is an “eternal summer shall not fade” . Also he claimed that his lover’s beauty will never fade in line 12.

Week 4 Class 2: Rendition of Fast Talking PI

Fast Talking PI (Rendition)

(Note: PI does not stand for Pacific Islander.)

I’m a fast talkin’ PI
I’m a real-depressed PI
I’m schizophrenia, bipolar disordered PI

I’m a slitting my wrist PI
I’m an alcoholic PI
I’m a losing interest in everything in my life PI

I’m an overwhelmed PI
A self-conscious PI
I’m an interpersonally, socially reluctant PI

I’m a so worthless PI
I’m a quite guilty PI
I’m a having intensified, serious PMS PI

I’m an irritated PI
A stay in bed PI
I’m a ‘they never, ever care a thing about me’ PI

I’m a violent PI
A mouth-closed PI
I’m an anti-social, irrational…I can’t help…PI

I’m an eating less PI
I’m a stop shaving PI
I’m an eyes blood-shot, dark circled..well, I’m pretty lost PI

I’m an insane PI
A being consulted PI
I’m an everything will be ok-just like they say PI

I’m a nobody, PI
I’m unwanted PI
I’m a need some time to free and clear my messy mind PI

I’m a tearing up PI
I’m a breaking down PI
I’m a talking to myself in my own sleeping room PI

I’m a taking drugs PI
I’m a medicated PI
I’m a ‘where am I, I found myself losing word count’ PI

I’m a fast talking PI.

(204 words)

Try to guess what PI stands for, and please, provide care to those PIs around you.

Week 4 Class 1: Cultural Identity

What parts of Clear Light of Day enlighten you about your own cultural identity?

Clear Light of Day is all about how women live under the challenges and burdens brought by a patriarchal society that underrestimate women.

After reading the work, I realized that I am really, the lucky one. Living in Hong Kong, we have a diversified culture, and everyone is equal before the Law. Governmental organizations made efforts for both legislation and education in order to ensure equality. Nowadays, male do not have much privileges, where female rights are protected. Sexual harassments, terminating contracts with pregnant women are prohibited.

However, in Clear Light of Day, Bim was not that lucky. Being educated and strong, she realized that her whole life would be controlled by men if she doesn’t fight back. Though Bim and Tara were not controlled by any parents, they still can’t attain freedom. Bim though open-minded, still takes up the responsibility of doing housework-the traditional ideal figure of a woman, especially in the east. Where in Hong Kong, the stereotyping is not that extensive. It is still fine for woman not to do the chores, as they can be passed to maids, more and more husbands even quitted their jobs in order to help with housework.

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Week 3 Class 2: Shakespeare – The Literary Canon

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Discuss why Shakespeare has become the literary canon.

The great Shakespeare is still the symbol and the standard of English Literature.

The reasons why he has become the literary canon are listed below.

Firstly, he was able to change the theatre world by writing historical plays. Before him, there were seldom playscripts founded to be related to kingship but mostly scripts were related to religion. It was probably becuase at that time people who try to make critics related to the politics could be sentenced to death. Shakespeare took the lead in terms of defending freedom of speech. Also, the historical plays are good educational materials for students to understand history.

Secondly, his works are in great variety. He wrote comedies (such as Taming of the Shrew), tragedies (Hamlet), as well as historical work (Henry VI) which can attract different readers and persuade them that he is a versatile writer. He also invented many words to help himself to express himself, which is also a great contribution to the English speaking societies.

Thirdly, Shakespeare uses a lot of poetic devices and literary devices in his works and also strictly follows rules of poem writing. His writing sets the standard for later writers and became the most widely used works in teaching English Literature and educators passed them on and on.

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Week 3 Class 1: To be or not to be

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What does Hamlet’s soliloquy mean for you? If you were to perform it, how would you perform it?

My understanding of Hamlet’s soliloquy is the struggling between carrying on his life or die (which can also be interpreted as escaping from the reality from my point of view). The soliloquy reminds me of the days where I was preparing for the public exams. The competition was tough and I nearly thought of ending my life before the exams such that I do not have to face the exams and the results. However, I also realized that dying is never easy neither. Everyday I was repeating the same struggle.

If I am going to perform the soliloquy, I may speak with an uneven pace due to anxiety and fear. Also, my eyes would change focus time to time to show how lost I am. I would try to have interactions with the audiences because I believe that performing art should not only be something that helps expressing oneself, but to make someone feel connected to your content. I would like the audience to rethink of their own struggles in life and find solution that fits. If I have more actors working with me, I may try an ‘Inside Out’ adaptation in order to emphasize the complexity of the emotions within Hamlet.

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Week 2 Class 2: Understanding Shakespeare I – Comedies

What do you think is the theme or social commentary of Taming of the Shrew? And how did Shakespeare achieve that?

I think that the theme of Taming of the Shrew is to show the gender inequality, as well as the gender stereotyping phenomenon of the society.

Through the ‘taming’ process happening between Petruchio and Katharina (as known as the ‘shrew’), the play successfully depicted the gender politics of the society, where woman being treated as a good of husband is totally reasonable. In the late 16th and early 17th century, there are laws allowing men to have violence as a tool to obtain obedience of women. Shakespeare demonstrated that the taming can be done not physically, but psychologically instead, which was in fact more effective, and helped the victim to develop a bonding with the abuser (as known as the Stockholm syndrome).

Also, the play pointed out the gender stereotyping phenomenon by creating a contrast between the shrew Katharina and her younger sister Bianca. Katharina is bold and edgy, while Bianca stays gentle and polite, that attracts more suitors than Katharina. This pointed out the generally accepted image of woman. Woman who stays gentle and polite, will be respected and become the target of men.