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Date & Time

8 Jan 2024 7pm-8:30pm


JC Cube


Exclusive to Tai Kwun Fan, Free of charge


Dai Wangshu was a famous modernist poet. In 1938, he left Shanghai for Hong Kong and became the editor of the literary supplement of the newly founded Sing Tao Daily. He also engaged in anti-Japanese propaganda work. In December 1941, the Japanese troops invaded Hong Kong. Arrested by the Japanese in the spring of 1942, Dai was detained in Victoria Prison, where he suffered from “torture, hunger, and harsh punishment.” His poems “Inscribed on a Prison Wall” and “With My Injured Hand” are related to his experiences in Hong Kong.

This talk focuses on the literary fragments left behind by Dai Wangshu in Hong Kong during World War II. In addition, from the diaries of Chen Junbao (1898–1982) and Ye Lingfeng (1905-1975), one may imagine the everyday life of Chinese scholars in early Hong Kong, who connected with kindred spirits, forming strong bonds with each other based on knowledge and aspiration.

The conversations will be conducted in Cantonese, with Chinese-English simultaneous interpretation.


Dr. Chan Chi Tak

Dr. Wong Nim Yan

7pm – 8pm


8pm – 8:30pm



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Speakers Bio

Dr. Chan Chi Tak
Dr. Wong Nim Yan

Dr. Chan Chi Tak currently teaches Chinese Literature in Taiwan and his main research areas include Hong Kong literature and films, new Chinese poetry, modern and contemporary Chinese literature. A prolific Hong Kong writer, Chan was selected to participate in the 2012 International Writing Program at the University of Iowa in the United States. In 2015, he received the Award for Artist of the Year (Art Criticism) from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. In 2019, his book Sentiments of a Turbulent Era: Hong Kong and its Literature during the Sino-Japanese War (2018) won the 15th Hong Kong Biennial Awards for Chinese Literature under the Literary Criticism Category for Chinese Literary Book. He has also edited three anthologies of Hong Kong literature.

Dr. Wong Nim Yan is Associate Professor in the Department of Chinese Language and Literature and Director of the Hong Kong Literature Research Centre at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her recent research focuses on archival studies of Hong Kong literature, notably the funded project Visualizing Hong Kong-China Relations: Lo Wai Luen (Xiao Si) (1939- ) Archival Studies and Oral History Project (2018). Her book Late Style: Discourses on Three Hong Kong Women Writers (2007) won the recommended award of the tenth Hong Kong Biennial Awards for Chinese Literature (Literary Criticism). She has edited various anthologies, including The Collection of Hong Kong Literature: Novels, 1942-1949 (2015).