Document Type

Book Chapter

Department/Unit

Department of English Language and Literature

Title

Writing Hong Kong’s ethos

Language

English

Abstract

Louise Ho, the Hong Kong-born poet, who writes in English, describes one of her goals as the creation of “a space where the English literary language expresses, as well as is incorporated into, the local ethos.” What Ho wishes to do in her poetry is to use English in such a way that it is a tool to express Hong Kong experience and history, but, at the same time, it can be “incorporated into the local ethos”—in other words, made into Hong Kong, creating a third space that is neither entirely English nor entirely Chinese. This chapter looks at the different ways non-English-native Hong Kong poets make use of Chinese as well as incorporate foreign elements in their work to express a “local ethos.”

Keywords

Hong Kong poetry, Language, Louise Ho, Nicholas Wong, Politics

Publication Date

3-2018

Source Publication Title

Cultural conflict in Hong Kong: Angles on a coherent imaginary.

Editors

Polley, Jason S. ; Poon, Vinton W. K. ; Wee, Lian-Hee

Start Page

179

End Page

207

Publisher

Palgrave Macmillan

Peer Reviewed

1

DOI

10.1007/978-981-10-7766-1_11

Link to Publisher's Edition

http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-7766-1_11

ISBN (print)

9789811077654

ISBN (electronic)

9789811077661

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