Tales of a Pan-Asian Dandy: Chua Lam and the Making of Hong Kong Middlebrow Culture (70785)

Session Information: Chinese Studies
Session Chair: Nim Yan Wong

Saturday, 20 May 2023 14:55
Session: Session 3
Room: Room 704
Presentation Type:Oral Presentation

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Chua Lam (1941--), a prominent Hong Kong film producer and writer, has authored more than two hundred bestselling books in Chinese, and has recently ventured into the realm of English publication with his latest work, "Tales of a Hong Kong Dandy". In this book, Chua provides a compelling exploration of the life of a Hong Kong dandy, with a Pan-Asian vision that encompasses a broad spectrum of experiences, from a Japanese monk to a Korean Kisaeng, from a Taipei cabaret to the luxurious Aman hotel group in Bhutan, and from indulging in Wagyu beef to savoring single malt whiskey. The book's emphasis on materiality underscores the power of middlebrow culture, which the dandy embodies as an anarchist who flouts conventions with playfulness, stoicism, and a non-occupational status. The dandy's life-form and aesthetics transcend the confines of the traditional Bourdieuan literary field, thereby making the Hong Kong Dandy a captivating embodiment of an anarchist who does not claim anarchy.

Nim Yan Wong, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

About the Presenter(s)
Dr Nim Yan Wong is a University Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer at The Chinese University of Hong Kong in Hong Kong

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