BORN, RAISED AND CORRUPTED IN HONG KONG




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POSTED BY Ed (9 days ago)
Ackbar Abbas is the author of some of the most influential texts on Hong Kong culture and literature, but he is not as fond of the act of writing as one might expect. Though he denies it, this might have something to do with the fact that he can’t type, having to turn around essays using the arduous method of pen meeting paper.

An academic now based in California, he sometimes returns to Hong Kong, where “he was born, raised and corrupted,” as he puts it. He is often sought out to give talks on his trailblazing studies into the city’s fragile cultural identity. Kindhearted and chatty, Abbas prefers giving lectures over what he describes of as the “painful” process of writing, which involves facing the unknown. “I struggle with it, I do it, I only write when I have to, and it’s always last minute, but that’s how it works,” he says. “I can’t enjoy it.”

https://zolimacitymag.com/born-raised-and-corrupted-in-hong-kong-a-chat-with-ackbar-abbas/


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