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Kam Louie

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789888028412

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888028412.001.0001

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From Xu Xi to the Chief Executive: Hong Kong in the Dock

From Xu Xi to the Chief Executive: Hong Kong in the Dock

(p.96) (p.97) 6 From Xu Xi to the Chief Executive: Hong Kong in the Dock
Hong Kong Culture
Kam Louie
Hong Kong University Press

This chapter discusses one of Xu Xi's most critically acute recent essays, “A Short History of Our Shores,” and Herman Yau's controversial 1999 film essay Danghau Tung Chee-hwa Fatlok and argues that they are among the most uncomfortably critical and stylistically virtuosic works made in the Special Administrative Region and designed to prick Hong Kong's post-1997 self-congratulatory bubble. It presents the case for encouraging the development of more critically polemical work in arts and literature in Hong Kong. It refers to other examples of implicitly critical artistic works and discusses the thin line between fiction and non-fiction that the essay form so often, as here, successfully straddles. The concept of the academic essay based on argumentation derives from the original literary form. The main difference is that the professional writer usually allows her or himself the license to engage in what is known as creative non-fiction, and to disregard formal register and conventional structure.

Keywords:   Xu Xi, Herman Yau, Hong Kong, fiction, non-fiction, creative non-fiction, essays

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