CityU duo learn Japanese art and culture in a digital world

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 25 October, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 25 October, 2007, 12:00am

Two Creative Media students studying at City University of Hong Kong (CityU) have gained an eye-opening experience at the renowned 'Tokyo Game Show 2007'.

Ken Kwok Ching-yeung and Tank Leung Wing-chung were the first students selected to attend this huge and exciting event through 'IT Exchange Programmes 2006/07'.

The programme was sponsored by the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO), organised by the Cyberport IncuTrain Centre and co-ordinated by Sony Computer Entertainment Hong Kong.

It aims to nurture talent within the local creative media industry by providing opportunities for students to gain international exposure to the digital world.

The two students met with the head of the Development Department of Sony Computer Entertainment Asia.

'Japan is famous for its advanced video game technology. The opportunity to visit the Tokyo Game Show, which is the top game show in the world, and trying the newest games firsthand has broadened my horizons,' said Mr Kwok, a Year Three student.

Year Two student Mr Leung added: 'Through investigating Japanese culture and the development of video games, I was aware of the fact that in multimedia production, the convergence of art and technology are the latest trends. It also inspires me to represent abstract concepts through different media in the applications of installation art.'

The exchange programme was designed to increase the students' understanding of Japanese culture. The Hong Kong students noted that the Japanese have great respect for personal space.

Passengers don't talk loudly on public transport, even while using the mobile phone,'' said Mr Leung.