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  1. News - Hong Kong - CULTURE

    Power of Bach's music calms pianist through turbulent times

    Posted Nov 01st 2014, 04:25am by Oliver Chou

    ... remembers Traumerei, and even asked me to teach her," she said. "That shows the power of music, which I believe transcends politics and religion. Bach has not been received in China ... of the Goldberg Variations at the University of Hong Kong, the first of a seven-city tour in China, will be Zhu's first Bach recital on Chinese soil. "That's 35 years since I left ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1629326/power-bachs-music-calms-pianist-through-turbulent-times
  2. News - Hong Kong - CULTURE

    Hard rock and soft power in New York

    Posted Oct 30th 2014, 04:13am by Vivienne Chow

    ... Vivienne Chow in New York vivienne.chow@scmp.com China's contemporary music and art scene gets a US showcase- but Hong Kong also has a big role as Beijing looks to build cultural ... promoters, artists and curators said China was a culturally diverse country, its people citizens of the world, and their contemporary culture needed to be presented in a global context. They also ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1627749/hard-rock-and-soft-power-new-york
  3. News - China - CULTURE

    Building craze 'stops at officials'

    Posted Oct 21st 2014, 04:37am by Andrea Chen

    ... as the new headquarters of the China Central Television is sometimes called. "I'm not against being authentic and creative," Fang said. "I just don't think it's the best ... of the projects. "They charge 10 per cent of the total investment. Their Chinese peers would feel happy if they are offered four to 6 per cent," he said. If it was not possible to use an overseas ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1620886/building-craze-stops-officials
  4. News - Hong Kong - CULTURE

    Time for a new chapter in Hong Kong, says author

    Posted Oct 17th 2014, 04:05am by Staff Reporter

    ... narrative climaxed with its 1997 return to China- and ever since the city has struggled to find a new direction, novelist and critic Chan Koon-chung says. "The story of Hong Kong before 1997 ... fighting in the legislature to a fresh, earth-bound image with great appeal to the young generation," he said. "China, too, has a new story- one of immense power, especially in monetary ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1617874/time-new-chapter-hong-kong-says-author
  5. News - Hong Kong - CULTURE

    Speaking up for Cantonese, a tongue in peril

    Posted Oct 03rd 2014, 02:33am by Vivienne Chow

    ... cultural critic Jimmy Pang Chi-ming says. He said wars and political turmoil in central provinces had forced people to flee to southern China, bringing with them their cultures. And the southern ... It continued to be China's official language in the 20th century, with a standardised form based on the Beijing dialect. Pang agrees with Bauer that the heritage of Cantonese in Hong Kong- and its ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1603994/speaking-cantonese-tongue-peril
  6. News - Hong Kong - CULTURE

    A trip down memory lane in Hong Kong's classic cars

    Posted Sep 27th 2014, 04:03am by SARAH KARACS

    ... are in it for the nostalgia. "Some cars are like an aspect of a portfolio. Companies treat them like an investment," David Riach says, describing how some classic cars are never driven for fear ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1600974/trip-down-memory-lane-hong-kongs-classic-cars
  7. News - China - CULTURE

    China dusts off 1930s film classics in culture war

    Posted Aug 13th 2014, 05:05am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Shanghai Classics from 1930s golden era, now restored, added to soft power push Taking on Hollywood, China digs into film vault China is turning to a 1930s ... able to compete internationally. " The Goddess deserves being seen as the pinnacle of the Chinese silent film era," said Sun Xianghui, the director of the state-backed China Film ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1572392/china-dusts-1930s-film-classics-culture-war
  8. News - Hong Kong - CULTURE

    Japanese curator warns Hong Kong: don't turn into a 'cultural Galapagos'

    Posted Sep 22nd 2014, 06:32am by Vivienne Chow

    ... and inward-looking, the city will be just another part of China. "Historical reasons, taxation, infrastructure … and the use of English … made Hong Kong an international city and the centre of a network ... debate and fear of mainland China's growing influence. "You must give them chances to go abroad and connect with the international circuit of the art world," he said. "The ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1597560/japanese-curator-warns-hong-kong-dont-turn-cultural-galapagos
  9. News - Hong Kong - CULTURE

    Freedom helps Sundance shine

    Posted Sep 20th 2014, 04:37am by Vivienne Chow

    ... Vivienne Chow vivienne.chow@scmp.com HK ideal for Asian edition, say directors of independent film festival Freedom helps Sundance shine Mainland China may have huge potential for making ... said. "China is very interesting to us, and there are a lot of stories from China. We don't know much about China but we hope independent films can grow in China, particularly ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1596278/freedom-helps-sundance-shine
  10. News - Hong Kong - CULTURE

    In Scenes of Guangdong concert, musical journey's first notes sounded in ancient history

    Posted Sep 20th 2014, 03:02am by Vivienne Chow

    ... was the most notable. The music came to Chiu Chow as people migrated south to escape from wars, Wang said. "When the Mongols invaded China [in the 13th century], a lot of Han cultures were ... including Hong Kong, Macau and Southeast Asia. Alan Thrasher, a professor emeritus of music at the University of British Columbia, wrote in his book Sizhu Instrumental Music of South China: Ethos, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1594582/scenes-guangdong-concert-musical-journeys-first-notes-sounded-ancient

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