Public Hong Kong

Just found this website:


start all over project

My strenght seems come back n I now focus on my project.

The friend I interviewed on 2/11/15 refuses to have the interview uploaded to youtube (I came to know this process only when I had the last DH class). What a pity! So, I need to start all over again…a new project!!

I made an appointment with another friend n she doesn’t mind appearing on youtube. This new one needs more research work. Anyway, I certainly will learn more.

I seem to need some sort of good luck. hmmm.

Our First Point of Entry to Research Public Spaces

I remembered when Eric first mentioned his idea in the class to work out a database on public spaces in Hong Kong, he was thinking of what he and his friends had been doing, that is, running public speeches/lectures in different places in Hong Kong during and after the Umbrella Movement. He was looking for other possible locations to do their speeches/lectures.

Our project has come out another way, not bad actually, but different from Eric’s idea. It has come out as a collections of public spaces that we, the group, find interesting. Comparing this difference (Eric’s original and the current), I start thinking our starting point (i.e. public spaces in our mind or knowledge) may have limited us.

We don’t need to go back to Eric’s original idea, but Eric’s idea can provide an extra entry point to research public spaces in Hong Kong, or, in different communities in Hong Kong. To fulfill Eric’s expectation to locate good places for public speeches/lectures, one needs to go to the community and talk to the people living there. One should ask what they think and their suggestions, ask them where is(are) the space(s) in this community that people will gather and interact. The first questions for we researchers, instead of “Which public space am I interested?”, would then be “Which community should I walk into and start asking the people there where is their favorite public space?”.

With this, our project may roll out with another color and tone. Right?

I’m not making a good or bad comment. It is just a reminder (on methodology or approach) for myself when I have been focusing on researching one space.

Further then, can we share our list of questions when we go into the spaces we choose? That will be very interesting, too! And would be very useful to compare them, against different types of public spaces. I’m sure sub-team partners have shared their questions already (Anneke and I have shared ours), right? Let’s see what the researchers are interested to ask the people in a specific public space!

Learning & Reflection

Would like to share …


What I have learned …

  1. Comparing with “blog” and “facabook” which both accumulate cultural products, research findings, data or collected materials in a timeline, “database” organized with themes and categories which will be much more easier to retrieve, both for manager or users.
  2. It needs to have very good conceptualizing mindset in the first place to design a good database. Needs a good ‘tree-map’ to go from a title theme, to sub-theme, to catergories, to fields, to items, … etc.
  3. I’ve learned the technical issues and operations and some basic concepts for web-database management.
  4. I’ve experienced, just a little bit, how to link personal cultural practices to an web-database for public use. Personally, have developed some initial secret ideas of web-database(s) for HK cultural activisms (e.g. a collection of HK protest songs and music, with artist’s profile, stories, recordings, lyrics and scores, … ). 🙂


Some reflections …

  1. The course is struggling to maintain a balance of time between teaching the technical know-how and teaching the possibilities of “Digital Humanities”. May be a 3-credit course will make the teacher’s and the tutors’ life easier, and, the students will have more time to learn and reflect.
  2. The short period of time also put difficulties among students to develop a commonly interested and committed ‘title theme’ of the collective database. Time and some team-building activities also needed for the students to develop smooth and trustworthy collaborative relationships needed at the later half of the course.
  3. Saying so, I am also aware of the fast-changing free web tools available, and, wonder if it’s worth spending time to learn a specific one. Though, I trust very much the teacher and tutors have made the best choice for us.
  4. Am very interested to know some histories of “Digital Humanities”, its current status, the debating issues, and some good (Asian) examples. And, are there any theoretical explorations on this topic?
  5. Sometimes I feel uncomfortable with very strict differentiation of concepts or categories. Am wondering how should I put the balance point, one side maintaining a well organized database, another side allowing fluidity of thoughts and imaginations.



Victoria Park

Victoria Park is established in 1957. It was formerly the Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter.

With an area of over 19 hectares and well-equipped facilities, Victoria Park is viewed as the central park by Hong Kong people, serving a wide range of events and fairs.

The park is multi-functional.  The elderly, homemakers and foreign domestic helpers take it for their leisure. There are also people jogging, playing football or tennis, even doing yoga and kungfu in the park. It also serves as a pavement connecting Causeway Bay and Tin Hau.

Besides, a wide range of events, from recreational activities to political gatherings are held in Victoria Park. For example, since 1990, the candlenight vigil is held every 4 June by the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China in Victoria Park, in the memorial for the Tiananmen Square Massacre in 1989, which is one of the key historical and political events held in Victoria Park.