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Hong Kong without Us
A People's Poetry

Edited by :

The Bauhinia Project

ISBN:

9780820360041

Product Form:

Paperback

Form detail:

Trade
Paperback , Trade
English
Apr 01, 2021
$30.95 CAD
Forthcoming

Dimensions:

215.9 x 139.7 mm | 200 gr

Page Count:

126 pages

Illustrations:

6 color images
University of Georgia Press
POETRY / Asian / General

Hong Kong without Us is a decentralized book of revolutionary poetry. Drawn directly from the voices of Hong Kong during its anti-extradition protests, the poems consist of submitted testimonies and found materials—and are all anonymous from end to end, from first speech to translated curation. This collected poetic documentation of protest is thus an authorless work that brings together many voices.

The editors themselves are anonymous poets acting through the Bauhinia Project, an organization created to bring Hong Kong’s struggles to the stage of transnational activism through lyric and language, in the same spirit of leaderlessness as the protests. This book is a glimpse into the movement’s lives and voices. The poems here were either submitted as testimonies to the Bauhinia Project at an encrypted email address or collected as “found poems” from testimonies and protest materials on the streets, on social media, and on the news. Each was from an anonymous source in Chinese. They are a people’s poetry: nameless, lowbrow, temporally bound, squeezed out from moments of gravity and strife. They are meant to reach out across the silence of oceans, through differences in language and culture. 


THE BAUHINIA PROJECT is a collective of artists and activists seeking to bring international attention to and understanding of the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong, as well as to forge bonds of solidarity between that movement and struggles against oppression worldwoide. The collection started in 2019 with the distribution of postcard-poems by an anonymous author in Berkeley, California.



The Bauhinia Project collective has distilled and translated the poetic spirit, grit, and compassion of ordinary citizens—children, students, workers, parents, elders—fighting for their freedoms and sovereignty on the city streets. Their voices rise up from the tear gas and arrests, suicides, and national security laws past the skyscrapers and across the encrypted seas, reaching our hearts. This is what a people’s poetry feels like in a wrecked world: numinous heat in the floating city of the oppressed. - Jeffrey Yang, poet, editor, and translator

The poems in this book are a snapshot of postcolonial Hong Kong’s voices and souls, young and old. If the stories we enact become the writing of history, then these poems will illuminate ordinary Hongkongers’ ways of seeing: their anxiety, affliction, frustration, joy, courage, hope, and dreams. These poems confront cognitive barriers by returning to human basics—an embodied world of sound and word. They will guide readers into our strange land, permeated with the many fumes that shape our city. - Alex Yong-Kang Chow, Hong Kong activist

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