Edited by :The Bauhinia Project
Imprint:University of Georgia Press
Dimensions:215.9 x 139.7 mm | 200 gr
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