Thursday, November 4, 2010

Updated Archive Link to Alice Poon Blog

Here is an updated archive link to Alice Poon Blog at Asia Sentinel:-

http://alicepoon.asiasentinel.com

The following are blog posts written since the last update:-

- An Interview Transcript (地產霸權)

- An "Inflated" Policy Address (Hong Kong Current Events)

- Political or Not Political (China Current Events)

Monday, October 4, 2010

Du Mu's Poems




Prompted by a primary school mate who loves Chinese poetry, I came to learn about (or anew) the works of Tang poet Du Mu (杜牧), who was known as much for his amours and philandering habit as for his prodigious literary talent.

Since then, I have developed a keener interest in his poems. As much as I like the light-hearted, romanticist and gallant style of his poetry, he has not surpassed, although he has almost equaled, Su Shi (蘇軾), on my list of top favorites. I must confess, though, that I am still just a dabbler, if not neophyte, in Chinese poetry appreciation.

Inspired by a blogger over at HKEJ’s discussion forum, Wong Wang Fat (黃宏發), former Legislator Council president, who has been posting his English translations of Chinese poetry on the forum and who has recently posted a rendition of Du Mu’s “Given in Parting II” (“贈別: 其二”), I’ve come up with my own rendition of this sentimental, guilt-ridden poem, which was written when the poet had to bid farewell to one of his lovers. In fact, another of his poems that has similar tone and feelings is “Conveying Sentiments” (“).  I’ve only read part of Du Mu’s collection of poems, and the one I like best is “Autumn Eve” (“”), of which I’ve also done a rendition below.

Original of “Given in Parting II” (“贈別: 其二”) :-

多情卻是總無,
唯覺樽前笑不成。
蠟燭有心還惜別,
替人垂淚到天明。

My Rendition:-

My heart enslaved, yet heartless I appear.
Chalice emptied, but cheer eludes me, I fear.
At our parting the kind candle grieves,
Weeping till the dawn is near.

Original of “Autumn Eve” (“秋夕”):-

銀燭秋光冷畫屏,
輕羅小扇撲流螢。
天階夜色涼如水,
臥看牽牛織女星。

My Rendition:-

On the cold screen a candle paints the autumn light;
Silk fan in hand, fireflies she chases in pure delight.
Cold stone steps, under a dark chilly sky,
Lying down, watching the stars in pairs, she turns restless.
 
[Note: A lonely maiden-in-waiting in the imperial court inspired the poet to write this poem on a chilly autumn night.]

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Updated Archive Link to Alice Poon Blog

Here's the updated archive link:-

http://alicepoon.asiasentinel.com

The following are blog posts written since the last update:-

- Anti-Anti-Speculation Action (Hong Kong Current Events)

- Book Promotion Trip (地產霸權)

Friday, July 9, 2010

Updated Archive Link to Alice Poon Blog

Here is an updated archive link to the Alice Poon Blog at Asia Sentinel:-

http://alicepoon.asiasentinel.com

The following are blog posts written since the last update:-

- Book About Land and Power in Hong Kong (Culture)

- My Two Cents on Politics (Hong Kong Current Events)

- Han Han's First Magazine "Solo Choir" (China Current Events)

- The Marginalized Second Generation Peasants (China Current Events)

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Remembering June 4th

This post is to share a video clip of the June 4th 1989 tragedy and background history and to repost the song “Flower of Freedom” to commemorate those who needlessly perished for an ideal on that day, in the hands of their own countrymen.

“Nothing fixes a thing so intensely in the memory as the wish to forget it,” Michel de Montaigne once said. Those who witnessed the tragedy would know what he meant.

For those who did not witness it, here is a video clip produced by the HK Professional Teachers’ Union of the June 4th 1989 tragedy and background history:-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvBWU-AlLso


The unforgettable song “Flower of Freedom”:-

忘不了的, 年月也不會蠶蝕
心中深處始終也記憶那年那夕
曾經痛惜, 年月裡轉化為力
一點真理, 一個理想永遠地尋覓

We cannot forget, nor will time wear away our memory;
Deep in our heart we always recall that day in that year.
We felt the pain, but time has turned it into strength.
One bit of truth and one ideal are what we will forever seek.

悠悠長長繼續前航不懂去驚怕
荊荊棘棘通通斬去不必多看它
浮浮沉沉昨日人群雖不說一話
不想清楚分析太多真心抑意假

We continue on a long long journey but we know no fear.
We will cut away all hindering thorns, not minding them one bit.
People of yesterday went through thick and thin in silence;
They didn’t want to hear more reasoning, be it true or unreal.

但有一個夢, 不會死, 記著吧
無論雨怎麼打, 自由仍是會開花
但有一個夢, 不會死, 記著吧
來自你我的心, 記著吧

But there is a dream that will not die - remember.
No matter how hard it rains, freedom will still bloom,
But there is a dream that will not die – remember.
It comes from your heart and mine – remember.

忘不了的, 留下了不死意識
深深相信始終會變真某年某夕
如此訊息, 仍賴你跟我全力
加一把勁, 將這理想繼續在尋覓

We cannot forget, as has prevailed our undying belief.
We deeply trust some day it will finally turn real.
This message, depends on you and me,
Doing our best, to keep searching for that ideal.

悠悠長長繼續前航不懂去驚怕
荊荊棘棘通通斬去不必多看它
浮浮沉沉昨日人群雖不說一話
不想清楚分析太多真心抑意假

We continue on a long long journey but we know no fear.
We will cut away all hindering thorns, not minding them one bit.
People of yesterday went through thick and thin in silence;
They didn’t want to hear more reasoning, be it true or unreal.

但有一個夢, 不會死, 記著吧
無論雨怎麼打, 自由仍是會開花
但有一個夢, 不會死, 記著吧
來自你我的心, 記著吧

But there is a dream that will not die - remember.
No matter how hard it rains, freedom will still bloom,
But there is a dream that will not die – remember.
It comes from your heart and mine – remember.

但有一個夢, 不會死, 記著吧
無論雨怎麼打, 自由仍是會開花
但有一個夢, 不會死, 記著吧
來自你我的心, 記著吧

But there is a dream that will not die - remember.
No matter how hard it rains, freedom will still bloom,
But there is a dream that will not die – remember.
It comes from your heart and mine – remember.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Updated Archive Link to the Alice Poon Blog

Here is an updated archive link to the Alice Poon Blog at Asia Sentinel:-

http://alicepoon.asiasentinel.com

The following are blog posts written since the last update:-

- Compassion in the Past Tense (Hong Kong's Past)

- Flip Side of China's Shopping Spree (China Current Events)

- A Hyperbole (Hong Kong Current Events)

- Traditional Media's Defection (Hong Kong Current Events)

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Updated Archive Link to Alice Poon Blog

Here is an updated archive link to the Alice Poon Blog at Asia Sentinel:-

http://alicepoon.asiasentinel.com

These are blog posts written since the last update:-

- Mind Over Money (U.S. Economy)

- Random Note on Shanghai (Travel)

- Saving Agricultural Lands (Hong Kong Current Events)

- On Literature (Culture)

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Updated Archive Link to the Alice Poon Blog

Here's the updated archive link to the Alice Poon Blog at Asia Sentinel:-

http://alicepoon.asiasentinel.com

These are blog posts written since the last update:-

- Han Han's View on Google's Exit (China Current Events)

- A Talk on "Land and the Ruling Class in Hong Kong" (Hong Kong Culture)

- Feminists Are Only Human (Civic Rights)

- Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor's Home (Hong Kong Current Events)

- Photos That Paint An Era (Hong Kong's Past)

- We Still Believe in Our Future (Civic Rights)

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

A Talk on my book "Land and the Ruling Class in Hong Kong"

I've been informed that 序言書室 (HKReaders), a local bookstore operated by a group of young people who aspire to promote reading culture in Hong Kong, has organized a talk on my book "Land and the Ruling Class in Hong Kong". Details of the talk are as follows:-

「左翼21」主辦:左翼星期四
反自由市場的地產財閥
日期:4月15日(星期四)
時間:晚上8時至10時
地點:序言書室(旺角西洋菜南街68號7樓)
講者:雷永錫(在職社會學人/生)、易汶健(中文大學社會學系研究生)

不難發覺,地產財團壟斷香港土地發展。而市民的日常生活,從超級市場買餸以至商場購物,由家用的電力、煤氣以至代步的巴士、渡輪,每個環節都被這些財團牢牢控制。曾在地產集團任職高層多年的Alice Poon 在《Land and the Ruling Class in Hong Kong》一書中,以自由市場的立場批判港式地產商主導的經濟,猶如封建時代的生產邏輯;並揭露地產財伐如何在政府的「暗合」下,透過「合法」手段吞拼各個市場環節,建立龐大的地產王國,「統治」香港。誰說地產商是靠自己努力,白手興家?
查詢:2395 0031(序言書室)、9809 4981(林致良)

The speaker 易汶健 has recently done a review in Chinese of my book. The link to the book review is here:

http://www.inmediahk.net/node/1006211

Here's the link to the bookstore's website:

http://www.hkreaders.com/?page_id=13

Anyone who is interested in attending the talk is welcome to contact the bookstore direct to book seats.

I'm flattered and humbled by the operators of HKReaders having shown such an interest in my book. I hope the talk will generate more discussion and debate among young people in Hong Kong on the current land and housing quandary, and by extension, the existing economic, social and political impasse. After all, it is up to them to shape the future of the SAR and to instigate much needed progressive changes.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Updated Archive Link

Here is an updated archive link to the Alice Poon Blog at Asia Sentinel:-

http://alicepoon.asiasentinel.com

These are posts written since the last update:-

- Story of the Post-80s in the Mainland (China Current Events)

- On Soft Power (China Current Events)

- You and I Can Make A Difference (China Current Events)

- Freedom of Expression Too Precious to Throw Away (Hong Kong Current Events)

Monday, February 1, 2010

Updated Archive Link

Here's an updated archive link to the Alice Poon Blog at Asia Sentinel:-

http://alicepoon.asiasentinel.com

These are blog posts written since the last update:-

- Google's Other Battle (Social Justice)

- Uncovering Values in "Dwelling Narrowness" (Culture)

- Voices of Hong Kongers Thus Analysed (Hong Kong Current Events)

- The Post-80s from Another Angle (Hong Kong Current Events)

Friday, January 1, 2010

Updated Archive Link

Here is an updated archive link to Alice Poon's Blog at Asia Sentinel:-

http://alicepoon.asiasentinel.com

The following are blog posts written since the last update:-

- Notes on a Taipei Trip (Travel)

- Random Thoughts on Change (Hong Kong Current Events)