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Failure: A Glass of Milk

Ms. Sylvia Chang, a renowned actress, scriptwriter and director, visited CUHK on 31 October as the guest speaker for the Shun Hing Lecture Series in Arts and Humanities. In the lecture ‘Failure is the Nutrient of Success’, she shared her ups and downs through her success stories.

Ms. Chang has been involved in the film industry for more than 40 years, acting in over 100 movies. During the lecture, she showed vignettes from three of her movies of different periods, demonstrating her evolution along the years. Even though the road to success is paved with failures, she said ‘I did not take it as failure; I took it as a glass of milk and drank it.’ When writing her screenplay Passion, she realized that success or failure no longer mattered. The important thing is to do things right with persistence. At the end, she encouraged the younger generation to go for their dreams.

Let’s review the lecture through the video.

Architecture with Spirit

Mr. Kris Yao, a renowned architect from Taiwan, gave a lecture titled ‘Making A Thatched Cottage Amongst the Throng of Men’, for the I • CARE University Lecture on Civility on 7 November.

Through some of his significant works, including Lanyang Museum, Wuzhen Theatre and Water-Moon Monastery, Kris Yao introduced the ideas behind the creations and how he demonstrated beauty and vitality through every single brick and tile of the architecture. His works integrate history with culture and nature, presenting a unique approach that celebrates the harmony of elements. He masters the interweaving of natural light with the lines and graphics to give a dynamic beauty that touches people’s soul. People who visit his architecture will slow their pace and become mesmerized by the poetic nature of the design.

Let’s review the lecture and feel the spirit within the architecture.

Chinese Children’s Books at Their Beginning

The University Library is now presenting an exhibition of ‘Children's Literature in the Minguo Period (1912-1949) and in Hong Kong’. It displays over 80 titles of children’s journals and books which were published between the 1920s and 1960s in China and in Hong Kong.

Children’s literature in Hong Kong began around the 1920s. Exhibits include original and translated works by renowned Chinese writers, educators and painters. Along with these, a number of the earliest Chinese journals and publications in Hong Kong are also showcased, so as to help the audience have a better understanding of the development of Chinese children’s literature from Minguo to modern days.

Date: September 1, 2014 – January 31, 2015
Venue: University Library, CUHK
Time: 8:20 a.m.-10:00 p.m.(Mon-Fri)
8:20 a.m.-7:00 p.m. (Sat)
1:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. (Sun)

Xue Sheng Wen Cong, Vol 1 (1947)

Xue Sheng Wen Cong, Vol 2 (1947)

Xin Er Tong (1942-1949)

Xin Er Tong, Vol 2, Issue 3 (1942)

Er Tong Chen Bao, Issue 40 (1933)

Er Tong Chen Bao, Issue 36 (1933)

Chinese translation of Peter Pan (1933)

Er Tong Chen Bao, Issue 3 (1932)

Children's picture book by Feng Zikai (1938)

Children's picture book by Feng Zikai (1949)

Children's picture book by Feng Zikai (1949)

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