Date of Award
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
As Hong Kong approaches 2047—the year that China will formally commandeer the government—fear looms over our city. Since 2014—the emergence of the Umbrella Revolution—thousands of protests occur every year, as citizens continue to fight against the policy changes that China has imposed upon the city. Our freedom and our future hangs in a delicate balance; no one know what China will do next as the Communist government is too unpredictable. I left Hong Kong eight years ago but since these riots began, I have felt an urgency to understand the exact nature of Hong Kong’s identity, to tell our story before China potentially changes my city permanently. Fuelled by these doubts about the future of the city, my thesis investigates this question of Hong Kong’s identity through personal stories, historical narratives and current issues. These categories manifest themselves into poetic objects that each tell a small nugget of the story— a beautiful yet haunting sculpture, a fabric lantern that denotes my experiences in school, a book and a rug that represents a gesture of forgiveness, a desk and a map that reimagines a colonial classroom experience and an umbrella, that symbolises hope for change.
Michael Byron and Lisa Bulawsky
Pang, Faith S., "One Country, Two Systems" (2019). Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Papers. 60.