December

Music

Time to spend more time on my actual major – music. Planning of the graduation concerts is under way. I plan to hold 2 or 3 concerts which will showcase me as both a performer and a composer.

Also related to music, I have finally obtained a flute teaching part-time job, thus ending perhaps one of the few cases in which a music student do not have to teach to make a living. (I feel guilty being one of those, indeed!)

A word on Occupy Central, which according to new information will be cleared by police on Wednesday or Thursday. The political effects of Occupy are far from in vain, for a paradigm shift has been under way. New forms of identity and political spectrum are put forth and propagated, and like the political and social upheaval in the 1960s West, culture and values are bound to be (and arguably have been) shaken up, a new social milleu thus forming.

But not to be overlooked is its significance to Hong Kong’s urbanism. Occupy proved that a tightly-knit human scale car-free urbanism, complete with mutual-help bottom-up community organization, is possible even in a metropolis notorious for its social alienation and over-managerialism. Facilities and objects such as the study room, the Lennon Wall, the staircases across the highway divider, the material collection stations, the wind turbine and the bicycle dynamos all illustrate the creative power of Hongkongers to solve problems and meet their needs, as well as towards a collective expression of their times. These elements will be brought to other communities as the Occupiers disperse. The Occupy experiment will prove pivotal to Hong Kong’s urban development.
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