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Oral history: Making our voices heard


Everyone has a story to tell. The work of oral history helps us understand social changes by giving a voice to all individuals. Oral testimonies of personal narratives can also provide new historical evidence, encourage active participation of the elderly and connect communities and generations with shared memories. Can Hong Kong make use of this?

Keeping up with the times: Libraries without walls


The Hong Kong Public Libraries are being hit by dwindling visits and borrowing figures. What might reverse this trend? Providing more reading choices and making lending services more convenient could help. In addition, allowing book-borrowing on the streets, and bringing in more electronic books might help public libraries turn the page.

Street art: Brings happiness or misery?


Similar to many cities in the world, the old district Sham Shui Po has been given a new look with graffiti recently. Some wish for a new life by rejuvenating the aging districts, whereas plenty of examples show that art can come at a price as living costs in the neighbourhood may be driven up.

When one door closes another opens: Crowdfunded journalism


FactWire, Hong Kong’s first news agency backed by masses of readers, has officially kick-started. In today’s digital era, when subscription and advertising revenues in print are falling, crowdfunding news projects online appeared to be a viable model for start-up media ventures.

Let the letters speak for themselves


Open up Microsoft Word you will always be delighted to choose your favourite font. As a daily presence, the art of typography is to make letters legible, readable and visually appealing. This week, the Centre’s analysis looks into the craft of type design, and what it takes to create a good font.

When singles gatecrash the Valentine celebrations


On Valentine’s Day or White Day, singles may feel being left out. One way lonely netizens vent their feelings is by identifying themselves with anti-lover groups that appear in certain Japanese comics, animes and light novels. Some even go further and take to the streets to protest against such festivities. Meanwhile, people with business acumen are offering something for singles and those in the anti-valentine mood.

Can cosplay give clothing industry a fresh new look ?


Exports of locally produced clothes has been falling, and the clothing industry is undergoing transition. The Centre’s weekly analysis shows that high-quality cosplay costumes with four-digit price tags are part of a global industry worth tens of billion of dollars. Developing cosplay costume industry involves expert craftsmanship, service quality and local anime, comic and game brands, advantages which Hong Kong is well-endowed with. Can cosplay offer the industry a way out?

From inside out to outside in: When cosplay falls within a study area of Liberal Studies


What brings characters from the virtual world to life? The answer is cosers who strive to imitate such characters in both form and manner. The Centre’s weekly analysis introduces cosplay and talks about why cosers indulge in acting as fictional characters. Cosers work hard to customise their costumes and ensure their attitude and behaviour resemble fictional characters, and work as a group in costume-producing and cosplaying. These might transform cosplay from a mere hobby to personal growth.

Saying ‘I do’ to fictional characters declares more than love


Falling in love with 2D characters is atypical; tying the knot with them seems inexplicable. The Centre’s weekly analysis showcases such examples, and explains what drives people’s affection and even public declaration of love for fictional characters. Apart from expressing intimacy, such behaviour also represents an alternative approach to masculinity that glorified by mainstream society, and has opened up merchandising opportunities.

Can the new Lai Yuen turn the clock back?


The Lai Chi Kok Amusement Park (also known as ‘Lai Yuen’) has made a brief return, which is also an experiment of ‘pop-up’ theme park operation model. The Centre’s weekly analysis shows how amusement parks can attract more visitors with strategic theming. Using nostalgia and localism as themes, can the Park expand the market to the new generation with the help of technology and apps?