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Resonance‧Balance—The Aesthetics of Chinese Couplets

Date:  31 Jan 2024 - 31 Jan 2024

Date: Wednesday, 31 January 2024

Lecture: 6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. (Cantonese)

Curator-led tour: 7:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m. (English)

Venue: Fang Zhaoling Gallery, 1/F, T. T. Tsui Building, UMAG, HKU, 90 Bonham Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong


Speaker: To Yeuk Hung | School of Chinese, HKU

Exhibition curator: Harald P Kraemer | UMAG, HKU



Organised in conjunction with the exhibition COUPLET PAIR REBUS The Principle of Cause and Effect in Art, this lecture will explore the aesthetic of parallelism within Chinese couplets. Through selecting, translating and reviewing UMAG’s couplet collections, many of which are being exhibited here for the first time, the speaker will reveal how artists present the beauty of harmony and balance, and evoke resonance among individuals. There will also be a couplet recitation session that encourages the audience’s imagination and interpretation.



To Yeuk Hung obtained his bachelor degree in laws and doctorate in Chinese studies from HKU, and joined HKU’s Chinese Language Center in 2003. He has held the functional title of Deputy Research Supervisor and specialises in the teaching and research of Chinese culture. In 2018, he was a visiting scholar at the National University of Singapore. During this period, Dr To also served as a research fellow at Beijing Normal University (Zhuhai), Nanjing Normal University and taught a master’s degree program at the City University of Hong Kong. The courses he teaches include surveys of Shi and Ci poetry up to the nineteenth century, and his research interests include Chinese culture, creative writing and translation, classical poetry and teaching of practical Chinese language.



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