Hong Kong Redux: “Bird Talk” – A Discussion of Xu Xu’s Life and Works

6:00–7:00 pm
Zoom Webinar (Live)


Xu Xu was a pivotal figure in Chinese literature of the 20th Century. As an exile who made Hong Kong his home in the 1950s, Xu Xu helped to frame modern Hong Kong literary culture, and strands of those works can be found in other medium from that time and even today. While much of Xu Xu’s Hong Kong fiction explored the experience of Chinese exiles and was steeped in nostalgia, his neo-romantic tendencies also linked Hong Kong literature to a global literary modernity.

Professor Haun Saussy and Professor Frederik Green discussed Xu Xu’s life and works in translation with reference to Professor Green’s new book “Bird Talk and Other Stories”.

Date: September 3, 2020

Time: 6:00 - 7:00 PM IST / 8:30 - 9:30 PM HKT / 7:30 - 8:30 AM CT (Chicago) 

  • Professor Haun Saussy
    University Professor, Comparative Literature,
    the Committee on Social Thought, and East Asian Languages and Civilizations
    University of Chicago
  • Professor Frederik Green
    Associate Professor
    Foreign Languages & Literature, College of Liberal and Creative Arts
    San Francisco State University

About Hong Kong Redux

The UChicago Yuen Campus’ new Yuen Lecture Series ‘Hong Kong Redux’ seeks to explore the deep corners of Hong Kong’s cultural history and society.  UChicago and other subject matter experts representing decades of knowledge of Hong Kong will join together to celebrate the evolution of Hong Kong’s arts, literature, cinema and more.  Get in the Yuen Campus team’s virtual time machine to have a nostalgic look back at Hong Kong’s bygone Post War era and discover how Hong Kong became the mega-city it is today.  Read More

This event was hosted by The University of Chicago Francis and Rose Yuen Campus in Hong Kong