Public Arts and the Creative New Generation - Darwin CHEN
Former Chairman, Hong Kong Arts Development Council
[Abstract] Arts play an important social role in stimulating people’s creative thinking and nurturing effective communication. The Arts can develop creativity in the younger generation and increase their competitiveness in our ever-changing society. Public Art has been an effective way of promoting art. All along, the Hong Kong Arts Development Council has actively implemented various programmes in public arts and arts education with the aim of developing the social function of arts, enhancing the quality of life and building a new creative generation.
The Importance of Music in Overall Growth - CHAN Wing Wah
CHAN Wing Wah
Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Chairman, Department of Music, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
[Abstract] Apart from being a form of professional training, music can work as alternative medicine, overcoming the tension and anxiety caused by stressful daily life. It helps to bring us serenity and joy. Basic music appreciation enables us to have a better spiritual life. An understanding of the musical culture of different parts of the world helps us to become more observant and improve interpersonal communication skills.
Popular Music and Youth Culture: From Leisure Consumption to Intervention - Anthony FUNG
Associate Professor, School of Journalism and Communication, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
[Abstract] This article aims to explain the relationship between youth culture and popular music in Hong Kong. In contrast to earlier generations, the new generation of youth expresses its identity, secures its social status and defines social relationships by means of elements in popular music. The author argues that most youth acquire and consume music culture, forms and styles in a passive manner. In fact, the government and youth policy makers could intervene in this process by putting more resources into formal musical education to help youth become effective, active producers rather than just purely music consumers. Ultimately, government could also guide the development of youth values within the realm of popular music.
The Significance of the Information Era to Young People’s Reading - CHAN Man Hung
CHAN Man Hung
President and Vice-Chairman, Sino United Publishing (Holdings) Ltd.
[Abstract] Civilization is entering a phase of development that might be called the Information Era when knowledge of culture becomes more significant than in other eras of history. This new era has been brought about by the interaction of different cultures throughout the world. It is not only generating new knowledge but also formulating new structures of knowledge. People need to possess different kinds of knowledge in order to adapt to these new structures of knowledge. Young people should also develop the ability to be selective in their reading in order to cope with the changes.
How Information Technology Enlarges the Cultural Life of Youth - Martin OEI
Information Technology Commentator
[Abstract] New generation home PCs are affordable, powerful tools for multimedia creations. Digital technology reduces the capital cost of equipment. Government investment in information technology education and graphical user interfaces also makes the cost of learning about information technology lower than before. In the meantime, cheap broadband connection removes another block to publishing. Youth can easily participate in blog, photography, web-radio, musical composition etc. The rapid expansion of such potential content can broaden cultural life for youth.
Theatre Youth --Searching for an Artist’s Way of Thinking - CHOW Ho Yin, Stephen
CHOW Ho Yin, Stephen
Creative Director, Dropstwo Creative
[Abstract] In the late 90’s, a new power coming from the younger generation was found in the Hong Kong theatre. These young participants joined in a series of drama workshops, multi-media creative campaigns and performances, learning about something they had never come across before. After participation, they realized that more opportunities and space now exists where they can generate and execute their ideas. Why do young people need to participate in the performing arts? What will be their next step?
Under Construction: The Landscape of Youth Theatre in Hong Kong - Banky YEUNG SHIU Ka Chun
Artistic Director, FMTP. NET
SHIU Ka Chun
PhD Student, Department of Social Work, Hong Kong Baptist University
[Abstract] Youth Theatre, one of the distinctive cultural phenomena of Hong Kong, belongs to the Culture of the Youth in the hybridized context of multimedia and has become representative of youth in recent years. Though deeply influenced by the process of drama playback theatre and theatre-in-education, Youth Theatre has its own special cultural context and distinctive historical background.
Bending the Boundaries: Discovering Youth Development Opportunities within the Urban Culture --The Experience of Youth Entertainment Studios (YES) - S. Harry YOUNG Alwyn PEREIRA Mark FREDERICK
S. Harry YOUNG
Co-Founder and President, Youth Entertainment Studios (USA)
Chief Executive Officer, Youth Entertainment Studios UK (UK)
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Crown College
[Abstract] This article examines the challenges inherent in youth development efforts targeting the hard-to-reach urban teen population. We then investigate the opportunities found in a culturally relevant, technology-based media arts solution designed to expand the positive cultural influence of teens. First, we will document the oppression of urban youth within the larger American culture. Second, we will explore that segment of popular culture called “hip-hop” as a possible framework for addressing traditional youth development objectives. Third, we will lay out a theoretical background and youth development paradigm designed to address the cultural, educational, and developmental needs of the target youth population. Finally, we will provide a case study of Youth Entertainment Studios (YES) as a model for implementing this youth development paradigm.