What we're about

Hongkongers are one of the earliest ethnic minorities to settle in Ireland. Famous Hongkongers in Ireland include John Rocha in Dublin (the renowned Dublin-based international designer) and Anna Lo in Belfast (the respected Member of Legislative Assembly in Northern Ireland). As individuals we integrate very well into mainstream Irish society, but compared to other ethnic groups in Ireland, we don't really organise as a distinct community as the older generations mainly socialise through extended family and business networks. There are however new Hongkongers coming to experience Ireland for the first time since the working holiday visa scheme came to be established a number of years ago, not to mention the second and third generations of Irish-born ethnic Hong Kongers living and thriving in Ireland today. The Umbrella Movement of 2014 brought a bunch of us together, shocked into coalescence by what happened in our beloved home city, but there are many more who, though politically inactive/neutral, are nevertheless very in tune with events and news and culture of our beloved Fragrant Harbour.

So this is a group for those of us who have an invisible, indefinable, but thicker-than-blood bond with all things Hong Kong. There are some things unique about our home city that make Hongkongers Hongkongers, in similar manner to how Newyorkers and Londoners and indeed Dubliners came to become distinct breeds within their much larger national milieus. We may not be a vocal community most of the time, and despite being amongst the earliest ethnic minority groups to put our roots down in Ireland, we tend to shun the limelight when it comes to organising events that highlight our unique cultural heritage (at least compared to our mainland Chinese brethren), but nevertheless, we are here, and there is always a part of us that would always identify as a Hongkonger.

The Hong Kong Club in Dublin aims to create a safe space for us to celebrate our unique cultural heritage, from Hong Kong movies to Cantopop to works by Hongkong writers and thinkers and artists to RTHK documentaries and the latest memes from Golden. We aim to host film nights and debate dinners and poetry readings and book clubmeets, and craft afternoons that relive our childhood handicrafts from the 80s and 90s, and recitals of classic Cantopop tunes and themed karaoke nights, and calligraphy sessions in traditional Chinese of Lin Xi and Wyman lyrics , etc. etc. The sky's the limit :)

We welcome Hongkongers by birth, by family heritage, by friendship/marriage links, by social/business/travel interests, or simply those who feel an affinity with the city through its arts and culture and politics and food and architecture and environment and people. If HK has a special place in your heart, this group is for you :)

Upcoming events (2)

Wong Kar Wai Movie Night
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THE BELOW IS JUST A SUGGESTED FUTURE MEETUP. Nothing concrete planned yet until we have a more die-hard group of movie fans built up who can withstand 3-hour / 5-hour long WKW fests! ;)

It's been one of my ambitions as a WKW fan to screen a themed film night in his honour. His movies portray a nostalgic ideal of Hong Kong like no other HK filmmaker and it would be a great experience to be able to share and discuss his works with fellow aficionados.

"Chungking Express", "As Tears Go By", "Days of Being Wild" and "In the Mood for Love" are the key contenders. Film criticisms of the Hong Kong that was represented in these movies would be sent to members beforehand and we can have a debate afterwards as to how the image of Hong Kong has changed from the 1960s (DOBW and ITMFL) and 1990s (CE) in WFW films, and what contemporaroy HK filmmakers would be able to capture about the quinessential qualities of Hong Kong in the second decade of the third millenium.

Our very first Hong Kong Bookclub and Calligraphy Workshop

Hi guys, long time no see. Hope you're all having a great summer. This is just an idea for our August / September meetup, with a turn to something a bit more cultured and literary :) I propose our next outing to be our very first Hong Kong Book Club and Calligraphy Session.

It'd be great if we could share some of the books that we love about the city, be they in English or in Chinese. Some of us have kind of done that by swapping books ourselves, but it'd be great to open the discussion to everyone.

It doesn't matter what genre it is that you love -- from memoirs to horror to poetry to comic books, the sky's the limit!

Here's some suggestions I have that would get the ball rolling:

"Gweilo" by Martin Booth -- I came to this book a few years ago and I wished I had read this much earlier as it's one of the most vivid accounts of colonial Hongkong -- seen from the eyes of a child with not-so-well-to-do parents -- I have ever read. Martin's love for the city he grew up in was absolutely infectious and it included wonderful details of the old Hongkong -- including the old Walled Kowloon City that was destroyed by the government in the 80s. (I was young but I remember the news at the time as my grandparents were living in Kowloon).

"Falling Leaves" by Adeline Yen-Mah -- A touching family memoir about how her well-to-do family moved from Shanghai to Hongkong to escape the war in China and what life was like to be a member of the upperclass in a city that was fast establishing itself as one of the new key economies on the Pacific rim. The clash of traditional Chinese values with the "uncouthness" of a brash immigrant city, and her own harrowing childhood growing up in an unloving environment, are beautifully told with some wonderful photographs.

麥嘜微小小說 (McMug's Micro Novella)

I discovered McMug and McDull when I was doing a summer job in Hongkong in 1997, and fell in love with them immediately! This collection of short stories is one of my favourites, and for me it's the start of the "graphic novel" (or in this case, "graphic novella") before the term became a thing in the late 2000's. McMug's creator said he was inspired by Raymond Brigg's Snowman when dreaming up these characters, but those of us who love McMug and McDull love the fact that the stories and the dialogue, and the sensibilities of the characters (especially the streetwise McMug as compared to the naive and innocent McDull), are unmistakably Hong Kong.


Of course, if we talk about HK literature, we cannot neglect to mention these famous Hongkong novellists, many of whose works have been adapted for both the small and silver screens and formed a significant thread of contemporary Hong Kong culture:

金庸 (Louis Cha): https://zh.wikipedia.org/zh-hk/%E9%87%91%E5%BA%B8

李碧華 (Lillian Lee): https://zh.wikipedia.org/zh-hk/%E6%9D%8E%E7%A2%A7%E8%8F%AF_%28%E4%BD%9C%E5%AE%B6%29

亦舒: https://zh.wikipedia.org/zh-hk/%E4%BA%A6%E8%88%92

倪匡: https://zh.wikipedia.org/zh-hk/%E5%80%AA%E5%8C%A1

But these are such prolific writers that it's impossible to select just the one book for them, and maybe we'll have fun debating which of their works we like best.

Finally, about the Calligraphy Session -- following a fun discussion recently about our Chinese names amongst some of our members, it'd be great to have a workshoppy session whereby we get out calligraphy brushes and do some traditional Chinese writing. I can supply all the materials if we were to do this the traditional way, but of course, all we really need are pen/paper (and patience to learn all the strokes!)

Will update this again once we have some dates/venues sorted.

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Picnic in St Stephen's Green Park

St Stephen's Green Park

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