An examination of the 1970s art and culture scene in Hong Kong through the lens of an independent youth magazine.
Taking The 70’s Biweekly—an independent youth publication in 1970s Hong Kong—as the main thread, this edited collection investigates an unexplored trajectory of Hong Kong’s cultural and artistic production in the 1970s. The 70’s Biweekly stands out from many other independent magazines with its unique blending of radical political theories, social activism, avant-garde art, and local literature. By taking the magazine as a node of social and cultural activism from and around which actions, debates, community, and artistic practices are formed, this book fills gaps in the study of how young Hong Kong cultural producers carved out an alternative space to speak out against established authorities.
Split into three parts, The 70’s Biweekly provides readers with a panoramic view of the political and cultural activism in Hong Kong during the 1970s, featuring writings on art and film, and interviews with former founders and contributors that reflect on how their participation led them to engage ideologically with their activism and community.
About the Author
Lu Pan is associate professor in the Department of Chinese Culture at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
“This unique collection represents a very valuable addition to the cultural history of the 1970s in Hong Kong and globally. While the journal 70s Biweekly serves as a connecting thread, the volume in fact has broad ramifications, documenting the political, intellectual and cultural struggles of the anticolonial and incipient democracy movement in Hong Kong.” — Sebastian Veg, professor at the School of Advanced Studies in Social Sciences, author of Minjian: The Rise of China’s Grassroots Intellectuals (2019), and editor of Popular Memories of the Mao Era: From Critical Debate to Reassessing History (2019)