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The Works:Milk tea culture, Korean artist Han Youngwook & in the studio: pianist Jamie Shum

Cha chaan teng culture is a subject particularly close to the hearts of many Hongkongers. Freshly brewed coffee is certainly making inroads into Hong Kong, but there are still plenty of people who like to drink Hong Kong-style milk tea, also known as “silk-stocking milk tea”, with their breakfast or with egg tarts and other favourites in the afternoon. Of course, there is a long tradition of tea-drinking in China, but Hong Kong-style milk tea grew out of the British tradition of afternoon tea. It has gone through changes though. Here, black tea is usually taken with evaporated or condensed milk and a variety of very Cantonese snacks.

At the Whitestone Gallery you can see a series of large-scale works by Korean artist Han Youngwook in the exhibition “Face”, his first solo exhibition in Hong Kong. The large portraits, sometimes alternative portraits of the same person in different moods, combine paint with scratches and other indents on aluminium, to reflect on aspects of the human condition. Han draws his inspiration from real life and from the internet, but once he has chosen a person’s image, he explores the person’s qualities, combining his own perception and creativity to reveal what he sees as the true character of the human figures and the human condition.

Pianist Jamie Shum earned her music degree at Hong Kong Baptist University before going on to obtain a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and Literature at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. This Thursday at City Hall she’s giving a recital that spans the 19th and 20th centuries with music from Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninov, and Prokofiev. She came to our studio to tell us more.
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