The Uncanny on the Frame

Atom Cheung

The Uncanny on the Frame is Esther Cheung’s newest book.  She shared it with us and we began the discussion by exploring the idea of ‘frame’, what it means to be viewing the outside from within a frame, and what purpose the frame serves in helping us to acquire unique perspectives.  Esther also shared various images to engage us to think more deeply about the topic.  Some of those in attendance were Esther’s students from Hong Kong University’s comparative literature program, and they were able to offer their genuine appreciation for their teacher’s works.  Esther also talked about the quirky process of transitioning from academic to creative writing.  We discussed our city’s recent affairs, and how affected we all are, as our city heads for an ultra-commercial/capitalistic spiral at the expense of our shared sense of community.  Esther’s prose works reflect her passion and aspirations for where we live, and we wish her continuous success in this journey of discovering her connection with the city through creative prose writing.  We celebrate her work because we find ourselves reflected in her kaleidoscopic observations.

(photos by Polly Ho)