Monthly Archives: January 2010

Rachmaninoff in Hong Kong

Sergei Rachmaninoff has come to Hong Kong! He came last night to the Cultural Centre. It was an all Rachmaninoff program given by the HKPO under its new guest conductor Lu Jia. And he was most welcome. It was another wonderful … Continue reading

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Paradoxes of Mochado’s Dreams in Dialogue

 It is impossible to understand any Spaniards unless we understand the eternal paradox in the Iberian soul, always luring him forward and then tormenting him,  never giving any permanent solution. The Spanish paradox is paradigmatically illustrated in the Spanish hero Don Quixote: rigid in … Continue reading

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Confucianism as a Humanist Religion

It’s Friday night again. Normally, I would have joined my drinking friends for the weekly Friday night dinner. But I did not. I was attracted by the title of a talk given by the Dr. Cheng Chung Yee, of the Philosophy … Continue reading

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Opulence to Corpulence?

One of the greatest shocks when I first set foot on American soil some 8 years ago was size: from the size of its superhighways, the size of its icecream, its coffee, its meals  to  the size of some of its … Continue reading

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The Iberian God of Machado

 Just read another of Antonio Machado’s poem.  This is one of his earlier poems when he first began to have doubts about the Christian God. Throughout his life, he has never satisfactorily and unambiguously accepted the traditional Catholic God. Here … Continue reading

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Alegria de vivir from the HKPO

Last night was another wonderful experience from the HKPO under the baton of Lu Jia. But it was wonderful not for the original reason I went to the concert at the Cultural Centre.  Life is really full of surpises. It plays jokes … Continue reading

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Cesar Vallejo’s Gunwales of Ice

Recently one of my friends brought my attention to a Peruvian poet. I never read any of his poems before. He has been described as one of the most important twentieth century poets writing in Spanish and of having stretched … Continue reading

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