18 04 2017


Ambiguously Yours, M+

8 04 2017

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The M+ Gallery is slated to become Hong Kong’s (rather late) attempt as pitching itself as a high culture pitstop. When it opens at West Kowloon, the museum is promised to provide a survey of modern and contemporary art through an East Asian perspective – which of course, museums in Shanghai, Seoul, Taipei and Bangkok are already doing. The acquisition by the museum of many of Hong Kong’s endangered neon signs in a “neon art” display could well be a colourful highlight, however. But until the opening of the museum proper, there is a small temporary display venue, the M+ pavilion, located in the midst of the rubble of the ongoing construction, next to the Western tunnel freeway.

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The second M+ exhibition “Ambiguously Yours” has caught a little bit of attention (the first show went by largely unnoticed) with its retrospective of gender representation in Hong Kong’s 1980s and 1990s pop culture. On display are clips from “golden age” Hong Kong cinema, magazine covers, stage costumes of Anita Mui and Roman Tam and the iconic red sequinned shoes worn on stage by Leslie Cheung before he died. Its a small collection and not without interest but in the end it left me without a clear idea of what exactly the museum was trying to say – what about gender in Hong Kong popular culture? Was this just a “collection of stuff” or was there a salient point being made? If so, it flew over my head.

Leslie 4 eva

3 04 2017

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Every April 1st, flower garlands are put out underneath the Mandarin Oriental hotel where superstar and conflicted queer icon Leslie Cheung jumped to his death in 2003.


3 04 2017


Two days, two nights

27 03 2017


Friday night- the premiere of the new Hong Kong movie “Mad World”, starring former model Shawn Yue as a recovering psychiatric patient battling prejudice as well as his own demons. The director and writer were in attendance.

Saturday night – A delicious Thai dinner at Chachawan, complete with the dessert of the gods, khanom dtom or glutinous rice balls in warm, salted coconut milk.

Sunday – a Japanese property show in the gaudy 1980s Sheraton hotel followed by sweet potato French fries at Floom Floom, a cafe tucked on the eighth floor of a Tsim Sha Tsui block decorated with artwork by illustrator Shibata Keiko. After that we wandered onto a rain-splattered basketball court for an impromptu street toy market selling wigs and frisbees, near the vendors of sex toys and itinerant drug addicts dozing in Yau Ma Tei. To finish off, dinner of sesame fried turnip cakes among the pimps and hookers at Kung Fu Dim Sum on Portland Street.

Korean drag queens, Thai hipsters

11 03 2017

Above, the video for Korean folk maverick Lang Lee and below, Bangkok hipster posse         X0809.



6 03 2017


Gene Kasidit stars in this fashion shoot for “Surround” magazine, photographed at an incredible neo-baroque (and very Bangkok ) hair salon called “77th studio”. I’m tempted to book in for a cut.