INSIGHT Magazine - Culture Issue, December 2020

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Meet Our Editors

Our wonderful team of editors have carefully crafted this edition which displays the wonderful and diverse talents of the ICHK community. The works range from articles to music, visual art and many more.

Once again working under the challenging circumstances of COVID-19, our team had to work both virtually and in-person when creating this issue, and we hope that it brings you joy in this unusual holiday season.

Our editors:

Charlotte Cheung, Charmaine Pilard, Cherie Chan, Daisy Davies, Emily Ball, Lucia Pareja Lopez.

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Letter From The Editors

Welcome to the seventh edition of ICHK’s student-published magazine.

This issue’s central theme is Culture. In our international school community, we all have our own unique backgrounds and interests, letting us all have different world views. We are all unique individuals; we all have our own stories to tell.

The phenomenon of culture includes many things, ranging from celebrations to entertainment. In this short and sweet edition, we believe that it gives you readers a taste of what makes the theme of culture so special.

In this edition, we explore the origins of traditional celebrations, how they are celebrated and how culture impacts our daily lives. Along with this, we are proud to share an interview the team did with renowned writer and editor, Jonathan White.

Thank you for reading our magazine and showing your appreciation for Culture. We hope that you’ll be back for future editions.

Jonathan White Interview

The team were very honoured to have Jonathan White from South China Morning Post as our guest speaker. Mr White's work on food, drink and sport demonstrates the importance of journalism in shaping the cultural landscape of an audience.

In addition to learning about his work, Mr White gave us some very useful tips and advice for young writers and how they can find their voices. Some tips are also given for those who have writers' block or are having trouble with their time management.

These are the questions that we asked:

Across the course of our 6 editions so far, we found things make much more sense when we set a theme. How do your editing meetings operate/how do you go about deciding upon a theme and then spreading the word amongst your writing pool?

What are the best tips you can offer young writers who are keen to get better/find their voice?

We are looking for ways to increase our readership. Is there anything you could say about the role of layout/images and the way the sub-editing and visual departments work in the real world; also, what quick steps we might take to improve the content/style of our magazine?

The transcript of the video can be found here.

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Insight Editors meet SCMP Journalist Jonathan White

Class of 2021 Playlist - Year 13

The Year 13s who are the class of 2021, have created a Spotify playlist in which they have collaborated together to create. Music is a great way for people to connect and bond, make sure to give the playlist a listen!

Listen to the Spotify playlist linked below, or scan the Spotify code using the Spotify app.

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Indian Festivals and Cultures - Ariv Sharma, 9.3

Ariv Sharma from Year 9 has written a wonderful piece which outlines two very important Indian Festivals, Holi and Diwali. He discusses the origins of those festivals and the importance of festivals in Indian Culture, which brings the nation ‘immense joy and cultural pride. ’

Read the piece here.

The Legend of Chang'e and Hou Yi - Hillary Law, 7.1

Hillary Law from Year 7 has written a short story about the legend of Chang’e, who in Chinese mythology is the goddess of the moon who stole from her husband an elixir of immortality.

Read the piece below.

Hou Yi had a potion that would make you become immortal, but the portion of it was only enough for one person. He did not want to be apart from his beloved wife Chang’e, so he asked her to look after the potion for him. One day when Hou Yi wasn’t home yet, his student Feng Meng had tried to steal the potion from Chang’e. She knew she wouldn’t be able to defeat him, so she drank the potion. The potion made her fly all the way up to the moon. Chang’e is still on the moon stuck there watching over the world. When the moon is very bright during the Chinese Moon Festival, you can try to spot her up on the moon. Hou Yi still misses Chang’e but they can never see each other ever again. Chang’e now has learnt to move on so she won’t be depressed. Chang’e may sound alone on the moon but she has a rabbit named Jade and the rabbit is an actual jade colour.

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Image by Cherie Chan, 11.1

Interesting Cultural Celebrations - Charmaine Pilard 11.2, Emily Ball 11.1

Charmaine Pilard and Emily Ball from Year 11 have written an exciting piece about interesting cultural celebrations in the world. These celebrations are not the many well known festivals, but ones that have most likely never been heard of before. Their piece dives into learning about fun new holidays, explaining how you may be able to try them out yourself and their intriguing backstories.

Read the piece here.

Image credits: Charmaine Pilard, 'Traditional Normandy Costume'

British Food Celebrations - Daisy Davies, 11.1

Daisy Davies from Year 11 has explored what British cuisine means and it’s origins in her piece. She also reflects on how food culture has shaped the social courtesies of the nation with her own personal experience.

Read the piece here.

The Origin and Celebrations of Chinese New Year - Cherie Chan, 11.1

Cherie Chan from Year 11 has written a piece about the origin and celebrations of Chinese New Year. She talks about the legend of the mythical beast ‘Nian’ and the activities that people do to celebrate the new year’s.

Read the piece here.

Image by Charlotte Cheung, 11.1 SRC
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How COVID-19 is Infecting Pop Culture - Charlotte Cheung, 11.1 SRC

Charlotte Cheung from Year 11 has created an infographic which highlights how COVID-19 has 'infected' pop culture. She describes how streaming, content creation and performances have evolved and how it will continue to evolve in the future.

View the work below.

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Living as a Third Culture Kid in Hong Kong - Emily Ball, 11.1

Emily Ball in Year 11 has written a short anecdote about living as a Third Culture Kid in Hong Kong. Her piece demonstrates the importance and joy of being a Third Culture Kid in this vibrant and diverse city.

Read the anecdote below.

'In Hong Kong, we have the privilege of being an international hub of trade, and thus an international hub of people. Because of this, a lot of children in HK (including very many of us at ICHK) are what we call ‘Third Culture Kids’.

What is a Third Culture Kid you might ask? Well, a TCK would be a person that was raised in a different culture than their parents or their biological nationality.

On the whole, as one myself I would say that being a TCK is pretty neat. It’s really easy for us to bask in different cultures, and it's almost like having two homes at once (one where you grew up, one where you're from).

But sometimes students may feel isolated in their unique personal culture, as a being TCK can sometimes make someone feel like they’re strange, or that they don't belong in either culture that they’re part of.

I just wanted to write this short piece to say that if you ever feel this way, don't! In Hong Kong, cultures, nationalities and experiences are all so diverse! If you ever feel isolated in your unique culture, just remember that here in HK, and ICHK especially, we appreciate you for who you are and what your unique experiences make you.'

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Image by Charlotte Cheung, 11.1 SRC

IB Visual Art Student Work - Melisa Cheung, 13.2, Emily See, 13.1

Year 13 IB Art Students Melissa and Emily have been looking at the urban culture in Hong Kong for inspiration to create their art pieces. Melissa focuses on the architectural aspect of Hong Kong and Emily’s is on the old transportation such as trams.
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Melissa Chung, 84cm x 59cm, acrylic on paper, 2020
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Emily See, 2 pcs, 15cm x 10cm, digital print on glossy paper, 2020