Friday, May 10, 2013

Publication: Anthropological Detective Novel

《神功戲殺人事件》, a detective novel with anthropological elements written by our alumnus Joe Tsui (徐焯賢), was recently voted second in the 10 Best Books for School Children Reading (小學生書叢榜十本好書獎項).

Joe Tsui, now a writer and an editor, did both his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in our department. His M.Phil thesis is about Cantonese opera troupe organization, which is the inspiration of the recent book. He makes use of cultural knowledge of local traditions such as religious festivals, Cantonese opera, family and lineage, as well as symbolisms such as five colors for different elements. His aim is to apply anthropological perspectives to his work and to promote the subject among young people. 

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