The Network will serve as a platform to enable knowledge and practice exchange among members and the public, both regionally and inter-regionally. We embrace all kinds of academic scrutiny, social innovation, technological experiment as well as creative praxis as a way of knowledge production about or via the island. By standing in Hong Kong, a place surrounded by water connecting to the world, the Network will be a bridge for us all to link up with other interested parties, both regionally and inter-regionally, to open up a new horizon for island studies.
Wai Chi served in the Independent Commission Against Corruption since 2011 and became the Director of the Community Relations Department in 2018 until his departure in 2022.
Prior to his public service, Wai Chi served as a senior executive or board member in several local and international NGOs with missions such as environmental protection, HIV/AIDS awareness, global poverty alleviation, contemporary art education, fair trade and social development in the third world.
Wai Chi holds MA degrees from the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom and the University of Kelaniya in Sri Lanka.
創會成員及董事 Founder Member and Director
梁寶山博士 Dr LEUNG Po-shan, Anthony
PhD, MPhil (CUHK), MA (Leeds) || 2018 香港藝術發展獎 || 國際藝評人協會香港分會會員 PhD, MPhil (CUHK), MA (Leeds) || Artist of the year, Art Development Award 2018|| Member, International Association of Art Critics Hong Kong
藝評人、文化研究博士。殖民地最後一代大學生，以記者身份見證回歸；關注藝術生態、城市空間、藝術勞動及文化政治等議題。曾為「Para / Site 藝術空間」、「獨立媒體（香港）」、「伙炭」及「文化監察」成員。文章散見於《信報》、《獨立媒體》、《藝術界》(Leap)、《藝術新聞(中文版)》、《典藏》及《端傳媒》等。著作包括：《活在平常》(2012)及《我愛Art Basel──論盡藝術與資本》(2018)等。編著包括：《殖民地的現代藝術─韓志勲千禧自述》、《七一孖你遊香港》(白雙全作品集)、《Q[蹺]K[蹊]─陳育強標本集成》、《楊秀卓紅色二十年》、《香港藝術家故事──1998年訪談手稿》(梁志和著)等。梁氏現為藝評組織Art Appraisal Club成員及「2018 香港藝術發展獎」藝評組得主。居住南丫島凡二十年，近年更愛上島嶼研究，為《南丫說：》聯合策展人，及《模達今昔──南丫島灣歷史及社會研究計劃》作者。
Leung studied Fine Arts and Cultural Studies at the Chinese University and the Leeds University. She was a member of Para/Site Art Space, In-Media (Hong Kong) and Hong Kong Culture Monitor. Her research interests include, among others, art ecology, city space, cultural politics and art labour. Her essays and commentaries have been published in the Hong Kong Economic Journal, InMedia (Hong Kong), City Magazine, Occula and etc. She is also a contributor to various Chinese media platforms, including Leap, Art Newspaper (Chinese edition), Artouch and initium media. Publications edited by her include Modern Art in a Colony: Narrated by Hon Chi-fan at the Millennium, Odd One In: Hong Kong Diary (by Pak Sheung-cheun), QK – Specimen Collection of Chan Yuk Keung, The Red Twenty-years of Ricky Yeung Sau-churk, etc. Her latest title I Love Art Basel: On Art and Capital is well received in Hong Kong and Taiwan. She is now a member of the art critic collective, Art Appraisal Club. Leung has developed an interest in Island Studies recently and is the co-curator of Lamma Mia, and the author of Mo Tat Then and Now – Historical and Social Research on Mo Tat Wan, Lamma Island.
作為跨學科研究的參與者，他的作品散見於多份期刊，如《HAU︰民族誌理論》、《基進歷史評論》、《Critical Asia Archives》、《global-e》、《香港社會科學學報》、《香港研究》和《當代中國研究》。他同時活躍於知識轉譯，他是兩本英文學術專著的中文譯者，所撰寫的社會文化評論亦廣見於《明報》、《端傳媒》、《信報》、《am730》、《亞洲周刊》、《號外》、《藝訊》、《Sample》、《微批》、《META》、《Outside.hk》和新加坡《聯合早報》。
李氏為香港博士研究生獎學金（2017-2019）和柏林自由大學 Global Humanities Junior Fellowship（2018）得主。
Dr Li got his PhD in Cultural Studies from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He received his Master’s degree in Social Science from the Cultural Studies in Asia programme (Department of Sociology) at the National University of Singapore.
A practitioner of interdisciplinary studies, he has published in different journals, such as HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory, Radical History Review, Critical Asia Archives: Events and Theories, global-e, Hong Kong Journal of Social Sciences, Hong Kong Studies, Modern China Studies.
He is active in knowledge transfer. He has translated two academic books from English to Chinese. His socio-cultural commentaries can be found in Mingpao, Initium, Hong Kong Economic Journal, am730, Yazhou Zhoukan, City Magazine, Artslink, Sample, Paratext, META, Outside.hk, and Lianhe Zaobao (Singapore).
He was a recipient of Hong Kong PhD Fellowship (2017-2019) and Global Humanities Junior Fellowship at Freie Universitaet Berlin (2018).
PhD, MA (University of California, Berkeley) MA (University of the Philippines)
Elmo GONZAGA is Associate Director of the MA in Intercultural Studies program of the Department of Cultural and Religious Studies of CUHK. He obtained his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley specializing in the Visual and Spatial Cultures of Southeast Asia and the Global South.
Monsoon Marketplace, his second monograph (under contract with Fordham University Press), traces the entangled genealogies of capitalist modernity, mass consumption, and media spectatorship in Manila and Singapore through representations of popular commercial and leisure spaces such as amusement parks, night markets, movie theaters, and shopping malls during colonial occupation in the 1930s, national development in the 1960s, and neoliberal globalization in the 2000s. An extract has been published in the Journal of Asian Studies.
At HKU I have served on multiple committees and boards in various capacities and was an Associate Dean and Chairman of the Board of Examiners in the Faculty of Arts from 2006 to 2010 and Head of the School of English from 2010 to 2013. I was awarded a Faculty Teaching Excellence Award in 2017 and am currently the Director of the Full-time MAES Programme.
Wong Wai-ling was awarded PhD in Sociology by the University of Hong Kong. Her research interests include oral history studies of local communities. She has committed to several community oral history projects, such as Yau Ma Tei, To Kwa Wan, Nga Tsin Wai Village, the water community in Aberdeen and South Lamma. Her related works include: Memory scape: Oral Histories of Fishermen in Aberdeen, and can also be found on Hong Kong Memory website.
Myriem Alnet is an independent researcher and cultural organiser based in Peng Chau, Hong Kong, focusing on the topics of urban vernacular and public spaces. She experiments on ways to shift representations about spaces of the ordinary through research, cultural action and engagement with academia: she co-organised the Inter-Island Festival in the outlying islands of Hong Kong, and publishes the map-zine Islanders that investigates the ordinary condition of Peng Chau Island.
Miriam Lee is a Tanka girl from the Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter community. She has a master’s degree in English literature and is the author of the Facebook page Strolling Tanka. Once lived her childhood dream of polar exploration, she is currently working in the field of sustainable development and conservation, and is pursuing a PhD degree in Architecture.
「Zai Zau」, a person who is the second generation living in Tsing Yi. He has lived on this island for over 30 years. He is interested in studying his neighbourhood’s history while writing a special column on a community organization page called “Tsing Yi People”. The content mainly concerns the story that happened on the island.
Haynie Sze is an architect/art practitioner who graduated with a Master of Architecture (2005) and a Master of Art in Fine Arts (2021) from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She has been active in art making, exhibition venue design and curating, besides her career as a practising architect. She has also founded the 3fifteen Art Space and the ARTUP Art Consultancy. Her award-winning artworks have been exhibited in local and international art exhibitions. Public artworks include Whistling Aloft and the Letters installed at the Hong Kong Science Museum Plaza in Tsim Sha Tsui and the Central Post Office, Hong Kong. Venue design for the Hong Kong Jockey Club Heritage X Art X Design Walk Event Tai Po exhibition was awarded the Best Temporary Architecture Design (2015) of the CHIVAS 18 Architecture & Design Award. Her curatorial role includes being a curatorial team member of the Venice Biennale of Architecture – “Delta Four (1984-2044)” (2014), and has participated as an exhibitor team member in the SZ/ HK Bi-city Biennale of Architecture – “City Mobilization” (2009) & “Beyond the Urban Edge: The Ideal City?”(2013), and Venice Biennale of Architecture – “Quotidian Architectures” (2010) & “Vertical Fabric – Density in Landscape“ (2018). She currently focuses on art curating and architectural research on spatial psychology and perception.