Diasporama: Dead Air

Yau Ching 1997 color 89min Cantonese DCP
This is an experimental documentary based on the personal experiences of people from Hong Kong, which is to revert to China in 1997. This program addresses some issues around the disaporic condition: the possibilities and limitations of trying to formulate an identity when it is constantly in flux, when home is the name of a particular place but is also lost. It seeks to express the frustrations and desires of an international diasporic community produced by colonialism. It does not seek to separate the personal from the political and views the struggle of self-determination in one's sexuality as an essential part of one's political life.


Yau Ching

Yau Ching was born in Hong Kong in 1966, studied Comparative Literature and Philosophy in Hong Kong, film and media arts in New York and London. A granduate of the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York, she is currently living and working in Hong Kong as a filmmaker, multimedia installation artist, writer and educator. Her short films and videos have been awarded at the festivals worldwide including Image Forum in Japan, Ann Arbor Film Festival, and Hong Kong Independent Film and Video Awards.Ho Yuk is her feature debut. Her books include:stripping Pants and Skirts (Hong Kong: Ching Hung Ching Publishing , 1999), Building a New Stove(Hong Kong:Ching Mun Press, 1996), and The Impossible Home(Hong Kong:Ching Mun Press, 2000). Currently she is Assistant Professor at the School of Design of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.