A catalog of such stuff as dreams are made on / Dung Kai-cheung ; translated by Bonnie S. McDougall and Anders Hansson.

Dong, Qizhang, 1967- [Browse]
Uniform title
English edition.
New York : Columbia University Press, [2022]
xvi, 323 pages ; 23 cm.


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Weatherhead books on Asia [More in this series]
Summary note
"A playful and imaginative glimpse into the consumerist dreamscape of late-nineties Hong Kong. It consists of ninety-nine sketches of life in Hong Kong just after the handover of the former British colony to China. Each of these stories in miniature develops from a piece of ephemera, usually consumer products or pop culture phenomena, and unfurls alternately comic and poignant snapshots of urban life. Dung blends vivid everyday details-Portuguese egg tarts, Japanese reality TV, the Hong Kong subway-with situations that are often fantastical or preposterous. The central character of each sketch, usually a young woman, flits past without reappearing. They fall into brief dalliances or relationships that last no longer than the fads that sparked them. Dung's sketches feature once trendy objects that evoke the world at the turn of the millennium, when he was writing: Hello Kitty, Final Fantasy VIII, a Windows 98 disk, a clamshell mobile phone, Air Jordans, and cargo shorts. Recognizing the imminent obsolescence of the objects it depicts, this catalog of vanished products is no mere exercise in nostalgia: its archaeology of life at the end of the last century speaks to ongoing concerns about consumerism and identity. A major work from one of Hong Kong's most gifted and original writers, this book illuminates a world where people use objects to define and even invent their own lives"-- Provided by publisher.
Language note
Translated from the Chinese.
  • Agnès b
  • Cutie Punk
  • Magpaper
  • Hello Kitty
  • Tank Tops
  • Sena's Piano II
  • IXUS
  • Girl Specimens
  • Che
  • Pastéis de Nata
  • Photo Stickers
  • Football Kits
  • Red Wing
  • Eat as Much as You Like
  • A Bathing Ape
  • Hysteric Glamour
  • Windows 98
  • non-no
  • Konjak Jellies
  • Mebius
  • Combat Trousers
  • Puffy
  • Sony DV
  • Aprons
  • Air Jordan
  • ICQ
  • The Colored Sunglasses
  • Seiko Lukia
  • My Melody
  • Snoopy
  • Panatellas
  • Secondhand Clothes
  • Teletubbies
  • Ha Kam Shing
  • Nokia 8810
  • Camouflage
  • Le Couple
  • Bucket Hats
  • iMac
  • Rolex Daytona
  • Viva Japanese TV Drama
  • Polaroids
  • Lovegety Station
  • Prada
  • StarTAC
  • Colors
  • Beatmania
  • Adidas
  • Gucci
  • Yahoo!
  • Fujifilm Digital Camera
  • Converse Lo Tec
  • Hairpins
  • Cut Sleeves
  • Scarves
  • Animal Prints
  • The Pleated Skirt
  • Miu Miu Flannel
  • Gray
  • The Cockroach
  • The Cowboy Hat
  • Signal Youths
  • H2O+
  • Depsea Water
  • The Patagonia Fleece
  • The Duffel Coat
  • LV Vernis
  • Panasonic DVD
  • South Park
  • Dreamcast
  • Tomb Raider III
  • Sharp MiniDisc Player
  • Burberrys Blue Label
  • MP3
  • Miffy
  • Devon Aoki
  • Motorola Dual Band
  • Cheesecake
  • PalmPilot
  • PN Rouge Suplinic
  • Final Fantasy VIII
  • The Waist Bag
  • Twisted Strands
  • Sunday
  • A Temporary Tattoo
  • The Neck Pouch
  • Cutie Cute & Horribly Horrid
  • 5S
  • Drawstrings
  • The Three Skewer Brothers
  • Khaki
  • White Blouses
  • Ballet Shoes
  • Birkenstock
  • Cargo Shorts
  • Flip-Flops
  • Hiromix
  • Chappies
  • Made in Hong Kong.
  • 9780231205429 (hardcover ; : acid-free paper)
  • 0231205422 (hardcover ; : acid-free paper)
  • 9780231205436 (trade paperback ; : acid-free paper)
  • 0231205430 (trade paperback ; : acid-free paper)
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